Penn Hosts Dartmouth in 800th Game at Franklin Field

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PHILADELPHIA - Franklin Field will celebrate its 800th Penn football game when the Quakers open their 2008 Ivy schedule against Dartmouth on Saturday. After a pair of close losses in the first two weeks of the season, the Quakers will be in search of their first win when they take the field against the Big Green. Dartmouth, who will also be seeking their first win of the year, has not won on this field in 11 years.

Catching the Game
For the third time in three games, Penn football will be broadcast to a television audience. Local Philadelphia channel, CN8 will start their coverage at noon. For those outside the broadcast area, CN8 carries many of there games live online at www.CN8.tv. There is also the option of logging on to www.PennAthletics.com to hear all the action from Penn broadcasters Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray or at WNTP 990 AM in the local area. But if your in the local area, you should be at Franklin Field for the 800th Penn footbal game in the stadium's history.

The Series
Dartmouth’s final possesion win in New Hampshire last season broke a nine-game Penn winning streak in the series. Dartmouth last defeated Penn in back-to-back years in 1996-97. The 1997 game still stands as the last time the Big Green have left Franklin Field with a victory. The Quakers have won five straight at home and seven of the last eight in the series.

Real History
The University of Michigan recently celebrated its 500th game at the “historic” Michigan Stadium. They have a lot of catching up to do. Entering the 800th game Penn football game today at Franklin Field, Penn has over 500 WINS at Franklin Field. The Quakers have posted a 534-234-31 (.689) record at the only home they have known since 1895.

Last Time Out
Against the third-ranked defense in the nation, Penn struggled to find its way in the first half, and could not recover as Lafayette defeated the Quakers 24-17 at Fisher Field. Trailing 24-0 at the half, Penn closed the gap in just four plays with the opening possession of the second half. Blackmon rushed for 17 yards on the first two plays and then capped off the drive with Penn’s longest play of the season when senior Robert Irvin connected with him on a 42-yard screen play. With just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Penn got to within two touchdowns with an 11-play drive that spanned over 60 yards. Andrew Samson finished the drive with his first field goal of the season, knocking it through the uprights from 22 yards out. A Mike DiMaggio touchdown with just over three minutes remaining closed the Leopard lead to seven, 24-17. After the Penn defense forced a punt, the Quakers actually had a chance to tie the game on their final drive. However, after being pinned down at their own 11-yard line, Penn could not get the ball further than the Lafayette 46 and the comeback effort fell short.

Up Next
Following the contest with Dartmouth, Penn will finish their non-conference slate in Washington, D.C. – the team’s first trip out of Pennsylvania – to take on Georgetown on Oct. 11. After taking on the Hoyas, the Quakers will be back at Franklin Field to resume the rest of their Ivy League schedule. Columbia will be in town with kickoff on Oct. 18 set for 1 p.m.

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