Al Bagnoli Press Conference Quotes (10-22)
PHILADELPHIA - Penn will enter the Yale Bowl atop the Ivy League standings and with a national television viewing audience; it will hope to leave with its Ivy record unblemished. The trip to New Haven will be the first Ivy League road contest for the Quakers this season.
Catching the Game
A national television audience can see the Quakers this week on the YES Network. YES is a regional cable channel in the Metropolitan New York area but can be seen nationally as part of the Sports Package on DirecTV (Channel 622). As always, Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray will cover the Quakers via the airwaves on WNTP 990 AM or at www.PennAthletics.com.
Penn had won five straight against Yale prior to losing the last two contests to the Bulldogs. Overall, Yale leads the series 45-29-1 with a 21-12 advantage at the historic Yale Bowl. The last two games of the series, and three out of the last five, have needed some extra time to decide the outcome. Since head coach Al Bagnoli has taken over on the Quaker sideline, Penn has owned an 11-5 advantage over the Bulldogs.
Last Time Out
On a day when the offense could best be described as pedestriangaining just 204 total yardsit was the Quaker defense that made things easy for their colleagues on the other side of the ball in a 15-10 win over Columbia. When it was all totaled up, Penn’s three “scoring drives” on the day had covered 17 yards on 15 plays. Still, it was enough to edge the Quakers past Columbia although things were not secured until late when the Lions lost the ball in Penn territory onyou guessed itanother interception, Penn’s fifth forced turnover of the day. Penn’s defense got to the Lions quarterback and forced costly turnovers. The first was recovered by Colabella and led to Samson’s field goal just four plays later, and the second came when Ertman scooped up a misfired option toss at the 29-yard line and nearly put it in the end zone. Penn needed three plays to get those last two yards, before Bradford Blackmon finally pushed it in up the middle and made it 13-3.
Hamscher, Olson Take Ivy League Player of the Week Honors
For the third straight week, Penn is represented among the Ivy League Player of the Week honorees. In fact, two Quakers were rewarded this week. Freshman Matt Hamscher was the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, while junior Kyle Olson won Special Teams Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday. Hamscher guided the Quakers into first place in the Ivy League, finishing the game with 67 yards on 17 carries and one reception for six yards. Olson had nine punts, six of which were downed inside the 20-yard line with one being downed at the two-yard line. None went for a touchback. This is the first time since Chris Wynn (Rookie) and Scotty Williams (Defense) on Oct. 30, 2006 that Penn has had two players win the award in the same week.
With another impressive performance in holding Columbia to 10 points and just over 250 yards of total offense, Penn has moved to fourth in the FCS in total defense. Through five games they are allowing only 257.6 yards per game. They are tied for third in the nation in scoring defense, are third in passing efficiency, fifth in passing defense and fifth in the FCS in turnover margin.
Senior Britton Ertman had the most notable day for the Quakers against Columbia with a career-high two interceptions and two pass breakups. Ertman also grabbed a fumble recovery in the game for just the second time in his career. Junior Kyle Olson’s eight pass attempts and 32 yards passing were a new personal best. His 20-yard pass to David Wurst was a new career long for both players. Junior Chris Wynn set a new high with six tackles.
Did You Know?
Prior to the 15-10 victory over Columbia on Saturday, the last time Penn scored exactly 15 points in a game was Sept. 21, 1997 in an eight-point loss to Dartmouth at Franklin Field.
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. With a win against the Lions, he became just the fourth coach in Ivy League history to win 80 league games. Bagnoli’s win total has come in just 114 games vs. Ivy opponents. That amounts to a winning percentage above .700second all-time, and the rest of the coaches on that short list saw no more than 84 Ivy games.
Penn hosts the Brown Bears on Homecoming at Franklin Field on Nov. 1. The game will be televised nationally on the Versus Network with kickoff slated for noon. Six days later, Penn will take the bus into New Jersey to play under the lights at Princeton on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. It will be the 100th meeting between the two rivals.