PHILADELPHIA -- In another matchup of first-place Ivy League teams, Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is seeking to end Harvard’s six-game winning streak with his 200th career win. For the second time in three weeks, Franklin Field will serve as the host to two of the Ancient Eight’s best.
Catching the Game
Fans in the Philadelphia area will be able to catch the game on CN8 television. Those fans can also listen to the voices of Penn football Matt Leon and Hench Murray on WFIL 560 AM. For the Penn faithful outside the region, CN8 will have a video webcast of the game at www.CN8.tv. If you would like to listen to the Penn broadcast log on to www.PennAthletics.com.
Harvard has won three of the last four meetings with the Quakers, including a matchup of undefeated teams at Franklin Field in the second-to-last week of 2004. That game remains the only Harvard win inside the nation’s oldest stadium since 1980. Overall, Harvard leads the series 44-32-2, but the Quakers are 17-14-2 all-time at home. Since Al Bagnoli took over the head coaching duties in 1992, Penn has gone 11-5 against the Crimson.
Last Time Out
In his first career start, sophomore Keiffer Garton ran for a touchdown and passed for another as Penn defeated rival Princeton, 14-9, on a Friday night at Princeton Stadium. Penn held a 14-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Princeton fought its way back into the contest on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Jordan Culbreath. However, after the score, the Tigers failed on an attempted two-point conversion to leave the score at 14-9. After the teams shared punts, Penn was pinned at its own three-yard line with 6:07 remaining. However, behind Garton and sophomore running back Michael DiMaggio, the Quakers managed three first downs and were able to run out the remainder of the clock. On the drive, DiMaggio and Garton rushed seven times for 26 yards, while Garton converted two big third down plays. On Penn’s first drive of the second half, Garton extended the Quakers’ lead to 14-3 with a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt Appenfelder. The score was the first career passing touchdown for Garton and the first receiving touchdown for Appenfelder.
Another First-Place Matchup
For the second consecutive game at Franklin Field there will be a battle of first-place teams in the Ivy League. After Penn and Brown met with identical undefeated Ivy records two weeks ago, Harvard and Penn are both tied with Brown atop the league with 4-1 league marks. Harvard and Penn last met in this situation four years ago when both teams were undefeated in Ancient Eight play. Harvard won the Franklin Field matchup, 31-10.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn’s senior class has won seven of the last 10 league games played at Franklin Field ... The last time Penn beat a ranked opponent was Nov. 11, 2006against #17 Harvard at Franklin Field ... The Quakers last played a ranked team when they hosted Villanova in the 2008 season openeralso ranked No. 19 ... Penn has had three different starting quarterbacks in each of the last three games due to injuries.
Magic Number: 200
George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli is seeking his 200th career win today against Harvard. Bagnoli would be just the fifth coach in FCS history to exceed the 200-win mark. He won 86 games in 10 seasons at Union (N.Y.) prior to his 113 victories at Penn.
Magic Number: 10
In each of the team’s five wins this season, Penn has held its opponent to 10 or fewer points. However, in each of the team’s losses, the opponent has exceeded the 10-point barrier. In all, opponents have been held to 10 or fewer points in each of Penn’s last seven wins.
Penn’s season finale will be the longest road trip of the season. The Quakers visit Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell on Nov. 22.