PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team hits the road for the second time this fall on Saturday, set to face the Franklin Pierce Ravens at 1 p.m.
The Quakers (2-0) are coming off of their first victory over Army West Point since 2008, taking down the Black Knights last Saturday by a score of 14-9. In doing so, quarterback Mike McCurdy surpassed Todd Busler's career passing yards record and now sits with a total of 4,615.
Offensively McCurdy leads the league's most potent passing offense, averaging 271 yards through the air. Defensively, Penn has nabbed seven interceptions on the year, including three for Robert Diorio, and the Quakers own a turnover margin of +5. Quinn Karam collected CSFL Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 7.5 tackles against the Black Knights as well as the game-ending interception on Army West Point's final drive.
Reigning CSFL Offensive Player of the Week Andrew Sutton gashed the Army West Point defense for 158 yards on five catches, including an 85-yard touchdown. The junior leads the league, averaging 144.5 receiving yards after two weeks.
The Red and Blue have been stingy on defense, ranking second in the CSFL by allowing just eight points per game. Penn allowed just three field goals to Army West Point after the Black Knights totaled 38 points in week one.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast on Boxcast TV.
Series History vs. Franklin Pierce
The Quakers hold a 3-1 advantage over the Ravens as Franklin Pierce is in the midst of its fifth season of sprint football. The Red and Blue opened the 2015 season against FPU and won in dominant fashion, 51-7. Penn's only loss to the Ravens came in overtime in 2013.
About the Ravens
Franklin Pierce enters Saturday's contest with a 1-1 record after taking down Post in week one 24-6 before falling to Navy last week 54-13. Jose Melo leads the offense at the quarterback position and averages 92.5 yards through the air per game. On the ground, Tyler Zech is averaging over 55 yards each contest. The Ravens currently sit fourth in the CFL with an offense that produces 18.5 points per game. Defensively, Andrew Pelkey owns 2.5 sacks on the year, while Brandon Knight has recorded 13 tackles.