PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team is once again on the road on Friday, heading to Ithaca for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Cornell.
Both teams are 2-1 in Collegiate Sprint Football League action, tied for third place midway through the season. Neither side can afford a second CSFL defeat, as Army West Point (3-0) and Navy (2-0) are both undefeated and cruising.Last year, Penn defeated Cornell at Franklin Field, 36-19. Mike Beamish ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Rob Diorio ran back a fumble recovery for a 38-yard score.
Penn enters the game with the CSFL’s third-highest scoring offense (33.0 ppg) and ranking third overall in total offense (347.3 ypg).
Cornell is averaging 23 points-per-game, fifth in the CSFL. The Big Red have been posting 246 yards of offense per game, ranking seventh in the league.
The two teams are about even in terms of scoring defense. Penn is fourth among CSFL teams, allowing 18.0 points-per-game. Cornell is right behind the Quakers, ranking fifth with 18.3 points allowed per game.
The Big Red have allowed just as many yards as they have gained, allowing 246.3 yards of offense – the third-fewest among CSFL programs.
Penn is seventh in the league in total defense, allowing 320.3 yards-per-game. Penn’s been susceptible to the pass, allowing 622 passing yards through three games – second-most in the CSFL.
Penn’s passing offense is setting the bar among CSFL aerial attacks, though, with a league-leading 244.0 yards-per-game. Conversely, Cornell is eighth in the league with 103.3 yards-per-game.
Third Down will be key, as both teams are third in the CSFL in opponents third down %, holding teams to 12-for-46 (21.6%).
Mike McCurdy continues to lead the CSFL in total offense, averaging 265 yards-per-game. He also is tops in passing yards (243.0 ypg) and passing yards-per-attempt (8.7).
McCurdy has been involved in the most touchdowns by any CSFL player this season with nine. His eight passing scores are also most in the league.
Henry Mason leads the CSFL in receiving yards-per-game (117.7) and receptions-per-game (6.0). His five receiving TDs are also most in the CSFL.
James Juliano is fourth in the CSFL in total tackles with 24. He had 14 of those tackles last week at Navy.