Sprint Football Closes Out 2009 Season with Trip to Princeton

PHILADELPHIA - In its final game of the 2009 season, Penn sprint football will take on Princeton Thursday at 8 p.m. on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. The Quakers (3-3) defeated Princeton in their Sept. 15 meeting 57-7 on Franklin Field.

Leading the all-time series 53-41-2, the Red and Blue boasted a perfect 5-5 in the red zone and a 548-183 advantage in total offensive yards in the last meeting win. Penn's defense made three sacks, forced the Tigers into two interceptions and a fumble, as well as stopped Princeton's three fourth down conversion attempts.

After starting the season 3-0, the Quakers have fallen in their last three games to Army (35-26), Cornell (27-24 OT), and Navy (37-11). In last week's Navy contest, the Midshipmen controlled the game 31-0 through three quarters before the Quakers were able to make a mark on the scoreboard. Todd Busler passed for 90 yards while Mike Bagnoli led Penn's offense with 189 yards rushing and a touchdown. On defense Sam Biddle made nine solo tackles and Ted Rawlings totaled eight and an interception.

In a record breaking year thus far, Busler and Whit Shaw have topped the all-time single season lists in passing and receiving. Currently with 1,411 passing yards, Busler broke Michael D'Angelo's 2008 record of 1,288. Busler also shattered the single game passing record on Oct. 9 against Army, passing for 429 yards. The previous owner of the record was Pat Wolff with 340 yards (10/19/68 vs. Cornell).

With 742 receiving yards, Shaw broke Patrick Monaghan's single season record of 572 (2004). Shaw also became No. 2 in single game receiving yards on Oct. 9 against Army with 274 receiving yards. He passed now No. 3 Monaghan (184 yards 11/5/04 vs. Princeton) and was just short of No. 1 Jack Welsh (285 yards 10/19/68).

Princeton (0-6) has yet to win a game this year but comes off its closest game of the season - a 26-14 loss to Mansfield. The Mountaineers scored three touchdowns in the final 17 minutes to rally past the Tigers. Princeton has not won a game since Oct. 29, 2005 when they defeated VMI 19-7. With two wins in the past 10 years, the Tigers' last victory over the Quakers came in 1995 with a score of 39-13.