PHILADELPHIA - Penn's sprint football team takes on Princeton in their home opener Friday at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field. Facing the Tigers more times than any other team in the program's 77 year history, Penn leads the all-time series 52-41-2. Last year, the Quakers did not surrender a single point in two meetings, trouncing Princeton 43-0 on Sept. 26 and 47-0 Oct. 31.
Penn notched their first win of the 2009 season last weekend when they defeated Cornell on the road 20-14. On both ends of the field, the Quakers out-played the Big Red more than the score led on. Penn held possession of the ball for over 38 minutes while recording 383 yards offensively, compared to Cornell's 304. The offense worked together smoothly, protecting sophomore quarterback Todd Busler from any sacks, nor yielding any turnovers. The Quakers' stifling defense forced and recovered a fumble and two interceptions.
With their impressive performance against the Big Red, Busler earned the CSFL's Offensive Player of the Week honor while junior Colin Dampier was awarded Defensive Player of the Week. Busler threw for 266 yards and produced three touchdowns, rushing for two and throwing another to Mike Bagnoli.
Dampier had both interceptions for Penn, and is the first player in the CSFL to record multiple interceptions this season. One of the two picks came in the fourth quarter and helped clinch the Quakers' victory.
Princeton comes into Friday's contest 0-1 in the 2009 season with a 33-0 loss to Mansfield last weekend. The Tigers were outscored by their opponents last year 268-17, and have not won a game since Oct. 29, 2005 when they defeated VMI 19-7. With two wins in the past 10 years, Princeton's last victory over the Quakers came in 1995 with a score of 39-13.