Sprint Football Readies for Round Two with Cornell

PHILADELPHIA - Penn and Cornell will meet for the second time this season, as the Quakers play host Friday at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field. The two teams last met on Sept. 18, kicking the season off in Ithaca, N.Y. -- Penn came away with the win 20-14.

The Quakers enter this week's game with a 3-1 overall record and 1-1 mark in conference play, following last Friday's tough loss to Army. An offensively dictated game, both teams combined for 934 yards of total offense and exchanged the lead five different times. The Quakers led by two at the half, but the Black Knights stormed back over the final two quarters for the 35-26 edge.

For their performances in the Army game, junior quarterback Todd Busler and kicker Raiam Dos Santos earned CSFL Player of the Week honors. Throwing for 429 yards, Busler produced the top passing performance in the CSFL this season to earn Offensive Player of the Week. He finished 27-for-42 and threw two touchdown passes, with one going for 76 yards.

Earning Special Teams Player of the Week, Santos went 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts against the Black Knights with one of the kicks coming from 45-yards out. He also connected on a 40-yarder, as well as punting four times, including a 48-yarder and another pinning Army inside the 20.

The Quakers are the number one ranked offense in the CSFL, averaging 485 yards a game. Busler leads the league with 10 touchdown passes, while receiver Whit Shaw leads the CSFL in all receiving categories, including receptions (30), yards (608), and touchdowns (6). Running back Mike Bagnoli has made a huge impact this season rushing for 459 yards and six touchdowns. Penn's strong defense has been led by linebackers Michael McMullen and Sam Biddle.

Cornell comes off a 44-0 romp of Princeton, improving its record to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the CSFL. The Big Red's ground game has been especially strong, outrushing their opponents 848 yards to 177. D.J. Schiavetta leads Cornell with 266 yards this season, followed by quarterback Elliot Corey with 263 on the ground. Corey leads the passing game throwing for 388 yards.