PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After an impressive 35-20 win over Fordham last weekend in their final non-league game of the season, the 2-2 Penn Quakers (1-0 in the Ivy League) head to the Big Apple on Saturday to visit Ivy League foe Columbia.
The Quakers have won 14 straight in this series and Columbia is 0-4 in 2011, but Penn head coach Al Bagnoli says they are not taking the Lions lightly.
“They’ve been pretty hard fought games (Penn’s 14 straight wins), and obviously that’s not an easy place to play,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “And on top of everything else, it’s their homecoming game, it’s on national TV, it’s an Ivy game for them. So I sense they’ll play with great desperation and emotion.”
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The Quakers have won two straight since an 0-2 start, and Bagnoli says they are heading in the right direction but there is still work to be done.
“On offense we are going to have to continue to improve on our passing game. We are showing great improvement, we look a lot more comfortable, a lot more fluid throwing the ball, which is good to see. On defense we are still giving up a few too many big plays, and the big plays aren’t resulting in first downs, they are resulting in touchdowns which you have to negate. And we have to do a little bit better job on third down.”
Kickoff is set for 3:30pm on Saturday at Kraft Field in New York City.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060