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Football: Penn Looks to Start New Ivy Win Streak

This will be the 23rd and final season as Penn head coach for the retiring Al Bagnoli. (credit: from Univ. of Pa. by Jonathon Kolbe)

This will be the 23rd and final season as Penn head coach for the retiring Al Bagnoli. (credit: from Univ. of Pa. by Jonathon Kolbe)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of college football’s best rivalries will be on display on Saturday at Franklin Field, as the Penn Quakers host the Princeton Tigers in Ivy League action.

Penn, 4-3, saw a lot of streaks come to an end this past weekend as they lost to Brown, in Providence, 6-0 (see related story).  That snapped an 18-game Ivy league and a 12-game Ivy League road winning streak.  It also was the first time since 1997 (136 games) that the Quakers were shut out.

The game was played in terrible weather.  That weekend nor’easter played havoc with Brown’s grass field, and Quakers head coach Al Bagnoli says the conditions led to a lot of the game plan being thrown out the window.

“We don’t know what we could have done or not done against Brown,” he told KYW Newsradio this morning.   “We just never really had a chance to look at it, so we’ve got to kind of go back to two weeks ago, try to get back to being a balanced offensive team, run, pass, get our kids in space to try and make some plays.”

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As for the Princeton matchup, these two teams have met 102 times — the first coming all the way back in 1876 (Princeton won 6-0), and the Tigers have won 63 of those games.

But Penn has been in control of the series lately, winning eight of the last ten battles.

This year has been a struggle for the Tigers — they are just 1-6 — but Bagnoli says they have a lot of talent despite one consistent problem.

“The one area that just jumps out at you is they are last in our league in the turnover ratio (-12),” he says.  “And I think, beside the scoreboard, that is the singular most important statistic.  (When) you turn the ball over, it is very, very difficult to win the game.”

Penn is 3-1 in Ivy league action, good for a three-way tie for second in the Ancient 8, behind Harvard (4-0).  The Quakers play the Crimson on Saturday, November 12th.

Penn and Princeton will kick off this Saturday at 1:00pm in Franklin Field.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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