By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It is all Ivy league action from here on out this season for the Penn Quakers, starting with a visit to New York on Saturday to take on Columbia.
Penn wrapped up the non-league portion of its schedule this past weekend with a 27-14 loss at William and Mary. It really was a very difficult spot for the Quakers, as they had to travel down to Virginia to take on a team in the rugged CAA just a week removed from a four-overtime win over Dartmouth. But Penn rallied from a 21-0 fourth quarter deficit to pull to within a touchdown, before the Tribe put the game away.
“There was a lot of adversity,” Penn head coach Al Bagnoli tells KYW Newsradio. “Coming off an emotional, four-overtime win. We expended a tremendous amount of physical and emotional energy (against Dartmouth). We had to take what amounted to a seven-hour bus ride down to Williamsburg and then play in the rain against a really good team. So I give our kids a lot of credit, they overcame a lot of obstacles. I think we can take a lot of positives out of that game and hopefully this will be a catalyst for us to continue to improve our play.”
Columbia is 0-4 this season but, like the Quakers, they did play a very challenging non-league slate. It included games against #8 Fordham (7-0) and #18 Lehigh (5-1). Last week, they really battled the Mountain Hawks, before losing 24-10.