PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of Pennsylvania football team will play its second Friday night game of the season as they head up to New Haven, Connecticut to visit Yale.
The Quakers have won three straight (3-2 overall, 2-0 in the Ivy) and this winning streak started with that first Friday night game when they won up at Dartmouth. Their most recent victory came this past Saturday when they beat a Columbia team coached by former Penn head man Al Bagnoli, 35-10.
“Across the board, I thought our defense did a really nice job,” Penn head coach Ray Priore tells KYW Newsradio. “Caused an early turnover, led to the first score, kept them in check most of the game. Offensively, they did a couple things (on defense) that we weren’t expecting. Took us a quarter or so to get our balance back, but then our kids came out in the second half and struck back pretty good.”
Listen to the entire interview with Penn’s Ray Priore:
In the win against Columbia, junior running back Tre Solomon had another big performance. He had his third straight 100-yard game on the ground, finishing with 127 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He caught five passes and also threw a touchdown out of the “Wildcat” formation.
“He adds another weapon to our already good, talented group on offense,” Priore says.
Penn will face a Yale team on Friday night that is 1-4 (1-1 Ivy). Last week, the Bulldogs lost to Fordham in a wild one, 44-37. Yale was down at one point in the third quarter, 34-15. They came storming back, but couldn’t quite get to the finish line.
“I see a team that’s getting better each week,” Priore says. “You can definitely see it in their quarterback play, they are getting settled in to what they are doing, what the young man can do.”
Sophomore quarterback Tre Moore rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in the loss against Fordham.
Last year, Penn beat Yale at Franklin Field, 34-20.
Friday night’s game will kickoff at 7:00pm.