PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Penn Quakers head up to Providence, Rhode Island this weekend for a Saturday afternoon Ivy League match-up with the Brown Bears.
The Quakers improved to 3-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Ancient 8 this past Friday with an impressive 34-20 win over Yale. The Quakers actually fell behind 10-0 after a quarter, but they took control from there to earn their second straight victory.
“I thought it was probably one of our best offensive and defensive performances, collectively, on the year,” Penn head coach Ray Priore tells KYW Newsradio. “They both were able to compensate for some misplays we had in the special teams area. But our offense, again, is very, very potent, able to put up points real quickly. And our defense came up with some key stops in the red zone.”
Listen to the entire interview with Penn’s Ray Priore
Junior quarterback Alek Torgersen was brilliant against the Bulldogs, completing 25 of 35 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns. He was not intercepted. Now this was the latest in a string of outstanding performance by the Penn offense. In their last three games, the Quakers have scored 121 points and rolled up 1,431 yards of offense. Priore says the success is a combination of multiple factors.
“One is real good plan by our offensive coaches,” Priore says. “Execution of the plan. And we have a lot of young guys within the offense who are now stepping up and doing their part understanding. So it’s a combination of all three.”
Brown is 4-2 this season and they are also 2-1 in the Ivy League. Last week the Bears hammered Cornell, 44-24. Priore says the Bears are very consistent in their approach and what they bring to the table and have been for some time.
“If you would flip on the film from ten years ago,” Priore says, “you would see a very, very workmanlike effort by their kids. They have a plan, they execute that plan real well. Physical on defense and explosive (on) offense.”
Last season these teams met at Franklin Field, Brown grabbing a 21-13 decision.
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 12:30pm.