PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of Pennsylvania football team will look to extend its winning streak to four games on Saturday afternoon as they host rival Princeton in a key Ivy League match-up.
The Quakers are 4-3 on the season and more importantly 3-1 in the Ivy League after hammering Brown this past Saturday, 48-28. The Quakers led this game 41-7 in the third quarter before the Bears closed the gap with some late scores. This marked the third time in the last four games that Penn has scored more than 40 points.
“Offense just jumped right in where they left off against Yale (a 34-20 win on October 23rd) and were on full-throttle,” Penn head coach Ray Priore tells KYW Newsradio. “But, as importantly, the defense really stepped it up as well, keeping an explosive Brown team to seven points in the first half.”
Listen: Ray Priore with KYW’s Matt Leon
That Penn defense also forced five turnovers in the win.
The offensive numbers for Penn the last month are really incredible. In their last four games, the Quakers have scored a total of 169 points (average of 42.3 a game) and rolled up 1,894 yards (average of 473.5 a game), while going 3-1. The Quakers are tied for second in the Ivy League, a game behind undefeated Harvard and the Quakers still have the Crimson on the schedule. So with three games left in the 2015 season, Penn is very much in the thick of the Ivy League race.
“I think that’s what we try to sell to all the kids that we always recruit,” Priore says. “Which is you come to Penn, we’re going to play meaningful games in November.”
The Penn/Princeton rivalry is one of college football’s best. This will be the 107th meeting between the two schools and Princeton leads the series 65-40-1. The Tigers are 5-2 this season (2-2 in the Ivy) and they have won the last two match-ups against the Quakers.
“I think for the past couple years, Princeton has been a very explosive offense,” Priore says. “They make you defend side to side. Plus the clock, they run the speed no-huddle. They run a lot of different sets and formations and personnel groupings and they try to keep you off-balance with that and try to stretch the field.”
Saturday’s game at Franklin Field will kickoff at noon.