It may be a down year for the Quakers (1-4), but keep in mind they have played a brutal schedule for the first half of the season. Penn’s win came against Columbia. They have lost to Jacksonville on the road in horrible weather, to a pair of ranked FCS teams in Villanova and Fordham, and Dartmouth which beat Yale. QB Alek Torgersen has good size (6-3, 225) who can throw and run. Penn has moved the ball well. The Quakers were without their top three RBs last week because of injury. Defensively, the Quakers are very physical and bring a ton of pressure. Senior Evan Jackson is one of the top DBs in the Ivy.
East Haven native Al Bagnoli will step down as Penn head coach following this season. This is his 23rd year as Quakers head coach.
Said Reno: I have a lot of respect for coach Bagnoli. When I was fortunate to get this position, he reached out to me. That meant a lot to me. He’s had a lot of success in this league. He coaches to play football the right way.”
Below is an email I received from Yale historian Bob Barton…
Under Article 31.10.5 of the NCAA Manual, Al Bagnoli's record vs. Yale is 17-5.
Some sources list him as 16-6. The Ivy League office decreed Penn's 1997 victory a loss by forfeit, but the eligibility violation did not meet the NCAA threshold for a forfeiture, and the NCAA told Penn to accept the victory. (Steve Conn and I have seen the NCAA's e-mail.)
The player who committed the violation by continuing to play after lightening his course load, Mitch Marrow, still is listed on the 1997 All-Ivy team in the last published Ivy media guide.
The scheduled kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 1:30 p.m. Most home games were scheduled for 1 p.m. this season. This is because Saturday’s game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl, Yale has put together its All-Yale Bowl team. The team includes 67 former Bulldogs who have played at the Bowl. The team will be honored at the Princeton game at the Bowl on Nov. 15. About 40 players are expected to attend, including Calvin Hill and Dick Jauron. Players will be at the Webster Bank Yale 100 tent about an hour before kickoff and will also be honored at halftime.
*Cornell at Brown, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
*Harvard at Princeton, 1 pm [ESPN3]
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 1:30 pm [ILDN]
*Penn at Yale, 1:30 pm [NBCSN]