Back when college football players didn’t wear shoulder pads and the most popular national sports were boxing and horse racing, Notre Dame and Penn were both competitive gridiron programs.
Al Bagnoli stubbornly ran the ball over and over again in the first half against Cornell at a rate of less than 1.3 yards per carry, but it paid off in the end. The lesson? Trust Al Bagnoli.
Penn’s title teams of 2009 and 2010 may have run the Ivy League table, but the 2012 version is the most impressive of the current dynasty.
Penn football earned its third outright Ivy League championship in four years Saturday afternoon with a 35-28 win over Cornell.
Penn’s biggest advantage to stopping Jeff Mathews and the Cornell passing attack on Saturday lies with getting to him with the linebacking corps.
Andrew Holland will make his first career start when the Quakers head north to Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday to take on Cornell in a bid for the outright Ivy League title.
Saturday, with the season on the line, the Quakers in the trenches were the imposers and the Harvard Crimson the imposed upon. The result was another Ivy League title and victory cigars all around.
Van Roten, who graduated from Penn in the spring of 2012, is now more than halfway through his rookie NFL season with the Green Bay Packers and serving as a backup center.
Starting kicker Connor Loftus and starting punter and holder Scott Lopano like to have fun while they are waiting for their turn on the gridiron. But when they’ve gotten on the field this season, they have done a near-flawless job.
Leading up to the de facto Ivy championship tilt against Harvard, I still didn’t give the post-Yale Quakers much of a chance. But boy, did they prove me wrong.
It happened on the final play of the third quarter. Penn, up 21-14 at the time, faced a crucial third down with three yards to go on the Harvard 36. Ragone, as he had already done 15 times that afternoon, tucked the football away and took off running. He scrambled seven yards — easily enough for the first — before he was brought down violently around the neck by the Crimson’s Nnamdi Obukwelu.
On Saturday, the Penn football team showed what it could do and then some, clinching at least a share of the Ancient Eight crown with a victory over a favored Crimson squad.
Harvard won the opening coin toss, but not much more would go right for the Crimson at Franklin Field after that, as the Quakers scored on their opening drive and never trailed in a 30-21 victory.