Penn football looks good right now. After the Quakers started off 0-2, the Dartmouth game was over before halftime, and Central Connecticut State proved to be the non-conference softie we suspected they might be.
There are just six Ivy games left in the season, and it’s hard to imagine feeling as though the Quakers could realistically be in a much better spot than they current are.
Inside the Quakers’ locker room, there was only one focus: just win.
Behind three total touchdowns from quarterback Alek Torgersen and a breakout performance from defensive lineman Louis Vecchio, the Red and Blue did just that, taking control early and holding on for a 28-16 win.
Former Penn football tight end Ryan O’Malley was added to the Oakland Raiders 53-man roster Wednesday, making him the second Penn alum on an active NFL roster.
The move — first reported by Penn Athletics — clears the way for O’Malley to make his NFL debut this Sunday at home vs.
It may just be Central Connecticut State, but the Quakers, who are reeling after taking down Dartmouth for the first time since 2013, are approaching Saturday’s contest like it’s any other game.
“In our progression they’re game number four,” coach Ray Priore said.
The preseason hype surrounding Penn football was unreal – 13 returning starters from a championship team will do that.
Forget the first two games of the season.
Penn football plays higher-caliber teams at the beginning of every year.
Well, that was an emphatic start.
Using a physical, ground-heavy attack centered around junior running back Tre Solomon, Penn football scored early and often in a 37-24 shellacking of fellow Ivy co-champion Dartmouth Friday night.
Yes, Dartmouth went on to take the title, sharing it with Penn and Harvard after going 6-1 in conference play. But fast forward to this year.
The Good: After ending the first half with a sizable, the Quakers gained momentum with a powerful performance by Tre Solomon.
In a turnover-ridded, mistake-filled game, Fordham managed to make fewer costly errors en route to a 31-17 defeat of the Quakers.
Ask any civilian on the street who the nation’s premier power couple is, and you’ll probably get some varied responses; Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Brad and Angelina are among many names that might get thrown out there.
But within the realm of Penn Athletics, the answer is quite simple: Bob and Juli.
On Saturday evening, Penn football showed that they are a good Ivy League team, just not a great FCS team.
If last year was a tale of two seasons for Penn football, Saturday was a tale of two halves.
Hosting Lehigh in the team’s season opener, the Quakers fell, 49-28, scoring 28 first-half points before getting shut out in the second half to the previously winless Mountain Hawks (1-2).
One Penn cheerleader knelt and another raised her fist during the national anthem at Penn football’s opening game against Lehigh.
Are you ready for some football?
After unexpectedly posting a 7-3 record and cruising to an Ivy League title a season ago, Penn football will kick off its 2016 season Saturday when it hosts Lehigh (0-2) at Franklin Field.
It turned out that Penn football didn’t need a new vision; it needed to remember why it had been the Ivy League’s dominant program for more than 20 years.
On the field, Penn football will go as far as Torgersen and Watson can take them.
Following Tyler Drake’s graduation, the Red and Blue will be forced to reshuffle their linebacking corps as they look to repeat as Ivy champions.
That’s the phrase that was written across the shoulders on the Penn football team’s 2015 Ivy League Champion t-shirts last year.
In 2015, Penn football’s coaches had the guts to start three true freshmen in its defensive backfield — and their brashness brought home an Ivy League championship.