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Penn Quakers Football
Penn Quakers football
Penn Quakers logo.svg
First season 1876
Head coach Ray Priore
3rd season, 20-10 (.667)
Stadium Franklin Field
(Capacity: 52,593)
Year built 1895
Field surface SprinTurf
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Ivy League
Past conferences Independent (1876-1956)
All-time record 845-489-42 (.629)
Bowl record 0-1-0 (.000)
Claimed nat'l titles Div. I FCS: 7[1]
Conference titles 18
Consensus All-Americans 63
Colors Blue and Red[2]
         
Fight song Fight on, Pennsylvania!
Mascot The Penn Quaker
Marching band The University of Pennsylvania Band
Website pennathletics.com
One of the first teams of the University, 1878.

The Penn Quakers football team is the college football team at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penn Quakers have competed in the Ivy League since its inaugural season of 1956, and are currently a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Penn has played in 1,364 football games, the most of any school in any division. Penn plays its home games at historic Franklin Field, the oldest football stadium in the US. All Penn games are broadcast on WNTP or WFIL radio.

Overall history

Penn bills itself as "college football's most historic program".[3] The Quakers have had 63 First Team All-Americans, and the college is the alma mater of John Heisman (the namesake of college football's most famous trophy). The team has won a share of 7 national championships (7th all-time) and competed in the "granddaddy of them all" (The Rose Bowl) in 1917. Penn's total of 837 wins puts them 11th all-time in college football (3rd in the FCS) and their winning percentage of 62.9% is 21st in college football (7th in the FCS). 18 members of the College Football Hall of Fame played at Penn (tied with Alabama for 14th) and 5 members of the College Football Hall of Fame coached at Penn. Penn has had 11 unbeaten seasons. Penn plays at the oldest stadium in college football, Franklin Field, at which they have had a 35-game home winning streak (1896-1899), which is the 15th best in the country, and at which they have had 23 unbeaten home seasons. Penn is one of the few college football teams to have had an exclusive contract with a network for broadcasting all their home games. For the 1950 season, ABC Sports broadcast all of Penn's home games. The only other teams to have exclusive contracts are Miami and Notre Dame. The Quakers competed as a major independent until 1956, when they accepted the invitation to join the Ivy League.

NCAA television controversy

See: NCAA Football television controversy

Ivy League

Penn joined the Ivy League in 1956 when it was formed. Penn won its 1st Ivy League Football Championship in 1959. It was not until 1982, 23 years later, that Penn would win its 2nd Ivy League Football Championship. Since that year Penn has become a dominant football power in the Ivy League. They are tied with Dartmouth in winning a record 18 Ivy League Football Championships. Penn, however, is first in outright Ivy League titles (13), and first in undefeated Ivy League titles (8).

NCAA records

NCAA record for most college football games played - 1,365.
NCAA record for consecutive overtime losses - 3 games[4]

Ivy League records

Most outright Ivy League titles - 13 (1959, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012) ;
Highest number of unbeaten Ivy League seasons - 8 (1984, 1986, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010);
Longest Ivy League winning streak - 20 straight games (2001-2004). Penn also holds the next two Longest Ivy League win streaks. (18 straight games - 2008-2011) and (17 straight games - 1992-1995).
Record 18 Ivy League Football Championships. Tied with Dartmouth.

Franklin Field

Penn's home stadium Franklin Field is not only the oldest stadium in football but holds many other records as well. It is the site of the oldest stadium scoreboard (1895), the "original horseshoe" (1903), the first college football radio broadcast (1922 on WIP), the first double-decker football stadium (1925), the largest stadium in the country (1925 to 1926), the first college football television broadcast (1940 on KYW-TV) and the first FCS stadium to host ESPN's College Gameday (2002).[]

Championships

National championships

Year Coach Record
1894 George Woodruff 12-0
1895 George Woodruff 14-0
1897 George Woodruff 15-0
1904 Carl "Cap" Williams 12-0
1907 Carl "Cap" Williams 11-1
1908 Sol Metzger 11-0-1
1924 Lou Young 9-1-1

Conference championships

Year Coach Overall record Conference record
1959 Steve Sebo 7-1-1 6-1
1982 Jerry Berndt 7-3 5-2 (shared title)
1983 Jerry Berndt 6-3-1 5-1-1 (shared title)
1984 Jerry Berndt 8-1 7-0
1985 Jerry Berndt 7-2-1 6-1
1986 Ed Zubrow 10-0 7-0
1988 Ed Zubrow 9-1 6-1 (shared title)
1993 Al Bagnoli 10-0 7-0
1994 Al Bagnoli 9-0 7-0
1998 Al Bagnoli 8-2 6-1
2000 Al Bagnoli 7-3 6-1
2002 Al Bagnoli 9-1 7-0
2003 Al Bagnoli 10-0 7-0
2009 Al Bagnoli 8-2 7-0
2010 Al Bagnoli 9-1 7-0
2012 Al Bagnoli 6-4 6-1
2015 Ray Priore 7-3 6-1 (shared title)
2016 Ray Priore 7-3 6-1 (shared title)

Penn in the AP Poll

Year Final AP Poll ranking
1936 10
1940 14
1941 15
1943 20
1945 8
1946 13
1947 7

Bowl games

Season Date Bowl Location Result Opponent
1916-17 January 1 Rose Bowl Game Pasadena, California L 0-14 Oregon

Individual players

Notable Quaker players

Individual award winners

Penn's total of three major award winners surpasses several BCS programs to this day. George Savitsky The only 4 time all- American in college football history

Bob Odell - 1943
Chuck Bednarik - 1948
Reds Bagnell - 1950
  • Ivy League Coach of the Year
Jerry Berndt - 1984
Ray Priore - 2015

College Football Hall of Fame

Eighteen former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[5][better source needed]

Quakers in the NFL Draft

A total of 51 players from Penn have been drafted in the NFL,[when?] including NFL Hall of Famers Chuck Bednarik (#1 overall pick in 1949) and Bert Bell (1963) and NFL first-round pick Skip Minisi.


Coaching Staff

Name Position
Head Coach Ray Priore
Associate HC / Defensive Coordinator Bob Benson
Offensive Coordinator / QBs John Reagan
Running Backs Steven Downs
Inside Linebackers Jon Dupont
Defensive Line Malik Hall
Offensive Line Joe Johnson
Tight Ends Kyle Metzler
Outside Linebackers Jeff Smart
Wide Receivers Rick Ulrich
Director of Football Operations Jake Stern
Assistant Director of Football Operations Ryan Becker
Video Coordinator Matt Hutchinson

Notable games

Penn 30, Navy 26

On October 18, 1986, Penn defeated Navy 30-26 in front of Navy's Homecoming crowd. Penn finished the season undefeated at 10-0, 7-0 in the Ivy League for their 5th straight Ivy League title.[6]

Penn 35, Harvard 25

On November 14, 2015, Penn defeated 12th ranked Harvard 35-25 at Harvard Stadium. This win ended Harvard's 22-game winning streak; their first loss since October 26, 2013.[7] With this win, Penn improved to 6-3, 5-1 in the Ivy League, and with a 34-21 win in their next and final game against Cornell, were able to clinch a share of the Ivy League title along with Harvard and Dartmouth. The title capped a remarkable comeback season for Penn. After back-to-back losing seasons in 2013 and 2014, Penn started the 2015 season at 1-3, including a loss in their Ivy League opener, but rallied with 6 straight wins to end the season.

Penn 27, Harvard 14

On November 11, 2016, Penn defeated 22nd ranked Harvard at Franklin Field. This win ended Harvard's Ivy record 13-game Ivy road game win streak. [8] With this win, Penn improved to 6-3, 5-1 in the Ivy League, and into a three-way tie atop the Ivy League alongside Harvard and Princeton. Penn scored two touchdowns in the game's final 17 seconds, headlined by an 80-yard touchdown drive engineered by quarterback Alek Torgersen. A 42-20 victory the next week against Cornell gave Penn a share of the 2016 Ivy League title, making them back-to-back champions for the first time since 2009-2010. A Harvard loss to Yale in "The Game" the next week dropped the Crimson out of title contention.

Penn 23, Harvard 21

On November 13, 1982, Penn defeated Harvard with no time left on the game clock at Franklin Field. This win clinched a share of the Ivy football title for Penn. While Penn led 20-0 with nine minutes to play, Harvard scored three touchdowns in just eight minutes. However the Quarterback Gary Vura, starting at his own 20 yard line with just 84 seconds left, marched his team down the field, setting up a field goal attempt by kicker Dave Shulman. Shulman's 38-yard attempt was tipped by a Harvard player and went wide left. But Harvard was called for roughing the kicker. Since a game cannot end on a potential decision-changing defensive penalty, Shulman kicked again, this time from the 11 yard line and his 27 yard field goal was good. [9] Although the Quakers did lose the following weekend to Cornell, their victory that day, after three losing seasons of 0-9, 1-9 and 1-9, gave Penn a share of the Ivy title for the first time since 1959, which had been its only Ivy title. It also marked the turning point in Penn's Ivy football play, with the Quakers winning or sharing another 16 Ivy titles during the 35 years since then.

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