Ivy Play resumes Saturday as undefeated football hosts Columbia

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PHILADELPHIA CREAM – The University of Pennsylvania RV/RV football team is well-prepared to race the rest of the Ivy League schedule on Saturday, hosting Columbia at Franklin Field, presented by Coca-Cola.

Quakers (4-0, 1-0 Ivy), led by head coach Ray Prioreare targeting their fifth straight win to open the 2022 season. They will be pushing to continue their best start since 2003 against former Penn head coach Al Bagnoli and the Lions (3-1, 0-1 Ivy), visiting Philly after a dominating 28-7 home win over Wagner last weekend.

MATCH 5 – RV/RV PENN vs. COLUMBIA
Presented by Coca Cola
Saturday October 15, 2022 | 1 p.m.
Franklin Field | philadelphia cream
Watch live on ESPN+ ($) | Listen live (QAN) | Live statistics | Tickets
Penn Game Notes | Columbia Play Notes


The Columbia Series

Penn hopes that the 101st meeting of this historic game will go a little better than the 100th last season in New York, after the Quakers were stumbled at Columbia, 23-14. Penn has mostly had the Lions’ number, winning seven of the last 10 matchups and leading the all-time series 75-24-1, including a 45-5 record at Franklin Field. Since Bagnoli retired from Penn and then took over at Columbia, Coach Priore is 3-3 against him.

A small defect

Aside from a 24-6 opening loss, Ivy to Princeton on October 1, Columbia was outstanding, going 3-1 with three convincing non-league wins. The Lions have beaten their opponents in those games, 108-16, and are coming off a 28-7 home win over Wagner last Saturday. Columbia enters today’s game as the third-most efficient offense in the Ivy League with 373.0 yards per game and allows third-fewest yards per game (305.5).

4-0!

From then on, it will all go back to this historic Penn 2003 team. The Quakers are 4-0 for the first time since their 10-0 and 13th Ivy League title in 2003. Penn also swept the non-league portion of the schedule for the first time since 2018. Penn and Princeton are the only two Ivy League teams with an unblemished record in the first four games and just two of the remaining perfect eight teams in FCS football.

All eyes on us

For the second week in a row, the Quakers received votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches Poll. This week, Penn scores 16 points in the Week 6 iteration of the poll after bursting with a vote last week. The Rouge et Bleu are three teams away from being ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2011. Princeton entered the Top 25 this week with a No. 23 finish after a 23-2 win over Lafayette on Saturday.

put the dots

59. That’s a big number, especially considering all-time Quaker point totals. Saturday’s 59-point performance at Georgetown was tied for second most since the start of Ivy League play. The Quakers led Saturday’s game 24-14 at halftime (after taking a 17-7 first-quarter lead) and scored 28 points in the third quarter alone. Penn’s highest-scoring game during the Ivy era came at Lehigh on September 23, 2017 when the Quakers scored 65 against the Mountain Hawks at Goodman Stadium.

say so much

second-year QB Aidan Sayin has been terrific under center for the Quakers so far in 2022, and showed his talent last Saturday in Georgetown through the air and on the ground. Sayin became the first Penn player to total five touchdowns in a single game since 2010 (Billy Ragone against Brown) and only the seventh since 1940, that is 82 years! – to accomplish the feat. With his four passing touchdowns against the Hoyas, Sayin heads into the weekend tied for the Ivy lead in passing touchdowns with eight.

Flowers starting to bloom

The Quaker running game has grown since the last day and the senior running back Trey’s Flowers was a big reason why. At Georgetown, he rushed 17 times for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns. Flowers has now rushed for four touchdowns in his last two games with a total of five on the year. The 149 yards are the most by a Penn running back since Isaiah Malcome finished with 201 almost exactly a year ago (October 9, 2021) against Lehigh. Flowers is tied for second in the Ivy League with five rushing touchdowns and fourth in rushing yards per game (84.0).

strong defense

Penn’s defense continues to impress. Last Saturday at Georgetown, junior linebacker Jack Fairman led the Quakers with eight total tackles and added his first career interception on the Hoyas’ first practice of the day. Five other players (Micah Morris, Grant Ristoff, Joey Slackman, Jake Heimlicher and Travis McFarling) all checked bags for the defense. Senior Captain Jonathan Melvin was second on the team with seven total tackles and one forced fumble.

The sweetness of the hearth

A win today would mark the third straight at Franklin Field for Penn. The Quakers haven’t started a 3-0 season at home since winning three in a row in 2018, capped by a 13-10 victory over the Lions.

Main tacklers

Leading by quite a margin, Heimlicher is still just one of many leading tacklers in the Quaker defense, leading the way with 30 total tackles (with eight tackles for a loss). Fairman is second with 27 while Shilo means and Melvin are tied for third with 24. Penn defensemen have a total of 17 sacks for a loss of 110 yards this season. Heimlicher leads in this category with four, while jack plank has 2.5 and four players (Melvin, Slackman, Morris, Ristoff) have two each.

So many targets

Sayin has had a whole arsenal of receivers in his back pocket this season so far, throwing at 13 different targets in three games. Of the 13, Casilli leads the way with 19 catches, followed by Malone Howley (15), Rory Starkey, Jr. (13), Flowers (12), Justin Cayenne (10) and Sterling Stokes (ten). After his career-high four against the Hoyas, Sayin now has eight touchdown passes this season to Starkey, Jr. (2), Cayenne (2), Casilli, Howley, Sterling Stokesand Jonathan Mulatu.

Quakers on air

There will be several ways to catch Penn’s all-important Ivy game against Columbia on Saturday. The contest will air live on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Joe Tordy (PxP) and Coffee Jones (Color) on the call. Matt Leon (PxP) and Hench Murray (Color) will have the game’s radio call through the Quaker Audio Network.

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