Game Eight: Princeton — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Penn kept its Ivy title hopes alive with a 28-21 victory at Princeton on Saturday (see recap). Billy Ragone led another game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, while the defense kept the Quakers in the game, forcing four turnovers on the day. The Red and Blue are still tied with Harvard for first place in the league. They face the Crimson — who beat Columbia, 69-0, on Saturday — next weekend at Franklin Field.

THE GOOD: The running game. Penn had its best ground game of the season with 211 rushing yards on 47 attempts, significantly more than the season average of 132.9 yards. Lyle Marsh led the way with 104 net yards on the ground, followed by Billy Ragone with 61 and Jeff Jack with 50. Ragone and Jack each had a rushing touchdown on the day.

THE BAD: Penn's pass rush. Penn had just one sack on Princeton's two quarterbacks. Connor Michelsen and Quinn Epperly threw for 319 yards combined and often had plenty of time to find an open receiver. After Saturday's game, Penn has just 11 sacks on the season, second-worst in the Ivy League.

THE UGLY: Penn students' attempt to rush the field. Penn Athletics arranged for buses to bring students to the game, and many Greek organizations organized their own transportation, so the stands were packed with Penn students. As the clock ran out and the Quakers sealed their 28-21 victory over Princeton, there was a pathetic attempt to rush the field. No more than 20 students participated, and everything quickly fell apart as the students ran into the masses of players meeting in the middle of the field to shake hands.

14 thoughts on “Game Eight: Princeton — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

  1. GIVE THE KIDS A BREAK !
    At least they went up to Princeton to cheer their school to victory. I applaud them. GO QUAKERS !!!!!

  2. FOJL Postgame Notes:

    Great resilency by the Penn D -- big INT bailed out the offense.

    Ragone -- still spotty and inconsistent, but got job done
    when it counted

    Students -- good job in organizing and making the easy trek to Palmer Stadium. They dont have alot of experience in rushing the field, so i will give them the break too. If Penn beats Harvard next week, I would hope the Bronzed One would let the students onto his hallowed turf at Franklin Field

    Missing in Action (MIA) - Jonothon Tannenwald was absent and missed one of the more thrilling games of the season. I can only imagine where he was this week. Probably doing one of his 734 items on his task list

    Special kudos to ACE Alum Dave Zeitlin for joining us in the chat during the game. He does a terrific job with his work at the Penn Gazette, and we appreciate that he participated and contributed. The same cannot be said for Tannenwald, who continues to refrain from being a part of something that is fun and passionate. He truly has jumped the shark. A major THUMBS DOWN to him....

  3. This team besmirches the noble tradition of Penn Football as practiced by luminaries such as John Outland, John Heisman, Bert Bell, Chuck Bednarik and Harry Gamble.

    Al Bagnoli should be fired immediately if he doesn't resign first. He has lost his ability to coach and recruit.

    Oh... Penn is leading the Ivies?

    Nevermind.

  4. This was a great game to watch in person- the Princeton campus is really amazing- and the rivalry was intense. Every time Penn made serious progress, the Princeton side was silent. And vice versa. One of the more exciting game in the last few years. And Penn's defense appears to be back.

  5. Once again, Missing in Action (MIA), FOJL was absent and missed one of the more thrilling games of the season. I can only imagine where he was this week.

    Where was FOJL? Stop hiding and participate at a game!

  6. NAFOFOJL

    Thank you for the contribution. My geography and Sunday committments prohibited me from attending the Princeton game at Palmer Stadium. As Alyssa Kress and Anna Strong will confirm, I was fortunate to partake in the live blog coverage through the DP Buzz website.

  7. And Tannenwald still doesnt engage in dialogue and open communications.

    He in on the verge of becoming a complete hypocrite

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