Liveblog — Penn football vs. Cornell

Will Penn football win its third outright Ivy League title in four years? It all comes down to today's season finale in Ithaca, N.Y., where senior quarterback Andrew Holland will make his first and only career start for the Quakers (5-4, 5-1 Ivy) in place of injured QB Billy Ragone. Opposing him will be Jeff Mathews of Cornell (4-5, 2-4), who set an Ancient Eight record for passing yards against the Red and Blue a season ago at Franklin Field. Sports Editor Mike Wisniewski and staff writer Steven Jaffe bring you the action live:

This Week on 33rd Street: Nov. 16

Previewing our final Penn football game of the season, Senior Sports Ed. Megan Soisson, football writer John Phillips and I break down the Quakers' 30-21 win over Harvard (see story) and debate whether or not that momentum will carry over into Saturday's bout against Cornell in Ithaca with an outright Ivy League title on the line:

Three Up, Three Down: Cornell Edition

Breaking down last week’s Three Up Three Down is simple: the ups were right and the downs were wrong. That’s because the Quakers had to be on the up and up in every way to beat Harvard and they were. I predicted they’d be flagged a lot, struggle on third downs and struggle in the running game. They weren't, and they didn’t.

At least I nailed the positives, of which there were so many for Penn last week. Dave Twamley came up with another interception and Conner Scott had a few big catches, including a touchdown. And attendance was even pretty respectable. So who’ll be up and who’ll be down at Cornell?

Three Up —

Andrew Holland: This is Holland’s time to shine, and he couldn’t ask for a better setup for success. He’s going up against the Ivy League’s worst pass defense and looked more than tolerable under center in the final quarter against Harvard, throwing the dagger touchdown to Mitchell King. Up is better than backup, and Holland will get his moment.

Steve Lias: In his final collegiate game, Lias should keep up the stellar linebacker play of the last couple of weeks. Penn linebackers combined for six tackles for a loss and two sacks last week. Against Cornell’s mediocre offensive line, Lias and the rest of this linebacking corps should go out on top.

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Ivy papers predict this weekend’s games

Each week, sports writers and editors from each Ivy paper are submitting their picks for the weekend's Ivy matchups. This weekend there are just two, but that didn't stop us from nearly unanimously picking a Cornell win over Yale and a Harvard win over Brown.

Friday's paper has the abridged version, but the full reasoning behind the choices are listed after the jump.

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Turn Back the Clock: The last Turkey Bowl

The Red and Blue finished up their disappointing season in the Ivy League on Saturday with a 48-38 loss to Cornell at Franklin Field — Penn’s first loss to the Big Red since 2006. In their history, the Quakers have played Cornell more than any other opponent, and the series is the third most-played in the Ancient Eight, behind only Princeton-Yale and "The Game" of Harvard-Yale. On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, this week’s segment will take a look back at the historic series and turn back the clock to Penn’s last Thanksgiving Day football game.

On this day in Penn sports history …

November 23, 1989: For the 59th time, but the first since 1965, the Quakers and the Big Red met on Thanksgiving Day. The history of the Penn-Cornell Turkey Bowl goes back long before the Ivy League was even conceived. The teams first met on the holiday in 1895 in Franklin Field’s inaugural season. From that year until 1938, the game was played every Thanksgiving in Philadelphia, as the college football-crazed town came out in large numbers for the game and Franklin Field could hold far more people than the Big Red’s home stadium. After a brief three-year hiatus, the game was picked up again in 1942 and was played on the holiday 17 times between then and 1965. The likely end to tradition was Cornell’s desire to play Penn at home. The first game to be played in Ithaca, N.Y., was the 71st meeting in the series in 1964, and since then, Penn and Cornell have alternated hosting the game each year. But for one season, in 1989, the tradition was resurrected. Continue reading