Turn Back the Clock: Nov. 28, 1994

The Quakers comeback to grab overtime victory over Lehigh, 82-79
November 28, 1994

Though Penn had some trouble at Lehigh last week, back in 1994, a win against the Mountain Hawks — then the Engineers — was supposed to be a gimme for the Red and Blue.

For the majority of the game, the Quakers looked extremely beatable. The shots weren’t falling and they were having trouble with free throws and rebounding as well.

In the first half, the Red and Blue went 0-for-12 from beyond the arc while Lehigh grabbed 21 defensive rebounds. The only Penn player with more than four points in the first half was Eric Moore.

With Lehigh sinking the majority of its shots, the Engineers took a 36-29 lead into the locker room.

Even as the Red and Blue went on a run early in the second, the Engineers kept chugging along, building up a lead of 15 points before the Quakers finally woke up.

The Penn team that the fans were searching for in vain all night long finally emerged in the final minutes of regulation and overtime.

Matt Maloney tied the game with just over four minutes to play and though the teams went back and forth, Lehigh still led, 70-69, with less than a minute on the clock.

With 48 seconds remaining in regulation, Jerome Allen sank two free throws to put the Quakers up by one. But Lehigh quickly came back with a three-pointer from Rashawne Glenn. On the ensuing possession, Allen nailed a jumper off a pass from Maloney with five seconds to go, sending the Quakers to overtime.

In the extra session, Allen led the team to victory, adding seven points and finishing with a total of 22.

After the game, Allen said the Quakers fought through adversity to get the win.

“Character is made through adversity and it really brought out the best in us,” he said. “From this point on, I hope all our opponents bring out the best in us.”

The win marked the first of the year for the Quakers, who ultimately finished with a 22-6 record and unblemished 14-0 Ivy League title. They lost, however, in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Alabama.

Turn Back the Clock: Nov. 7, 1953

A Comeback Falls Short against Notre Dame, 28-20
November 7, 1953

You don’t hear about the Quakers playing Notre Dame much these days ... or at all.

In 1953, however, Penn football was still big time, and they came very close to taking down the Fighting Irish.

But it was also a fighting effort for the Red and Blue.

That year, Penn played teams such as Michigan, Army and Ohio State, which included wins against Penn State, Navy and Vanderbilt.

As part of this extremely tough schedule, the Quakers scheduled No. 1 Notre Dame at Franklin Field.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 24, 1998

A Hiccup on the Way to the Title: Brown slides by Penn, 58-51
October 24, 1998

Similar to last Saturday's Harvard-Princeton matchup, the Quakers had a big fourth quarter in this high-scoring game, but unlike the Tigers, the Red and Blue were unable to finish the job.

Jim Finn, later to win the title of "Mr. Irrelevant" in the 1999 NFL Draft, only to go on to play seven years as a punishing blocking fullback, set an all-time Penn record at Brown when he rushed for six touchdowns against the Bears, but it was not enough.

In a wild fourth quarter, Brown outscored the Quakers, 30-28, and scored the winning touchdown with only four seconds remaining.

What made it so disappointing was that Finn had just run for a 5-yard touchdown run to tie it up only 40 seconds earlier.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 17, 1936

Penn Football shuts out Princeton, 7-0
October 17, 1936

60 years after their first meeting, Penn shut out Princeton in a one-touchdown matchup.

This solo touchdown was achieved on a 57-yard punt return by team captain Lew Elverson, a member of the mid to late-1930's single-wing "Destiny Backfield."

The night before the game, there was a rally in the Quad, where the players pumped up the huge crowd that had gathered, according to E. Craig Sweeten (W'37) in a Penn Gazette interview.

Many years later the football alums from the class of 1937 presented the game ball, which read the final game score, in addition to other game and team memorabilia for a display on the fifth floor of Van Pelt.

Though Princeton was held scoreless in this mid-October matchup, the Tigers came close to catching the Quakers on multiple occasions.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 10, 1987

DP archives: Sophomore tailback Bryan Keys ran for 126 total yards in the game, including his 68-yard touchdown run.

Penn Football comes back to defeat Brown, 38-17
October 10, 1987

Oct. 10: Penn 38, Brown 17

It was 1987 and the Penn football team reigned as defending Ivy League champions since 1982.

But a solid Brown team was coming to the Frank with the hopes of taking the title away from the Quakers.

And for a while, it looked like Brown would.

The Quakers came into the game 1-1 in the League, while the Brown Bruins (now Bears) were 2-0.

The game began with a Brown rally starting with a touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Mark Donovan to Jamie Simone. It was followed by another touchdown on a run by Donovan, who followed by waving the ball in the faces of the Quakers on the field.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 3, 1953

Penn Football defeats Penn State, 13-7
October 3, 1953

It was the second game of the season. The Quakers were coming off a season-opening victory over Vanderbilt.

Among those the Quakers took on in the game was Penn State sophomore Lenny “Sputnik” Moore, who was NFL Rookie of the Year after joining the Baltimore Colts in 1956.

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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

Turn Back the Clock: Powerhouse at the Palestra

The Quakers’ near upset of Temple on Monday night calls to mind another near upset of an even bigger powerhouse back when Fran Dunphy manned the sidelines. Though knocking off Temple would have been sweet, such a win wouldn’t compare to an upset over a school like Pitt — the Big East school, currently No. 9 in the country, comes to town over Thanksgiving break. This week’s segment turns back the clock to when nationally-ranked Big 12 power Kansas visited the Palestra back in 1998.

On this day in Penn sports history …

November 17, 1998: Led by future Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams (Naismith inductee, 2007), the Jayhawks visited the Palestra for Penn’s season opener and entered the game ranked No. 8 in the country. Williams had chosen to add the Quakers to his team’s schedule — not worrying about the travel time or strength of schedule hit from playing an Ivy team — because he wanted his players to experience the Palestra (according to the DP’s 1998 article). Little did he know that the Palestra, with its crowd of 7,852 Red and Blue supporters, would not only get to his players, but also to him.

Penn had lost to Kansas the previous year, 89-71, at a neutral site and were coming off a decent season, finishing 17-12 overall, 10-4 Ivy. Though the Quakers entered the year favored to win the Ivy League, they had missed the NCAA Tournament for the previous three years — the longest such streak during Dunphy’s tenure. To prepare his team for both the Jayhawks dynamic offense and the primetime tip-off time, Dunphy had his team practice at 8pm the night before and had the reserves wear Jayhawks’ blue in practice and run Kansas plays.

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Turn Back the Clock: The Glen Miller Era begins

As we await this weekend’s basketball opener Friday night at UMBC, this week’s segment will turn back the clock to a dark time in Penn hoops history — the Glen Miller Era. But it didn’t start out that way, as Miller experienced some initial success before the program eventually plummeted to a low point in the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

On this day in Penn sports history …

November 10, 2006: The Glen Miller Era began in Syracuse, N.Y., when Penn took on UTEP for the first of three games in the Black Coaches Association Invitational. Before coming to Penn, Miller had first been an assistant coach at Connecticut under Jim Calhoun, and later he was the head man at Brown for seven seasons. The Quakers had gone 20-9 in 2005-06 under Fran Dunphy and were the defending Ivy League champions. The Miners also were playing their first game under a new coach, Tony Barbee, a former assistant under John Calipari at Massachusetts and Memphis.

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Turn Back the Clock: An historic win over Princeton

With last week’s disappointing loss to Brown that ended basically every big streak the Quakers had going, this week’s segment will step away from the football field. Although the Red and Blue are not out of Ivy title contention yet, unless they get some help, the best they can do is clinch a share of the championship. So, in anticipation of the football, soccer and field hockey games against Princeton set for homecoming this weekend, this week’s piece will take a look at an historic victory over the Tigers for the Penn women’s soccer team. And as we Turn Back the Clock, don’t forget to turn back your clocks one hour on Sunday. Enjoy the extra sleep.

On this day in Penn sports history …

November 3, 2007: The Penn women’s soccer team was coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Brown in double overtime the week before. The Quakers came into the match against the Bears 4-0 in Ivy play, but Brown’s goal in the 110th minute – with only 18 seconds left to play – crushed Penn’s hopes of an undefeated Ivy season. Still, with a win at Rhodes Field over the Tigers, who were also coming into the game with a 4-1 conference record, the Quakers could clinch a share of the Ivy title, and with some help, they could also secure the Ivy’s automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.

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