Sunday, April 20, 2014
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'I blame Villanova for this whole damn thing'

I have to thank Penn coach Al Bagnoli for making a declaration that was certainly said in jest but is not taken out of context.

'I blame Villanova for this whole damn thing'

The main reason why I pull quotes from the local football coaches luncheon to use as blog post headlines is that I figure it's the only chance I have to get you to read the stuff.

So I have to thank Penn coach Al Bagnoli for making my job much easier this week, with a declaration that was certainly said in jest but is not taken out of context.

The Quakers are now down to their fourth-string quarterback after freshman Billy Ragone broke his collarbone this past weekend. This came after opening day starter Keiffer Garton injured his throwing arm against Villanova, and backup Kyle Olson got dinged up against the Big Green as well.

On top of that, star cornerback Chris Wynn and running back Michael DiMaggio didn't play in Hanover either because of injuries.

I'll be interested to see which team has the wackier formations Saturday at Franklin Field: Bucknell with its triple-option or Penn with its Wildcat-by-default.

Here's what the region's Division II and III teams will be facing this weekend, as well as last weekend's results:

West Chester
Last week: Home loss vs. East Stroudsburg, 21-20
This week: 10/10 at LIU-C.W. Post, 1:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley
Last week: Road win vs. Lebanon Valley, 28-7
This week: 10/10 vs. FDU-Florham, 1:00 p.m.

Rowan
Last week: Home win vs. Brockport State, 56-20
This week: 10/10 at Western Connecticut State, 6:00 p.m.

Rowan ran 50 plays to Brockport State's 101 and still won by that much.

Ursinus
Last week: Home win vs. Gettysburg, 55-50
This week: 10/10 vs. Franklin & Marshall, 1:00 p.m.

Yes, you read that Gettysburg scoreline correctly. A few statistical highlights: Ursinus quarterback Justin Decristofaro, a Jenkintown native and Father Judge alum, threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Ursinus did not punt at all in the game, and Gettysburg only punted once. Ursinus racked up 624 yards of total offense and made 35 first downs, while Gettysburg totaled 694 yards of offense and 29 first downs in the loss.

Three of Ursinus' first downs came on its last drive of the game. The Bears held on to the ball for the final 6:36 of play after Gettysburg's last score. Ursinus led 48-23 at halftime.


Widener
Last week: Road win vs. FDU-Florham, 41-14
This week: 10/10 vs. King's College, 1:00 p.m.

Lincoln
Last week: Home loss vs. Bowie State, 51-20
This week: 10/10 vs. Virginia Union, 1:00 p.m.

Cheyney
Last week: Road loss to Kutztown, 35-21
This week: 10/10 vs. Millersville, 1:00 p.m.



Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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