Penn goes after 18 in a row

After downing Dartmouth on the Big Green's homefield with a late touchdown on Oct. 8, the Penn football traveled to Columbia last week and did the same thing to the Lions.

``The kids had just enough to get out of New York City with a "W"," Quakers coach Al Bagnoli said.

On Saturday, Penn will host Yale at 12 noon in a game between teams that are unbeaten in Ancient Eight play with 2-0 records. Both are 3-2 overall.

Penn will be out to extend its league winning streak to 18. The Quakers string of 17 in a row is already the longest any team in the Football Championship Subdivsion has in its own conference.

Penn came out on top against Dartmouth on a night when the fans of the home team were excited about seeing the Big Green defeat Penn in the first night game in school history. And at Columbia, it was homecoming day.

Now, Yale comes in to Franklin Field with a capable team. Bulldogs quarterback Patrick Witt attempted 54 passes in a 27-20 loss to Penn last season, and completed 34 with two interceptions and a pair of touchdown passes.

Defensively, Yale has impressed Bagnoli.

``They are good and stout up front, their second-level kids are good, and their secondary keeps everything in front of them," he said.

Penn gets to play an Ivy League game at home for the first time this season, and the Quakers will get an early afternoon start for the first time this season. Their first four outings began at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., and the Columbia game kicked off at 3:30 p.m.

``Our kids are not used to having to get up at 7:30 in the morning," Bagnoli joked. ``So, it'll be interesting to see if they are awake at game time. But, it'll be a different dynamic for us and it should be fun. For the first time this season, and this is the middle of October, this is the first time we'll be playing an afternoon game. It's good that this game is at Franklin Field, and hopefully, that will help us."

Bagnoli is looking to see more consistency from his team.

``In some spots, we're pretty talented," he said. ``In some spots, we're pretty good. And in other spots, it looks like we haven't practiced ever. We have to get this consistency thing down, and try to be a little more focused."

Bagnoli is after his 100th career Ivy League win in his 100th game on the sideline at Franklin Field.