PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Playing on home soil for the last time in 2022, the University of Pennsylvania football team hosts Harvard on Saturday at Franklin Field, presented by PNC Bank.
The Quakers (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) will celebrate Seniors Day and 32 student-athletes along with two student assistants and a student equipment manager in a pre-game ceremony. Penn will look to end the season with a 5-0 record at home.
GAME 9 – PENN vs. HARVARD
Presented by PNC Bank
Saturday November 12, 2022 | 1 p.m.
Franklin Field | philadelphia cream
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Penn Game Notes (PDF) | Harvard Play Notes (PDF)
The Harvard Series
Among most of their other Ivy opponents, Penn has had some memorable games against Harvard over the past few seasons. The Quakers head into today looking for their first win over the Crimson since Nov. 16, 2019 and their first home win against the team since Nov. 11, 2016, the year they won the Ivy title. . In a 23-7 victory last year at Cambridge, Harvard won its 50th all-time game against Penn and extended its series lead to 50-39-2.
I didn’t see it coming
The upset of the season came last Saturday as Columbia beat Harvard, 21-20, to earn its first Ivy victory of the year. The Crimson led the Lions, 20-13, early in the fourth quarter, but a 25-yard pass from Caden Bell to Luke Painton with 9:11 left sealed the deal in Cambridge. Aidan Borguet had another solid game on the ground with his 23 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown while Cooper Barkate caught five passes for 102 yards. Despite the loss, Harvard’s defense held Columbia to just 180 yards of total offense. The Crimsons now have two losses with two games left against Penn and Yale.
We have the cut!
The Administrators Cup returned to University City on Saturday after Penn defeated Cornell, 28-21, in Ithaca to earn its seventh victory of the season with two games remaining. The victory is the Quakers’ seventh in eight years against the Big Red after falling last year at Franklin Field. The Rouge et Bleu gained only 272 yards in total attack including 135 on the ground (and 124 for Trey’s Flowers) while allowing Cornell 343 total yards.
Guess who’s back
Flowers made his triumphant return to the field on Saturday after missing last month through injury. He rushed 26 times for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Quakers to victory. Flowers has a pair of touchdowns in three straight games and had seven to lead the team this year. He was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, Penn’s first winner this season so far.
And trouble comes
Garrett Morris found himself all over the pitch once again against Cornell last Saturday, recording his second straight game with double-digit tackles. Morris had 10 against Cornell, a week after making a season-high 15 saves at Brown. Over eight games, he leads the team in total tackles (53) with a team that has tied 29 solo tackles. Along with his tackling performance, Morris also recorded his first interception of the season, in which he returned 22 yards to give the Quakers great field position, setting up a Flowers TD run.
Among the best in the nation
Penn had a great season compared to the rest of FCS Football, maintaining the forte in a variety of statistical rankings, especially on the defensive end. Quakers are ranked first in fewest fumbles lost (0), third in team sacks (3.62), fourth in fourth down conversion defense (.227), fourth in defense against first tries (133), fourth for tackles for a loss allowed (3.75). ), fourth in fewer turnovers lost (6), fifth in red-zone defense (.667), fifth in red-zone offense (.938), and fifth in team tackles for a loss (8.1)
Not only did the team prove effective on both sides of the ball amongst the rest of the country, but the individual players played solid football throughout the season. Julian Stokes is seventh in TD kick returns (1), Kendren Smith ranks 10th in fumbles recovered (2), Jake Heimlicher is 10th in sacks per game (0.88) as well as 19th in tackles for loss per game (1.4), QB Aidan Sayin ranks 11th in completions per game (24.25) and Josh Casilli is 19th in receptions per game (6.0).
The sweetness of the hearth
The Quakers are just one win over Harvard from going undefeated at Franklin Field for the 2022 season. It would be the first time Penn won all five games at home since 2010. That season, the Quakers went a record 9-1 overall with a perfect 7-0 record in Ivy, earning the program the 15th Ivy League title.
The Quakers scored a second-quarter touchdown, but that was all they could do in a 23-7 loss to the Crimsons at Cambridge last season. It was Penn’s first loss at Harvard since November 2013. On TD practice in stanza two, all 75 yards were gained on the ground, culminating in Isaiah Malcome’s 20-yard touchdown run. Rory Starkey, Jr. led the team with seven catches for 62 yards, including four grabs that turned into first downs. Penn recorded 11 TFLs as a team with Prince Emili and Jonathan Melvin recording 2.5 each.
The Quakers will honor their senior class with a pregame ceremony before kickoff with Crimson Saturday. 35 seniors will be honored along with 32 current players, two student assistants (JC Dobis and Travis Wang) and the Student Equipment Manager (Jordyn Hall). Seven players will be honored for the second consecutive year after returning for their fifth year of eligibility. These players include Garrett Morris, Rory Starkey, Jr., Trey’s Flowers, Adam Conyer, Shane Sweitzer, Jake Heimlicher and Trevor Radosevich.
Quakers on air
Joe Tordy (PxP) and Coffee Jones (Color) return to the booth as they stream the game live on ESPN+ (subscription required). Matt Leon (PxP) and Hench Murray (Color) have the radio call on the Quaker Audio Network (QAN).