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Villanova Wildcats Game Day: Penn Quakers

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Editor's Note: Each Tuesday we'll be giving you some high-level information on Villanova's next football opponent as a primer for the weekend.

Game Day Vitals

Matchup: Villanova Wildcats (2-1, 1-0 CAA) vs. Penn Quakers (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League)

Date/Time: September 22nd, 2012, 3:30 pm ET at Franklin Field

Where To Watch: Comcast Network | WFIL 560

Tickets: Penn Ticket Office | Seating Chart

Opponent Information

Opponent Profile: The Penn Quakers are a member of the the famed Ivy League for all sports. Penn finished the season with a modest 5-5 record, and logged a 4-3 record in the Ivy League to finish in a tie for second place, which was widely considered a disappointment. Penn has not beaten Villanova on the football field in over 100 years - but don't let that fool you. Penn regularly plays 'Nova very close, and this year is likely to be another tight affair.

Last Week: A 28-21 loss to Lafayette. Penn played one of the sloppiest games I've ever seen, turning the ball over a staggering 8 times.

Other Coverage: Philadelphia Inquirer | The Buzz

Coaches & Players

Head Coach: Al Bagnolii is in his 21st season in charge of the Quakers. Bagnoli truly is a legend in the FCS ranks, as he currently is tops in winning percentage among active coaches. Bagnoli also holds the record among coaches for most outright Ivy League titles. Perhaps the one thing missing from this future Hall of Famer's resume is a victory over cross-town rival Villanova.

Top Assistants: Jon McLaughlinn enters his 4th season in charge of the Penn offense. 5 members of his offense gained All-Ivy recognition last season and QB Billy Ragone posted the 5th most prolific season in school history in 2011. Ray Priore is the veteran of the staff, entering his 26th season as a part of the Penn coaching staff. He's served 14 years as defensive coordinator, and his unit is coming off the 3rd straight season in which they led the Ivy League in rushing and scoring defense.

Most Famous Football Alum: Chuck Bednarik, without a doubt. Bednarik is best remembered for being the last true two-way player in the game, and has been inducted into both the College Football and NFL Hall of Fame. The Chuck Bednarik Award is given annually to college football's best defensive player.

Key Offensive Players: QB Billy Ragone | RB Brandon Colavita | WR Conner Scott

Key Defensive Players: DL Brandon Copelandd | LB Steve Lias | DB Dan Wilk


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