Football concludes non-league action on Saturday at Georgetown
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – After a thrilling road win in double overtime on Friday night at Dartmouth in Game 1 of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania football team (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) hits the road again. nation’s capital, visiting Georgetown (1-4, 0-2 Patriot) Saturday at 2 p.m. for the final non-league game of the 2022 season.
The Quakers are 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and have a chance to extend the winning streak to four straight games, the longest since Penn won four in a row to end the 2017 campaign.
GAME 4 – PENN to GEORGETOWN
Saturday October 8, 2022 | 2 p.m.
Cooper Field | washington d.c.
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The Georgetown Series
Penn and Georgetown’s history dates back to the late 1800s, although they had only faced each other six times before Saturday. The Quakers are 5-0-1 in the all-time series, with the last two wins dating back to 2007. Penn tied Georgetown, 0-0, in 1937 at Franklin Field. The longest Quaker winning streak occurred between October 10, 1893 and November 8, 1924.
Get some streaks
The odds have been stacked against Georgetown lately, falling in each of its last four clashes after claiming a comfortable 43-12 season opener win at Marist on September 3. Since then, it’s been almost a month of defeats for the Hoyas. In those four losses, Georgetown were outscored 167-69, including 59 against Fordham in their last outing.
The previous meeting between Penn and Georgetown resulted in a 27-7 victory for the Quakers in Washington on October 11, 2008. Penn scored 27 unanswered points in the first three quarters before the Hoyas burst into the scoreboard with a TD at the end of the fourth quarter. Matt Hamscher gained 102 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown in the win, while Penn’s defense forced two fumbles (recovering both) with an interception for Tony Moses. The win over Georgetown was the second of a season-long four-game winning streak (which also came after a win over Dartmouth).
seize the moment
Penn left it all on the field Friday night, following their 23-17, double OT win over Dartmouth at Memorial Field in a game that pitted the Quakers against the two-time defending Ivy League champions. Trailing 10-7 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter in a scoring streak led by the sophomore QB Aidan Sayinplacekicker junior Graham Gotlieb threw a field goal from 35 yards to send the game to OT at 10-10. A touchdown pass from Sayin to Joshua Casilli gave Penn a 17-10 lead and into the second OT, after Grant Ristoff blocked the Big Green’s first field goal attempt, senior Trey’s Flowers jumped over the pile to give the Quakers the winning score.
It’s rare for the Quakers to play a night game these days – with Dartmouth being the only one on the 2022 schedule – and the head coach Ray Priore seems to lead to a whole new level in these situations. After a victory over the Big Green on national television, the seventh-year head coach is now 6-0 in night road games. Overall, Priore is 8-4 in the black.
All eyes on us
The win over Dartmouth surely caused a stir in the FCS community, as evidenced by Penn receiving votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) coaching poll, released Monday afternoon. Penn joins Princeton as the only two members of the Ancient Eight to make an appearance on the poll. The Tigers are just three spots out of the Top 25, recording 24 points for the Week 5 iteration of the standings.
Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach Bob Benson has a significant history with Georgetown, particularly as head coach of the Hoyas from 1993-05. Benson compiled a career record of 72-64, twice earning MAAC Coach of the Year honors and leading Georgetown to six consecutive seasons (1994-99). Benson won three MAAC titles with the Hoyas, leaving Washington with the second-most wins (72) in program history.
History is calling you!
Senior defensive lineman Jake Heimlicher had a historic start to the 2022 season. Heimlicher was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week on Monday, becoming the first Quaker in program history to accomplish the feat and the eighth Ivy League student-athlete. He had 13 tackles (two for a loss) with eight solos in the win over Dartmouth on Friday night. It’s the second game in a row that Heimlicher has recorded double-digit tackles. He continues to pace Penn’s defense in a host of categories including total tackles (28.0), solo tackles (17), assisted tackles (11), tackles for a loss (7.0) and yards wasted (28), sacks (3), quarterback rushes (4), and forced fumbles (1). Heimlicher is the first Ivy player to be named DPOW in consecutive weeks since Dartmouth’s Isiah Swann in 2018.
After holding their first two opponents of the season to less than 50 rushing yards, Dartmouth’s rushing production against the Quakers seems like an outlier, given the relevance of Big Green’s rushing offense in the FCS. . Dartmouth had led the FCS in rushing yards per game (350.5) heading into Friday and Penn held it to 190 rushing yards in the victory.
Even so, the Quakers are ranked second in total defense (235.0 yards/game), fourth in scoring defense (10.0 ppg), fifth in rush defense (79.0), and eighth in yards per game. passes allowed per game (156.0).
Leading by quite a margin, Heimlicher is still just one of the top tacklers in the Quaker defense, leading the way with 28 total tackles (with seven tackles for a loss). Jack Fairman and Shilo means are tied for second with 19 tackles, while Jonathan Melvin a 17. Aside from Heimlicher, Fairman (4.0) and Melvin (3.5) are up there in terms of tackles for loss.
So many targets
Sayin has had a whole arsenal of receivers in his back pocket this season so far, throwing at 13 different targets in three games. Of the 13, Casilli leads the way with 15 catches, followed by Flowers (10), Rory Starkey, Jr. (9), Sterling Stokes (9), Malone Howley (8) and Justin Cayenne (8). Sayin has four TD assists to Casilli, Starkey, Jr., Cayenne and Jonathan Mulatu.