Penn looks for first Ivy win Saturday against Brown

Matt Leon
October 29, 2019 - 1:23 pm
Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Cragun leads Penn with 36 catches this season for 604 yards.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Penn Quakers will be back home on Saturday to welcome the Brown Bears to Franklin Field in Ivy League action.

Penn's last two games, both on the road, ended in defeat. This past Saturday the Quakers lost a wild one in New Haven, falling to Yale, 46-41.

"Offenses made big plays all day during the course of the game, and the team that could get that last possession was going to be the team to pull it out is what it seemed like," Penn head coach Ray Priore told KYW Newsradio. "Late in the game, we had a turnover, which gave them an extra possession, which at the end of the day probably caused us the biggest headache."

Penn (2-4, 0-3 Ivy) rolled up 521 yards of offense in defeat. Senior quarterback Nick Robinson threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. His top targets were sophomore wide receivers Ryan Cragun and Rory Starkey Jr. Cragun had a huge game with 13 catches for 208 yards, while Starkey added five receptions for 93 yards and a score.

"It was great to see our offense, from a week ago (44-6 loss at Columbia), really take a very, very positive step," Priore said. "Nick Robinson had a terrific day dishing the ball out to several receivers, but Ryan and RJ did a tremendous job catching some difficult balls, making some key third-down completions. We did a great job on third- and fourth-down conversions, which extended drives. And those drives turned into scores."

Brown is 1-5 on the season (0-3 Ivy) under new head coach James Perry. After a 35-30 win over Bryant to open the season, the Bears have dropped five in a row. Brown can light up the scoreboard though, as the Bears average more than 26 points per game. Last week, Brown lost a heartbreaker at Cornell, 37-35.

"New coaching staff has come in with a wide-open attack," Priore said. "(Coach Perry is) a former Brown quarterback, and his nephew is the quarterback behind center (junior E.J. Perry), and he's a talented young man. Very, very wide open, make a lot of big plays. But we obviously can match that, we believe, with our offense. It's going to be a fun game to watch."

Last year, Penn beat Brown in Providence, Rhode Island 13-7.

Saturday's game kicks off at 1 p.m.

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