Penn Quakers hosts Harvard in Ivy League battle Saturday

Matt Leon
November 08, 2018 - 12:16 pm
University of Pennsylvania sophomore quarterback Ryan Glover.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The University of Pennsylvania football team will play its final home game of the season on Saturday, hosting Ivy League rival Harvard University at Franklin Field. 

Penn improved to 6-2 on the season (3-2 Ivy) this past Friday with a 20-7 road win up in Ithaca over Cornell University. The Quakers actually trailed 7-3 at the half, but rolled the Big Red 17-0 over the final 30 minutes to grab the win.

"It was great to see our kids' resiliency once again," Penn head coach Ray Priore said. "It's very, very tough to go on the road to any place and play, let alone on a short week, but the kids showed great focus on the trip up and executed well."

A key in this game came early as the Penn defense put together a goal line stand in the first quarter after Cornell had first and goal at the one. The Quakers held Cornell off the scoreboard.

"Our defense on four consecutive run plays from the one-yard line just stood tall," Priore added. "Executed the plan, played with great poise and got the job done."

Harvard will bring a 4-4 record (2-3 Ivy) into Saturday's game. The Crimson are coming off a blowout home win over Columbia last week, 52-18.  

Ahead of the game, Priore said the Crimson's senior leadership stands out to him.

"They have a ton of veterans coming on back. Quarterback (senior Tom Stewart) last week did a real, real nice job throwing the ball down the field," he noted. "They are a patient team, very physical and can run. Like it always is, it will be a battle."

Stewart completed 15 of 26 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns in that win over the Lions.

Last season, Penn won at Harvard, 23-6. Priore is actually 3-0 as Penn head coach against the Crimson.

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

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