Penn wraps up season Saturday at rival Princeton

Matt Leon
November 13, 2018 - 3:32 pm
Head coach Ray Priore

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PRINCETON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The University of Pennsylvania will look to spoil Princeton's dreams of a perfect season on Saturday when the two rivals battle in Central Jersey to wrap up the 2018 campaign.

The Quakers are 6-3 (3-3 Ivy League) after a 29-7 loss to Harvard this past weekend at Franklin Field. Penn held Harvard to 318 yards of offense, but the Quakers finished with just 218 yards themselves and committed four turnovers while forcing just one.

"Big takeaways (from the game) were the missed opportunities that we had," Penn head coach Ray Priore said. "Red zone offense (not) being able to score and having some critical mistakes in terms of the way of turnovers. That really set the stage for them."

So now the Quakers will look to bounce back on Saturday in the 110th meeting with their heated rival, Princeton. It is a series that Princeton leads 66-42-1.

"This is one of those main rivalries," Priore said. "You see them across the country — USC/UCLA, Ohio State/Michigan — this is our big one. I think from the student body, alumni, everyone circles this on the (calendar). Regardless of what the standings are, this is always a big one."

Princeton has been dominant this season. The Tigers are 9-0, winning games by an average of about 35 points. They have already clinched a share of the Ivy League title, and a win on Saturday would give them the crown outright.

The Tigers average 47.6 points per game, and five times they have scored more than 50. Priore said the Tigers are able to pull off that type of offensive success due to their big plays.

"It starts with the quarterback position," Priore explained. "John Lovett, really talented player. He's got some weapons around him, handful of good receivers, running backs as well. So they are well-balanced."

Lovett, a senior, has completed 65 percent of his passes this season for 1,578 yards and 15 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He may be even more dangerous as a runner, as he has rushed for 771 yards and 12 scores while averaging 6.4 yards a carry.

Penn beat Princeton last season at Franklin Field, 38-35.

Saturday's game gets underway at 1 p.m.

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