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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:1982 Ivy League football standings The 1982 Penn Quakers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Pennsylvania during the 1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Penn was one of three co-champions of the Ivy League.

In their second year under head coach Jerry Berndt, the Quakers compiled a 7–3 record and outscored opponents 221 to 192.[1] Tom Roland and Boris Radisic were the team captains.[2]

Penn's 5–2 conference put it in a three-way tie atop the Ivy League standings. The Quakers outscored Ivy opponents 160 to 127.[3] Penn split the head-to-head matchups with its co-champions, losing to Dartmouth in the first week of the season and beating Harvard in the second-to-last.

This was Penn's first year in Division I-AA, after having competed in the top-level Division I-A and its predecessors since 1876.

After starting the year with three wins, the Quakers made several appearances in the weekly Division I-AA top 20 rankings. They were ranked No. 17 for the last week of the Ivy League season, but were unranked in the final rankings, which were released after their season-ending loss to Cornell.

Penn played its home games at Franklin Field adjacent to the university's campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


September 18 at Dartmouth W 21–0 8,500 [4]
September 25 Lehigh*
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 20–17 11,154 [5]
October 2 Columbia
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 51–31 13,563 [6]
October 9 at Brown No. 16 W 24–21 6,500 [7]
October 16 at Lafayette* No. 10
L 20–35 10,000 [8]
October 23 Yale No. 17
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 27–14 32,175 [9]
October 30 at Princeton No. 14 L 14–17 20,249 [10]
November 6 No. 12 Colgate*
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 21–13 12,212 [11]
November 13 Harvard
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA (rivalry)
W 23–21 34,746 [12]
November 20 at Cornell No. 17 L 0–23 9,500 [13]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee Poll released prior to the game


  1. "Football Fact Book: All-Time Year-by-Year". Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania. p. 158. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  2. "Football Fact Book: All-Time Team Captains". Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania. p. 98. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  3. "Year-by-Year History". Ivy League Football Media Guide. Princeton, N.J.: Ivy League. 2017. p. 30. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  4. Reinert, Bob (September 19, 1982). "Penn Shuts Off Dartmouth". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 52.
  5. Newman, Chuck (September 26, 1982). "Penn's 3d-Quarter Rally Topples Lehigh, 20-17". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 1-E.
  6. Livingston, Bill (October 3, 1982). "Penn Stays Unbeaten, Whips Columbia, 51-31". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 1-E.
  7. Concannon, Joe (October 10, 1982). "Brown Lets Penn Slip Home". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 39.
  8. Livingston, Bill (October 17, 1982). "Penn Streak Halted, 35-20, by Lafayette". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 1-E.
  9. O'Connell, Mike (October 24, 1982). "Rubin, Penn Trip Yale". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 83.
  10. Logan, Joe (October 31, 1982). "Late FG by Princeton Gives Penn 1st Ivy Loss". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): pp. 1-E, 14-E.
  11. Newman, Chuck (November 7, 1982). "Quakers Steal a 21-13 Victory from Colgate". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): pp. 9-E, 14-E.
  12. Logan, Joe (November 14, 1982). "Penn Trips Harvard, Clinches Tie for Title". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 1-E.
  13. Logan, Joe (November 21, 1982). "Penn Falls to Cornell, Settles for Third of Title". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 1-E.

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