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Penn Quakers
Current season
First season 1876
Head coach Al Bagnoli
Home stadium [[{{{Stadium}}}]]
Year built 1895
Stadium capacity 52,593
Stadium surface SprinTurf
Location Philadelphia, PA
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Ivy League
Past conferences Independent (1876–1956)
All-time record 824–467–42
Postseason bowl record 0–1–0
Claimed national titles 7[1]
Conference titles 16
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 63
Current uniform
Colors Red and Blue            
Fight song Fight on, Pennsylvania!
Mascot The Penn Quaker
Marching band The University of Pennsylvania Band
Rivals Cornell Big Red
Harvard Crimson
Lafayette Leopards
Princeton Tigers
Yale Bulldogs
Website Penn Football

The Penn Quakers football team is the college football team at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. The Penn Quakers have competed in the Ivy League since its inaugural season of 1956, and are currently a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Penn plays its home games at historic Franklin Field, the oldest stadium in football. All Penn games are broadcast on WNTP or WFIL radio.

Overall History

Penn bills itself as "college football's most historic program".[2] The Quakers have had an impressive 63 First Team All-Americans, is the alma mater of John Heisman (the namesake of college football's most famous trophy), have won a share of 7 national championships (7th all-time) and competed in the "granddaddy of them all" (The Rose Bowl) in 1917. Penn's total of 824 wins puts them 10th all-time in college football (3rd in the FCS) and their winning percentage of 63.4% is 21st in college football (7th in the FCS). 18 members of the College Football Hall of Fame played at Penn (tied with Alabama for 14th) and 5 members of the College Football Hall of Fame coached at Penn. Penn has had 11 unbeaten seasons. Penn plays at the oldest stadium in college football, Franklin Field, at which they have had a 35-game home winning streak (1896–1899), which is the 15th best in the country, and at which they have had 23 unbeaten home seasons. Penn is one of the few college football teams to have had an exclusive contract with a network for broadcasting all their home games. For the 1950 season, ABC Sports broadcast all of Penn's home games. The only other teams to have exclusive contracts are Miami and Notre Dame. The Quakers competed as a major independent until 1956, when they officially joined the Ivy League, which holds the NCAA record for most national championships among its members.

NCAA television controversy

See: NCAA #Football television controversy

Ivy League

Since joining the Ivy League in 1956, Penn has been a powerhouse in the conference. They are second in total Ivy League titles (16), first in outright Ivy League titles (13), and first in undefeated Ivy League titles (8).

NCAA Records

NCAA record for most college football games played - 1,333.
NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) record for longest winning streak - 24 games. (1992-1995)
NCAA record for consecutive overtime losses - 3 games[3]

Ivy League Records

Most outright Ivy League titles - 13 (1959, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Highest number of unbeaten Ivy League seasons - 8 (1984, 1986, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010)
Longest Ivy League winning streak - 20 straight games (2001–2004)

Franklin Field

Penn's home stadium Franklin Field is not only the oldest stadium in football but holds many other records as well. It is the site of the oldest stadium scoreboard (1895), the "original horseshoe" (1903), the first college football radio broadcast (1922 on WIP-AM), the first double-decker football stadium (1925), the largest stadium in the country (1925 to 1926), the first college football television broadcast (1940 on KYW-TV) and the first FCS stadium to host ESPN's College Gameday (2002).

National Championships

Year Coach Record
1894 George Woodruff 12–0–0
1895 George Woodruff 14–0–0
1897 George Woodruff 15–0–0
1904 Carl "Cap" Williams 12–0–0
1907 Carl "Cap" Williams 11–1–0
1908 Sol Metzger 11–0–1
1924 Lou Young 9–1–1

Conference Championships

Year Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1959 Steve Sebo 7–1–1 6–1–0
1982 Jerry Berndt 7–3–0 5–2–0 (shared title)
1983 Jerry Berndt 6–3–1 5–1–1 (shared title)
1984 Jerry Berndt 8–1–0 7–0–0
1985 Jerry Berndt 7–2–1 6–1–0
1986 Ed Zubrow 10–0–0 7–0–0
1988 Ed Zubrow 9–1–0 6–1–0 (shared title)
1993 Al Bagnoli 10–0–0 7–0–0
1994 Al Bagnoli 9–0–0 7–0–0
1998 Al Bagnoli 8–2–0 6–1–0
2000 Al Bagnoli 7–3–0 6–1–0
2002 Al Bagnoli 9–1–0 7–0–0
2003 Al Bagnoli 10–0–0 7–0–0
2009 Al Bagnoli 8–2–0 7–0–0
2010 Al Bagnoli 9–1–0 7–0–0
2012 Al Bagnoli 6–4–0 6–1–0

Penn in the AP Poll

Year Final AP Poll Ranking
1936 10
1940 14
1941 15
1943 20
1945 8
1946 13
1947 7

Bowl Games

Season Date Bowl Location Result Opponent
1916–17 January 1 Rose Bowl Game Pasadena, California L 0–14 Oregon

Notable Quaker players

John Heisman - namesake of the Heisman Trophy, College Football Hall of Fame
John H. Outland - namesake of the Outland Trophy, College Football Hall of Fame
Chuck Bednarik - namesake of the Chuck Bednarik Award, 1948 Maxwell Award winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame
Bert Bell - former NFL commissioner, founder, owner & coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Skip Minisi - first-round NFL draft pick, College Football Hall of Fame
Bob Odell - 1943 Maxwell Award winner, College Football Hall of Fame
Reds Bagnell - 1951 Maxwell Award winner, All-American, runner up for the Heisman Trophy, College Football Hall of Fame

Individual award winners

Penn's total of three major award winners surpasses several BCS programs to this day. George Savitsky The only 4 time all- american in college football history

Bob Odell - 1943
Chuck Bednarik - 1948
Reds Bagnell - 1951
  • Ivy League Coach of the Year
Jerry Berndt - 1984

College Football Hall of Fame

Eighteen former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[4]

Quakers in the NFL

A total of 51 players from Penn have been drafted in the NFL, including NFL Hall of Famers Chuck Bednarik (#1 overall pick in 1949) and Bert Bell (1963) and NFL first-round pick Skip Minisi.



Penn's rivalry with Cornell is the 5th-most played college football rivalry of all time, as the two have met 119 times. Their first game was in 1893 and have played every year since, except in 1918.


Although Penn's rivalry with Princeton is primarily in basketball, the two also have a historic and intense football rivalry dating back to 1876. Princeton was Penn's first opponent in football and have played 104 times.


Penn's rivalry with Yale dates back to 1879. These two Ivy League universities have very historic football traditions.


Penn's rivalry with Harvard dates back to 1881. In recent years, the Penn-Harvard football game in mid-November has usually had Ivy League Championship connotations. Since 1993 Penn and Harvard have won the Ivy League Championship 15 times between them. Penn (9) and Harvard (6).


Penn and Lafayette have played 88 games since their first meeting in 1882. The Penn-Lafayette rivalry was one of the most fierce contests in college football during the 19th century, most notably the 1896 contest. Lafayette is one of Penn's primary non-Ivy games.

Notable Games

Penn 23, Harvard 21

On November 13, 1982, Penn defeated Harvard 23-21 at Franklin Field. With this win, Penn clinched the Ivy League conference championship for 1982, their first in 23 years. Penn kicked a field goal in the last seconds to win. After a first field goal kick missed, a flag gave Penn a second attempt which they converted.

Penn 38, Harvard 7

On November 10, 1984, Penn defeated Harvard 38–7 at Franklin Field. 38,000 fans showed up to support Penn as they clinched a third straight Ivy League title. Head coach Jerry Berndt was named Ivy League Coach of the Year in large part because of this game.

Penn 17, Cornell 14

On November 20, 1993, Penn defeated Cornell 17–14 at Franklin Field. Penn was 9–0, 6–0 in the Ivy League coming into the game needing a victory to win the Ivy League and preserve an undefeated season. Cornell led 14–0 at halftime, but Penn did not let their rival score in the second half and won by a field goal.

Penn 18, Cornell 14

On November 19, 1994, Penn defeated Cornell 18–14 at Schoellkopf Field. Penn was 8–0, 6–0 in the Ivy League coming into the game for the second year in the row undefeated and needing to win to clinch an Ivy League title. Penn won a close road game over their chief rival to have back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Penn 44, Harvard 9

On November 16, 2002, Penn defeated Harvard 44–9 at Franklin Field. With this win, Penn clinched the Ivy League conference championship for 2002. This game was the site of ESPN's College Gameday program (the first and only time (as of 2010) a FCS school had been the host). ESPN personality Lee Corso dressed up as Penn's founder founding father Benjamin Franklin (who is also the namesake of Franklin Field) and predicted (correctly) that Penn would win the game.


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