Here’s a sentence most Penn football fans thought would never hold true: The Quakers beat Villanova at Villanova Stadium Thursday night, 24-13. It was Penn’s first win over the Wildcats since Oct. 14, 1911 and snaps a 14-game win streak in the series for Villanova, the fifth-ranked team in the FCS.
Pope Francis may be visiting Philly this weekend, but the first win under new Penn head coach Ray Priore was no Hail Mary. In the first half, Penn outgained the Villanova in yards, 219-29, and controlled the time of possession battle, 24:25-5:35.
Since this is a basketball site, you can pick up more specific game details in Dave Zeitlin’s recap of the game for CSNPhilly. But make no mistake – history was made tonight on behalf of the entire Ivy sports arena, and that’s worth a special mention, regardless of the team that pulled it off:
VICTORY! Quakers take down the 4th-ranked team in the country on the road for Ray Priore’s 1st career win! FINAL: Penn 24, Nova 13 #riseUP
— PENN Football (@PENNfb) September 25, 2015
Amazing. Great win. Kudos to all. https://t.co/MIYS4dvCsD
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) September 25, 2015
Just took 10 popes, 18 presidents and countless pieces of toast to get there. https://t.co/tGrzJ2e62M
— Mike Tony (@Mike__Tony) September 25, 2015
— Robin Harris (@IvyExecDir) September 25, 2015