Lafayette Takes on Penn in Home Opener
Sept. 12, 2012
THE OPENING KICK-OFF
Lafayette plays its first home game of the 2012 season, hosting regional foe Penn on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game is the season opener for the Quakers who were 5-5 last season, an atypical record for a program that is perennially atop the Ivy League.
Penn opens its 2012 ledger on Saturday night in a 6 p.m. kick off. The Quakers are coming off a 5-5 campaign in 2011 when they finished 4-3 in the Ivy League in a tie for second place. Penn has been picked to finish second in the Ivy League behind Harvard. The Quakers return 15 starters, eight on offense and seven on defense, and also welcome back two special team regulars.
Offensively, Penn will look to senior quarterback Billy Ragone to run the offense. A year ago, Ragone completed 151-of-265 passes for 1,860 yards. He threw 11 touchdowns, but was picked off 11 times.
Ragone is also a threat to run, churning out 528 yards in 2011. Senior TB Brandon Colavita is the top returning runner, managing 665 yards (4.6 yards per carry) in 2011 while finishing with four touchdowns. Senior Brandon Copeland is the team's lone captain. The two-time All-Ivy League First-Team selection rang up 51 tackles, (six for loss with two sacks) last season.
Al Bagnoli (Central Connecticut '75) is in his 21st season as head coach at Penn. He has a 132-62 record at Penn and a 222-81 overall record in 30 seasons. Bagnoli is the winningest active coach in the FCS and is the only Ivy League coach to capture eight outright titles.
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