October 10 Philadelphia Inquirer:
LEWISBURG, Pa. – For Penn football coach Al Bagnoli, his 125th win as head coach was bittersweet.
The Quakers’ 31-10 road victory over Bucknell on Saturday made Bagnoli the winningest head coach in Penn history. But he was hardly pleased with his team’s performance after a sluggish first half during which the Quakers (3-1) trailed most of the time before taking a 10-7 halftime lead against the winless Bison, who fell to 0-5.
“I’m pretty disappointed with how we played, especially in the first half,” Bagnoli said. “It was probably as bad a half of football as we’ve played in a long time, and I kind of take that on a personal level.”
Penn was without starting quarterback Billy Ragone, who did not play because of a “one-week suspension for team disciplinary reasons,” Bagnoli said.
Ragone’s absence gave transfer freshman Ryan Becker the opportunity to take the reins for the Quakers, and he responded with 14-of-22 passing for 194 yards, an interception, and a touchdown throw.
Penn outrushed the Bison 211 yards to 47, and outgained Bucknell overall, 437 to 165.
On the first drive of the game, Becker led the Quakers on a march that ended with Andrew Samson’s kicking a 34-yard field goal.
It appeared that the Quakers were off to a dominating start, but a blocked field goal attempt from the 34 in the second quarter gave Bucknell momentum.
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