November 21, 2013

FOOTBALL | Red Takes on Penn in Season-Ending Game

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By QUINTIN SCHWAB

Coming off a belated first Ivy League win of the season, the Cornell football team heads to Penn to play its season finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa. In the 120th matchup between the schools and 19th official Trustees’ Cup, the Quakers (4-5, 3-3 Ivy) look to avoid their first losing season since 2007 by defeating the Red (2-7, 1-5), who snapped a seven-game losing streak last Saturday with a 24-9 home victory over winless Columbia on Senior Day.

Penn is on a rare skid of its own, having lost three games in a row for the first time since 2006-7. A sub-.500 season would not sit well with a program that has won nine Ancient Eight titles in 22 years under head coach Al Bagnoli, so the Red will have a tough time winning its second straight to build momentum going into 2014.

Michelle Feldman / Staff PhotographerA heartfelt goodbye | Big Red fans will have to bid senior quarterback Jeff Mathews farewell this weekend, as he ends his illustrious career at Cornell, hitting the gridiron one last time in an attempt to beat Penn.

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