Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
ITHACA, N.Y. -- On the 40-yard line with the Ivy League trophy. The University of Pennsylvania football team ended its tumultuous 2010 season with the ultimate prize for a fallen teammate. Shortly after claiming the 15th Ivy League championship in program history with a 31-7 win over Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon, the Quakers paid the tribute to No. 40 Owen Thomas, who passed away in April.
Thomas, a senior captain-elect, along with longtime coach Dan "Lake" Staffieri each passed away in April and the 2010 Quakers dedicated the season to each of them. The Red and Blue finished unbeaten in Ivy League play for the second straight season - just the third time that has occurred in the 55-year history of the Ivy League (Penn also accomplished the other two under head coach Al Bagnoli in 1993-94 and 2002-03). It also marked the school's 12th outright title - an Ivy record.
Bagnoli claimed his eighth Ivy title - all outright - at Penn. That's the most outright titles for any coach in league history and the second-most overall. With the win, he also claimed the highest Ivy winning percentage in league history at a 72.9 percent clip (97 wins to 36 losses).
In the 117th meeting between the schools, No. 16 Penn (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) won its eighth-straight overall and 15th-consecutive League game - the longest-active conference winning streak in the nation and the third-longest streak in the history of the Ivy League. Cornell surrendered the Trustees' Cup to the Quakers for the fourth straight year.
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