PHILADELPHIA - Senior defensive lineman C.J. Mooney added another honor on Tuesday as the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week. Mooney had the game-tying touchdown on a 15-yard interception return midway through the fourth quarter of the University of Pennsylvania's 28-21 come-from-behind road victory over arch rival Princeton on Saturday.
Mooney was also named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. The ECAC includes 312 member schools in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina.
The defensive lineman undoubtedly had the biggest play of the Ivy title race so far this season. Both Princeton and Penn entered the game in first-place in the Ivy League, and with the Tigers in control and leading by seven with just 7:31 to play, Mooney hauled in a tipped pass and raced 15 yards to the end zone to tie the game. The play marked a colossal shift in momentum. Mooney and the Penn defense then immediately forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and set up the offense's march down the field for the go-ahead, game-winning score. Mooney, a Chester Springs, Pa., native, also matched a career-high with four tackles.
Mooney and the Quakers will have a chance to win a piece of the 2012 Ivy League title when they take on Ivy rival Harvard Saturday at Franklin Field. The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports and the winner will clinch at least a share of the Ivy championship. This will mark the 11th time in the last 13 seasons in which the Ivy League title will be decided between the Quakers and Crimson on the season's second to last weekend.