PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore placekicker Connor Loftus was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday as announced by the league office. Loftus connected on on two field goals in the final 2:12 of play to tie and then win the game for the University of Pennsylvania football team on Saturday at Franklin Field.
With Penn trailing by three, Loftus split the uprights on a career-long 45-yard field goal to tie the game, 17-17, with 2:12 to play. The Villa Park, Calif., native then connected on the game-winning 35-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining.
"The snap and hold were great," Loftus said of his game-winning kick. "I have a ton of confidence in those guys and it felt like any other kick. I went through my normal routine and that's the only way to do it."
Those were his only two field goal attempts of the game. He also connected on both of his extra point attempts. Loftus is Penn's leading scorer this year with 36 points. He has made seven of his nine field goal attempts and all 15 point after attempts. Loftus is tied for the Ivy League lead in field goal percentage at 77.8.
Loftus is the second Penn player to win Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Senior punter Scott Lopano, who claimed the school record in career punt yards on Saturday, won the award on Oct. 15 following a dramatic 24-20 win over Columbia in which Lopano became just the second Quaker to record more than 400 punt yards in a game.
Loftus is the first placekicker at Penn to win this award since the program's all-time leading scorer, Andrew Samson, who was in attendance for Saturday's Homecoming game, reeled in the honor for the Quakers on Nov. 24, 2008.
The 20-17 Homecoming win over Brown propelled Loftus and the Quakers into a first-place tie atop the Ivy standings with Harvard and Princeton. The Quakers take on the arch rival Tigers at Princeton Stadium next week at 1 p.m. With first-place on the line, the game can be seen worldwide on ESPN3.com.