PHILADELPHIA - Senior quarterback Andrew Holland was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. In his first career start on Saturday, Holland had two touchdowns and led the game-winning drive to help the University of Pennsylvania football team clinch its third outright Ivy title in the past four seasons.
Holland completed 81.8 percent of his passes, threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown, but most importantly, in a tie game, on the road, with the outright Ivy League title at stake, he drove the Quakers 63 yards in six plays for the game-winning touchdown with 1:00 left. On that game-winning drive, Holland was a perfect 3-for-3 for 38 yards and set up the go-ahead three-yard touchdown run. Penn then held on in the final minute to beat Cornell, 35-28, to win the 2012 outright Ivy League championship.
Holland also engineered an important last-minute scoring drive at the end of the first half. The Quakers took over at their 11-yard line with just 1:17 to go when Holland drove the Quakers 89 yards for the go-ahead score. The Willoughby, Ohio, native was an impressive 4-for-4 on the drive for 80 yards and a 41-yard touchdown to put Penn up 14-13 heading into the locker room.
Holland was 18-for-22 passing and also rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with a career-high 255 passing yards.
Holland is the second Penn player to earn this honor in 2012. Senior quarterback Billy Ragone, who Holland replaced after his season-ending injury against Harvard, won the award after a dramatic come-from-behind win at Princeton on Nov. 3.
Saturday marked the final game for Holland and Penn's Senior Class of 2013. They claimed their third Ivy title ring - all outright - with the win. Holland and the seniors finished with a record of 28-12 (70.0%), including an impressive mark of 24-4 (85.7%) against the Ivy League and a 12-1 (92.3%) mark against Ivy opponents at Franklin Field. The 24 Ivy wins are the most for a senior class at Penn in seven years. This class was also a part of back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons (just the third time that's ever happened), and won 18 consecutive Ivy League games - the second-longest streak in league history.