PHILADELPHIA - Senior Evan Jackson aided one of the Ivy League's all-time most dominating defensive performances on Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania football team topped Columbia at Wien Stadium, 21-7. For his efforts, Jackson was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday.
Behind Jackson's team-high five tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and an interception, Penn held Columbia to a total of four first downs and 118 total yards of offense. The Quakers did not allow a single third down conversion (0-for-13). The Lions ran one play (none in the second half) on Penn's side of the 50-yard line. In the second half, Penn allowed just one first down (via penalty) and 22 total yards of offense on 24 plays. Columbia's Marcorus Garrett, who had averaged over 100 yards per game, was held to 46 as the Lions finished with 33 rushing yards and 1.1 yards per carry.
Behind that effort was Jackson, who also had arguably the biggest play of the day when he caused the only turnover of the afternoon and set up the game-clinching touchdown for the Quakers. At the time of the interception, Penn was leading by just seven points in the fourth quarter and Jackson's pick set up the Penn offense deep in Columbia territory.
This is the first career Ivy honor for Jackson and the third straight week a Quaker has been named Ivy Player of the Week - the first time that has happened since 2010. Freshman Donald Panciello was the Rookie of the Week last Monday and senior David Park was the Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 7 following Penn's four-overtime win in the Ivy opener against Dartmouth.
Next up for Jackson and the Quakers is a rematch with Yale (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) - the only Ivy team to beat the Quakers during last year's Ivy League championship season. Penn will host the Bulldogs at Franklin Field at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.