Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman quarterback Ryan Becker won Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday after leading the University of Pennsylvania football team to 31-10 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, Pa.
In his second career start, Becker guided a Penn offense that put up 437 yards of total offense and scored more than 31 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. The freshman threw for one touchdown, connected on 64 percent of his passes (14-of-22) and had 194 passing yards – which is the most by any Quaker in a game this season.
With the Quakers down 7-3 late in the second quarter, Becker had Penn back on top within 47 seconds. With just two minutes remaining in the first half, Becker led a three-play drive when he connected on three straight passes to get the Quakers in the end zone. His pass to freshman Conner Scott to cap that drive was the first passing touchdown of his career as well as the first collegiate touchdown reception for Scott.
This is the first such honor for Becker, but it does mark the second straight week a Penn quarterback has been honored by the Ivy office. Sophomore Billy Ragone won Offensive Player of the Week after his four-touchdown performance propelled the Quakers to a dramatic 35-28 overtime win against Dartmouth on Oct. 2. The last time a Penn player won the league's Rookie of the Week award was on Oct. 19, 2009 when punter Scott Lopano earned the award following a 27-13 victory at Columbia.
Becker and the Quakers are back in action this week when they welcome Columbia to Franklin Field. The Lions are on a three-game winning streak and boast the highest scoring offense in the Ivy League, but they haven't won in Philadelphia since 1995. Kickoff is at noon. The game is on local television on the Comcast Network as well as national radio on SIRIUS channel 130. Locally, the game can be heard on WNTP 990AM.