PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore running back Brandon Colavita and senior safety Josh Powers of the University of Pennsylvania football team each earned weekly honors from the Ivy League office on Monday. Colavita garnered Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week recognition, while Powers won the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week award.
This is the first such honor for either player as each helped No. 13/14 Penn (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) cap a second consecutive undefeated Ivy League campaign with a 31-7 win over Cornell on Saturday at Schoellkopf Field.
Colavita had three touchdowns against the Big Red and ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight week and the third time in his career. He did so on just 16 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per rush for a total of 103 yards on the ground. The Washington Township product from Sewell, N.J., finished the season with 728 yards on 125 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per carry - the second-best single-season total in school history (Chris Flynn at 6.2 in 1986). His first touchdown came from two yards out to give Penn a 10-0 first quarter lead. On Penn's next possession, he capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 advantage. Finally, he finished the Red and Blue's scoring for the day with a 26-yard scamper into the end zone.
Powers was Penn's leader on the other side of the ball. In his final career game, the Fishers, Ind., native set career highs with 11 tackles and two pass breakups, and recorded his first career sack. The safety also added 1.5 tackles for loss for a total of seven yards. Eight of his tackles were solo as Penn held Cornell to 52 yards rushing and just 197 yards of offense. Powers finished the season as the team leader with six passes defended, and was second on the team in tackles (56) and interceptions (two).
Penn had 10 weekly Ivy honorees - the most for any Ivy team this season - and has now earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades on five occassions. Junior Matt Hamscher won the award twice (Oct. 18 and Nov. 8), while Jason Schmucker (Sept. 20) and Jonathan Saelinger (Oct. 25) also claimed that title earlier this year. Colavita shared the offensive honor with Dartmouth running back Nick Schwieger this week.
Penn finished the season with eight straight wins for the second year in a row. At 9-1 overall, it was the program's best finish since going unbeaten in 2003. The Quakers will enter the 2011 campaign as two-time defending undefeated Ivy League champions with a 15-game Ivy League winning streak, 10-game Ivy road winning streak, a nine-game home winning streak and a 17-game winning streak against unranked opponents.