PHILADELPHIA Sophomore quarterback Keiffer Garton and senior defensive back Britton Ertman were each rewarded for big performances in the University of Pennsylvania football team’s 14-9 win in the 100th meeting at archrival Princeton on Friday. Garton was honored by the league office on Monday as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, while Ertman was the recipient of the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award.
Garton, making his first career start, ran for the go-ahead touchdown and passed for the game-winning touchdown in the road Ivy League win. He led the team in rushing with a game-high 89 yards and completed over 76% of his passes (16 of 21). Garton's biggest contributions may have been on the game's final drive as he completed a 22-yard pass to senior Josh Koontz on third down. Two plays later, on third-and-8, he ran for nine yards to seal the game. Penn had the ball inside its own 10 with over six minutes left when the drive began.
Ertman led a Penn defense that held the league's leading rusher to 57 yards on his home turf. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native led the team with a career-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and had a pass breakup. He also assisted on a sack on a third down in the red zone that immediately led to a missed field goal - in a one possession game. Ertman had two assisted tackles for loss as the defense held its opponent to under 10 points for the fifth time this season.
This is the first such honor for Garton, who is the first Quaker to win the Offensive Player of the Week award this season and the first since Matt Carre on Nov. 6, 2006.
This is the second time Ertman has received this distinction after Penn’s 7-0 win over Princeton last year. Ertman, who also received National Player of the Week honors earlier this season, had an interception at the goal line and recovered an onside kick against the Tigers in 2007.
Penn will host Harvard this week in a battle for Ivy League supremacy at Franklin Field. As two of the three first-place teams in the Ancient Eight, the Crimson and Quakers will go head-to-head with the Senior Day matchup kicking off at noon.