PHILADELPHIA For the second consecutive week, Penn sophomore quarterback Keiffer Garton was the recipient of the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Award. This week he split the honor with Brown quarterback Michael Dougherty as announced by the league office on Monday.
Garton almost single-handedly led the Quakers all the way back from a late 17-0 deficit in a first-place battle at Franklin Field Saturday in which Harvard held on to win 24-21. Garton led Penn down the field on five consecutive drives and had the Quakers 12 yards away from completing the improbable comeback.
The Castle Rock, Colo., native’s 174 rushing yards were the most by a quarterback in the Al Bagnoli-era (17 seasons) and nearly became Penn's first 200-yard rusher in five years. In just his second career start, he averaged nearly eight yards per carry and his 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest play of the season for Penn.
Garton accounted for all but 20 of the team’s 336 second half yards. His second rushing touchdown of the game got the Quakers to within three points with 4:36 remaining. Then, after Penn forced a three-and-out from the league’s top offense, Garton got the ball back at his own 25 with 3:23 left. He converted a third down and two fourth down conversions in moving Penn to the Harvard 12 with 16 seconds left before Harvard picked off a pass in the end zone.
This marks the first time a Quaker has won the offensive honor in back-to-back weeks since former running back Kris Ryan did so in 2001 on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. Garton also won the award last week after his two touchdown performance helped the Quakers to a road victory over Princeton.
Penn has been well represented among the Ivy League honors this season. Garton’s distinction marks the ninth time this season a Quaker has been honored by the Ivy Leaguethe most for a Penn team since 11 Quakers won Player of the Week awards in 1993. Senior Britton Ertman was the National Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season.
Garton and Penn are still playing for the Ivy League title on Saturday when they visit Cornell. The Quakers, who kick off at 1 p.m., will need Brown and Harvard to lose in order to grab a share of the 2008 Ivy League Championship.
2008-09 Penn Ivy League Award Winners
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nov. 10 - Keiffer Garton
Nov. 17 - Keiffer Garton
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 27 - Tyson Maugle
Nov. 10 - Britton Ertman
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 6 Andrew Samson
Oct. 13 Chris Wynn
Oct. 20 Kyle Olson
Oct. 27 Andrew Samson
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Oct. 20 Matt Hamscher
Penn ON the Ivy League Honor Roll
Week 1 (Sept. 22): Kyle Olson, Chris Wynn,
Week 2 (Sept. 29): Jordan Manning, Robert Irvin, Kyle Olson
Week 3 (Oct. 6): Jake Lewko, Chris Wynn, Michael DiMaggio
Week 4 (Oct. 13): Jay Colabella, Matt Hamscher, Andrew Samson
Week 5 (Oct. 20): Jay Colabella, Britton Ertman
Week 6 (Oct. 27): Joe Goniprow, Jake Lewko
Week 7 (Nov. 3): Keiffer Garton, Tyson Maugle, Brian Wing
Week 9 (Nov. 17): Drew Goldsmith