Garton Wins Second Straight Ivy Weekly Award

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 League—the 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