Ivy League Weekly Release
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Lyle Marsh was a key factor in the second half comeback for the University of Pennsylvania football team on Saturday at Lafayette, earning him Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
Without touching the ball until the third quarter, Marsh led the game in rushing in the Quakers’ 20-17 overtime loss at Lafayette. His 85 yards on 15 carries was twice as many yards as any other player and good for an average of 5.7 yards per rush. He gained 66 yards in the third quarter alone.
With Penn trailing 17-3 at the half, Marsh rushed four times in a row to start the second half, single-handedly getting Penn from its own 36-yard line to the Lafayette six, which led to a Quaker touchdown. On the next drive, he rushed two more times for seven yards, setting up Penn's long touchdown pass to tie the game at 17-17.
The Quakers will start the Ivy season on Saturday with a trip to Dartmouth. The game will be broadcast nationally on VERSUS which is available in more than 75 million homes. Kickoff in Hanover is at noon.