PHILADELPHIA For the third straight week, the University of Pennsylvania football team is represented among the Ivy League Player of the Week honorees. In fact, two Quakers were rewarded this week after Penn’s 15-10 win over Columbia on Saturday. Freshman Matt Hamscher is the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, while junior Kyle Olson won Special Teams Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday.
Hamscher guided the Quakers into first place in the Ivy League, finishing the game with 67 yards on 17 carries and one reception for six yards. The Whitehall, Pa., native was forced to carry the ball more than any other Penn running back for the second straight week. He took over the load in the fourth quarter with eight carries for 31 yards as Penn was able to hold the ball for more than 10 minutes in the final quarter of play. Hamscher also led the Quakers in all-purpose yards for the second straight game.
Olson was a big reason Columbia stayed off the scoreboard in Penn’s victory. Of his nine punts, six were downed inside the 20-yard line with one being downed at the two-yard line. None went for a touchback. Against the best punt returner in the Ivy League, the Los Alamitos, Calif., native managed to keep sophomore Mike Stephens to 11 yards on two returns. Olson also played his natural position of quarterback in the third quarter, going 3-for-8 for 32 yards.
This is the third consecutive week a Penn player has won the Ivy League’s Special Teams Player of the Week award. Sophomore kicker Andrew Samson won the distinction on Oct. 6, while junior Chris Wynn was the recipient last week.
Penn plays its first Ivy League game on the road game Saturday at Yale. Kickoff at the Yale Bowl is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised to a national audience on the YES Network.