Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Senior linebacker David Park played the role of hero for the University of Pennsylvania football team during the longest game in Ivy League history on Saturday. For his efforts, the league office announced Park as the Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Park forced the first of four overtimes when he blocked a 21-yard field goal as time expired in regulation, he returned a fumble 84 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, recorded the first sack allowed by Dartmouth all season and finished with a career-high seven tackles (five solo), including a tackle for loss and also added a pass breakup. Behind that effort, Penn won its Ivy opener, 37-31, over Dartmouth in the first four overtime game in Ancient Eight history.
This is the first career Ivy weekly honor for Park and the first for the Quakers since Brandon Copeland won the same award following a win over Harvard on Nov. 10, 2012. Park, who shares this week's Ivy distinction with Yale's Cole Champion, was also named a College Sporting News National All-Star.
With the score tied at 21-21, Dartmouth lined up for the potential game-winning, 21-yard field goal with four seconds left. But Park pulled off the miracle the Quakers needed. He got a hand on the ball and sent the game into overtime.
That was just Park's second game-changing play of the day. With the score tied late in the second quarter, Dartmouth drove inside the red zone. However, a Penn sack forced a fumble. Park scooped it up, found daylight and ran 84 yards for the go-ahead score.
Park also added a sack in the second quarter. It was the first allowed by Dartmouth all season. And on the first drive of the game, Park broke up a third down pass to force a punt at midfield.
Park and the Quakers now go on the road to face one of the top teams in the CAA. Saturday’s matchup with William & Mary will mark Penn’s first trip outside of Philadelphia this season as well as the final non-conference game of the year for the Quakers. Penn's first game at Zable Stadium since 1995 will kick off at 3:30 p.m.