Philadelphia Pat McDermott was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 384 yards in Penn’s 32-25 double-overtime victory at Bucknell on Oct. 9. It was the fifth-most passing yards in a game by a Penn signal caller and the first time the Yonkers, N.Y. native had eclipsed the 300-yard plateau.
McDermott also had career highs in completions (32) and atttempts (55). His 55 attempts were the most by a Quakers quarterback since Gavin Hoffman tossed 60 attempts against Cornell on Nov. 18, 2000.
Despite the junior’s prolific day through the air, it was his legs that helped Penn to a victory in the first double-overtime game in program history. McDermott scored the Quakers’ first touchdown of the game, plunging over the line from one-yard out to cut Bucknell’s advantage down to 14-9 with 18 seconds to go in the first half. It was the first rushing score of McDermott’s career but it was not the last of the day.
After both teams traded field goals during the first overtime session, the 2002 Hackley School graduate again dove over his offensive line for a one-yard score, cementing Penn’s come-from-behind victory.
McDermott and his Penn teammates are currently 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers resume the Ancient Eight schedule on Oct. 16, welcoming Columbia to Franklin Field for Homecoming.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications