Ragone Earns Ivy Offensive Player of the Week Recognition

Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone had four touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime to lead the University of Pennsylvania football team to a 35-28 victory over previously undefeated Dartmouth on Saturday at Franklin Field. For his efforts, the league office announced Ragone as the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

On Penn’s first drive in its Ivy League opener, Ragone opened the scoring with his first rushing touchdown, a 14-yard scamper. Later in the opening quarter, Ragone found the corner of the end zone from six yards out for his second rushing touchdown to put Penn back in the lead, 14-7.

Midway through the second quarter, Ragone led Quakers on an eight-play, 65-yard drive to regain the lead for a third time, 21-14. Then, to open the third quarter, Ragone and the Quakers took the first 7:31 to go 80 yards in 14 plays before he tossed a touchdown pass to Luke DeLuca for a 14-point lead. However, Dartmouth tied the game again and for the fourth and final time, Ragone gave the Red and Blue the lead back. In overtime, facing third-and-eight from the Dartmouth 23, Ragone fired across the middle and connected with David Wurst for 22 yards to extend the drive and set up first-and-goal. Two plays later, Ragone rushed in for his fourth touchdown of the game to give the Quakers the win.

Ragone completed 15 of his 24 attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown through the air, while also rushing 12 times for 57 yards. His three rushing touchdowns marked the most in a game by a Quaker since quarterback Bryan Walker did so against Cornell on Nov. 17, 2007.

This is the second Ivy honor for Ragone as he earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week recognition last year. That also came after a win over Dartmouth in which he ran for a career-high 62 yards and a touchdown before an injury ended his season.

Ragone shares the award with Columbia sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett who had a career day in the Lions' 42-14 win over Princeton, going 18-of-24 for 273 yards and five touchdowns. Brackett totalled over 300 yards of total offense adding eight rushes for 48 yards. His five touchdowns tied a school record.

Penn will travel to play Bucknell on Saturday for its final non-league game of the 2010 campaign. Kickoff from the Bison's Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium is set for 1 p.m.