PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore safety Sam Philippi sealed Penn’s 10th consecutive Ivy League win with an interception in the final two minutes of Saturday’s 21-14 win over Brown. For his efforts on the pickoff, Philippi picked up his first career Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award.
Philippi was first to a long pass into the endzone with 1:28 remaining on Homecoming for the Red and Blue, securing his second interception in as many week to keep the Quakers atop the Ivy League standings at 4-0.
Philippi finished the game with four tackles, but it was his play in the fourth quarter which earned him the weekly honor. In addition to his game-saving interception, Philippi had a drive-ending pass breakup earlier in the final frame. With Brown facing 4th-and-1 from the Penn 31 and down by seven, Philippi arrived just as standout wide receiver Alex Jette was about to extend the drive and Philippi separated the receiver from the ball to thwart that attempted scoring drive.
Through seven weeks of the 2016 season, Philippi is fourth on Penn’s defense with 44 tackles – including 21 solo stops.
Philippi and the Quakers head to Princeton on November 5 for a showdown with a Tigers team sitting at 3-1 in the Ivy League. Kickoff from Princeton Stadium is set for noon on the American Sports Network.