Philadelphia Sam Mathews (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his 169-yard and two-touchdown performance in Penn’s 17-7 victory over Yale on Oct. 23. The selection marks the third-consecutive week a Quaker has received a weekly honor from the League.
Mathews carried the ball a season-high 25 times for the junior’s highest rushing yardage total of the season. He also caught a career-high seven passes for a career-high 74 yards, giving him 243 all-purpose yards in 32 touches against the Bulldogs. It was the third 100-yard effort of the season for the junior running back and the third-most yards he has gained on the ground in his Red and Blue career. It was almost a repeat of Mathews' day against the Bulldogs last season when he carried the ball 36 times for a career high 204 yards.
The junior running back is beginning to make his move up the Penn football records midway through just his second campaign in the Red and Blue. Six games into the season, Mathews has 572 rushing yards, and combined with the 1,266 yards he compiled in 2003, is now 10th on Penn's all-time rushing list with 1,838 yards.
The Quakers are ranked No. 22 in both the Sports Network and ESPN/USA Today polls. Penn broke its own record of 17-straight Ivy League victories with the win over Yale on Oct. 23. The Red and Blue are 5-1 on the season and have a 3-0 mark in the Ancient Eight. Penn hosts Brown on Oct. 30 on Family Weekend at Franklin Field. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and can be heard live on www.pennathletics.com and ESPN Radio 920 AM.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications