PHILADELPHIA Sophomore kicker Andrew Samson propelled the University of Pennsylvania football team to a 23-10 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday with three fourth-quarter field goals. For his efforts, he was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.
The West Bloomfield, Mich., native sealed the game for Penn, making all three of his field goalsa career highin the final quarter. Samson made both his PAT's to stay perfect for his career (35-for-35) and put Penn up 14-10 entering the fourth. He was then true from 27, 33 and 27 yards, respectively. Samson outscored Dartmouth in the game, 11-10.
“Andrew came up big,” head coach Al Bagnoli said of his placekicker after the win. “He’s still a young guy, but he has a load of ability. He has been kicking the ball well all season. They were big points. He is a really talented kid and he’ll be a good player here for a long time.”
This is the first such honor for Samson in his career and the first time any Penn special teams player has won the award since punter Anthony Melillo on Nov. 13, 2006.
Samson and the Quakers will take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Saturday in Washington, D.C. The quest for their second straight win begins with a 2 p.m. kickoff.