PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly award winners in football, and the University of Pennsylvania walked away with three of the four after its 34-20 win over Yale on Friday night at Franklin Field. Junior quarterback Alek Torgersen was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week; linebacker Tyler Drake was Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week; and freshman wide receiver Christian Pearson was the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
This marks the first time Penn has won three of the Ivy League's awards in the same week since 2010, following a win over Princeton. Pearson has now been Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times this season, the third Penn player in history to pull the triple. The others are Terrance Stokes (in 1992) and Michael DiMaggio (in 2007).
Torgersen threw for a career-high 350 yards and career-best four touchdowns to lead the Quakers out of an early 10-point deficit en route to the victory. In Penn’s first nationally televised night game from historic Franklin Field, Torgersen shined under the bright lights as he completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4%) and rushed for 47 yards for 397 total yards of offense. His four touchdown passes went for 63, 17, 27, and one yard. Two of them were go-ahead scores. Torgersen averaged 14.0 yards per completion, tied the 11th-most passing yards in a game in school history, and became the fifth player at Penn with 4,000 career yards of total offense. He did not have an interception, and has not thrown one since Sept. 24.
Pearson, meanwhile, hauled in six catches for a game-high and career-high 133 yards. Most importantly, two of those went for touchdowns. Pearson’s first catch changed the momentum of the game, a 63-yard touchdown that pulled the Quakers within 10-7 in the second quarter. His second catch was the eventual game-winner, a 27-yard touchdown grab for a 27-13 lead en route to Penn’s first back-to-back wins since 2013. All but one of Pearson’s receptions went for at least 11 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Drake had a trifecta with a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble. He also had six tackles. With the Quakers down 10-0 late in the first quarter, and Yale at the edge of the red zone, Drake hauled in an interception which led to an eventual touchdown for the Quakers. Three plays later, Drake caused a fumble on a sack, and the Quakers took advantage of the turnover with another touchdown just two plays later. In just 41 seconds, the Quakers had turned a 10-0 deficit into a 14-10 lead due to Drake's two turnovers. Drake also helped the Quakers hold the Ivy League’s second-leading rusher 60 yards below his average.