PHILADELPHIA – Championship efforts on both sides of the ball were rewarded by the Ivy League on Monday as Alek Torgersen (Co-Offensive Player of the Week) and Mason Williams (Defensive Player of the Week) each earned weekly awards to close out the 2016 season.
Over a stellar career, Alek Torgersen had done just about everything for the Penn Quakers heading into the final game of his career. On Saturday at Cornell, he was 24-of-31 for a season-high 284 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 58 yards and two scores as part of Penn’s 42-20 win.
That effort crossed one final item off Torgersen’s “To-Do” list – earn an Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award. Penn’s all-time passing touchdown leader (52) and the Ivy League’s all-time leader in completion percentage in Ivy League games (67.4%), Torgersen became just the eighth passer in Ivy League history – and second Quaker – to surpass the 7,000-yard mark for his career on Saturday, finishing with 7,025 yards.
Sophomore cornerback Mason Williams had another interception on Saturday in Ithaca – giving him six for the season. Williams has been the definition of a shutdown corner this season, registering the most interceptions by a Quaker since 1984 and tying for the Ivy lead in picks. He finished the game with six total tackles – tied for the team high – and added a pass breakup.
Penn won its 18th Ivy League championship on Saturday, tying Dartmouth for the most all-time by an Ivy League program. The Quakers have won a share of the Ancient Eight title in back-to-back seasons, giving Penn its first years with consecutive titles since 2009-10.