PHILADELPHIA – For the second year in a row Penn knocked off a ranked Harvard team looking to secure an Ivy League championship, and once again a host of outstanding individual performances led the way as Penn kept its own hopes for an Ivy title alive.
Two of those efforts have been recognized by the Ivy League as Louis Vecchio earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and Justin Watson was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
In front of a national television audience on NBC Sports Network, Louis Vecchio has a breakout game. The junior defensive lineman scored Penn’s first touchdown of the game, picking off a Harvard screen pass and returning it 40 yards to give Penn a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. Vecchio would finish the game with a team-high three sacks while making six total solo tackles.
For the fourth game in a row, Justin Watson reached double figures in catches, hauling in 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. His final catch was his biggest of the game as he reeled in a 2-yard touchdown with 0:15 to play to break a 14-14 tie.
Over his last four games, Watson has caught 43 passes for 578 yards and 5 touchdowns – numbers which would rank him fifth, fourth, and fifth respectively in the Ivy League. However, since he has played in all nine games this season, he leads the Ancient Eight in catches (78), yards (1,009), and receiving touchdowns (8).
Vecchio, Watson, and the Quakers will take on Cornell in Ithaca on Saturday. A win will secure the 18th Ivy League championship in school history and Penn’s first back-to-back titles since 2009-10. Kickoff with the Big Red is set for 12 p.m. on Fox College Sports.