PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Justin Watsonearned Ivy League and STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after he posted one of the top offensive performances in school history on Saturday, and led Penn into a first-place tie in the Ivy League. Watson's performance came on the road against a Top 25 opponent as the Quakers halted the nation's longest winning streak with a decisive 35-25 victory at No. 12/13 Harvard.
On a ferociously windy day, Watsonfinished with 249 all-purpose yards -- a career-high 149 receiving yards and a career-best 100 yardsrushing-- to finish just outside the top-five best offensive outputs in the program's 139-year history. He added a pair of long touchdowns, including the back-breaking 79-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. With Penn leading by just three with 13 minutes remaining, Watson took a handoff and ran 79 yards for a 10-point lead the Quakers did not relinquish.
Watson, a wide receiver, accounted for 100 of Penn's 164 rushing yards on just five carries. He also had 149 of Penn's 245 receiving yards on seven catches as he and the Quakers ended the nation’s longest winning streak.For the first time in school history, the Quakers have won two road games against Top 25 opponents in the same season.
This is the first national honor for Watson and the second Ivy Offensive Player of the Week award as he also garnered the honor in Penn's other Top 25 road win at No. 5/4 Villanova on Sept. 24.
On Saturday, a win clinches Penn’s first Ivy League championship since 2012, and the program’s 17th Ivy title overall—second-most all-time. The Quakers will have to go through Cornell in the fifth-most played rivalry in FCS history. The 122nd meeting with the Big Red kicks off from historic Franklin Field at 1 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.