PHILADELPHIA - Junior Donald Panciello and sophomore Justin Watson were honored as the Ivy League Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week, respectively, on Monday. The pair helped lead the University of Pennsylvania football team to an historic victory over No. 4/5 Villanova on Thursday night.
With a 24-13 triumph over the Wildcats, the Quakers earned the program's first-ever road win over a Top 5 ranked opponent, its first win over Villanova since 1911, and head coachRay Priore's first career victory.
On Sunday, Panciello was also named National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The Succasunna, N.J., nativescooped up a fumble and returned it 90 yards for a game-changing, fourth-quarter touchdown.He alsoled Penn with eight tackles - seven solo - and had a pass breakup, but his fumble return touchdown was the play of the game. With seven minutes remaining, Penn led 17-7, but the host Wildcats had 1st-and-goal and were poised to close within a possession. That was until Panciello picked up a fumble and sprinted 90 yards to slam the door on one of the biggest wins in school history.
Watson scored Penn's other two touchdowns. Heplayed just one half before leaving to injury, yet racked up 87 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions for 17.4 yards per reception. Four of his five catches went for first downs and helped the Quakers own time of possession in the first half (24:25 to 5:35) to spur the upset. Watson accounted for all of the game's scoring in the first half, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Watson, Pancielloand the Quakers return to action on Saturday, they will welcome Ivy rival Dartmouth to Franklin Field in Penn’s first home game under Coach Priore. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Tickets are availablehere.