Mike Mitchell Named Penn Athlete of the Week
Nov. 25, 2003
University of Pennsylvania senior quarterback Mike Mitchell was named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week, after throwing a program-record five touchdown strikes as the Quakers capped off their first perfect season in nine years (10-0 overall, 7-0 Ivy) with a 59-7 victory over Cornell at Franklin Field on Nov. 22. Mitchell also set a new Penn single-season mark with his performance, finishing the 2003 campaign with 26 touchdown passes.
The Orlando, Fla. went 22-for-30, throwing for 371 yards against the Big Red. It was the second-best passing performance of his career and fifth best in program history. Mitchell wasted little time before beginning his onslaught of the Quakers' record book as he threw a 60-yard bomb to score Dan Castles on the first play of the game. Mitchell would go on to throw two more touchdowns in the first quarter - Brian Adams (3 yards) and Dan Castles (23) - as Penn built a commanding 28-0 lead 15 minutes into the contest.
The Colonial High School (Fla.) product would hit Castles for two more touchdowns (12 and six yards) in the second and third quarters, respectively. Mitchell finished the campaign with 26 passing touchdowns, breaking the former Penn record of 24 which was held by Gavin Hoffman (2000) and Jimmy McGeehan (1993). It was the fifth time in his career that Mitchell threw for as many as four touchdowns in a game and was his seventh 300-yard passing performance of his career. Mitchell finished his career second all-time at Penn in passing yards (5,547), passing touchdowns (47) and total offense (5,394).