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Football Weekly Release - Week 5

Columbia's Sean Brackett and Alex Gross
Columbia's Sean Brackett and Alex Gross

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League football hits the midway point with a Week 5 schedule that features the final four non-conference matchups of the season, all on home Ivy turf against Patriot League foes.

Ivy teams look to extend the League's 9-4 record versus the Patriot League this year as Cornell entertains Colgate, Dartmouth meets Holy Cross, Harvard hosts Lehigh and Yale welcomes in Fordham.

In Ivy action, a couple of intriguing contests are on the slate with Columbia and its high-powered offense traveling south to face Penn and its top-ranked defense at Franklin Field and Brown taking on Princeton in a game that could be another high-scoring affair.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett (Brooklyn, Conn.) had another stellar outing for the Lions, rushing for 105 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown while also going 15-20-0 with 179 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Lafayette. His performance led Columbia to its largest two-game scoring total since 1946.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior linebacker Alex Gross (Kettering, Ohio) led all players for the fourth consecutive game with 11 tackles (six solo), forced a fumble that resulted in a touchdown and ran back his third-ever interception 69 yards for a touchdown, his first career TD, in the Lions' 42-28 victory over Lafayette. Gross currently ranks second in the FCS averaging 12.5 tackles per game.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard sophomore punter Jacob Dombrowski (Gaylord, Mich.) put the Crimson defense into prime field position in a 31-17 win over Cornell. Dombrowski punted seven times and pinned his first two punts inside Cornell's 5-yard line, enabling Harvard to limit the Big Red to just 80 offensive yards in the first half. In all, he averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a long of 58 on the day.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman quarterback Ryan Becker (Davie, Fla.) filled in as the staring quarterback and led Penn to a three-touchdown victory over Bucknell. Becker connected on 64 percent of his passes (14-of-22), and threw for 194 yards – which is the most by any Quaker this season. With Penn down 7-3, he had the Quakers back on top within 47 seconds. With just two minutes remaining in the first half, Becker led a three-play drive when he connected on three straight passes to get the Quakers in the end zone. Penn never trailed again. He led an offense that gained 437 yards and was not sacked once.

HONOR ROLL
Brandon Colavita, Penn, Sophomore, Running Back (Sewell, N.J.)
6 car. for 61 yds., 2 TDs

Patrick Donnelly, Brown, Sophomore, Quarterback (Longmeadow, Mass.)
23-of-40 for 217 yds., 1 TD, 39 rush yds.

Gino Gordon, Harvard, Senior, Running Back (Bonita, Calif.)
21 car. for 158 yds., 1 TD, 24 rec. yds.

Benjamin Graeff, Harvard, Junior, Defensive End (Canton, Ohio)
7 tkls. (7 solo), 4.0 sacks

Ben Heller, Cornell, Senior, Safety (Miami, Fla.)
7 tkls. (3 solo), 1 INT, 1 PBU

Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Freshman, Quarterback (Camarilla, Calif.)
16-of-33 for 125 yds., 2 TDs

Trey Peacock, Princeton, Junior, Wide Receiver (Chandler, Ariz.)
8 rec. for 80 yds., 1 TD

Michael Reilly, Dartmouth, Junior, Wide Receiver (Denver, Colo.)
4 rec. for 125 yds.

Phil Roffi, Brown, Senior, Linebacker (Tempe, Ariz.)
12 tkls. (9 solo)

Chris Stanley, Yale, Senior, Corner Back (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3 tkls. (1 solo), FF & FR set up GW FG

Garrett Waggoner, Dartmouth, Sophomore, Free Safety (Sarasota, Fla.)
10 tkls. (5 solo), 1 blocked kick

Patrick Witt, Yale, Junior, Quarterback (Wylie, Texas)
28-of-37 for 238 yds., 1 TD

David Wurst, Penn, Senior , Wide Receiver (Orion, Mich.)
9 rec. for 102 yds.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 16
*Columbia at Penn, Noon [CSN] [SIRIUS]
Lehigh at Harvard, Noon
Fordham at Yale, Noon [YES]
Colgate at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Brown at Princeton, 1 pm
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm

*Ivy League Contest

KEY: CSN – Comcast SportsNet; SIRIUS – SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 130); YES – YES Network (DirecTV 631)