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Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2013 Ivy League football season closed with its first title share since 2008 as Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy League) and Princeton (8-2, 6-1 Ivy) finished together atop the standings.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior quarterback Jeff Mathews (Camarillo, Calif.) accounted 467 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns, including four passing scores in his final collegiate game as the Big Red won 42-41 at defending champion Penn. Mathews guided an offense that scored 35 consecutive points and took a 42-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter after rallying Cornell from 14-0 and 21-7 deficits just a week after sitting out his second career game due to injury. He threw touchdown passes of 25, 4, 19 and 8 yards and ran one in himself from one yard out.
Harvard sophomore running back Paul Stanton, Jr. (Kenner, La.) tied the school record for most touchdowns by a player in "The Game," finding the end zone four times in the Crimson's 34-7 win over Yale. All four of his scores came in the first half as he had touchdown runs of 25 and 2 yards to go along with touchdown receptions of 21 and 18 yards. He finished "The Game) with 27 carries for 188 yards on the ground and four catches for 40 yards as a receiver.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior linebacker Michael Runger (Lisle, Ill.) recorded a season-high 15 tackles, leading a Big Green defense that contained the vaunted Princeton offense to 409 yards and a season-low point total in a 28-24 victory. One of Runger's tackles thwarted a Tiger third down, leading to Princeton turning the ball over on downs. He also broke up two passes, one of which came during the crucial goal-line stand in the fourth quarter that kept the Tigers from tying the score and instead led them to kick a field goal. Runger's 15 tackles were the second-most in his career as last year he finished the season with 17 stops at Princeton.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior linebacker Tré Minor (Columbia, S.C.) made the one of the biggest special teams plays of the 2013 season, blocking a game-tying PAT attempt with 1:11 left in the Big Red's 42-41 win at Penn. After earlier making three tackles, including two for a loss, and intercepting his first career pass, Minor broke through the line and swatted away the Quakers' extra-point kick to give Cornell the win for his third career blocked kick on his final collegiate play. His block came just seconds after Penn returned an interception for what looked like a game-tying score. He intercepted a pass on Penn's final drive of the first half at the Big Red 33-yard line to keep Cornell within 21-14 at the break and had tackles for losses on consecutive plays in the third quarter to force a three-and-out after the Big Red had taken a 28-21 lead.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman quarterback/punter Alek Torgersen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led a furious comeback and threw two late fourth quarter touchdowns as the Quakers lost 42-41 to Cornell on a blocked extra point in the final minute. With Penn trailing by 21 with just over seven minutes to play, Torgersen entered the game. He threw for 109 yards in that short span on 6-of-10 passing, including his first two career touchdowns. Torgersen also ran for seven yards and totaled 116 yards in about a half quarter of play. With the Quakers down three touchdowns, he led Penn 57 yards in just three plays to start the late comeback. On the next drive, Torgersen took the team 75 yards, accounting for all 75 yards (68 passing, 7 rushing), in just 1:56 to get the Quakers within seven.
Ryan Becker, Penn (So., QB - Davie, Fla.)
12-28-2, 146 yds., 3 TDs
Sam Chwarzynski, Penn (Sr., LB - Norwood Park Township, Ill.)
6 tkls. (4 solo), 2.0 sacks, 3.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 block
Seth DeValve, Princeton (Jr., WR - Manchester.)
9 rec. for 136 yds., 38 rush yds.
Brian East, Columbia (Sr., LB - Carmel, Ind.)
18 tkls. (10 solo), 2.0 TFL, 1 FF
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Sr., LB - Bowie, Md.)
12 tkls. (9 solo), 1.0 sack, 3.0 TFL, 2 FF
David Mothander, Harvard (Sr., PK - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
2 FGs (19, 48), 4 PATs
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Sr., PK - Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
2 FGs (23, 29), 6 PATs
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Sr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
28 car. for 112 yds., 1 TD, 16 rec. yds.
Deon Randall, Yale (Jr., WR/DB - San Diego)
63 rec. yds., 28 rush yds., 1 TD
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bronx, N.Y.)
7 tkls. (6 solo), 3.0 sacks, 4.0 TFL
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Sr., DB - Middelton, Mass.)
7 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 BrUp
John Spooney, Brown (Sr., RB - Northfield, Ohio)
27 car. for 186 yds., 1 TD