Football Weekly Release - Week 7
Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After another exciting Saturday, Ivy League football enters its stretch run and final month of the 2013 season.
2013 has been the year of the offense for the Ivy League, currently ranked third at 29.00 points per game per team among all Division I Football Championship Subdivision conferences behind the Southland (34.92 ppg) and Big South (29.50 ppg) conferences.
The League has four teams averaging right at or above 30 points per game in the FCS -- Princeton (43.8 ppg, 3rd), Harvard (40.2 ppg, 9th), Brown (33.2 ppg, 29th) and Dartmouth (29.8 ppg, 42nd).
Ivy teams have combined to post 40 or more points in 13 games so far this season -- Princeton (4), Harvard (4), Brown (3), Cornell (1) and Dartmouth (1) -- for a combined record of 12-1 in these games.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior quarterback Quinn Epperly (Knoxville, Tenn.) played a career-defining game in the Tigers' 51-48, triple-overtime victory over Harvard. Epperly set school records in both completions (37) and touchdown passes (6) in lending Harvard's 15-game home winning streak. He spread his six touchdown passes around to five different players, including the game-winning, six-yard connection with senior wide receiver Roman Wilson. His six passing touchdowns matched an Ivy League record first established by Brown's James Perry, currently Princeton's offensive coordinator, vs. Columbia in 1997.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore linebacker Will McNamara (Chicago) recorded his first two career interceptions, returning both for touchdowns in the Big Green's 56-0 victory over Columbia. McNamara's first pick came in the middle of the second quarter as he traversed 24 yards to reach the end zone, boosting Dartmouth's lead to 28-0. He then put the finishing touch on the win by snaring a pass near midfield and weaving his way through traffic for a 51-yard score with the final touchdown of the game. McNamara spearheaded a Big Green defense that allowed just 95 yards and 49 offensive plays as he tied for the team lead with four tackles, one of which went for a loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior placekicker Andrew Flesher (Little Rock, Ark.) accounted for 12 points in the Crimson's 51-48 triple overtime loss to Princeton. Flesher, who was pressed into duty for a second week to replace senior placekicker David Mothander, went 6-of-6 on PATs and hit 2-of-3 field goals (38 and 23 yards), only missing a 50-yard attempt. Both of his field goals came in overtime -- the 38-yarder sent the game into the third overtime and the 23-yarder gave Harvard the lead in the third overtime.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman wide receiver Jon Marc Carrier (Lutz, Fla.) provided the early offense for the Big Green in the 56-0 shutout victory over Columbia, scoring the first two touchdowns of the day and of his career. On the first Dartmouth drive, he caught a 17-yard pass two plays before taking the ball on a reverse and waltzing into the end zone from two yards out. Early in the second quarter, he struck again by hauling in a 17-yard pass for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. The son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Carrier finished the day with three catches for 39 yards, his two-yard run and two touchdowns.
Ryan Becker, Penn (Sr., QB - Davie, Fla.)
10-13-0, 167 yds., 2 TDs
Brett Buehler, Cornell (Sr., LB - Dublin, Ohio)
15 tkls. (7 solo)
Sam Chwarzynski, Penn (Sr., DB - Norwood Park Township, Ill.)
4 tkls. (3 solo), 1.0 TFL, 2 INTs, 1 BrUp
Patrick Donnelly, Brown (Sr., QB - Longmeadow, Mass.)
21-27-1, 295 yds., 3 TDs
Darius Manora, Yale (Fr., TB - Alexandria, Va.)
10 tkls. (5 solo)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Sr., QB - Camarillo, Calif.)
30-46-1, 419 yds., 4 TDs, 19 rush yds.
Eric Medes, Harvard (So., LB - Mount Laurel, N.J.)
16 tkls. (3 solo), 1.5 TFL
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Sr., LB - Bowie, Md.)
9 tkls. (7 solo), 2.0 TFL
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Sr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
26 car. for 160 yds., 1 TD
Jason Ray, Princeton (Sr., LB - Clarkston, Mich.)
12 tkls. (4 solo), 3.5 TFL. 1.5 sacks
William Twyman, Brown (So., LB - Sudbury, Mass.)
1 tkl., 1 FR for TD
Grant Wallace, Yale (Jr., WR - St. Louis, Mo.)
8 rec. for 104 yds., 1 TD
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Sr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
9 rec. for 76 yds., 1 TD, 20 rush yds., 1 TD
Ricky Zorn, Harvard (Sr., WR - Dallas)
8 rec. for 168 yds., 1 TD
Saturday, November 2
*Columbia at Yale, Noon [YES]
*Penn at Brown, 12:30 pm [FCS]
*Cornell at Princeton, 1 pm [ESPN3]
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 5 pm [IVY]
* Ivy League Contests
ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; FCS – FOX College Sports (DirecTV 617, 623 & 626, Verizon FiOS 300, 301 & 302); IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network; YES – YES Network (DirecTV 631)