Penn must be feeling really, really special this week. The kind of warm, fuzzy feeling that only a pigskin championship can bring.
The Quakers clinched a share of their second consecutive Ivy League football title last weekend with their 33-19 defeat of Princeton in New Jersey.
Mark DeRosa, the Quaker quarterback, sliced and diced the Tiger secondary to the tune of 18-of-30 for 243 yards, even with a hurt ankle. Because of his heroics, DeRosa was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.
DeRosa also leads the Ancient Eight with 10 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 62.4.
On the Quaker defensive side of the ball, linebacker Pat Goodwille helped bring 12 Tigers to the ground--seven by himself--and forced a fumble.
Harvard travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn this coming Saturday.
In a losing effort, Princeton wide receiver/kick returner Marc Ross amassed 202 all-purpose yards while touching the ball only 13 times. Included in there is a 50 yard punt return and a 41 yard kickoff scamper.
The victory by Penn has boosted its league record to 5-0, far ahead of Cornell at 3-2. All eight other teams are knotted at 2-3.
The week's biggest surprise was Yale's 24-14 defeat of Cornell.
The Big Red, who for a week was ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA Top 25, has seen the bottom fall out of its rise to fame.
The warriors of the Cayuga River have lost their last two games now--a week and a half ago Brown upended Cornell, 16-3.
The victory ended a four-game slide for the Eli, who started the season with three victories.
Top Bulldog performers include tailback Bob Nelson, who rumbled all of 139 yards and three touchdowns.
In other action, Brown defeated Harvard, 23-17, in a matchup across the Charles. The Crimson's Eion Hu had another phenomenal day despite the loss, rushing for 109 yards on 31 carries.
It is the fifth time that the Leverett House sophomore has rushed for more than 100 yards this year. It is also the unprecedented fifth time that Hu has been chosen as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.