Ivy League Weekly Awards
From the Ivy League...
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas) guided the Big Green to its fifth-consecutive, opening-day victory in a 35-25 victory over visiting Central Connecticut State. Williams completed 14-of-24 passes for 216 yards while matching a career best with three touchdown tosses, plus added 75 yards on the ground on 11 carries, the penultimate of which was a 28-yard scoring scamper. His first scoring strike on an 18-yard screen pass put the first points of the game on the board. He then proceeded to rally the Big Green from a 19-12 deficit in the third quarter with touchdown tosses of 20 and 19 yards before capping the scoring with his run to the end zone.
Yale junior quarterback Morgan Roberts (Charlotte) helped the Bulldogs overcome a 21-point deficit with a record-setting comeback in a 54-43 a season-opening win against Lehigh. Roberts led Yale to the biggest comeback at the Yale Bowl in school history by completing 30-of-39 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns, while connecting with seven different receivers. He rushed seven times for 29 yards including a five-yard scoring run. Roberts helped his squad pile up 683 yards of offense and 31 first downs as Yale posted its eighth-consecutive victory to open the season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior linebacker Matt Koran (Joliet, Ill.) accounted for a career-high 10 tackles in the Crimson's 41-18 victory over Holy Cross. Koran led the team in stops and also had one of the key plays in the game. With Harvard leading 20-18 with remaining in the third quarter, he forced a fumble, picked it up and returned it for six yards to the Holy Cross 18-yard line, giving the Crimson great field position. On the next play, Harvard scored a touchdown to go up 27-18 and never looked back.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior placekicker/punter Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) connected on both of his field goal attempts in critical situations and was a perfect 6-of-6 on PATs in the Bulldogs' come-from-behind win over Lehigh. Cazzetta hit a 41 yarder midway through the second quarter to bring Yale within five, 28-23. He added his second make from 37 yards out with seven seconds remaining right before halftime. That field goal swung the momentum to Yale putting up 17 unanswered points and taking the lead for good.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman punter Hunter Kelly (Huntington Beach, Calif.) averaged 42.0 yards on six punts and pinned two inside the 20-yard line in the Quakers' 34-31 loss at Jacksonville. Two of Kelly’s punts went for more than 50 yards, including a career-long 58 yarder. On his first career punt, Kelly turned a bad snap into a Penn fumble recovery. He leaped high to haul in a high snap and got the punt away which the Quakers recovered on the muffed return. With the game on the line and under three minutes to play, Kelley booted a 52 yarder through the driving rain to pin Jacksonville on its own 13-yard line.
Toba Akinleye, Columbia (Jr., DL - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
11 tkls. (8 solo), 2.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks
Andrew Casten, Harvard (Sr., RB - Brick Township, N.J.)
17 car. for 153 yds., 3 TDs
Seth DeValve, Princeton (Jr., WR - Manchester, Conn.)
9 rec. for 123 yds., 1 TD
Troy Donahue, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Greenwood Village, Colo.)
14 tkls. (8 solo)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Mendota Heights, Minn.)
6 rec. for 117 yds., 1 TD
Miles Norris, Cornell (So., LB - Baltimore)
13 tkls. (6 solo), 2.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks
Xavier Russo, Brown (Sr., LB - San Francisco)
10 tkls. (9 solo), 2.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack
Mike Zeui, Princeton (Sr., LB - Marlton, N.J.)
9 tkls. (8 solo), 4.5 TFL, 2.0 Sacks