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Football Weekly Release - Week 6

Dartmouth's Nick Schwieger and Penn's Matt Hamscher

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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic Commnunications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League football moves into its pivotal point of the season as the schedule turns exclusively to conference-only play beginning with Week 6.

The first game of the day may be the most crucial of the weekend as Penn travels to Yale in a battle of Ivy unbeatens. Brown also looks to remain perfect in League play hosting Cornell while the Harvard-Princeton and Dartmouth-Columbia games are set to be key matchups in what may be shaping up into a highly-contested race for the Ivy crown.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior running back Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.) was the Big Green workhorse on offense in the 27-19 victory over Holy Cross, handling the ball on more than half of their plays from scrimmage. He set a career high with 31 carries while accumulating 169 yards -- his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career -- while scoring Dartmouth's first points of the game with a four-yard burst into the end zone. Six of his runs went for at least 11 yards, including a 24-yarder on the Big Green's first play from scrimmage and a 25-yarder in the third quarter. His runs were evenly distributed by the halves as well with 15 runs for 85 yards over the first 30 minutes and 16 for 84 in the second half. Schwieger also added 34 kickoff return yards and six receiving yards on his day.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn junior safety and former running back Matt Hamscher (Whitehall, Pa.) led a Quaker defense that held the highest scoring offense in the Ivy League nearly three touchdowns below its scoring average and to just 44 total rushing yards in the 27-13 win over Columbia. Against the FCS leader in passing efficiency, Hamscher sacked the Lions' Sean Brackett twice for a loss of 14 yards. Brackett, Columbia's leading rusher, was held to eight yards on 16 carries as Hamscher finished with a team-high eight total tackles (five solo) and 3.0 tackles for losses of 17 yards  -- all career highs -- leading a defensive effort that held Columbia to 1.3 yards per carry.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior placekicker Foley Schmidt (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) got a chance to shine in the fourth quarter of a 27-19 victory over Holy Cross when Dartmouth trailed by five points. First, he drilled a 35-yard field goal to cut the deficit to two, then came right back with the winning kick with 8:36 to play, this time from 32 yards out. In addition, he provided the three PATs, including one with 48 seconds remaining in the game which ensured Holy Cross could do better than a tie as Dartmouth led by eight.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman placekicker Luke Eddy (Shirley, Mass.) was a perfect two-for-two on field goals Columbia's loss at Penn. Eddy knocked home a 34-yarder to get Columbia on the board after its first drive of the game in the first quarter. He also drilled a 48-yard kick late in the third quarter, the longest of his young career and the longest by a Columbia kicker since Jon Rocholl nailed a 49-yard attempt in the Lions' season opener at Fordham in 2007. Eddy converted on his one PAT attempt and is a perfect 16-of-16 on the season.

HONOR ROLL
Drew Alson, Cornell, Senior, Punter (Memphis, Tenn.)
38.8 yds./punt

Brandon Colavita, Penn, Sophomore, Running Back (Sewall, N.J.)
16 car. for 103 yds., 1 TD

Gino Gordon, Harvard, Senior, Running (Bonita, Calif.)
22 car. for 118 yds., 1 TD

Bronson Green, Dartmouth, Freshman, Linebacker (Los Angeles, Calif.)
11 tkls. (5 solo), 1 PBU

Jordan Haynes, Yale, Junior, Linebacker (Folsom, Calif.)
12 tkls. (9 solo), 1 FR

Andrew Kennedy, Columbia, Senior, Tight End (Westport, Conn.)
6 rec. for 107 yds.

Tim Kingsbury, Princeton, Sophomore, Linebacker (Palos Park, Ill.)
14 tkls. (6 solo), 1 TFL

Tyler Melancon, Dartmouth, Junior, Linebacker (Parker, Texas)
10 tkls. (4 solo), 1 TFL, 1 FR

Chucks Obi, Harvard, Sr., Defensive Tackle (Traci, Calif.)
11 tkls. (3 solo), 1 TFL, 2 FFs

Chimso Okoji, Brown, Senior, Linebacker (Silver Spring, Md.)
8 tkls. (2 solo), 1 TFL, 1 INT

Joe Springer, Brown, Senior, Quarterback (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
21-of-31 for 185 yds., 1 TD

Andrew Starks, Princeton, Sophomore, Linebacker (Plainfield, Ill.)
11 tkls. (5 solo), 1 TFL, 1 INT

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 23
*Penn at Yale, Noon [YES]
*Cornell at Brown, 12:30 pm [SIRIUS]
*Harvard at Princeton, 1 pm
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 1:30 pm

*Ivy League Contest

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