Mothander Named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard freshman place kicker David Mothander (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) has been named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week in an announcement from the league office on Monday afternoon.

Mothander is joined on the weekly honor roll by teammates Andrew Hatch (Henderson, Nev.) and Blaise Deal (Glendale, Ariz.). Harvard defeated Holy Cross, 34-6, in front of 21,704 fans at Harvard Stadium.

Hatch was further honored for his performance by the College Football Performance Awards as their honorable mention quarterback performer of the week.

Mothander was perfect on kick placements against Holy Cross, making a 26-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game and a 24-yarder before halftime while converting all four extra point tries. He also averaged nearly 64 yards per kickoff (to the 6-yard line) with one touchback.  

Hatch completed 20 of 25 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 39 yards in the win. Hatch completed his first six passes and was 12-for-14 for 160 yards in the first half. Both incomplete passes were dropped. In all he found eight different receivers on the night.  

Deal had a game-high 11 tackles (four solo) while also intercepting a pass and returning it 12 yards during the win.

Wide receiver Chris Lorditch had his first career two-touchdown game … With its 34-6 win over Holy Cross, Harvard improved to 112-23-2 in season-openers (.821). The Crimson has won its opening game in eight of the last 10 years and is 11-6 on Opening Day under current head coach Tim Murphy … Harvard has won its last 10 home-openers with the last four coming under the lights … Saturday’s crowd of 21,704 was the largest night game in Harvard Stadium history … Andrew Hatch became Harvard’s sixth different starting quarterback on opening day in the last seven years … Harvard takes to the road this week at Brown … From 2000-09, Harvard posted a 36-11 in road games. The Crimson was 27-7 in Ivy League road games during that span … Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 10 of the last 11 seasons with nine of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia … Harvard is 268-5-1 all-time (.979) when the Crimson scores 30 or more points … Harvard has scored points in a school-record 119 consecutive games.