September 23, 2013
Hempel, Hodges Garner Ivy Weekly Awards
had 306 passing yards in the second half against USD (Thomas
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After helping the
Crimson pick up a 42-20 victory at San Diego in the season opener
Sept. 21, junior quarterback Conner Hempel and junior defensive end
Hodges have been named Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the
Week and Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week,
Hodges, who hails from Atlanta, Ga., was responsible for
Harvard's first touchdown of the season, as he picked and returned
a fumble for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter last week.
Hodges, who finished the game with five tackles, became the first
Harvard player to return a fumble for a touchdown since 2008.
In the third quarter, Hodges grabbed another fumble, this time
at the Harvard goal line, helping the Crimson keep the Toreros from
scoring. Teammate Joshua Boyd
forced the fumble by USD running back Joe Ferguson, and Hodges
picked up the ball for his second takeaway of the afternoon.
A native of Union, Ky., Hempel made his first-career start
last week and completed 25-of-34 passes for 345 yards and four
touchdowns, all career-bests. Hempel, who at one point completed
eight straight passes in the game, was 20-of-27 for 306 yards in
the second half alone.
All four of Hempel's TD strikes came in the final 30 minutes,
starting with a 10-yard lob to Andrew Fischer
in the third quarter. In the final stanza, Hempel completed 10-yard
passes to Ben Braunecker
for touchdowns, and he capped the day with another TD toss
to Fischer with 2:43 remaining in the game.
Harvard will host Brown in the Ivy opener Saturday, Sept. 28
in a game that will be shown live nationally on the NBC Sports