PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL REVIEW
Penn Sustains Ivy League Unbeaten Streak, Villanova and Temple Set Records But Fall
October 26, 2013 Games
PENN – Overall 4 –2, Ivy League 3 – 0
Result – Won 28 – 17 vs. Yale at Franklin Field
Summary – The Red and Blue turned to Ryan Becker to quarterback the team as Billy Ragone was lost with a foot injury. Becker completed 10 of 13 passes for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns in getting the win. Becker is now 3 – 0 as a starter. Yale scored first getting a field goal. Becker responded two plays later finding running back Kyle Wilcox for a 29-yard touchdown pass and a 7 – 3 lead. Becker hit senior wide receiver Connor Scott with a 29-yard touchdown pass that put Scott over the 1,000 yard career receiving mark. Penn put the game away early in the second half on a drive where Becker completed a 42-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Christian Stapleton, then completed a 20-yard pass to Spencer Kulcsar who completed the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Sophomore quarterback Adam Strouss scored the first touchdown of his career with a short run. Wilcox posted 129 yards rushing. Kulcsar had 85 yards. The Quakers ground game gained 218 yards. Penn outgained Yale 385 – 311.
Next Game – November 2 at Brown
TEMPLE – Overall 1 – 7, 0 – 4 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost Win 59 – 49 at SMU
Summary – It was a record setting day for Temple. Unfortunately, the Owls did not get the win. The offense was on display for each team who posted 15 touchdowns. The Cherry and White had a 28 – 7 lead in the second quarter, but fell to a six touchdown onslaught by SMU in the second half. Sophomore wide receiver Robby Anderson set a record with 9 catches for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns for the game. He scored the first touchdown of the game for Temple hauling in a 42-yard touchdown reception at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter. Anderson followed that just under 3 minutes later with an 83 yard catch on an option play. The touchdown pass came from junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick. It was the third longest passing play in school history. Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker opened the game with 16 straight completions. To that point in the game he hit 7 different receivers for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns. Walker finished the game completing 26 of 37 passing attempts for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns, and led the team in rushing with 92 yards. His scoring tosses went to Anderson, John Christopher, Ryan Alderman, and Kenneth Harper who had 2 touchdowns on the day. The Owls led 28 – 14 at halftime, and got the first touchdown of the second half. The Mustangs took over getting three straight touchdowns to move in front 42 – 35. Temple tied it on Harper’s 4-yard touchdown reception. SMU put the game away scoring the next 17 points to lead 59 – 42. The Mustangs Quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw for a school record 538 yards and 4 touchdowns. Gilbert connected on 37 of 53 passing attempts and ran for 97 yards with 2 rushing touchdowns. SMU put up 728 yards of total offense. Temple had 538, 29 yards shy of the school record of 622 set on 1974 against Southern Illinois. The combined 108 points were the most since an 82 – 28 Temple win over Bucknell in 1966.
Next Game – November 2 at Rutgers
#18 VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 4, 3 – 2 CAA
Result – Lost 37 – 35 vs. #11 Maine
Summary – It was another record setting day for sophomore quarterback John Robertson, but Villanova could not overcome a 30 – 14 Maine lead. Robertson became the first player in Villanova history to rush for over 200 yards in consecutive games gaining 214 on the day. He also surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground for the second straight season. Over his last three games Robertson has run for 620 yards and 10 touchdowns Robertson scored his 4th rushing touchdown, a new career-high, pulled the Wildcats to within 37 – 35 with 4:19 to play.
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Next Game – November 2 at James Madison