PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Gets 8th Win Of The Season, Temple Loses A Heartbreaker
Games of November 7 and 8, 2014
#6 VILLANOVA WILDCATS – Overall 8 – 2, 5 – 1 CAA
Result – Won 42 – 14 vs. Towson at Villanova Stadium
#7 Villanova 42 Towson 14 – The Villanova Wildcats got their bounce back win scoring 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to secure the victory. Quarterback John Robertson scored early in the quarter on a one yard run. Robertson ran for 107 yards in the contest, the 12th time in his career that the junior has posted at least 100 yards rushing. On the ensuing drive by Towson, Wildcats senior defensive back Joe Sarnese intercepted a pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, the second of his career. Later in the stanza Robertson hit running back Kevin Monangai with touchdown pass of 14 yards.
Robertson completed 16 of 21 passing attempts for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. The other scoring tosses went to wide receivers Anthony DiCamillo, the first of his career, and the other to Kevin Gulyas. Austin Medley ran for the other touchdown. Six players scored touchdowns for Villanova. Wide receiver Poppy Livers caught 7 passes for 78 yards.
Sarnese also tallied a game-high 11 tackles. For his effort the senior was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week.
Next Game – November 15 vs. Albany at Villanova Stadium
TEMPLE OWLS – Overall 5 – 4, 3 – 3 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 16 – 13 vs. Memphis at the Linc
Memphis 16 Temple 13 – A 31 yard field goal by Memphis kicker Jake Elliot as time expired gave the Tigers a 3 point victory over the Owls. The game winner capped a 12 play, 66 yard drive. The Cherry and White jumped out to a 10 – 0 lead in the first quarter on a field goal by Austin Jones and a 75 yard touchdown run by Kenneth Harper. It was the longest career run from scrimmage for Harper and the longest for the team this season. The senior also posted a career-high in rushing yards with 116.
The Owls defense held the Tigers high-powered offense in check. Memphis had the best scoring average in the nation at 36.2 points per game and rushing offense at 206 yards. In the game Temple held Memphis to 16 points and 82 rushing yards. However, mistakes on special teams hurt the Cherry and White. A blocked punt and a muffed punt gave opportunities that Memphis converted.
Still, Temple got a 46 yard field goal from Jones to knot the score at 13 with 2:46 to play in the fourth quarter. Memphis got the ball and turned in their longest drive of the game. With the win Memphis is bowl eligible and remains in contention for the league title.
Next Game – November 15 at Penn State
PENN QUAKERS – Overall 1 –7, Ivy League 1 – 4
Result – Lost 22 – 17 at Princeton
Princeton 22 Penn 17 – The University of Pennsylvania team visited the red zone on their first two possessions, but did not score. It proved costly as the Red and Blue dropped a 22 – 17 road decision. Penn 19 – 10 at halftime. The Quakers pulled to within 19 – 17 late in the third quarter on a 22 yard touchdown pass to Justin Watson from quarterback Alek Torgersen. Penn got no closer.
Torgersen tied his school record completing 40 passes on 61 attempts, another school record, for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had one pass intercepted. The other scoring toss went to Conner Scott. Spencer Kulcsar set a record last weekend against Brown with 14 catches. He broke that record in this game by catching 16 passes for 117 yards.
The Red and Blue face league leading Harvard in Al Bagnoli’s final game at Franklin Field.
Next Game – November 15 vs. #17 Harvard at Franklin Field