PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Zach Bednarczyk Leads Villanova Rally, Temple Wins On A Late Field Goal
Games of September 19, 2015
TEMPLE – Overall 3 – 0, 1 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 25 – 23 at Massachusetts
Summary – Another sign of the changing fortunes at Temple is that they found a way to come from behind and win late. Trailing 23 – 20 after a lead changing touchdown by UMass, the Owls scored 2-points on a return off a blocked point after kick by Will Hayes. The kick was blocked by Praise Martin-Oguike, picked up by Stephaun Marshall who lateral to Hayes who took it 98 yards to the house with 1:20 to play. The Cherry and White got the ball back and drove 50 yards in 10 plays to the Minutemen 15 yard line. Kicker Austin Jones nailed a 32 yard field goal to win with 12 seconds showing on the clock. The key play in the final drive was a 12 yard completion from quarterback P.J. Walker to wide receiver John Christopher that set the ball at the 15 yard line. Walker threw for 391 yards, the third most in Temple history, completing 28 of 48 on the day. He went 6 for 9 on the final drive. Christopher had a career-best 7 catches for 72 yards. Running back Jahad Thomas, who leads the American in All-Purpose yards, had 164 for the game (66 rushing, 67 receiving, and 31 return yards). UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel tested the Temple defense throwing for 393 yards.
Next Game –October 2 at Charlotte
#5 VILLANOVA – Overall 2 – 1, 1 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 28 – 21 vs. Delaware at Villanova Stadium
Summary – The Wildcats won a wild one coming from behind for a 28 – 21 win over the Blue Hens in the Battle of the Blue. Villanova lost quarterback John Robertson with a knee injury. He was replaced by Zach Bednarczyk who led the team to two scoring drives and the victory. Bednarczyk threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Gulyas with 6:18 to play. Late Bednarczyk scored the winning touchdown on a 21 yard scamper. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 57 yards and a score. Bednarczyk was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. For more details see Villanova Back Up Quarterback Keys Come Back Win Over Delaware.
Next Game – September 24 vs. Penn at Villanova Stadium
PENN – Overall 0 –1, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Lost 42 – 21 at Lehigh
Summary – The Red and Blue opened the Ray Priore Era, but did not start it with a win. The Mountain Hawks of Lehigh went out to a 28 – 7 lead midway through the third quarter, a lead the Quakers could not overcome. On offense Penn was led by the underclassmen. Sophomore running back Tre Solomon ran for 89 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Justin Watson hauled in 10 passes for 143 yards including a 74 yard scoring strike to bring the Red and Blue to within 28 – 14 with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter. Freshman Christian Pearson had a 45 yard touchdown reception for the final Quaker points of the game. For his effort Pearson was named the Ivy League Freshman of the Week. Junior quarterback Alex Torgersen threw for 336 yards on 30 of 42 passing attempts for 2 touchdowns. He was intercepted once. During the contest Torgersen became the 12th player in school history to surpass 3,000 career passing yards. Lehigh had 495 total yards of offense almost evenly split, 245 rushing and 250 passing yards.
Next Game – September 24 at Villanova