PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Temple Nearly Pulls Off Upset On National Television, Penn Defeats Brown – In Second Place In The Ivy League, Villanova Showing Strength On Defense
Games of October 31, 2015
#23 TEMPLE – Overall 7 – 1, 4 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 24 – 20 vs. #9 Notre Dame at the Linc
Summary – Temple set a record in attendance (69,280) and drew the highest rating for a college football game in the Philadelphia market (18.1). The Owls showed they deserved the national spotlight. All the Cherry and White did not get was the win. Temple led 20 – 17 with 4:45 when Austin Jones was good on a 36-yard field goal attempt. Notre Dame came back and scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Will Fuller with 2:09 to play. Defensively, Tyler Matakevich registered 13 tackles. Jahad Thomas ran for 82 yards and scored a touchdown. P.J. Walker went 13 for 30 for 188 yards and had one touchdown (to Brandon Shippen) and one interception at the end of the game. The defense held Notre Dame to 168 yards rushing. Kizer had 143 yards, 79 on a touchdown run in the second quarter. Through the air Kizer was 23 for 39 for 299 yards. He threw one touchdown pass, the game-winner to Fuller. He was intercepted twice, both in the red zone. Despite the loss Temple retained its national ranking placing #23.
For more details read Temple Falls To Notre Dame On A Late Touchdown 24 – 20.
Next Game – November 6 at SMU
VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 4, 3 – 2 CAA
Result – Won 13 – 3 vs. Maine at Villanova Stadium
Summary – The Wildcats defense turned in another strong performance not yielding a touchdown for the second time in three weeks in the home win. Linebackers Austin Calitro and Don Cherry each made 9 tackles. The team caused two turnovers, a fumble recovered by Reggie Paris and an interception by Shayne Jones. The turnovers came on the first two drives by Maine in the second half. Offensively, Villanova got started mid-way through the first quarter when quarterback Zach Bednarczyk lofted a 64-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Wells. The Wildcats turned to their running game getting 215 yards on the ground. Bednarczyk ran for a career-high 123 yards and scored a touchdown scampering 14 yards to the endzone in the fourth quarter. Running back Gary Underwood ran for 93.
Next Game – November 7 at Rhode Island
PENN – Overall 4 –3, Ivy League 3 – 1
Result – Won 42 – 28 at Brown
Summary – The trip to Providence has not been an easy one for the University of Pennsylvania. This one was an exception as quarterback Alek Torgersen threw three touchdown passes and added on one the ground as Penn defeated Brown 48 – 28. Torgersen was 15 for 22 for 196 yards to become the fourth player in school history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a career. The quarterback also ran for a score. Torgersen hit wide receiver Justin Watson on a 79-yard touchdown pass just after Brown took 7 – 0 lead. Watson caught 6 passes for 122 yards. It was his fourth 100 yard game. Tre Solomon scored three times, two on the ground and once through the air. Brian Schoenauer ran for 111 yards and a score. Torgersen also found Eric Fiore with a scoring toss. On defense Penn held Brown to 18 rushing yards while gaining 263 yards. On defense the Red and Blue intercepted four passes, two by Sam Philippi and one each by Brandon Mills and Ian Dobbins. Linebacker Tyler Drake recovered a fumble. Penn had 28 points off turnovers. The Quakers are tied for second in the Ivy League tied with Dartmouth and a game behind league leader Harvard.
Next Game – November 7 vs. Princeton at Franklin Field