PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Temple Climbs To #21, Penn Rallies To Beat Princeton In Overtime; Chance For A Share Of The Ivy League Title Next Week, Villanova Continues Strong Defensive Performances
Games of November 6 – 7, 2015
#21 TEMPLE – Overall 8 – 1, 5 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 60 – 40 at SMU
Summary – The Owls have an 8 – 1 record, their best start since 1973 when they finished 9 – 1. The Cherry and White put 60 points on the board, the most since a 2012 game vs. Army where they posted 63 points. The offense had a season-high 536 yards of total offense, and did not turn the ball over for the second straight week. Eight different players scored touchdowns for Temple. True freshman running back Jager Gardner made his first career-start in place of an injured Jahad Thomas and gained 110 yards on 6 carries, including a 94-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game. Quarterback P.J. Walker led the Owls on 18 of 25 passing for 268 yards and a career-high 4 touchdown passes. He also 49 yards on 7 rushes including a 36-yard scoring scamper which sealed the victory.
For more details read Temple Doesn’t Step Into The Trap, Outlasts SMU 60 – 40
Next Game – November 14 at USF 7 PM Kickoff
VILLANOVA – Overall 5 – 4, 4 – 2 CAA
Result – Won 24 – 3 at Rhode Island
Summary – It was another strong defensive performance by the Villanova. The defense has held their opponents without a touchdown in three of the last four games. The Wildcats intercepted 4 passes by; Cameron McCurry, Corey Majors, Ed Shockley, and Jason Ceneus. Linebacker Austin Calitro had a team-high 9 tackles. The Rams were held to 208 yards of total offense. On offense rushed for a season-high 284 yards. Running back Matt Gudzak had his first 100-yard game with 118 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk had a passing and a rushing score. He ran for 74 yards on the ground and went 11 for 18 for 116 yards through the air.
Next Game – November 14 vs. Richmond at Villanova Stadium
PENN – Overall 5 –3, Ivy League 4 – 1
Result – Won 26 – 23 (OT) vs. Princeton at Franklin Field
Summary – With 4 seconds to play the Princeton Tigers looked poised to kick the winning field goal. But it was blocked by Penn linebacker Donald Panciello to send the game into overtime. The Tigers got a field goal on their possession. Penn ended the game 3 plays later on an 11-yard touchdown pass by Alek Torgersen to wide receiver Eric Fiore. With the win the University of Pennsylvania sit a game behind the league-leading Crimson of Harvard. They meet next week in Boston. The Quakers can get a share of first-place in the league if they beat the Crimson.
For more details read Penn Finds A Way To Win Against Princeton In Overtime
Next Game – November 14 at Harvard