PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Earns A Share Of The Ivy League Championship, Temple Returns To The Top 25 And Gets Another Meaningful Game In November
Games of November 21, 2015
#25/24 TEMPLE – Overall 9 – 2, 6 – 1 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 31 – 12 vs. # 21 Memphis at the Linc
Summary – The Owls defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the fourth time ever and the first time in consecutive seasons. With the win Temple returns to the Top 25. The Owls held the Tigers without a touchdown which was a first for the visitors. Quarterback P.J. Walker threw two touchdown passes to give him 50 for his career which ranks first in program history. Saladeem Major, Kip Patton, and David Hood all scored their first collegiate touchdowns. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich had 11 tackles. He has 107 for the season and is the fourth straight year he has recorded 100 or more tackles, only the seventh player in NCAA history to achieve such a mark. If Temple defeats Connecticut or South Florida loses to Central Florida, then the Owls win the American East Division and play in the Conference Championship Game. However, Temple cannot host the contest. The title match up will be played at either Houston or at Navy.
For more details read Temple Refuses To Lose To Memphis
Next Game – November 28 vs. Connecticut at the Linc – 7 PM Kickoff
VILLANOVA – Overall 6 – 5, 5 – 3 CAA
Result – Lost 38 – 29 at James Madison
Summary – The regular season comes to an end for the Wildcats who dropped the finale at James Madison. Villanova ran for a season-high 321 yards and four touchdowns. However, the Cats gave up 21 points off turnovers which proved to be their undoing. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk ran for 157 yards and two scores and ended the game with a season-high 289 yards of total offense . Linebacker Don Cherry scored a touchdown on a one-yard plunge that brought Nova to within 28 – 21 with just under 11 minutes remaining. But later in the quarter a Bednarczyk fumble was returned 77 yards for seven, then followed that with another recovery that resulted in points two plays later to decide the outcome. With the loss Villanova was eliminated from a chance to gain a share of the conference championship.
Next Game – End of the season
PENN – Overall 7 –3, Ivy League 6 – 1
Result – Won 34 – 21 vs. Cornell at Franklin Field
Summary – Ivy Champs! For the 17th time overall, the first since 2012 and the fourth in seven years. The University of Pennsylvania scored on its first four possessions showing that they were ready and able. Wide Receiver Justin Watson had his fifth straight 100 yard receiving game in becoming the third player in school history to reach the 1,000 yard mark. He had 133 yards on 9 catches and two scores for the game. Penn won the Trustees’ Cup for the 15th time. Coach Ray Priore became the second coach for the Red and Blue to win the Ivy Title in his first season, and is the seventh in league history.
Next Game – End of the Season