PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Owls and Wildcats Fall In Season Opening Games
Games of September 2nd and 3rd, 2016
TEMPLE – Overall 0 – 1, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Summary – The Owls we upset in their season opener by Army. Temple held a 10 – 7 lead at halftime. Temple got a 6-yard touchdown run by Ryquell Armstead who was filling in for an injured Jahad Thomas. The other scores for the Cherry and White were two field goals by Austin Jones. The first after a blocked punt by linebacker Sharif Finch, the fifth of his career. The Black Knights outscored the Owls 21 – 3 in the second half. Running back Andy Davidson found the endzone twice. He posted a game-best 121 yards on 22 carries. Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 50 yards and one touchdown. Army posted 329 yards on the ground. The Knights ran the ball 67 times and had only 4 passing attempts. Temple had 83 rushing yards. Through the air the Owls had 168 yards as quarterback Phillip Walker completed 12 of 26 passes. Walker now has 7,542 career passing yards to become the leader in program history in that category, and tops the list in completions with 590. However, he was intercepted 3 times. Armstead had 77 yards on the ground rushing the ball 16 times. Avery Williams had a game-high 12 tackles followed by Sean Chandler who had 10 stops.
Next Game – September 10 vs. Stony Brook at the Linc – 1 PM Kickoff
#23 VILLANOVA – Overall 0 – 1, 0 – 0 CAA
Result – Lost 28 – 7 at Pittsburgh
Summary – The Wildcats usually open with an FBS opponent, and give them trouble. Villanova did so again behind a solid defensive performance. The defense scored the only touchdown for the Wildcats when safety Rob Rolle returned a fumble off a sack by linebacker Drew Wiley in the third quarter. Rolle was also credited with 7 tackles. Austin Calitro and Jeff Steeb had 8 tackles each. Defensive End Tanoh Kpassagnon blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt in the third stanza. The game turned in the Panthers direction in a span of 31 seconds around halftime when running back James Conner scored on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Peterman 19 seconds before halftime. Then Quadree Henderson returned the second half kickoff 96 yards giving his team a 21 – 0 lead. Pittsburgh had 86 rushing yards and 175 through the air. Conner led the way with 53 rushing yards. Peterman was 19 of 32 and two scores. Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk completed 16 of 31 passes for 119 yards. He found Ryan Bell 6 times for 52 yards, and was picked off once. Javon White topped the Wildcats with 37 rushing yards.
Next Game – September 10 vs. Lehigh at Villanova Stadium – 6 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 0 –0, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Idle