PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Winning Streak Reaches Five Games, Penn Concludes Non-Conference Play With A Win
Games of October 6th and 8th, 2016
TEMPLE – Overall 3 – 3, 1 – 1 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 34 – 27 at Memphis
Summary – The Temple Owls were in control early taking a 13 – 3 lead into halftime. In the second half mistakes proved costly for the Owls dropping a conference encounter. The defense and special teams were victimized in the game. Kicker Austin Jones had his consecutive made field goals streak end at 19 missing two. He was also injured during a kick return. In the third quarter Memphis running back Dorland Dorceus broke loose for a 71-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 13. On the ensuing possession Owls quarterback Phillip Walker threw an interception, one of two for the evening, that was returned by Genard Avery 23-yards for a touchdown and a lead for the Tigers. The deficit stretched to 27 – 13 when Darnell Henderson ran for a 28-yard touchdown. The Cherry and White fought back. Walker found Jahad Thomas over the middle resulting in a 61-yard scoring reception. However, Tony Pollard took the kickoff back 95-yards for a 34 – 20 lead. Thomas scored again taking a 9-yard scoring toss from Walker. After getting the ball back late, the Owls had the opportunity to make a last ditch score. But Walker was intercepted to end the chances for the Cherry and White.
Walker was 36 of 59 passes for 445 yards, tying a school record for yards and completions. Thomas had 6 receptions for 121 yards. He has four straight games with two touchdowns each. Brodrick Yancy caught 9 passes for 88 yards. Temple had 531 yards of total offense. Haason Reddick had 11 tackles, and was named to the American Football Honor Roll for the week.
Next Game – October 15 at UCF Kickoff at 7:30 PM Eastern
#14 VILLANOVA – Overall 5 – 1, 3 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 35 – 0 vs. Rhode Island at Villanova Stadium
Summary – The Wildcats scored on their first four possessions to take a 28 – 0 halftime lead. Over two games it made for 9 consecutive first half possessions in which Villanova scored touchdowns. The Cats amassed 317 rushing yards led by Aaron Forbes with 90 yards. He broke loose for a 67-yard rushing touchdown, the longest scoring run of his career. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk passed for 133 yards, 2 touchdowns, and had no interceptions. Ryan Bell caught his first career touchdown. On defense Villanova recorded a shutout, the first since a 37 – 0 win over Albany in 2015. The Wildcats are on a five-game winning streak and share the top spot in the CAA with James Madison and New Hampshire.
Next Game – October 15 at Richmond vs. Rhode Island Kickoff at 3:30 PM
PENN – Overall 2 –2, Ivy League 1 – 0
Result – Won 28 – 16 vs. Central Connecticut State at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule. The season begins in earnest next week. Penn scored on their first two possessions to take control. Quarterback Alek Torgersen scored on a 7-yard run. After the defense recovered a fumble Torgersen found Nicholas Borkun for a 19-yard touchdown reception. Other scores came from receiver Christian Pearson who caught a 29-yard scoring toss from Torgersen, and running back Tre Solomon crossed the goal line from 5-yards out. Solomon turned in a season-best 114 yards on 17 carries. Torgersen set a season mark with 22 completions for 216 yards and 2 scores. Justin Watson caught 9 passes for 84 yards.
Next Game – October 15 vs. Columbia at Franklin Field 3 PM Kickoff