Philly College Football Week In Review – Games of November 18, 2017


Penn And Villanova End Their Seasons on A High-Note

A Record Breaking Season for Justin Watson

Games of November 18th

TEMPLE – Overall 5 – 6, 3 – 4 American Athletic Conference

Result – Lost 45 – 19 vs. #15 UCF at the Linc

Summary – On the positive side the Owls led the 15th ranked UCF Knights twice in the game.  UCF only trailed twice previous to this game.  Quarterback Frank Nutile threw 2 touchdown passes, one to Keith Kirkwood and a 74-yarder to Adonis Jennings.  It was the longest play from scrimmage this season for the Cherry and White.  The hosts outgained the visitors 397 – 384 yards.  On the other side of the coin, Temple committed 5 turnovers; 4 interceptions and a fumble that led to 17 UCF points in the second quarter.  The Knights led 31 – 13 at halftime and scored on their second possession after intermission.

Temple has one more game remaining on their regular season schedule.  They travel to Tulsa fighting for bowl eligibility against the Golden Hurricane.

Next Game – November 25 at Tulsa

VILLANOVA – Overall 5 – 6, 3 – 5 CAA

Result – Won 28 – 7 vs. Delaware at Villanova Stadium

Summary –  The Wildcats got back to playing Villanova and snapped a four-game losing streak winning the Battle of the Blue over Delaware.  It was 11th time in the last 12 years for the Cats defeated the Blue Hens.  The loss may have cost Delaware an FCS Playoff bid.  Nova ran for 261 yards led by Aaron Forbes with 140 yards on the ground.  Justin Covington added 62.  Wide Receiver Taurus Phillips caught 2 touchdown passes.  The defense held the Blue Hens to one score which came in the first minute of the fourth quarter.  Linebacker Ed Shockley had 10 tackles giving him 100 for the season.  Fellow linebacker Jeff Steeb recorded a game-high 13 stops.

Next Game – 2018 Season Opener

PENN – Overall 6 – 4, Ivy League 4 – 3

Result – Won 29 – 22 vs. Cornell at Franklin Field

Summary – The end of Ivy games had not kind to the University of Pennsylvania earlier this season.  The losses in conference game totaled 11 points and came with less than five minutes to play.  Fortunes turned to the better for Penn as they end the season with a four-game winning streak. The Quakers held on to beat Princeton two games ago.  In the season finale the Red and Blue stopped Cornell one yard away from the goal line for the win.  Jacob Martin batted down a last-gasp pass to preserve the victory.  Nick Robinson engineered the game-winning drive for Penn capped by a 3-yard run by Tre Solomon with 2:06 to play.  Wide Receiver Justin Watson ended his collegiate career by catching 13 passes for a career-high tying 192 yards and a score.  It was a record breaking season for Watson.  He holds nine school records and two Ivy League records.  At Penn he has the mark for career receptions (286) and receiving yards (3,777) and has caught a pass in his last 40 games.  This season the senior caught at least one touchdown pass in every game, fourteen for the year, a Quaker mark.  He leaves Penn number one in All-Purpose yards with 4,116.

Next Game – 2018 Season Opener

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