PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Temple Gets First Win In Road Contest, Penn Wins Opener, Villanova Falls In A Shootout
Games of September 15, 2018
TEMPLE – Overall 1 – 2, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 35 – 14 at Maryland
Summary – The Cherry and White got their first won of the season in the initial road contest of the season. It was a bounce back performance after losing two close games to open the campaign. Previously unbeaten Maryland came into the game with good offensive stats, but the Temple defense shut down the Terps. The Owls held the Terps to 1 of 12 third down conversions, just 195 total yards, and no scores. Linebacker Shaun Bradley had a 78-yard pick-six. Maryland got their points off an interception return and a punt return.
The Temple offense gained 429 yards of offense on 80 plays. Anthony Russo started in place of the injured Frank Nutile going 15 of 25 for 228 yards and one touchdown, a 47 -yard toss to Kenny Yeboah. The Owls got their first rushing touchdowns of the season when defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd crossed the goal line, then fullback Rob Ritrovato got the second touchdown. Ryquell Armstead ran for 118 yards on 26 carries.
Special teams got involved when a fake field goal resulted in a touchdown. Quarterback Todd Centeio threw a 34-yard completion to Freddie Johnson for the first score of the game.
Temple returns to action on Thursday night when they host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in their American opener.
Next Game – September 20 vs. Tulsa at the Linc 7:30 PM Kickoff
#10 VILLANOVA – Overall 2 – 1, 0 – 1 CAA
Result – Lost 45 – 35 vs. Towson at Villanova Stadium
Summary – It was the home opener and the conference curtain raiser for the Wildcats. It was an offensive shootout as both teams totaled over one thousand yards of offense. Villanova raced out to a 14 – 0 lead. Towson erased the lead, then went ahead on the ensuing kickoff when fumble was returned for a touchdown by Troy Vincent, the son of the former Eagles corner back. The Tigers got two more scores to take a 35 – 14 halftime lead. Villanova got to within seven points twice, but no closer.
Wildcat signal caller Zach Bednarczyk went 26 of 35 in the air for 389 yards and a career-high tying 4 touchdowns. Tight end Ryan Bell caught 8 passes for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Jarrett McClenton hauled in 6 tosses for 114 yards and a score.
Tiger Quarterback Tom Flacco, younger brother of the Baltimore Ravens signal caller Joe Flacco. The elusive Tom completed 27 passes on 37 attempts for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns. One pass was picked off. Flacco also added 93 yards on the ground carrying the ball 18 times. Running back Shane Simpson ran for 108 yards crossing the goal line once. Wide Receiver Shane Leatherbury hauled in 5 passes for 113 yards that included a 76-yard scoring strike.
Villanova had 490 yards of offense while Towson amassed 528. Total 1,018.
The Wildcats will try to bounce back against Bucknell in the second home game of the season.
Next Game – September 22 vs. Bucknell at Villanova Stadium 6 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 1 –0, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Won 34 – 18 vs. Bucknell at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania got off to a quick start scoring the first 17 points of the game en route to the victory. Ryan Glover made his first start at quarterback and had 186 all-purpose yards his initial collegiate scoring toss. Glover had two touchdown passes for the day. Running back Karekin Brooks ran for 72 yards and crossed the goal line twice.
The Penn defense recorded 8 sacks to keep Bucknell at bay. Linebacker Jacob Martin intercepted a pass on the team’s first defensive play. Brian O’Neill led Penn with 11 tackles, a new career-high. Cooper Gardner had two sacks and Pat McInerney made 6 stops, 1 and a half via quarterback sacks.
Next Game – September 22 vs. Lehigh at Franklin Field 3 PM Kickoff