PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Temple Sets Program Record for FBS Games, Penn Comes From Behind To Win
Games of October 6, 2018
TEMPLE – Overall 3 – 3, 2 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 49 – 6 vs. East Carolina at the Linc
Summary – The Owls were looking for a bounce-back win, and they got one. The 43-point margin of victory was the largest for Temple against an FBS opponent. They are now 2 – 0 in conference and stay in a tie for first place with three other teams in the American Eastern Division.
After committing their only turnover of the game on the opening drive, the Owls scored on their next three possessions. Wide Receiver Sean Ryan caught his first collegiate touchdown hauling in a 24-yard strike from Anthony Russo, who followed that with a 7-yard scoring toss to Branden Mack. Ryquell Armstead crossed the goal line on a one-yard plunge giving the Owls a 21 – 0 lead. On the next possession ECU punted. Owls returner Isaiah Wright returned it 59-yards and a touchdown. It was the sixth touchdown not scored by the offense for the Cherry and White this season. Just before halftime Wright caught a 19-yard pass from Russo for a 35 – 3 lead at intermission. Quarterback Russo threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Randle Jones in the third quarter. Defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd end the Owls scoring with a one-yard touchdown run.
Russo completed 21 of 25 passing attempts for 254 yards. He had as many touchdowns as incompletions. Armstead had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at four. He gained 91 yards on 20 carries. Wright posted 129 All-purpose yards. For his efforts Wright was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll, an award for college football’s most versatile performers. Russo made the American Honor Roll.
On defense Temple held East Carolina to 196 yards of total offense, over half of their average. The biggest play for ECU came in the 4th quarter when quarterback Holton Ahlers ran for a 56-yard gain.
The Owls travel to Navy next week, then have four games straight games against conference foes who are presently unbeaten in the American.
Next Game – October 13 at Navy 3:30 PM Kickoff
#25 VILLANOVA – Overall 3 – 3, 0 – 3 CAA
Result – Lost 13 – 10 at #25 Maine
Summary – The Wildcats played eye-to-eye with another nationally-ranked opponent, but lost as time expired on a 52-yard field goal by Black Bears kicker Kenny Doak. Villanova was held to 181 yards of total offense with 88 on the ground and 93 through the air. Aaron Forbes led the offense gaining 51 yards on 12 carries. He had the only Wildcats touchdown on a 2-yard run in the third quarter. Jack Schetelich made his fifth career start for Villanova in place of the injured Zach Bednarczyk. He was sacked four times and was intercepted twice. Kicker Drew Kresge kicked a 35-yard field goal to open the scoring. Dan Wiley led the defense with 9 tackles. Keeling Hunter and Julian Williams each picked off a Maine pass. Williams also recovered a fumble. Maine gained 308 yards of total offense, but managed only one touchdown and two field goals, just enough.
Villanova is looking for their first Colonial win. Their next chance is on Saturday against second-ranked and defending national-champion James Madison.
Next Game – October 13 vs. #2 James Madison at Villanova Stadium 1 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 3 – 1, Ivy League 0 – 1
Result – Won 37 – 14 at Sacred Heart
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania started strong getting out to a 17 – 0 halftime lead. The Quakers scored first in the third quarter. Sacred Heart answered by scoring the next 27 points to take a 3-point lead with just under 10 minutes to play. Penn had one last chance and made it count going on an 8-play, 87-yard drive in 1:54 to score the winning points when quarterback Ryan Glover hit wide receiver Christian Pearson with a 10-yard scoring strike. Running back Karekin Brooks ran for 39 of his season-high 191 yards in the final drive.
Brooks had 21 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown along with fellow running back Abe Willows who gained 86 yards. Glover had two scoring tosses both to Pearson who caught 7 passes for 104 yards.
Sacred Heart got two scoring rushes from Jordan Meachum. The 53-yard strike from Kevin Duke to RJ Trimble-Edwards brought SHU to within 24 – 21 with 1:30 to play in the third quarter. The lead changed when Aaron Donaldson recovered a fumble and returned it 21-yards for a touchdown.
Special teamer Taheeb Sonekan blocked two field goals which tied an Ivy League and FCS record. He was named the league Special Teams Player of the Week. Jack Soslow connected on a 51-yard field goal which matched his career-high set at Brown in 2017. It was the third longest field goal in program history.
Brian O’Neill led the Penn defense with 10 tackles. Duke was sacked four times by four different Penn defenders.
The Red and Blue returns to Ivy League play hosting the Columbia Lions.
Next Game – October 13 vs. Columbia at Franklin Field 1 PM Kickoff