PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Wins First Ivy League Game, Temple Rallies for a Road Win
Games of October 13, 2018
TEMPLE – Overall 4 – 3, 3 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 24 – 17 at Navy
Summary – The Owls remain undefeated in the American getting a seven-point come from behind win over Navy in Annapolis. The Cherry and White played without running back Ryquell Armstead due to injury. The Owls went to the air. Quarterback Anthony Russo completed 23 passes for 300 yards. The biggest was a 62-yard fourth quarter scoring strike to Ventell Bryant that gave the Cherry and White the margin of victory. Bryant caught 8 passes for 147 yards. He has caught a pass in 42 straight games which ties an FBS record.
Temple fell behind 17 – 7 early in the third quarter before scoring 17 unanswered points. Running back Tyliek Raynor scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge to get the Owls on the board. In the third quarter Rob Ritrovato got over the line from a yard out to get Temple to within 7 points.
Russo completed passes to 9 different Owls. Isaiah Wright contributed 102 all-purpose yards, 84 on returns.
Temple meets league unbeaten Cincinnati next, followed by UCF, Houston, and USF, all presently unbeaten in the American. The season is now in front of them.
Next Game – October 20 vs. Cincinnati Noon Kickoff at The Linc
VILLANOVA – Overall 3 – 4, 0 – 4 CAA
Result – Lost 37 – 0 vs. James Madison at Villanova Stadium
Summary – The Wildcats entered the game without seven key players, out due to injury. It didn’t help matters that they were playing the defending national champions who were smarting after a league loss the previous week. JMU broke this game open in the third quarter when Dukes punt returner D’Angelo Amos boke an 89-yard and an 81-yard return back-to-back for touchdowns to extend the lead to 30 – 0. Amos set a program record for the longest punt return in JMU program history. Defensively, Villanova scrapped, but ended up yielding 302 yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Wildcats offense was limited to 157 yards.
Nova is still looking for their first conference win. The next chance comes on October 27 with New Hampshire coming to town. The Cats have a bye week coming up. It will be a chance to heal and rest.
Next Game – Idle
PENN – Overall 4 – 1, Ivy League 1 – 1
Result – Won 13 – 10 vs. Columbia at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania captured an Ancient Eight victory in an interesting battle with the Columbia Lions. Penn drove deep into Columbia territory, but would garner 6 points on two field goals by Jack Soslow. Meanwhile, the Lions had two scoring drives that totaled 17 yards, one of which had negative yards. However, the Lions led 10 – 6. Penn got the lead back with 6:55 left in the fourth quarter going on a 12-play, 63-yard drive in 5:41 capped by a Ryan Glover 4-yard run. Red and Blue defensive back Mohammed Diakite picked off a Lions pass to end it.
Running back Karekin Brooks contributed 135 all-purpose yards. Penn had 391 yards of offense while giving up 282. The eyes of the league will focus on historic Franklin Field on Friday evening for the match with Yale.
Next Game – October 19 vs. Yale at Franklin Field 7 PM Kickoff