PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Remains in Ivy Hunt, Villanova Rebounds with a CAA Win
Games of November 1 – 3, 2018
TEMPLE – Overall 5 – 4, 4 – 1 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 52 – 40 at #9 UCF
Summary – The game was an offensive show-piece. Like offense, you would love this game. If defense is your forte, not so much. There were 92 points, 174 plays and 1,300 yards of total offense. Central Florida had less plays and less yards, but was better on the scoreboard. In the end penalties, a missed field goal, and a missed two-point conversion cost the Owls. This was the first time in Owls history that they had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, and a 100-yard receiver in one game. Quarterback Anthony Russo for 444 yards completing 31 passes to eleven different recovers. He had four scores and two interceptions. Running back Ryquell Armstead ran for 142 yards in his return to the lineup, but sat out late in the game. Ventell Bryant had 2 scores catching 7 passes for 109 yards. UCF countered with quarterback McKenzie Melton tossed the ball for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Greg McCrae rained 188 yards on the ground crossing the line once. Temple led 34 – 28 at halftime. UCF took the lead for good with a touchdown less than one minute into the third quarter. The Owls got to within 42 – 40 with 9:44 left in the game on an 8-yard pass from Russo to Bryant. Late in the fourth quarter Temple drove to the UCF 30 trailing 49 – 40, but turned the ball over on downs to end the threat. The Cherry and White dropped their first conference game, but still have meaningful conference games against Houston and USF on the schedule.
Next Game – November 10 at Houston 7 PM Kickoff
VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 5, 1 – 5 CAA
Result – Won 45 – 21 at Richmond
Summary – The Wildcats posted their first conference win returning to old form ending the shutout streak and getting turnovers. The defense scored twice. Defensive back Nowoola Awopetu set a school record to return two interception for touchdowns. Corner back Christian Benford had 3 picks and returned one for a touchdown in the win, the first player in program history to accomplish that. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. The defense forced seven turnovers in total. The running game returned as well. Aaron Forbes became the 11th player at Villanova to run for over 2,000 career yards. Qadir Ismail was a winner in his first career start at quarterback. Jarrett McClenton caught 3 passes for 67 yards and scored his team-best 6th touchdown. Forbes and Jalen Jackson scored on the ground and Ismail threw his first touchdown pass. Kicker Drew Kresge was the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week making a career-best 3 field goals.
Next Game – November 10 vs. William & Mary at Villanova Stadium 1 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 6 – 2, Ivy League 3 – 2
Result – Won 20 – 7 at Cornell
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania played another game under Friday Night Lights. The result was better time with a come-from-behind win at Cornell. The defense held the opposition to 7 points for the second consecutive week. Karekin Brooks scored his 6th rushing touchdown of the season. Wide Receiver Christian Pearson caught a scoring toss. He has 101 career receptions. Penn is tied for 3rd place in the Ivy League, two games behind league leading Princeton and 2nd place Dartmouth. The Quakers are not out of the running for the top spot. It will be tough, but it is still a possibility. Penn ends the season at Princeton.
Next Game – November 10 vs. Harvard at Franklin Field 1 PM Kickoff