Philly College Football Week in Review – October 26th Edition

All Three Teams Suffered Defeats

It was a tough week for the Philly schools who lost in a blowout, a shootout, and one in heartbreaking fashion.

Temple welcomed UCF in a key American Eastern Division battle.  Temple got the first score, and was within 28 – 21 at halftime.  The Knights exploded for 35 unanswered points in the second half, 28 in the third quarter to win 63 – 28 at the Linc.  The loss snapped an 8-game home winning streak for the Owls. Big Plays by UCF told the tale.  Five of the UCF scoring drives time of possession were one minute or less and had touchdown plays from 75, 73, 48, 37 and 34 yards away.  On the ground the Knights had a 385 – 45 yard advantage led by Otis Anderson who had 205 yards on the ground. Branden Mack caught 5 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season which tied a Temple program record.  With the loss Cherry and White fall two-games behind division leading Cincinnati and a game behind UCF for second place.

The University of Pennsylvania was involved in a game where the winner would simply have to outscore the other.  Unfortunately for Penn the team with the bigger number was Yale.  Playing from behind for most of the game the Quakers finally got on top 27 – 26 going into the fourth quarter.  But the Bulldogs scored the next two touchdowns to have a 12-point advantage with 10:02 remaining.  Yale put the game away with a 10 play, 65-yard drive that took 5:03.  Zane Dudek capped the drive with a 6-yard run.  Penn quarterback Nick Robinson threw the ball 43 times completing 30 for a career-high 395 yards.  Robinson had a touchdown and an interception.  Ryan Cragun 13 of those tosses for career-mark of 205 yards, the fifth most yards all-time at Penn, and the most wince Justin Watson put up 215 on Brown in 2016.  Watson also had 13 catches against Cornell in 2017.  The Red and Blue had 521 yards of total offense similar to the Eli total of 551.  The Eli ran for 163 yards while the Quakers gained 126.  Dudek had 97 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Abe Willows put up 106 all-purpose yards and sent over the goal line three times for the Red and Blue.

Villanova had a 35 – 20 lead going into the fourth quarter.  With 1:32 to play it looked like the Wildcats would survive a Seawolves rally.  Stony Brook was denied in a two-point conversion, then did not come up with an onside kick.  Villanova could not lose.  But as Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend.”  After two sacks the Wildcats had to punt.  The Seawolves had the ball at their own 36 yard line with 21 seconds on the clock.  Stony Brook got the ball to the Villanova 5, then got a game winning 22-yard field goal by Nick Courtney as time ran out.  The Wildcats were outscored 16 – 0 over the last 4:45. Three different Villanova players threw touchdown passes.  Daniel Smith threw one and caught one, a 68-yarder from Jaaron Hayek.  TD Ayo-Durojaiye had the other. 

Games of October 26, 2019 

TEMPLE – Overall 5 – 3, 2 – 2 American Athletic Conference

Result – Lost 63 – 21 vs. UCF

Summary – Randle Jones caught a touchdown pass from Anthony Russo on the opening drive.  Jager Gardner had a one-yard rushing touchdown.  Russo went 12 of 24 for 199 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers. Over the past two games Temple has given up 9 touchdown passes. The Owls get a week off.

Next Game – November 7 at USF

#5 VILLANOVA – Overall 6 – 2, 3 – 2 CAA

Result – Lost 36 – 35 vs. Stony Brook

Summary – Smith went 17 for 29 for 249 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  Chenga Hodge caught 6 passes for 85 yards and one score.  DeWill Barlee, who was the main rusher in place of the injured Justin Covington, ran for 131 yards on 22 carries.  He crossed the goal line once. Stony Brook quarterback Tyquell Fields went 21 for 37 for 320 yards and one touchdown and one interception.  Fields had two rushing scores.  Nick Anderson was Fields main target as he hauled in 8 passes for 137 yards.   Forrest Rhyne had 10 tackles, 9 solo, for Nova.

Next Game – November 1 at New Hampshire

PENN – Overall 2 –4, 0 – 3 Ivy League

Result – Lost 46 – 41 at Yale

Summary – Penn got touchdowns from Karekin Brooks, who had 72 rushing yards, Rory Sharkey, and Sire Woods.  Yale quarterback Kurt Rawlings went 23 for 31 for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to Reed Klubnick who had 9 receptions for 187 yards. JP Shohfi had 11 caches for 162 yards. The Quakers still seek their first win in the Ancient Eight.

Next Game – November 1 vs. Brown at Franklin Field

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