PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL REVIEW
Temple Wins First Game, Penn Remains Unbeaten In The Ivies, Villanova Falls On Last Second Two-Point Conversion
October 19, 2013 Games
PENN – Overall 3 –2, Ivy League 2 – 0
Result – Won 21 – 7 at Columbia
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania dominated Columbia on defense earning the victory in New York. Penn held Columbia to just 4 first downs, 1 in the second half which came via penalty. Columbia gained 118 total yards, 22 in the last 30 minutes. Columbia did not convert a single third down going 0 – 13. The Lions took one snap on Penn’s side of the midfield stripe. The Quakers recorded four sacks and added a fourth quarter interception by senior safety Evan Jackson, who also contributed five tackles in being named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Penn actually trailed 7 – 0 in the first quarter. The red and Blue got on the board when senior quarterback Ryan Becker connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell King. Late in the 2nd quarter the Red and Blue scored on a 64 yard drive that took 40 seconds. Senior quarterback Billy Ragone capped it with a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ty Taylor. Penn with 11:19 to play scored the last touchdown on junior running back Spencer Kulscar’s four-yard run. The Quakers amassed 438 yards of offense including a season-high 219 yards on the ground.
Next Game – October 26 vs. Yale at Franklin Field
TEMPLE – Overall 1 – 6, 0 – 3 American Athletic Conference
Result – Win 33 – 14 vs. Army at The Linc
Summary – The Temple Owls won their first game under Coach Matt Rhule. The Owls played a complete game with many firsts. The Cherry and White scored on their first possession. It was the first time the offense scored on their opening drive this season. Also on offense, freshman quarterback P.J. Walker completed a 45-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, the longest of his career. Fitzpatrick had 4 catches for 128 yards, his first 100-yard receiving game. Defensively, Temple linebacker Nate D. Smith picked up a fumble and advanced it 19 yards for a touchdown. This was the first defensive touchdown since October 16, 2010 against Bowling Green. Senior Punter Paul Layton averaged 45.3 yards on 7 punts, and was named the AAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Read the full story Temple Gets Their First Win Of The Season 33 – 14 Over Army.
Next Game – October 26 at SMU
#17 VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 3, 3 – 1 CAA
Result – Lost 29 – 28 at #25 New Hampshire
Summary – A touchdown and two-point conversion in the last 13 seconds lifted #25 New Hampshire past Villanova. Late heroics from sophomore quarterback John Robertson put Villanova in position to win the game, but fell just short. Robertson ran 27 times for a career-high 256 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the fourth quarter Robertson ran for 122 yards on 9 carries. He became the first Wildcat runner to surpass 200 yards in nearly 12 years. The quarterback also threw for 122 yards. Robertson was named the CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week. On defense sophomore safety Cameron McCurry had a career-high 12 tackles. In the fourth quarter trailing 21 – 14 Robertson scored on a 4th and 2 to tie the game at 21 with 1:55 to play. On the Villanova’s next possession Robertson broke away for a 42-yard touchdown run to get the lead at 28 – 21 with 1:09 on the clock. New Hampshire responded by driving 50 yards in 7 plays in 48 seconds getting to within a point on a four-yard run by Sean Goldrich with 13.8 remaining to play. New Hampshire opted to go for two was successful to snare the victory. New Hampshire finished with 237 rushing yards. It was the first time this season that Villanova allowed an opponent to rush for over 200 yards.
Next Game – October 26 vs. #14 Maine at Villanova Stadium