PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL REVIEW
Comeback Attempts By Penn and Temple Fall Short
November 16, 2013 Games
PENN – Overall 4 –4, Ivy League 3 – 3
Result – Lost 38 – 30 at Harvard
Summary – The Red and Blue fell behind by a score of 38 – 0 in the third quarter. The Quakers responded by scoring 30 straight points and were on their way to a potential tying score with under a minute to play. But the comeback would end at the Harvard 19 yard line as a 4th down ass by quarterback Ryan Becker went incomplete. Penn converted two 4th down conversions on that final drive. Freshman running back Adam Strouss scored the first two Quaker touchdowns. ON the ensuing drive Becker connected with Ben Challgren for a 6 yard touchdown reception. A two-point conversion got Penn to within 38 – 22 with 8:30 to play. After a Harvard punt Penn went on a 70 yard drive capped by a 10 yard touchdown pass from Becker to Connor Scott. Another two-point conversion got Penn to within 38 – 30 at the 4:30 mark. The Red and Blue got one more chance, but a potential historic comeback ended when a deflected Becker pass hit the ground. The season ends for Penn without an Ivy Championship. They face traditional season-ending rival Cornell at Franklin Field.
Next Game – November 23 vs. Cornell at Franklin Field
TEMPLE – Overall 1 – 9, 0 – 6 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 39 – 36 vs. #15/19 UCF at The Linc
Summary – In one of the most exciting games played by Temple football, an upset bid over a nationally ranked team ended when UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt converted a 23-yard field goal as time expired. The field goal capped a 2 play, 70 yard drive in 19 seconds. A 64-yard pass from quarterback Blake Bortles to Rannell Hall set up the winning score. The game had an incredible 1,175 yards of offense and featured 11 lead changes. The Cherry and White took a 36 – 29 lead with 2:04 left to play on a 7 yard touchdown reception by tight end Chris Parthemore. UCF got the tying touchdown on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Bortles to J.J. Worton capping a 70 yard drive in 52 seconds, just under a minute later than the Temple touchdown. The UCF defense forced a punt that led to the final game-winning drive. Temple quarterback P.J. Walker threw for a career-high 382 yards, third highest in school history. He had 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Walker also ran for 41 yards. Wide Receiver Robby Anderson caught 8 passes for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Kenneth Harper finished the game with 77 yards, and on the Owls final drive he gained 67 yards on 5 carries. Running back Jamie Gilmore and Parthemore each scored their first career touchdown. It was Gilmore’s first career reception. Line backer Tyler Matakevich entered the game leading the nation in total tackles had 6 solos and 9 overall. Bortles threw 4 touchdown passes and had 404 yard through the air. Worton caught 10 passes for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hall caught 9 passes for 159 yards. Running back Storm Johnson ran for 122 yards.
Next Game – November 23 vs. Connecticut at The Linc
VILLANOVA – Overall 5 – 5, 4 – 3 CAA
Result – Idle
Next Game – November 23 vs. Delaware at PPL Park in the Battle of the Blue