PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Moves Up To #4/5 In FCS Rankings, Temple Wins Four Of Their First Five Games – Fifth Time In The Modern Era, Jimmy Gammill Earns National Recognition
Games of October 11, 2014 Games
#4/5 VILLANOVA WILDCATS – Overall 5 – 1, 3 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 44 – 21 vs. Rhode Island at Villanova Stadium
Villanova 44 Rhode Island 21 – Quarterback John Robertson continues his stellar season throwing four touchdown passes, all in the first half against the Rams of Rhode Island. Robertson also ran for 61 yards. After six games this season Robertson has completed 99 of 140 passes for 1,456 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has rushed for 359 yards.
In the second quarter Robertson threw a touchdown pass to Poppy Livers. It was the 100th career reception for Livers who caught 7 passes for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was the second time this season and third time in his career that Livers had two touchdown receptions and over 100 receiving yards. Mike Burke and Gary Underwood also hauled in touchdown receptions. Running back Kevin Monangai and quarterback Chris Polony registered rushing touchdowns.
The Wildcats held a 37 – 0 lead at halftime.
Villanova has a five-game winning streak. During the span the Wildcats are outscoring their opponents by a 225 – 85 margin and are averaging just under 520 yards of offense. The Blue and White have scored 41 or more points in each of the five games.
Linebacker Don Cherry finished the day with 11 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
Robertson was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Next Game – October 18 at #18 William & Mary
TEMPLE OWLS – Overall 4 – 1, 2 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 32 – 24 vs. Tulsa at The Linc
Temple 35 Tulsa 24 – The Owls have won four of their first five games for just the fifth time in the Modern Era (since 1971). Temple started 4 – 1 in 2010 and finished 8 – 4. In 1979 the 4 – 1 start ended with a 10 – 2 record.
The Temple offensive production now averages 38.2 points per game. The Owls are the only team in the FBS to average 36 or more points per game while giving up less than 15 points per game. Temple is giving up an average of 14.4 points in a game.
In the fourth quarter the Cherry and White trailed 24 – 21. It was only the second time this season that they team has trailed in a game. The last time was against Navy which was the only loss.
To read the game story view Big Plays Help Temple Defeat Tulsa.
Next Game – October 17 at Houston
PENN QUAKERS – Overall 0 –4, Ivy League 0 – 1
Result – Lost 60 – 22 at #14/18 Fordham
#14/18 Fordham 60 Penn 22 – Kicker Jimmy Gammill set a school record for most field goals in a game with five. He tied the program scoring 16 points. The 48 yarder was the longest by a Penn kicker since 2004. For his effort Gammill was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week and the Ivy League Co-Special Teams Player of the Week. Gammill was the bright spot for Penn.
For the second straight week the Red and Blue opened the game with a long run and catch. Running back Eric Fiore started the drive with a 44 yard run. On the next play quarterback Alek Torgersen found tight end Ryan O’Malley open over the middle completing a 33 yard touchdown pass and a 7 – 0 lead. The lead would grow to 10 – 7. However, Fordham scored 36 of the next 45 points to take a commanding 43 – 19 halftime lead. Rams quarterback Mike Nebrich threw three touchdown passes of 37, 47, and 80 yards in the quarter. For the game Nebrich completed 36 of 47 for 566 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Torgersen was 26 of 49 for 316 yards. He had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Fiore had a team high 71 rushing yards.
Next Game – October 18 vs. Columbia at Franklin Field