Philly College Football Week In Review – Games of September 3 and 5, 2015 Edition


Temple Wins First Game Over Penn State Since 1941, Villanova Falls At Connecticut

September 3 and 5, 2015 Games

TEMPLE – Overall 1 – 0, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference

Result – Won 27 –  10 vs. Penn State at The Linc

Temple Linebacker Tyler Matakevich - Photo Courtesy of
Temple Linebacker Tyler Matakevich – Photo Courtesy of

Summary – Temple claimed a victory against Penn State on the gridiron for the first time in 74 years.  Once the Owls got rolling there was no doubt about the outcome.  The Owls sacked Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times.  Three sacks were recorded by linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who tied a conference mark, and was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Week.  Running back Jahad Thomas ran for 135 yards on 29 carries and was named to the weekly American Honor Roll.  Temple earned the AutoNation Football Writers Association of America “Team of the Week.”  The Owls have little time to celebrate as they travel to Cincinnati to play the defending conference champion and preseason favorite Bearcats.

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Next Game – September 12 at Cincinnati

#6 VILLANOVA – Overall 0 – 1, 0 – 0 CAA

Result – Lost 20 – 15 at Connecticut

Summary – Villanova opened the season against an FBS opponent.  Much like last year they fell short losing at Connecticut.  The Wildcats took a 9 – 7 lead into halftime when quarterback John Robertson completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt Gudzak.  UConn scored the next two touchdowns to move in front by a 20 – 9 score.  Villanova mounted a late game rally getting to within 5 points when Robertson crossed the goal line on a 3-yard run.  The stats were as close as the score.  Connecticut had 307 total yards while Villanova put up 303.  Robertson ran for 66 yards while completing 17 of 32 for 153 yards.  He was intercepted once.  Wide Receiver Kevin Gulyas had 4 receptions for 64 yards.  Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and had 33 rushing yards.  Running back Ron Johnson had a game-high 69 rushing yards.

Next Game – September 12 at Fordham

PENN – Overall 0 –0, Ivy League 0 – 0

Result – Season Opener is September 19, 2015

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Next Game – September 19  at Lehigh

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