PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Temple Wins In A Thriller, Penn Stays Undefeated In Ivy League Play
Games of October 15th, 2016
TEMPLE – Overall 4 – 3, 2 – 1 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost Won 26 – 25 at UCF
Summary – The Owls fell behind in the first minute and eleven seconds of the game and stayed there until the last second of the game when Keith Kirkwood caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Walker to win it. The winning drive came when Temple took over with 32 seconds remaining and had no timeouts. The offense put on a 4-play, 70 yard drive highlighted by three consecutive receptions of 20, 16, and 26 yards by Ventell Bryant leading to the dramatic, game deciding scoring toss. The Cherry and White fell behind 25 – 7. Jahad Thomas scored from 7 yards out to cut the deficit to 11. Freshman kicker Aaron Boumehri, playing in place of an injured Austin Jones, kicked field goals of 32 and 47 yards, the firsts of his career, to bring the Owls into proximity. Meanwhile, the defense shutout the UCF offense in the second half. Temple had 7 sacks in the game, 15 in the last three games and 20 for the season. Haason Reddick registered 2 sacks. Running back Jahad Thomas ran for 120 yards and scored twice extending a streak of games with two or more scores to five games, a current NCAA mark. Reddick and Thomas were named to the conference honor roll for the week.
Next Game – October 21 vs. USF at the Linc Kickoff at 7:00 PM
#16 VILLANOVA – Overall 5 – 2, 3 – 1 CAA
Result – Lost 23 – 0 at # 6 Richmond
Summary – The Wildcats went up against one of the two top ranked defensive teams in the CAA (Villanova being the other). The Richmond defense shutout Villanova for the first time since being blanked by James Madison in September 2004. Nova was limited to 222 yards of total offense, 93 on the ground. Aaron Forbes led the Cats with 59 rushing yards. The Villanova defense gave up a big play in the first quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta to Brian Brown. The Spiders closed the scoring with a 6-yard rushing score by Deontez Thompson. Nova linebacker Austin Calitro had a career-high 12 tackles, and Rob Rolle set a career mark with 11 stops. The Wildcats forced a turnover. The five-game winning streak by Villanova comes to an end, and dropped to the number 16 ranking in the FCS.
Next Game – October 22 vs. Albany at Villanova Stadium Kickoff at 3:30 PM
PENN – Overall 2 –2, Ivy League 1 – 0
Result – Won 28 – 16 vs. Central Connecticut State at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania welcomed an old friend back to Franklin Field. The Columbia Lions coached by former Penn coach Al Bagnoli visited. Penn stayed unbeaten in Ivy League play pulling away late to earn the victory. The Quakers led 21 – 7 in the third quarter. The Lions mounted a drive after a blocked punt, but had to settle for a field goal making the score 21 – 10 with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Penn responded with an 80-yard drive to reestablish control, then scored late for the final margin of victory. The Red and Blue has 20 consecutive victories against this Ivy foe. In the league Penn has 8 straight wins. Running back Tre Solomon rushed for 127 yards, a career-high. He has 498 yards running this season which is a single-season best for him. Solomon also recorded a touchdown pass, 23-yards to Cameron Countryman. Solomon was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. Penn received 4 votes in the FCS rankings.
For more details read Penn Remains Unbeaten Against A Familiar Opponent
Next Game – October 22 at Yale 7 PM Kickoff