PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
All Three Teams Played In Philadelphia, All Teams Won
Games of September 15 and 16 2017
TEMPLE – Overall 2 – 1, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 29 – 21 vs. Massachusetts at the Linc
Summary – The Owls expected a tussle from the Minutemen, and got one. Temple scored two touchdowns in the last 1:04 of the first half to take a 16 – 7 lead and got breathing room. The scores came on touchdown passes by quarterback Logan Marchi to Adonis Jennings and Keith Kirkwood. For the game Marchi threw for 248 yards, 3 scores, and passes went to eleven different Owls. In the first possession of the third quarter Temple kicker Aaron Boumerhi kicked a 52-yard field goal, his career-longest, and was one yard short of the program record set by Brandon McManus on September 3, 2010 against Villanova. UMass stayed in proximity cutting the lead to 19 – 14 with 5:56 to play on the third quarter. The Cherry and White scored the next 10 points, a field goal by Austin Jones and a touchdown pass from Marchi to Isaiah Wright to put the game away. UMass scored with 1:41 to play on a 3-yard run by quarterback Andrew Ford. The Minutemen had a last chance, but were stopped well short of the goal line.
The Temple defense recorded 9 sacks, the most since getting ten against Penn State on September 5, 2015. Defensive lineman Quincy Roche led the way with a career-best three sacks. He was named the American Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Next Game – September 21 at #21/17 USF 7:30 PM Kickoff
#7 VILLANOVA – Overall 2 – 1, 0 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 59 – 0 vs. Lafayette at Villanova Stadium
Summary – It was the first home game as Head Coach for Mark Ferrante. He became the first coach not named Andy Talley to get a home-opening win since Dick Bedesem beat Temple 23 – 7. The Wildcats took a 49 – 0 lead at halftime scoring on their first three possessions. Quarter back Zach Bednarczyk found tight end Ryan Bell for two touchdowns. Bell had a career-high 119 receiving yards. The defense contributed two interceptions returned for scores, Jaquan Amos and Keeling Hunter. It was the first season interception for each player. Lafayette was held to 77 total yards of offense. The special teams chipped in when Taurus Phillips returned a punt 64-yards for a score. The 59 points scored by the Wildcats was the most since getting 63 in a win over William & Mary on October 6, 2007.
Villanova 26 – 7 in home openers and have won the last six straight.
The Wildcats open CAA play next week.
Next Game – September 23 at Albany 7 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 1 –0, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Won 42 – 24 vs. Ohio Dominican at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania started slow. Penn trailed Ohio Dominican 10 – 7 at halftime. The Quakers turned it around with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie hit wide receiver Justin Watson for a two-yard score and tight end Nicholas Bokum for a 30-yarder around a 16-yard scamper by running back Karekin Brooks. In the fourth quarter Brooks ran for a 64-yard score. He filled in for Tre Solomon who injured an ankle during the game. Brooks totaled 142 yards on the ground. Watson caught 8 passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Penn started Fischer-Colbrie at the signal caller position. He completed 18 of 29 for 198 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Nick Robinson also saw action at quarterback. On his first series Robinson got the Red and Blue on the scoreboard hitting Watson with a 59-yard scoring toss. Robinson scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a six-yard run.
On the ground Penn out-rushed Ohio-Dominican 302 – 105 yards. ODU got more gains in the air 353 – 257. Quarterback Grant Russell completed 25 of 35 passes for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Panthers.
Colton Moskal and Nick Miller led the Quakers defense with 10 tackles each.
Next Game – September 23 at Lehigh 12:30 PM