PHILLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Gets First Ivy League Win as Justin Watson Sets More Records, Villanova Falls Late to #10 Elon
Games of October 28, 2017
TEMPLE – Overall 3 – 5, 1 – 3 American Athletic Conference
Result – Idle
Next Game – November 2 vs. Navy at The Linc 8 PM Kickoff
#20 VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 4, 2 – 3 CAA
Result – Lost 19 – 14 vs. #10 Elon at Villanova Stadium
Summary – The game was expected to be a close battle and it was. Villanova led 14 – 10 going into the 4th quarter, but fell victim to another Elon final quarter comeback. The Wildcats got the lead late in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Kyle McCloskey, who made his first collegiate start, evaded a rush and found wide receiver Taurus Phillips with a 24-yard scoring strike at the 55 second mark. Elon came back when quarterback Davis Cheek threw a 21-yard scoring toss to Tre Marsh. The Cats had a last opportunity driving to the Phoenix 33-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs with 3:13 to play and never got the ball back.
Elon became the first visiting team to score at Villanova Stadium this season, and were the first team to run for over 100 yards against the Nova defense getting 117.
Running back Aaron Forbes led Villanova with 143 All-Purpose yards. McCloskey ran for 65 yards and threw for 137 getting two touchdowns.
Kortez Weeks had 11 receptions for 205 yards for the Phoenix. Cheek had 357 yards on 24 completions and had 2 touchdowns. Tre Johnson and Dage Davis had interceptions for the Wildcats. Jeff Steeb and Rasaan Stewart each recorded 11 tackles.
Next Game – November 4 vs. Richmond at Villanova Stadium 1:00 PM Kickoff
PENN – Overall 3 – 4, Ivy League 1 – 3
Result – Won 17 – 7 at Brown
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania won its first Ivy League game of the season. It was a record setting day for Justin Watson. He caught a touchdown pass in seven straight games, a Penn record and one shy of an Ivy record. Watson had 8 receptions for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. The scoring plays were 80 yards and 20 yards both thrown by quarterback Nick Robinson. The senior wide receiver now holds the school record in career receiving yards (3,413) and receiving touchdowns with 29. He is three receptions away from the Penn receptions mark at 259.
The defense held Brown to 203 yards of total offense, the fewest number of yards allowed this season. Conor O’Brien had 11 tackles (7 solo) along with Brian O’Neill who also had 11.
Next Game – November 4 vs. Princeton at Franklin Field 1:00 PM Kickoff