PHILLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Wins at the End, Temple Breaks Losing Streak, Villanova Falls
Games of November 2nd and 4th, 2017
TEMPLE – Overall 4 – 5, 2 – 3 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 34 – 26 vs. Navy at The Linc
Summary – The Owls ended a losing streak and kept their Bowl hopes alive sinking Navy. It was a career night for quarterback Frank Nutile and wide receiver Adonis Jennings. Nutile set a nark with 4 touchdown passes. He went 22 of 30 for 289 yards. Jennings set a career receiving yardage mark with 5 catches for 127 yards, scoring twice. His touchdown receptions were 30 yards or more. The Temple defense held Navy quarterback Zach Abey in check. He rushed for 60 yards despite coming into the game averaging over 150. Abey left the game in the third quarter. Owls defensive lineman Sharif Finch had 9 tackles and 2 sacks. He was named the American Defensive Player of the Week.
Next Game – November 10 at Cincinnati 7 PM Kickoff
#20 VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 5, 2 – 4 CAA
Result – Lost 22 – 0 vs. Richmond at Villanova Stadium
Summary – It felt like an elimination game, and the winner kept their playoff dreams alive. Villanova now faces the probability of not going to the FCS Championships. The offense was not consistent which caused the defense to wear down. Richmond had a 9-minute time of possession advantage, and ran for 175 yards, the most against the Nova defense this season. Ed Shockley had 13 tackles for the Wildcats and Jeff Steeb added 12. Defensive back Julian Williams intercepted a pass. Villanova punter John Hinchen punted 7 times for 334 yards.
Next Game – November 11 at Rhode Island Noon Kickoff
PENN – Overall 4 – 4, Ivy League 2 – 3
Result – Won 38 – 35 vs. Princeton at Franklin Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania lost games at the end this season. This game the closing seconds were kind to the Quakers. Quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie found wide receiver Justin Watson for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:12 to play giving Penn the final margin of victory. The game was not over. Princeton drive down the field and attempted a 31-yard field goal that would have tied it. The kick went wide right and Penn won. The Red and Blue still have a mathematic possibility of getting a share of the Ivy title along with 6 other teams. A lot has to happen to make that a reality, but there is hope.
Watson continues to set records. He had 8 receptions for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Watson holds the All-Time record for career receptions at Penn with 265. The senior has caught a touchdown pass in all 8 Penn games this year.
The was an offensive show for both teams who totaled 979 yards of offense. The Quakers ran for 317 yards. Two players rushed for over 100 yards. Abe Willows ran for 136 yards and crossed the goal line twice. Karekin Brooks rushed for 116 yards.
Next Game – November 11 at Harvard Noon Kickoff