Both the Temple Owls and the Villanova Wildcats are starting the season on a high note with each team undefeated. Temple got a big win over the #21 Maryland Terrapins at home.
The Owls defense held the Terps thanks to three goal line stands, two in the last three plus minutes. Shaun Bradley stopped Anthony McFarland in his tracks for a loss on a fourth down play to keep Maryland off the scoreboard. Temple survived a 56-yard punt return and a short punt in hanging on for the win. Maryland was held to 161 yards rushing, well under their average.
Villanova is having things come in threes. The Wildcats won their third straight game; the defense scored for the third consecutive time when Jaquan Amos intercepted a pass and returned it 34-yards for a touchdown just 22 seconds into the game; quarterback Daniel Smith had three touchdown passes in three games, and Justin Covington rushed for 100-yards in all three times on the field.
Penn opens their season next week at Delaware.
Games of September 14, 2018
TEMPLE – Overall 2 – 0, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 20 – 17 vs. #21 Maryland at the Linc
Summary – Anthony Russo had three touchdown passes, a 29-yarder to Isaiah Wright to start the scoring. In the third quarter Russo passed to Jadan Blue who broke free for a 79-yard score and gave the Owls a 13 – 9 lead. In the fourth quarter Kenny Yeboah got open to pull in a 7-yard touchdown toss. Blue had 5 receptions for 132 yards giving him two back to back 100-yard receiving games, the first since Jalen Fitzpatrick in 2014. Re’Mahn Davis ran for 90 yards. Russo threw for 277 yards
Next Game – September 21 at Buffalo
#22 VILLANOVA – Overall 3 – 0, 0 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 45 – 10 at Bucknell
Summary – The Villanova defense held Bucknell to 46 yards on 26 carries, and the defense scored again. On offense Covington had another 100-yard game highlighted by a 64-yard scamper in the first quarter. Freshman Dee Wil Barlee broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run. As a team Nova posted 262 rushing yards. Daniel Smith threw for 103 yards with scoring tosses to Todd Summers, Changa Hodge, and Dez Boykin. Villanova scored the first 35 points of the contest.
Next Game – September 21 at #8 Towson
PENN – Overall 0 –0, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Idle
Next Game – September 21 at Delaware