The Villanova Wildcats opened conference play and upset #5 Towson on the road with a thrilling 52 – 45 overtime victory. Kicker Drew Kresge tied the game with a 45-yard field goal with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation. In the first overtime Villanova got the ball. On the first play from scrimmage Justin Covington ran the ball for 23-yards to the 2-yard line. Quarterback Daniel Smith would finish the drive with a 2-yard run. Towson began their overtime drive, but would get no further than the Villanova 7-yardline. Smith passed for 4 touchdowns and had 2 on the ground. Covington had another 100-yard game getting 194-yards and he scored once.
Temple suffered their first loss of the season falling victim on the road at Buffalo. The Owls took a first quarter lead on a pass from Anthony Russo to Isaiah Wright. But Buffalo would score the next 31 points as Temple gave up short drives on turnovers and special teams mistakes. The Cherry and White outgained Big Blue 289 – 279, but on the scoreboard Buffalo had a big advantage behind 133 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns by back Jare Patterson.
The University of Pennsylvania opened the season at Newark, DE, but lost by a single point. The Penn rally fell short at the end. With 2:24 on the clock Isaiah Malcome returned a punt 69-yards for a touchdown making the score 28 – 27 Delaware. The Quakers went for the win, but a Nick Robinson pass to Karekin Brooks was short and the Blue Hens earned a victory. Penn held a 21- 7 lead in the third quarter, but could not hold off the Hens. Quarterback Nolan Henderson had 3 scoring tosses for UD while Robinson had the same number for UP.
Next week sees Georgia Tech come to town as Temple faces former coach Geoff Collins at the Linc. Villanova continues CAA action hosting nationally-ranked Maine. Penn continues its road streak at Lafayette.
Games of September 21, 2019
TEMPLE – Overall 2 – 1, 0 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 38 – 22 at Buffalo
Summary – Temple fell for the first time. Buffalo put up 31 straight points for a 31 – 7 lead. Russo threw for 258 yards. Braden Mack caught 2 for touchdowns. He had 4 receptions for 72 yards. Jadan Blue had 8 catches for a team-high 87 yards.
Next Game – September 28 vs. Georgia Tech
#18 VILLANOVA – Overall 4 – 0, 1 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 52 – 45 at #5 Towson
Summary – The Wildcats opened their CAA schedule winning at #5 Towson in overtime. Nova had another big day on the ground gaining 295 yards. For the game the Cats outgained the Tigers 574 – 470 total yards. Smith completed 25 passes for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns. He ran for 70 yards and crossed the line twice. Villanova took a 42 – 28 in the fourth quarter, then had to survive 17 straight Towson points before tying the game late. The Tigers were paced by quarterback Tom Flacco who went 21 of 42 in the air for 304 yards and 2 scoring tosses. Wide receiver Shane Leatherbury had 5 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Next Game – September 28 vs. Maine
PENN – Overall 0 –1, Ivy League 0 – 0
Result – Lost 28 – 27 at Delaware
Summary – The Quakers outgained the Blue Hens 462 – 360, and had a 269 – 100 yardage advantage on the ground. Running back Brooks had 28 carries for 158 yards. He has 2.002 career rushing yards. Ryan Cragun caught 8 Robinson throws for 145 yards. Kolton Huber caught 3 passes for the game, and 2 for touchdowns.
Next Game – September 28 at Lafayette