Three Different Days, Three Different Days, Two City Wins
The teams played on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Temple opened the week with a win at ECU. The University of Pennsylvania had a nationally televised game on Friday which opened the 125th Year at Franklin Field, but fell in the Ivy opener. Villanova concluded the week’s action with a hard-fought victory at William & Mary.
The Fifth-Ranked Villanova Wildcats are off to their best start since 2003, but they needed a final possession scoring drive to defeat William & Mary 35 – 28. This was the fourth road win of the season for the Wildcats. They have won the last two away games on final possession touchdowns. The final Nova drive needed two fourth and one conversions to get in position for the winning touchdown. Running back DeeWil Barlee caught a one-yard scoring toss from Daniel Smith with 1:59 left to play.
Temple fell behind early, but took the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Re’Mahn Davis with 3:21 remaining in the second quarter, a lead the Owls never relinquished in winning their American opener. In the third quarter the Cherry and White took control when Anthony Russo hit Isaiah Wright with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds on the clock. Davis ran for a career-high 157 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. It was his second consecutive 100-yard game. Fellow running back Jager Gardner had 60 rushing yards and one touchdown. Temple had 237 yards on the ground to 98 for ECU.
Penn opened their Ivy League schedule hosting Dartmouth. The Quakers fell behind giving up two big plays that just might have been the difference in the contest. Big Green running back Zack Bair scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Jared Gerbino to open the scoring. Later, Dartmouth linebacker Jack Traynor picked up a fumble and returned it 17-yards for a 14 – 0 lead. In the fourth quarter the Big Green ground out a 15-play, 84-yard drive that took 8:24 to take control of the game. Penn running back Karekin Brooks scored both touchdowns for the Red and Blue.
Next week Villanova goes back to Virginia for a critical CAA game at second-ranked James Madison. Temple hosts Memphis in an American encounter. Penn gets a chance to bounce-back in a non-conference game at home against Sacred Heart.
Games of October 5, 2019
TEMPLE – Overall 4 – 1, 1 – 0 American Athletic Conference
Result – Won 27 – 17 at East Carolina
Summary – In addition to a potent running attack Temple got production in the passing game. Russo was 24 of 34 for 208 yards and a touchdown. Wright caught 9 passes for 104 yards. Brandon Mack also hauled in 9 receptions for 107-yards. Defensively, the Owls held the Pirates to 3 of 14 on Third Down Conversions. Benny Walls had 8 tackles and Sean Bradley made 6.
Next Game – October 12 vs. Memphis
#5 VILLANOVA – Overall 6 – 0, 3 – 0 CAA
Result – Won 35 – 28 at William & Mary
Summary – In the running game Villanova had 191 yards. The defense held W&M to 92. Justin Covington had 53 yards and a score on the ground and Barlee gained 52 yards. Jaaron Hayek caught 6 passes from Daniel Smith for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both Hayek and Barlee are true freshman. On defense Nowoola Awopetu recovered a fumble. Chucky Smith had 10 solo tackles and Forrest Rhyne had 15 total stops. The Tribe had an effective passing attack which kept the game in doubt to the end. Quarterback Kilton Anderson threw for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kane Anderson had 11 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Next Game – October 12 #2 James Madison
PENN – Overall 1 –2, 0 – 1 Ivy League
Result – Lost 28 – 15 vs. Dartmouth
Summary – Penn got career-performances from Brooks who had 91 yards rushing and 10 receptions for 31 yards. His 10 catches represented a career-high. Also setting a collegiate mark was linebacker Zach Evans who was credited with 11 total tackles.
Next Game – October 12 vs. Sacred Heart