Philly College Football Week in Review – November 2nd Edition


A Dramatic Win and a Tough Loss

For the University of Pennsylvania is was a thrilling victory.  For the Villanova Wildcats it was a disappointing loss.  For Temple, a week off.

Penn won its first Ivy League game of the season when kicker Daniel Karrash was good on a 22-yard attempt with 2 seconds on the clock.  It was his initial attempt as a collegian, and first-ever as a walk-off winner.  The Brown Bears erased a double-digit Quakers lead scoring 17 straight points capped by a 16-yard run by Brown quarterback TJ Perry to lead 36 – 35.  After intercepting a Nick Robinson pass, Brown looked to put the game away on a late drive.  The Bears got to the Penn 29 yardline.  They went for it on a 4th and 10, but gained nine-and-a-half giving the ball back to the Quakers with 4:10 on the clock.  Penn faced a fourth down conversion play at the opponent 46 yardline.  Robinson completed a 21-yard pass to Ryan Cragan for a first down at the Brown 25.  After eight running plays and the ball settled 6 yards away from the goal line, Karrash made his entrance.  His field goal was good, and Penn won.

Villanova took its first trip to New Hampshire since 2013.  The Villanova Wildcats started well and took a 20 – 7 lead into halftime despite giving up the initial score of the game.  The New Hampshire Wildcats scored the last 21 points to snare a 28 – 20 victory to drop Nova to 3 – 3 in the CAA and a tie for 5th place.  Quarterback Daniel Smith put up 358 total yards. Villanova had enough getting 403 on offense, their seventh straight games this season gaining 400 or more.  New Hampshire had a few more.  UNH quarterback Max Brosmer threw for 276 yards and 3 were scoring tosses.  In the first quarter he found Brian Espanet for a 15-yard touchdown pass.  Later, Brosmer hit Dylan Laube twice for touchdowns of 31 and 21 yards for their final 14 points.

Games of November 2, 2019 

TEMPLE – Overall 5 – 3, 2 – 2 American Athletic Conference

Result – Idle

Summary – The Owls return to the gridiron taking on the University of South Florida in a Thursday night game in Florida.  The Cherry and White hope to snap a two-game losing streak and stay in contention in the American Eastern Division.

Next Game – November 7 at USF

#11 VILLANOVA – Overall 6 – 3, 3 – 3 CAA

Result – Lost 28 – 20 at New Hampshire

Summary – Daniel Smith threw for 313 yards for one touchdown, but 3 were intercepted.  Smith also ran for a team-high 45 yards.  He ran for a touchdown and threw for one.  Wide receiver Chenga Hodge caught 7 passes for 106 yards.  Tight end Zac Kerxton hauled in a scoring toss for the final Nova points of the game.  Safety Darius Pickett led the defense with 12 tackles.

Next Game – November 9 vs. Richmond at Villanova Stadium

PENN – Overall 3 –4, 1 – 3 Ivy League

Result – Won 38 – 36 vs. Brown

Summary – The Quakers got a defensive touchdown as linebacker Brian O’Neill scooped up a fumble and returned it 21-yards to the house giving Penn a 35 – 19 lead early in the third quarter.  The score followed an 11-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Rory Starkey, Jr. right after halftime.  Robinson had 2 scoring tosses, one to Starkey, Jr. and one to Cragan, who caught 11 passes for 144 yards.  Running back Abe Willows, playing in place of a banged-up Karekin Brooks, rushed for two touchdowns.  Brown had more total yards 477 – 304.  On defense O’Neill had 6 tackles with a fumble recovery turned touchdown.  He also intercepted the ball twice.  Benji Mowatt forced and recovered a fumble.  Emili Prince led the Red and Blue with 9 and a half tackles.  Perry lead the Bears with 117 yards running and passed for 225 yards.  He was responsible for 4 of the 5 Brown touchdowns.  The visitors turned the ball over 4 times and had a missed field goal.

Next Game – November 9 vs. Cornell at Franklin Field

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