PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Wins The Battle of the Blue, Temple Falls at Cincinnati, Penn Ends Regular Season
Villanova Wildcats won the Battle of the Blue over rival Delaware in convincing fashion at home 55 – 33. The Wildcats were making their case to the FCS Selection Committee. Nova was extended a bid to the Playoffs, but will have to travel to Southeastern Louisiana for a first-round game on Saturday. Temple was trying to play their way back into contention for the American Athletic Conference Eastern Division title, but lost a tough game at #19 Cincinnati 15 – 13 with the winning points coming on a returned blocked extra point by the Bearcats. Penn was closing out their season, and would end on a high-note if they could defeat arch-rival Princeton. The Quakers did not and lost 27 – 7 at home.
Villanova got a career day from wide receiver Changa Hodge who caught 8 passes for 236 yards and 4 touchdowns. He and quarterback Daniel Smith proved to be a lethal connection for the Cats. In the third quarter they had an 82-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play for Villanova this season. Smith was 17 of 24 for 378 yards and 5 were for scores.
The Owls defense kept the team in the game. Chapelle Russell had 11 tackles. Quincy Roche recorded 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He has 8 sacks in November.
Penn took an early 7 – 0 lead, but did not score again. Running back Karekin Brooks ran for 95 yards to reach the 1,000 yard plateau (1,003). He was the first player for the Red and Blue to reach that milestone since Joe Sandberg did so in 2006. Brooks ranks third in program all-time rushing yards with 2,847.
Games of November 23, 2019
TEMPLE – Overall 7 – 4, 4 – 3 American Athletic Conference
Result – Lost 15- 13 at #19 Cincinnati
Highlights – The Owls lost a tough defensive game. Trailing 13 – 0 Re’Mahn Davis scored on a 7-yard run. The extra point attempt was blocked and returned for a 2-point score by Coby Bryant. It proved to be the margin of defeat. Kenny Yeboah caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Russo. Jadan Blue had 13 receptions for 120 yards.
Next Game – November 30 vs. Connecticut at the Linc
#10 VILLANOVA – Overall 9 – 3, 5 – 3 CAA
Result – Won 55 – 33 vs. Delaware
Highlights – The Wildcats had 578 total yards of offense. Villanova is going to the FCS Playoffs for the 13th time. They play at Southeastern Louisiana in the opening game. The winner goes to #6 seed Montana.
Next Game – November 30 at Southeastern Louisiana in First Round FCS Playoffs
PENN – Overall 5 – 5, 3 – 4 Ivy League
Result – Lost 27 – 7 vs. Princeton
Highlights – Penn got a first quarter touchdown when Nick Robinson found Rory Starkey, Jr. for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Robinson threw for 354 yards completing 30 of 45 passes. His season total of 2,331 yards is fifth all-time. Kolton Huber hauled in 5 passes for 98 yards.
Next Game – First Game of the 2020 Season
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