September 25, 2021 –
Villanova Downed at #6 Penn State; Temple Defeats Wagner; Penn Loses First Game
Lafayette 24 Penn 14
The University of Pennsylvania football team took a 14 – 10 lead midway through the third quarter. The Quakers could not hold on giving up two touchdowns in a 24 – 14 defeat on the road. This was their first loss to a Patriot League team since 2016.
Penn went ahead at the 6:50 mark of the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Trey Flowers that capped a 7-play, 64-yard drive. Lafayette went back in front 16 seconds later on a 70-yard pass by Ah-Shaun Davis to Joe Gillette. The Leopards put it away at the end of the third quarter when Billy Shaeffer returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
Offensively the game was relatively even with Lafayette getting 298 total yards of offense with Penn at 255. Most of the Red and Blue offense was generated through the air. Quarterback John Quinnelly passed for 244 yards completing 18 of 34. Wideout Rory Starkey snared 8 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, his seventh straight game with a scoring catch. Ryan Cragun gained 96 yards on 8 receptions.
Turnovers hurt as Quinnelly was picked off 3 times, one for the clinching touchdown.
Lafayette gained 141 yards on the ground. Gillette had 5 receptions for 91 yards.
On defense Jaden Kay and Brian O’Neill had 9 tackles to lead the Red and Blue. Shaeffer picked off two passes, one for a touchdown, and made 8 tackles for the Leopards.
Penn opens their Ivy League schedule on October 1 hosting Dartmouth at Franklin Field.
Temple 41 Wagner 7
Temple played their second consecutive home game. The Owls fell behind 7- 0 after one quarter of play to the Wagner Seahawks, who tallied the touchdown on their first drive of the game. Alexis Guenson capped the 80-yard drive with a one-yard run. Temple scored the remaining points of the game starting in the second quarter.
Kyle Dobbins got the touchdown in a 1-yard run. It was the first of 3 times Dobbins would cross the goal line. He rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries for the day.
The game also saw the return of quarterback D’Wan Mathis. He threw for 292 yards completing 22 of 32 and 2 were scoring tosses both to Kadas Reams. The touchdown receptions were his only catches of the day. Jose Barbon led the Owls with 8 catches for 130 yards.
On defense the Cherry and White held the Seahawks to 36 yards through the air, and 159 total yards. Temple had 407 total yards. Manny Walker led Temple with 7 tackles, and his interception set up s 3-play, 20-yard drive in 1:09 giving his team a 17 – 7 lead taken into halftime. Kobe Wilson and William Kwenkeu recovered fumbles.
The Owls are home again on Saturday hosting Memphis on Homecoming Day, and opens the American schedule for Temple.
#6 Penn State 38 #7 (FCS) Villanova 17
The Villanova Wildcats stepped up in class meeting the #6 Penn State Nittany Lions in Happy Valley. The #7 Wildcats (FCS) would be at a speed disadvantage. And it showed as the Lions scored four touchdowns on long passes to win 38 – 17. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford threw for a career-high 401 yards, and the team amassed 509 yards of total offense
For more details read Penn State Offense Goes Long in Win Over Villanova
The Wildcats have a bye week. The next game is on October 9 at James Madison, the CAA preseason favorite.
RECORDS / SCHEDULE
Villanova 3 – 1 overall, 1 – 0 CAA at JMU on October 9
Penn 1- 1 overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League vs. Dartmouth October 1
Temple 2 – 2, 0 – 0 AAC vs. Memphis at the Linc October 2
Written By: Glenn Papazian