October 10, 2021 –
Villanova Wins at #3 James Madison, Temple Soundly Defeated at #5 Cincinnati, Penn Overcomes Lafayette in the 2nd Half,
Penn 20 Lafayette 0
The University of Pennsylvania outlasted Lafayette in a low scoring game at Franklin Field. The teams played to a scoreless tie at halftime. Penn got the running offense going as Isaiah Malcome and Trey Flowers both broke the 100-yard mark. Malcome had a career-high 201 yards while Flowers added 115, his first collegiate 100-yard game. It was the first time that the Red and Blue had two 100-yard rushers in the same gam since 2017.
The defense got a shutout the first since Penn defeated Cornell in 2009. Penn held Lehigh to a negative 3 yards rushing and 101 yards of total offense. Mohammed Diakite led the defense with 4 tackles, one sack, and an interception.
All the scores came in the second half. The Quakers broke through with a field goal by Daniel Karrash at 6:05 of the third quarter. He would double the Penn lead with 9:27 to play in the fourth. The Red and Blue got touchdown runs by Flowers of 6-yards, and Malcome ran it in from 40-yards, both within the last five minutes.
Penn plays their first Ivy League away game at Columbia on October 16.
#5 Cincinnati 52 Temple 3
Cincinnati was coming off a program statement making win over Notre Dame. Would this be trap game for the Bearcats? It was not as a focused Cincinnati team raced out to a 17 – 0 lead and cruised to a 52 – 3 victory at home. This was the first conference game for Temple. The Owls would get only a field goal, a career-long 55-yarder by Rory Bell to move to within 17 – 3 at halftime. The Bearcats scored on the first play of the second half, a 75-yard touchdown run by Jerome Ford, who totaled 149 yards rushing and twice crossed the goal line. UC outscored TU 35 – 0 in the second half. The scoring was capped by a 58-yard scoring run by Ethan Wright. Quarterback Desmond Ridder completed 22 of 30 for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cincinnati amassed 542 yards of total offense, nearly equal with 279 on the ground and 263 through the air.
D’Wan Mathis threw for 120 yards. Fellow quarterback Justin Lynch ran for a team-best 29 yards. Jose Barbon caught 5 passes for 45 yards. The Owls had 234 yards of total offense, running for 84 and passing for 150 yards.
Temple safety Amir Tyler had a game-high 11 tackles, 9 solo.
The Owls are off this week before going to Florida to play USF.
#11/122 Villanova 28 #2/3 James Madison University 27
In a game that featured many twists, turns, and changes in momentum. The game came down to Villanova converting a 4th and 1 for a first down from deep in their own territory to bring home a 28 – 27 road win over #2 James Madison University. In getting the victory the #12 Wildcats overcame a halftime deficit. The defense was able to turn away the Dukes, who missed on two field goal attempts, completing a second half shutout. The win ended a 5-game JMU winning streak over Nova.
“We did what we needed to do,” said Villanova Coach Mark Ferrante. “I’m super proud of our team, super proud of their resilience, and super proud of their stick-to-it-iveness. It was one of those crazy CAA games that came down to the last play of the game, and fortunately enough we were able to make the play when we needed it at the end of the game.”
For more details read Villanova Defeats James Madison With Strong Second Half
The Wildcats go on the road for the second consecutive week to play at Albany.
RECORDS / SCHEDULE
Villanova 4 – 1 overall, 2 – 0 CAA at Albany October 16
Penn 2- 2 overall, 0 – 1 Ivy League at Columbia October 16
Temple 3 – 3, 0 – 1 AAC Bye Week
Written By: Glenn Papazian