November 6, 2021 –
Villanova Rebounds and Wins at Elon, Penn Falls on Homecoming Day
#10 Villanova 35 Elon 0
The Wildcats rebounded after the loss to William & Mary winning 35 – 0 over the Elon Phoenix. It was the second shutout posted by the Villanova defense this season. The offense was paced by Quarterback Daniel Smith who was responsible for all five touchdowns.
Smith scored twice on the ground and threw 3 scoring tosses. Smith completed 16 of 23 for 23 yards. His touchdown passes went to Jalen Jackson (10 yards), Jaaron Hayek (48 yards), and Todd Summers (11 yards). Rayjoun Pringle caught 7 balls for 105 yards.
On the ground Smith ran for 49 yards. Jalen Jackson and DeeWil Barlee proved to be a good running back combo with Jackson running for 75 yards and Barlee getting 62. As a team Villanova had 188 rushing yards.
The defense held Elon to 163 yards of total offense, just 17 on the ground. The tone was set in the first five minutes when the Wildcats forced two turnovers, an interception by Denzel Williams and a Forrest Rhyne fumble recovery. The clean slate was the second for Villanova this season.
Nova remains in a tie for first place in the conference with James Madison University at 5 – 1 in the league.
The Wildcats host Stony Brook next week. Kickoff is at 1 PM.
Cornell 15 Penn 12
The University of Pennsylvania got yardage, but only got to within twenty yards of the Cornell goal line only once in a 15 – 12 loss at Franklin Field. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Red and Blue over the Big Red. The Trustee’s Cup goes to Ithica by virtue of the first Ivy League win of the season for Cornell. Both teams are 1 – 4 in the Ancient Eight. Penn had one last chance to either tie or win, but turned the ball over on downs at the Cornell 49-yard line with a minute and a half on the clock.
The sole Penn touchdown came off a blocked punt in the third quarter. The Quakers moved the ball well between the twenties, but got only field goals when getting past the 25-yard line of the Big Red. That’s a win for the defense.
“You have to be patient and take what they give you,” said Penn Coach Ray Priore. “We never had that big, explosive play. We didn’t have a play over thirty yards.”
For more details read: Penn Falls to Cornell on Homecoming Day.
Penn plays next week at Harvard.
ECU 45 Temple 3
The Owls lost for the fourth consecutive game in blowout fashion to the ECU Pirates. Temple scored a field goal in the fourth quarter, a 46-yarder by Rory Bell to avoid the shutout.
Temple had 168 yards of total offense with just 57 coming through the air. D’Wan Mathis was injured in the second quarter and did not return. Justin Lynch entered the game and ran for a team-high 54 yards, nearly half of the Owls total 111.
In the first quarter Temple trailed 7 – 0 when Pirates quarterback Holton Ahlers threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Jones. In the second quarter Jalen Ware intercepted a pass and returned it into ECU territory, but a missed field goal, the second of two, snuffed the opportunity. ECU responded with the Ahlers to Jones combo for a 28-yard strike. The quarter ended with Ahlers finding Shane Calhoun with a 9-yard scoring pass and a 21 – 0 halftime lead.
Any hopes of a Temple comeback were squelched in the first 15 seconds of the half when Pirates running back Keaton Mitchell ran for a 57-yard touchdown.
Mitchell gained 146 yards on the ground scoring twice. ECU ran for 246 yards. Ahlers completed 16 of 24 passes for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jones hauled in 6 catches for 102 yards.
Ware has an interception in two consecutive games. Freddie Johnson made his first career interception.
Temple hosts Houston, who is tied with Cincinnati for first place in the American, at home on Saturday.
RECORDS / SCHEDULE
Villanova 7 – 2 overall, 5 – 1 CAA vs. Stony Brook November 13
Penn 3 – 5 overall, 1 – 4 Ivy League at Harvard November 13
Temple 3 – 6, 1 – 4 vs. Houston November 13
Written By: Glenn Papazian