Philly College Football Recap – What Happened in Week 11

Villanova Defeats Stony Brook, Remains in a Tie for First Place in the CAA

#8 Villanova 33 Stony Brook 14

The Wildcats used the ground game on a rainy and windy day to defeat the Seawolves of Stony Brook 33 – 14 at Villanova Stadium. Villanova stays in a first-place tie with James Madison in the league with one game to play. Nova has a head-to-head win over JMU.

The Wildcats rushed for 245 yards. Justin Covington posted a career-high 142 yards on 13 carries. He had an 83yard run which is the 7th longest in program history. That rush set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Smith to wide receiver Jaaron Hayek. Fellow back Jalen Jackson carried the ball 11 times for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns. Smith threw for 71 yards and 3 scoring tosses that went to Hayek twice and tight end Tyler Will. Nova put the game away scoring 26 unanswered points.

The defense held Stony Brook to 175 total yards. Linebacker Forrest Rhyne made 11 stops. Fellow backer Amir Black had 10 tackles. Defensive back Christian Benford intercepted his 6th pass of the season, and is number 13 in his career.

Villanova ends the regular season next week at Delaware.

Harvard 23 Penn 7

The University of Pennsylvania fell at Harvard for the first time since 2013. The offense could not get into the red zone. Their one trip inside the 20-yard line resulted in their only touchdown of the game. Running back Isaiah Malcome rushed for a 20-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.  The score capped a75-yard drive all on rushing plays. Harvard got close to the Penn goal 5 times and recorded 16 points off those visits.

The Crimson started the scoring with a 72-yard touchdown run from Aaron Shampklin in the first quarter. Shampklin rushed for 116 yards on 16 carries. He scored twice.

Penn managed 60 yards on the ground and 207 through the air.  Quarterback Aidan Sayin went 20 for 36 for 207 yards, but was intercepted 3 times. Rory Starkey caught 7 passes for 62 yards.

The Quakers defense headed by Jonathan Melvin who had 9 tackles.  Jordan Key broke up 5 passes and had 5 stops. The team made 11 tackles for a loss. But they could not create a Crimson turnover.

The Ivy Season ends next Saturday. Penn hosts arch-rival Princeton.

#17 Houston 37 Temple 8

The Owls suffered their fourth straight loss in the American. Temple gave 17th ranked Houston a tussle in the first half trailing 10 – 0 at intermission. The Cougars put the game away getting 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter on runs by Alton McCaskill and Ta’Zhawn Henry. After the Owls scored, the Cougars answered with two Clayton Tune touchdown passes. Jaylen Erin and Seth Green were the recipients.

Temple was stagnant on offense. Quarterback Justin Lynch started in place of the injured D’Wan Mathis. Temple ran for 99 yards, and got 119 in the air for a total of 218 total yards on offense.

Lynch ran for a team-high 78 yards on 14 carries. The other running backs had 9 carries for 21 yards. Passing wise Lynch threw for 219 yards completing 11 of 24, but 2 were picked off. Wide Receiver Randle Jones caught 5 passes for 36 yards. Edward Saydee scored the sole Owls touchdown on a one-yard plunge.

It was a windy and rainy day. Houston is known as a passing team. In this game the Cougars went to the ground game gaining 217 yards rushing. Running back McCaskill ran the ball 21 times gaining 129 yards scoring twice. Tune passed for 229 yards and had 2 scoring tosses. Green caught 7 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown.

MJ Griffin led the Owls with 11 tackles and one sack. Muheen McCargo had 9 tackles. Darian Varner sacked the quarterback twice.

Houston visited the red zone 6 times scoring 3 touchdowns and a field goal on those trips.

Temple goes to Tulsa next week for the final regular season road game.


Villanova 8 – 2 overall, 6 – 1 CAA t Delaware November 20

Penn 3 – 6 overall, 1 – 5 Ivy League vs. Princeton November 20 at Franklin Field

Temple 3 – 7, 1 – 5 at Tulsa November 20

Written By: Glenn Papazian


Justin Covington who ran for a career-best 142 yards Photo courtesy of Villanova Athletic Communications

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