September 18, 2022 –
Penn Opens the Season With a Win, Temple Played Tough but Fell, Villanova Outrushed at Army
Army 49 # 7 Villanova 10
Noteworthy: Villanova Coach Mark Ferrante said it would be hard to simulate the Army rushing attack in practice because of the way they run it, and the precision in which they run their options. How true. The Black Knights rushed 55 times for 472 yards. They did not complete a pass, only throwing one. This is the fourth time the Wildcats did not allow a completion in program history. Army averaged 8.6 yards per carry. Tyson Riley ran for 158 yards on 21 carries and crossed the goal line once. Tyhier Tyler scored three times posting 77 yards. West Point took the lead for good late in the first quarter. They crossed the goal line eight times over ten possessions. The Wildcats tied the game at 7 in the first quarter when Connor Watkins found Rayjoun Pringle from 5 yards out capping an 11-play, 75-yard drive taking 5:23. Nova will play only CAA games for the remainder of the season.
What the Numbers Say: Watkins completed 12 of 21 passes for 74 yards, one touchdown, and had two picked off. He led Nova in rushing gaining 60 yards. Villanova put up 173 yards on the ground. Pringle caught half of Watkins’ passes for 54 yards. Timmy Furgeson led the Nova defense with a game-high 8 tackles. Army did not turn the ball over. Tyrell Robinson gained 89 yards on 6 carries for Army West Point.
Rutgers 16 Temple 14
Noteworthy: Coach Stan Drayton said there are no moral victories after a close loss to Rutgers. Later he added that there were things they could build on. That is especially true on the defensive side of the ball for the Owls who held the offense of the Scarlet Knights out of the endzone. Three field goals and a 43-yard interception return by Shaquan Loyal were enough for Rutgers to hold off Temple. For the game the Cherry and White limited the Scarlet to 201 offensive yards, 59 through the air, and allowed only 4 of 14 third down conversions. Temple got to within two-points at the 14:15 mark of the fourth quarter on a 47-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Smith from E.J. Warner, son of Kurt Warner. Neither team would score again.
What the Numbers Say: Rutgers held the ball for 10:24 of the fourth quarter, and a total of 20:43 in the second half. Not enough time for Temple. The Owls had 264 yards of total offense, 215 passing by Warner. Adonicas Sanders caught 8 passes for 90 yards. Smith had 79 receiving yards. Johnny Langan gained 79-yards on the ground for Rutgers who averaged 3.5 yards on 58 plays. Temple averaged 4.3 yards on 62 plays.
Penn 25 Colgate 14
Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania is the last team starting their season in the city. The Quakers got off to a slow start trailing 14 – 3 at halftime. But the second half belonged to the Red and Blue who scored all 22 second half points en route to win number one. Quarterback Aidan Sayin threw a touchdown pass to get Penn on the scoreboard. He threw another early in the fourth quarter. The Quakers posted points on 4 of their first 7 possessions after halftime.
What the Numbers Say: Sayin completed 31 of 44 passes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. The scoring tosses were one-yard and ten-yards in distance. Joshua Casilli caught 10 passes for 60 yards. Rory Starkey hauled in 6 for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Penn defense held Colgate to 192 yards. The only touchdown for the Raiders came on a 68-yard interception and return by Marquis Cooper 24 seconds before halftime.
RECORDS / SCHEDULE
Villanova 2 – 1 overall, 0 – 0 CAA Next: vs. Monmouth at Villanova Stadium
Temple 1 – 2, 0 – 0 American Next: vs. UMass at the Linc
Penn 1 – 0, 0 – 0 Ivy League Next: vs. Lafayette at Franklin Field