September 25, 2022 –
Penn and Temple Post a Shutout, Penn Stays Undefeated
Temple 28 Massachusetts 0
Noteworthy: The Owls looked for a quick start against the Minutemen. On their first play on offense quarterback E.J. Warner went for a long pass, but it was just out of the reach of Jose Barbon. Then it became a matter of wearing down UMass, and the defense did that recording a shutout, something a defense relishes.
Defensively, Temple allowed 259 yards of offense, 80 through the air. The Owls stopped the Minutemen 15 of 18 times on third down conversions. UMass got as far as the 22 yard line with 5:41 to play. They missed a field goal on that drive. The crowning achievement came in the third quarter when Layton Jordan intercepted a pass and returned 41 yards for a touchdown and a 21 – 0 lead.
Temple got on the board in the second quarter with Warner hitting Ian Stewart with an 11-yard scoring toss. On the last score of the game Warner went deep and found Adonicas Sanders for a 50-yard touchdown.
Quincy Patterson got playing time, and scored on the ground for the second consecutive game.
What the Numbers Say: Patterson was the Owls leading rusher gaining a net 52 yards. He threw for 33 yards. Darvon Hubbard had 51. Warner completed half of his 22 passes for 173 yards. He had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Sanders caught 4 passes for 101 yards. Alex Odom and Kobe Wilson made 9 tackles each, with Odom picking off a pass. UMass ran for 179 yards led by Ellis Merriweather who gained 53 yards. Temple had 107 on the ground and 206 in the air.
Penn 12 Lafayette 0
Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania scored 2 touchdowns a run from one-yard away, and a pass from one-yard out. And they missed an extra point kick and run. Penn would not need more as the defense kept Lafayette out of the endzone. The defense sacked the Leopards quarterbacks five times for 40 yards which helped to hold Lafayette to just one net yard rushing. Lafayette did pass for 241 yards.
The deepest drive for Lafayette was to the Penn 18 yard line, but they turned the ball over on downs. Jake Heimlicher led Penn with 10 tackles, 7 solo.
The Quakers special teams gave up what appeared to be a punt return touchdown, but that was negated by two penalties on the return.
What the Numbers Say: Aidan Sayin passed for 196 yards for the Red and Blue. He spread the ball around completing passes to 10 different players. Trey Flowers ran for 70 yards. Ryan Schuster passed for 167 yards for Lafayette.
Monmouth 49 # 9 Villanova 42
Noteworthy: It can be said the score could be Monmouth 7 touchdowns to 6 for Villanova. It was an offensive show for the Parents Weekend sellout on the Main Line and their CAA opener. Monmouth led, but Villanova would come back to tie the game 6 times. Could the game turn on a defensive stop? It looked that way. The game was tied at 35 in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats recovered a Hawks fumble in Nova territory. But on the next play Wildcats quarterback Connor Watkins was intercepted. Monmouth got a touchdown off that turnover and a 42 – 35 lead. The teams traded touchdowns with the Hawks scoring the deciding touchdown with 46 seconds to play on a 16-yard run by Jaden Shirden. Still, the Wildcats had one last chance. Watkins sent a pass towards Jaaron Hayek, but the pass fell incomplete. On the last play of the game Watkins’ pass was eventually intercepted deep in the endzone. Monmouth got their first CAA win.
What the Numbers Say: Villanova running back Jalen Jackson ran for a career-high 187 yards, and his 3 touchdowns are also his collegiate-best. As a team Villanova ran for 292 yards. Hayek caught 6 passes for 136 yards that included a 51-yard catch, the fifth completion for Watkins over 50 yards this season. Watkins passed for 239 yards and ran for 58.
Shirden posted 211 rushing yards on 22 carries which is his college-high. Quarterback Tony Muskett completed 11 of 17 passes for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Villanova had 531 yards of total offense. Monmouth put up 482 yards.
A big number that should concern the Wildcats is they gave up 49 points for the second consecutive game.
RECORDS / SCHEDULE
All three teams are on the road in conference matchups.
Villanova 2 – 2 overall, 0 – 1 CAA Next: at Maine
Temple 2 – 2, 0 – 0 American Next: at Memphis
Penn 2 – 0, 0 – 0 Ivy League Next: at Dartmouth
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