College Football Wrap for Philly – Week 9 Edition

October 30, 2022 –

Villanova Wins Against Hampton, Penn Tastes First Defeat, Temple Loses in Overtime

Villanova 24 Hampton 10

Noteworthy: Villanova used a winning formula of a strong running game and stout defense to handle the Hampton Pirates 24 – 10. Wildcats running back TD Ayo-Durojaiye carried the ball a season-high 25 times gaining 112 yards. This is his third consecutive 100-yard game. Quarterback Connor Watkins ran for a career-high 130 yards. In the first possession Watkins scored on a 75-yard run. He closed the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run. As a team Nova put up 261 yards on the ground. Watkins also threw a touchdown pass to Jaaron Hayek who had 97 receiving yards. On defense the Wildcats held the Pirates to 163 total yards, 26 on the ground. Hampton scored on a 29-yard drive.

What the Numbers Say: Villanova had the ball for 35:56 of the game. In the fourth quarter the advantage was 11:11 to 3:49. Nova will look to clean up the penalties as they had 6 for 60 yards. Penalties cost them long pass completions and a chance in the red zone. The Cats are on a two-game win streak.

Brown 34 Penn 31

Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania lost for the first time this season falling at Brown. The Quakers trailed 24 – 7 at halftime, then mounted a second half charge. The only Penn points early came on a 97-yard kickoff return by Julien Stokes. Joshua Casilli started it going for the Red and Blue midway through the third quarter hauling in an 11-yard scoring toss from Aidan Sayin. Following a 29-yard field goal by Graham Gottlieb, running back Jonathan Mulatu scored on a 59-yard run to tie the game at 24. He ran for 154 yards. Brown took the lead back on a 27-yard Austin Alley field goal. With 6:09 to play the Quakers regained the lead an a 12-yard run by Mulatu. The defense could not hold on as Brown’s quarterback Aidan Gilman found Allen Smith with a game-deciding touchdown pass with 1:56 to play.

What the Numbers Say: The 34 points scored by the Brown Bears are the most surrendered by the Quakers this season. The Bears threw for a total of 360 yards. Penn had 227 as Sayin completed 29 of 51 for 227 yards and an interception. Sayin completed tosses to 6 Quakers led by Casilli who had 9 for 85 yards. Rory Starkey caught 8 passes gaining 48 yards. Wes Rockett was the main Brown offensive receiving weapon catching 7 passes for 138 yards. Gilman completed 22 of 38 for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gilman just may have won the Battle of the Aidan’s. Garrett Morris led the Quakers defense with 15 tackles, 10 solo, a team season-high total. Princeton is the lone undefeated team in the Ancient Eight.

Navy 27 Temple 20

Noteworthy: The Owls played without Coach Stan Drayton who is suffering a viral infection. The team came close to bringing him a ‘Get Well Gift’ but fell in overtime at Navy 27 – 20. Call it a ‘getting better gift.’ Trailing 13 – 0 Temple started their comeback with a 38-yard Camden Price field goal and a fumble recovery by Layton Jordan for a score to pull to within 13 – 10. Jordan has three defensive touchdowns this season, which sets a program-record for most defensive touchdowns by a player in a single season. Navy stretched the lead to 20 – 10. Early in the fourth quarter Amad Anderson, Jr. caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from E.J. Warner with 9:45 on the clock. The Owls finally got to the top of the hill with Price nailing a 22-yard game-tying field goal with 1:08 remaining. In overtime the Midshipmen got the deciding score when Xavier Arline ran it in from 23 yards away.

What the Numbers Say: This is something Villanova is familiar with. Nova gave up no passing yards to Army. Temple gave up no passing yards to Navy, who threw it twice. The upcoming Army – Navy game should be a run-fest.  Navy gained 224 yards on the ground. Warner completed half of his 48 passes for 268 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Anderson caught 8 passes for 114 yards. Running back Edward Saydee ran for 61 yards and caught 6 passes for 56.


Temple is home for a AAC game while Villanova and Penn go to conference match ups on the road.

Villanova 5 – 3 overall, 3 – 2 CAA   Next: November 5 at Towson

Temple 2 – 6, 0 – 4 American   Next: November 5 vs. USF at the Linc

Penn 6 – 1, 3 – 1 Ivy League Next: November 5 at Cornell

Connor Watkins – Photo Courtesy of Villanova Media Relations

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