Temple, Villanova and UPenn were all in action this weekend, as the Owls visited Idaho and the Wildcats and Quakers faced off against each other at Villanova Stadium. The city emerged from the weekend 1-2 overall, as Temple continued it's struggles.
Temple fell to 0-4 on the season when they failed to complete their comeback effort on a visit to Idaho. The Owls trailed the Vandals 17-3 heading into halftime, with their only points coming on a Nick Visco 25-yard field goal.
Clearly outmatched in the first half, the Owls emerged from the locker room looking like a different team, as they began their comeback effort. Ken Harper had a 5-yard rushing touchdown just moments into the second half to narrow the Owls deficit to 17-10. The Vandals would follow that with two field goals before Connor Reilly connected with Ryan Alderman for a 51-yard Owls touchdown to put the score at 23-17 Vandals. The Vandals responded with yet another field goal, which would prove to be the game-winning points. Harper had a 2-yard rushing touchdown with three and a half minutes left to bring Temple within two, but the Owls were unable to complete their comeback, falling in the end 26-24.
Temple will return to action as they welcome #7 Louisville to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday at noon.
UPenn 6 Villanova 35
Villanova jumped out to a 21 to 0 lead in the first half, as they dominated cross-city rival UPenn this weekend.
Joe Price caught a 15-yard pass from John Robertson to put the Wildcats up 7-0. Craig James would then return a blocked field goal 73 yards to extend the Villanova lead. Robertson would connect with Poppy Livers for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Nova cruised into the half.
UPenn would score their only points on a third quarter touchdown but miss the extra point. The Wildcats added 14 more in the half on a Robertson 36-yard rushing touchdown and a Livers 6-yard receiving touchdown as Villanova routed UPenn.
UPenn will welcome Dartmouth to Franklin Field next week, as Villanova welcomes William & Mary to Villanova Stadium.
By: Kyle Babcock
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