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Villanova Dukes It Out With James Madison To Earn The Wildcats A 14-7 Victory

Aaron Ball
On a picture-perfect day for football, the Villanova Wildcats hosted the Dukes of James Madison in a Colonial Athletic league homecoming contest on the Main Line. The Wildcats began the day with a record of 4- 2 after last week’s convincing win over the Maine Black Bears.
 
Flying Wildcats
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley
Drew Dudzik Just Gets the Pass Away
The Dukes of James Madison came into the game with an identical 4 -2 record. Coached by Mickey Matthews, the Dukes started out their season 3- 0, including a 21 – 16 win over nationally ranked Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since then, the Dukes have posted a win over Towson and lost to league rivals Delaware (13- 10) and last weekend, to New Hampshire (28 -14). Matthews is the winningest coach in JMU history, and led the Dukes to an NCAA championship in 2004.
 
Ball Squared

Eric Loper Makes a Flippin Good Tackle
Chris Whitney Gets Hit as He Throws
After a scoreless first period , Villanova got on the scoreboard by driving 80 yards in 15 plays for a touchdown, which came on a 7 yard pass from Chris Whitney to Norman White. Nick Yako converted to make it 7 -0 . The drive featured two fourth down conversions. The first came on a fake punt by Dom Scarnecchia on 4th & 9 at mid-field. Scarnecchia scampered 23 yards for a first down to the JMU 27. Later in the drive , Whitney hit White on a 4th & 8 pass for a 13 yard gain to the JMU 12 yard line.
 
Touchdown Villanova!
Griff Yancey
Dorian Wells
A few minutes later, with 1:19 to go in the half, the Cats scored again on a 54 yard pass play from Whitney to Mikey Reynolds. The drive covered 71 yards in 4 plays.
 
Chris Whitney on the Run
Fred Maldonado
Drew Dudzik
Whitney finished the first half completing 13 of 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and the 2 touchdowns. White caught 7 passes for 73 yards and Reynolds caught 3 for 75 yards. Both teams missed a field goal in the first half which ended with the Cats on top 14-0.
 
JMU Touchdown
JMU's Griff Yancey
JMU came out in the second half and scored its lone touchdown on its first possession . The score came via a 2 yard run by Kavon Seaton. The Dukes drive took 9 plays to cover 73 yards. JMU totally dominated the third quarter holding onto the ball for 12 minutes; Villanova had the ball for only 6 plays during the third quarter.
 
Tough Yardage
QB Chris Whitney Scrambling Away From Defenders
In the 4th quarter Villanova threatened, driving 67 yards from their 28 yard line to the JMU 10 yard line. However Nick Yako missed for a second time on a 23 yard field goal try (wide left). Nova had another drive late in the fourth quarter to the JMU 2 yard line, but a Whitney fumble on 4th down and 1 was recovered by JMU.
 
James Pitts
Terence Thomas on the Tackle
On its last drive JMU drove into Villanova territory and as time expired  Drew Dudzik’s pass was intercepted by James Pitts in the Cats end zone to preserve the victory.
 
Kerby Long with the Reception
Scott Noble Carrying for JMU
The Cats gained 209 yards rushing on 47 carries.  Angelo Babbaro led the way with 72 yards on 13 carries. Aaron Ball chipped in 56 yards, also on 13 carries, becoming the second leading rusher in Villanova history behind  only the great Brian Westbrook. Lawrence Doss added 33 yards on 5 carries. Whitney, who did not complete a pass in the second half (0-2),  finished 13 of 19 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Norman White had 7 receptions for 73 yards.  Linebacker Marquis Kirkland had 10 tackles to lead the defense.
 
JMU Gang Tackling
For the Dukes, who were held to 87 yards rushing on 32 carries, Scott Noble led the way gaining 39 yards on 14 carries. Drew Dudzik passed for 213 yards on 22 completions in 32 attempts, with the one pick by Pitts on the game- ending play.
Matt Szczur, still nursing an ankle injury, did not dress for the Wildcats.
 
Matt Szczur Did Not Dress
Villanova  next hosts the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, October 30th in another CAA conference match.
 
On the local front, Temple & Penn also posted wins. Temple shutting out Buffalo and the Quakers beating Yale.
 
 
Article by Stephen Miller 
{All photos credits for this article appear courtesy of Michael Green Photography: www.mpgreenphotography.com}
Before the football game the Villanova Men’s Basketball team held its Blue/White Scrimmage game for fans.
To see photos of the game, please follow this link:
http://www.independentphilly.com/photo-gallery/villanova-blue-white-basketball-scrimmage/
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Temple Owls Barely Survive To Beat Bowling Green 28-27

Piercing the Hole

On a blustery homecoming day (with wind gusts of 40+ MPH), the 4- 2 Temple Owls hosted the 1- 5 Bowling Green Falcons in a Mid- American conference matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple, coming off of a 31 -17 loss at conference foe Northern Illinois, was trying to rebound and get back on track to ensure a successful season for its fans. After last week’s loss, Coach Al Golden promised his team would not repeat its performance against Northern Illinois saying, “They have to play Temple football, and right now, we’re not doing that. This is a wakeup call for our kids.”

A Game of Inches
Temple Head Coach Al Golden
Adrian Robinson Leading Temple's Defensive Rush

Bowling Green is coached by former Villanova offensive coordinator Dave Clawson.  Bowling Green came into today’s game on a three game losing streak. Clawson was previously the head coach at Fordham and Richmond.

Eugene Cooper Muffs the Opening Kickoff

Bowling Green Head Coach Dave Clawson
Ahkeem Smith

Bowling Green, after being stopped on the Temple 32 on a 4th and 1, jumped out ahead 6- 0 on a 49 yard interception return by Jovan Leacock at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter. Chester Stewart was pressured by Darius Smith  on the throw. Following the interception, Al Golden pulled Stewart and inserted Mike Gerardi at Quarterback.  Temple scored on its first possession of the 2nd quarter on a well designed pass play from Geradi to Rod Streater covering 80 yards. Brandon McManus converted the extra point putting the Owls on top 7 -6.

Willie Geter Looking for Running Room
Mike Gerardi Hands Off to Bernard Pierce

Temple came out on its next possession to score another touchdown on a 46 yard toss from Gerardi to Evan Rodriguez. McManus again converted the extra point stretching Temple’s lead to 14-6.

Evan Rodriquez On His Way To The Endzone
Elijah Joseph & Jaiquawn Johnson Tackle Jordan Hopgood

Bowling Green threatened at the end of the 2nd quarter, driving to the Temple 25, but a sack by Adrian Robinson forced the Falcons to try a 43 yard field goal which missed wide left.

Flippin' Awesome Hit
James Nixon on the Kick Return

Zach Akenberger, the Falcon’s starting FB, left the game (on a cart) with what appeared to be a severe left leg injury in the second quarter.

Kee-Ayre Griffin Breaks Up the Pass to Kamar Jordan
Matt Schilz & Willie Geter
Jeff Wathne Punting

Gerardi completed the 1st half hitting 7-8 for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Gerardi Passes Just in Time

Kamar Jorden
Matt Schilz Feels the Pressure From Shahid Paulhill

Bowling Green started the 3rd quarter by driving 66 yards in 7 plays , aided by 2 penalties against Temple, to score a touchdown. Willie Geter capped the drive on a 12 yard run. Bowling Green converted the  two point conversion on a pass from Matt Schilz to Kamar Jorden to tie the game at 14.

Morkeith Brown After a Costly Temple Fumble
Tahir Whitehead Knocks Down Matt Schilz’s Pass Attempt

Temple regained the lead when a bad snap on a punt and a fumble by Bowling Green’s punter was recovered in the end zone by Quinten White, Jr. It was White’s first career fumble recovery and touchdown.

Owl Fans
Touchdown!

Temple added to its lead by driving 71 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown.  Bernard Pierce ran it in from 6 yards out. Pierce carried the ball six times for 62 yards on the scoring drive. McManus kicked the extra point to make it 28- 10 in favor of the Owls.

Willie Geter & Jordan Hopgood

Bowling Green clawed back driving 80 yards in 16 plays culminated by Jordan Hopgood’s 1 yard touchdown run. Bryan Wright booted the extra point to make it a 28-21 game with 6:04 left.

Tip Drill

The game got even more interesting when Bowling Green regained the ball on a fumble recovery by Calvin Marshall in Temple territory. However the Temple defense stopped the Falcons at their own 33 yard line.

Temple Cheerleaders

Bowling Green got another opportunity with 1:47 to go when it took over at its own 31 yard line and drove as far as the Temple 28 yard line before facing a 4th and 16 at the 37. They converted a 33 yard pass on that play to bring up a first and goal at the Temple 4 yard line with 11 seconds to go.

Kee-Ayre Griffin Tackles Kamar Jorden

After an incomplete pass on first down, the Falcons had four seconds remaining to find the end zone which they did when Schilz hit Calvin Wiley as time expired.

Kamar Jordan vs Marquise Liverpool

Clawson opted to have Bowling Green go for the two point conversion to win the game but the Falcons failed to convert when the pass was broken up by Marquise Liverpool and Temple moved to 5-2 by the skin of their beaks.

Bowling Green Falcon & Flag Squad
Temple was led by running back Bernard Pierce who finished with 106 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Mike Gerardi, the red shirt junior who replaced Chester Stewart at QB, passed for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the Bowling Green side, QB Matt Schilz completed 30 of 51 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown and Kamar Jorden caught 12 passes for 143 yards.

Temple’s next game is at Buffalo next Saturday at noon. The game can be seen on ESPN Plus.

Temple QB Mike Gerardi

In other local action both Villanova and Penn were victorious in their games as well.

Please check back on Monday for our expanded photo gallery from today’s game!

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