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Temple Pulverizes Villanova 41-10 in Mayor’s Cup

In the 33rd overall meeting between Villanova and Temple, the Wildcats were looking for revenge after losing to the Owls 42-7 in 2011.  The Owls wasted no time last night as they flew all over the Wildcats at Lincoln Financial Field in front of 32,709 loud, passionate fans. Temple Coach Steve Addazio was as fired up as the fans last night.

“It’s a great night in the Linc, and it’s a great night for college football.”

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In a record setting night both on the field and in the stands, Villanova struggled on their first possession going three and out giving Temple momentum early on in the ballgame.  After maintaining a stable first possession taking 7:43 off the clock, Temple QB Chris Coyer found his receiver Kenny Harper for a 8-yard touchdown.

The Wildcats managed to inch closer right before the end of the first quarter capitalizing off of a 27 yard field goal, but that seemed to be it. After swapping opening possessions to start the second, Villanova QB Chris Polony was ready to take charge, well until Temple safety Vaughn Carraway got involved and intercepted Polony and returned it 57 yards to the house giving Temple a 14-3 lead.

Just minutes after Hurricane Carraway hit Villanova, he struck once again recovering a fumble forced by LB Nate D. Smith. Coyer wasted no time after the turnover and successfully executed a 19 yard quarterback draw widening Temple’s lead to 21-3.

After two crucial turnovers caused by the Temple defense, Villanova wasn’t planning on calling it quits just yet.  Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley decided to swap quarterbacks putting John Robertson in action. Robertson lead Villanova to their first touchdown on a 4 yard quarterback drawl narrowing the deficit to 21-10 with 1:00 left before halftime.

One minute was more than enough for the Temple offense.  Thanks to RB Matt Brown and a 56 yard rushing touchdown, the Owls were once again in cruise control heading into the locker room leading the Wildcats 28-10.

Matt Brown and the rest of the Temple running game seemed to be too much for Villanova to handle. At the half Temple rushed for 190 yards on 26 carries.

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The Temple rushing attack continued to dismantle the Wildcat’s defense in the 3rd quarter. On the Owls opening possession in the 3rd, Temple did not throw the ball once. Instead Coach Addazio decided to run the ball five times in which the drive resulted in a 38 yard touchdown run by Kenny Harper.

The fourth quarter consisted of a pair of field goals by Temple kicker Brandon McManus. McManus’s first field goals put himself in the record books as the Owls All-Time Leader in field goals made with 47 in his career.

The Wildcats were pretty much out of it entering the fourth quarter and for DB Eric Loper, he was blasted into another universe after this lead block by QB Chris Coyer.

After the game Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley met with the media to discuss the ball game.

“We made mistakes. Chris Coyer will be the best quarterback we will see this year. They broke our back with the touchdown interception. All in all Temple is a better football Team.”

Temple owned most of the statistics categories last night. The Villanova defense struggled all night on the ground giving up 301 yards on 47 attempts. If their were any bright spots for Villanova last night, they maintained a balanced rushing attack piling up 212 yards on 44 carries.

Temple advances to 1-0 on the season while Villanova drops to 0-1. Temple was awarded with their 3rd consecutive Mayor’s Cup Trophy.

Villanova heads back to campus with a lot of practice to put in this week. They will host Fordham next weekend at 6:00 pm

Next week for Temple it seems to be a Big East vs ACC showdown. Temple will welcome Maryland at the Linc at 12:00 pm. You can watch the game on ESPNU.