Temple, Villanova renew a rivalry in Mayor's Cup

Posted: August 26, 2011

Villanova coach Andy Talley and Temple coach Steve Addazio were at City Hall on Thursday, where Mayor Nutter welcomed them to a news conference in advance of the Sept. 1 Mayor's Cup football game.

Played on Temple's home turf at Lincoln Financial Field, the event is in its third year. Each squad has claimed a win in the series, and both outcomes were decided in the final seconds.

In the inaugural Mayor's Cup, in 2009, 'Nova kicker Nick Yako nailed a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Wildcats a 27-24 victory. Last season, the finish could only be described as wild after Temple scored nine points in the last three seconds to take a 31-24 decision.

After Yako put 'Nova up, 24-22, with 2 minutes, 17 seconds left to play, Temple kicker Brandon McManus was good on a 43-yard field goal that gave the Owls a one-point edge with three seconds remaining. And when 'Nova tried to prolong the game with a series of laterals in hopes of breaking somebody free to race for the end zone, a Temple player knocked the ball loose, and Owls defensive back Justin Gildea established the final margin when he scooped up the fumble and ran 26 yards for a score.

"If the last two games are any measure of what to look for in this third game, we're really in for a contest," Nutter said. "Let's see what's going to happen. People in the region are already thinking about football, and rivalries, and tailgating, and friendships that are made and remade on game day."

After Nutter spoke, Talley and Addazio each took a turn at the microphone.

Talley, who is in his 27th season at 'Nova, said he and Addazio go way back to when both were coaching in Connecticut early in their careers. Talley was lavish in his praise of the first-year Temple coach, who was the offensive coordinator at Florida before succeeding Al Golden.

"Coach Talley, thanks for those kind words, but I really think I'm being set up," Addazio said to laughter after he was introduced. "It's the time of year and we're playing a great program in Villanova. It's great for the city to be able to have major college football right here, in a great venue, for a great event like this."

When the Mayor's Cup was first announced, it created some discord on the Temple side.

Many Owls supporters felt their Bowl Championship Subdivision squad had nothing to gain by playing a Football Championship Subdivision team that's located in its own market.

After drawing 27,759 fans in '09, the Mayor's Cup was played before a crowd of 32,193 last fall.

"This is one of the best rivalries that's out there," Talley said. "We're excited to be part of it."

Villanova coach Andy Talley and Temple coach Steve Addazio talk about what the Mayor's Cup game will say about their teams at www.philly.com/collegevideos

Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.


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