Owls find MAC tougher than ACC

Posted: October 03, 2011

PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND

National: Tyler Wilson threw for a school-record 510 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas rallied to beat soon-to-be fellow-SEC West member Texas A&M.

Local: Sophomore Shawn Leo (Souderton High) had three field goals in a loss to C.W. Post, to already give him a West Chester-record 13 for the season.

AROUND TOWN

TOLEDO 36, TEMPLE 13

So which score was more surprising, last week's 31-point win at Maryland or this?

It certainly has been a roller-coaster stretch, going back to the narrow Penn State loss.

The Owls (3-2, 1-1 MAC East) had given up 31 points coming in. This was the first time they had to play from behind. Toledo led 15-13 in the second quarter, then was up by nine at intermission.

Three of the previous four TDs the Owls had given up came in the final minutes. Two were meaningless. The other, against PSU, was not.

Bernard Pierce, coming off a five-TD game, still needs one rushing score to tie Paul Palmer's career record. As was the case against the Nits, he became a non-factor in the second half. This time, at least in the fourth quarter, a lot of that obviously had to do with the deficit. He would finish with 75 yards on 24 carries.

The Owls turned it over four times, two of which led to visiting Toledo's (2-3, 1-2 MAC West) first two TDs. Chester Stewart, who went 9-for-9 against Maryland, was 10-for-20 for 173 yards, with a TD and two picks.

The banged-up Rockets, the preaseason pick to win the MAC, got 121 yards on 20 carries from backup Morgan Williams, who was a third-stringer before last week's injury to starter Adonis Thomas. Toledo had lost close at Ohio State, at home to Boise State and controversially in overtime at Syracuse.

"College football's fragile," said Owls coach Steve Addazio. "It can be a very humbling deal. [But] every goal's [still] flat-out in front of us."

The Owls now have another crossover conference game at Ball State (3-2, 1-0), which just received a nice paycheck for getting clubbed at Oklahoma.

Saturday's announced attendance was 21,705, which included a $5 ticket promotion.

PENN 22, DARTMOUTH 20

In the rain at Dartmouth, the Quakers (1-2, 1-0 Ivy League) began their threepeat quest by getting their lone offensive TD with 17 seconds left, on a 3-yard pass from Billy Ragone to Ryan Calvert.

A few plays earlier, an 11-yard scoring pass from Ragone to Ryan Mitchell was nullified by a holding penalty. On the winning, 89-yard drive, Ragone was 8-for-8 for 65 yards.

The Big Green (1-2, 0-1), playing the first night home game in the 89-year history of Memorial Stadium, had taken their first lead with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

The Quakers led after 30 minutes, 13-3. Brandon Copeland returned a fumble for a score in the first quarter, and freshman Connor Loftus had three field goals, including a career-best 42-yarder.

They've won 16 straight in the Ivies, the longest active conference streak in FCS.

Penn hosts Fordham (1-3) Saturday in its final nonleague game.

WILLIAM & MARY 20, VILLANOVA 16

The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2 CAA) lost to the 11th-ranked team in FCS, at home. The next 2 weeks they're at top-10s New Hampshire (3-1, 1-0) and James Madison (4-1, 2-0).

They've scored one offensive TD in every game. Quarterback Christian Culicerto is doing a decent job, but he's a walk-on senior for a reason. Redshirt freshman Dustin Thomas could be back from his shoulder injury in a couple of weeks.

There were five lead changes. The Tribe (3-2, 1-1) went in front to stay on a field goal midway through the third period and added another early in the fourth. Jonathan Grimes ran for 140 yards and two TDs on 31 carries.

Nova's Mark Hamilton had three FGs for the second consecutive game, including a career-long 45-yarder, and has now made his last dozen. Freshman Jamal Abdur-Rahman (La Salle High) had 172 all-pupose yards.

AROUND THE NATION

FRAUD FIVE

1. Nebraska: Of course it's OK to lose at Wisconsin. But excessive is excessive.

2. Virginia Tech: So maybe it really does help to actually schedule somebody in September.

3. South Florida: Losing at Pittsburgh, even as a slight favorite, isn't a crime. But losing there by 27 might be.

4. Texas A&M: It's OK to lose to Arkansas, in un-neutral Arlington, Texas, even the week after you fell at home to Oklahoma State. But you probably shouldn't be blowing an 18-point halftime lead, especially not the week after you let a 17-pointer get away.

5. Florida: It's always OK to lose to Alabama, even at home, especially when you lose your quarterback in the first half. Still, 38-10 is 38-10.

BIG LEAST

For the second straight year, the Big East doesn't have an unbeaten team in early October. And Louisville lost to Marshall, its second home loss to a non-BCS team. And Connecticut lost at home to Western Michigan. And incoming TCU lost at home to SMU.

The conference has had better weeks.

DID YOU NOTICE?

-- Georgia Tech is 5-0 for the first time since it won a national title in 1990.

-- Widener set a school record for winning margin, 70-0 over Kings.

-- Ball State's Keith Wenning had gone 176 passes without a pick. Then he threw three in a span of four passes, all to Tony Jefferson, against Oklahoma.

MIKE KERN'S TOP 15

1. Alabama (5-0).

Beat Florida, 38-10.

This one is for all my emailers from Tacony.

Saturday: vs. Vanderbilt.

2. Louisiana State (5-0).

Beat Kentucky, 35-7.

Beat Florida last year in the Swamp.

Saturday: vs. Florida.

3. Oklahoma (4-0).

Beat Ball State, 62-6.

Maybe Ball State was looking ahead to Temple.

Saturday: vs. Texas, in Dallas.

4. Wisconsin (5-0).

Beat Nebraska, 48-17.

Good thing Nebraska scored 14 early.

Next: Oct. 15, vs. Indiana.

5. Stanford (4-0).

Beat UCLA, 45-19.

Colorado stinks.

Saturday: vs. Colorado.

6. Boise State (4-0).

Beat Nevada, 30-10. Beat Fresno at home last year by 51.

Friday: at Fresno State.

7. Oklahoma State (4-0).

Idle.

Won at Kansas last year, 48-14.

Saturday: vs. Kansas.

8. Oregon (3-1).

Idle.

Almost lost at Cal last year.

Thursday: at California.

9. Clemson (5-0).

Beat Virginia Tech, 23-3.

Lost at Boston College last year.

Saturday: vs. Boston College.

10. Arkansas (4-1).

Beat Texas A&M, 42-38.

Gave up 65 at Auburn a year ago.

Saturday: vs. Auburn.

11. Auburn (4-1).

Beat South Carolina, 16-13.

Beat Auburn by 19 at home in 2009.

Saturday: at Arkansas.

12. Nebraska (4-1).

Lost at Wisconsin, 48-17.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

Saturday: vs. Ohio State.

13. South Carolina (4-1).

Lost to Auburn, 16-13.

Time for another quarterback change.

Saturday: vs. Kentucky.

14. Texas (4-0).

Beat Iowa State, 37-14.

Beat Oklahoma four of last six years.

Saturday: vs. Oklahoma, in Dallas.

15. Michigan (5-0).

Beat Minnesota, 58-0.

Brady Hoke for Heisman.

Saturday: at Northwestern.

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