Temple falls into another MAC trap

Posted: October 24, 2011

PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND

National: Tajh Boyd tied a Clemson record with five touchdown passes in a 59-38 win over North Carolina.

Local: Nick Giarratano had three TD catches, including his Urinus career record 20th, in a 49-19 win at Susquehanna.

AROUND TOWN

BOWLING GREEN 13, TEMPLE 10

Coming off two blowout shutouts, the Owls are now one of four teams in the MAC East with two league losses.

It was only their second game that was decided by less than 23 points. They've lost both.

The host Falcons (4-4, 2-2), who'd lost three straight, were averaging nearly 30 points a game and giving up the same.

The Owls (5-3, 3-2), who didn't have a turnover for the third straight week, took a 10-6 lead, their first of the game, on a short TD run by Bernard Pierce with 11 minutes left. But the Falcons scored less than 3 1/2 minutes later, on a fourth-and-9 pass. Temple could do nothing on the 10 plays of its final three possessions. And a dozen penalties for 97 yards never helps.

For the third straight week, Pierce (17 carries, 107 yards) and Matt Brown (22-119) each rushed for triple digits. Chester Stewart passed for 66 yards. Pierce, who apparently wasn't at full strength, broke Paul Palmer's quarter-century old school record for career points. He now has 270.

Next up is a trip to Ohio (5-3, 2-2), which broke a two-game losing streak at Akron (1-6, 0-3), on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Bobcats have beaten Temple in the final month each of the last 2 years.

PENN 37, YALE 25

The two-time defending Ivy champs trailed by 10 after three periods. The Quakers (4-2, 3-0) then scored four TDs in less than 8 minutes. They took the lead for keeps with 6 minutes to go.

The visiting Bulldogs (3-3, 2-1) were up 7-3 at intermission.

It was the Quakers' 18th consecutive victory in the league, the longest active FCS streak and two short of the Ivy record that Penn set from 2001-04. It was Al Bagnoli's 100th Ivy win in two decades in West Philly, in his 100th game at Franklin Field.

They'd won their first two Ivy games, on the road, in the closing seconds.

Billy Ragone threw for 236 yards and ran for 94. He passed for three TDs and ran for another. Brandon Colavita had 156 yards and a score on 18 carries.

The Elis' Alex Thomas (30-204) became the first back to run for 200 yards against Penn since 1997.

Now the Quakers head to Brown (5-1, 2-1), whose loss was to Harvard (5-1, 3-0) on Sept. 23. Penn goes to Harvard on Nov. 12.

OLD DOMINION 37, VILLANOVA 14

Two years removed from an FCS title and a year after a run to the national semifinals, the Wildcats' (1-7, 0-5 CAA) season to forget continued.

At least they scored more than one offensive TD for just the second time.

They trailed 13-7 after 15 minutes, 30-14 at the break. It didn't matter that they were on the Main Line for just the third time. And it probably won't next week, against yet another ranked opponent in No. 9 Maine (6-1, 4-0), which lost by six at Pittsburgh in early September. The Monarchs (6-2, 3-2) were No. 21.

It was the worst home loss in six seasons for the Wildcats, who had four turnovers..

AROUND THE NATION

FRAUD FIVE

-- Oklahoma: When you least expect it . . . So much for that 39-game home winning streak. But it's not like this is the first time the Sooners have let something go down like this recently.

-- West Virginia: Probably shouldn't be losing at Syracuse. But especially not by 26.

-- Notre Dame: So much for that BCS bowl.

-- UCLA: Shouldn't be losing by 36 to a team that hadn't beaten an FBS opponent in a year.

-- Temple: Still think Owls will win the MAC East. But I didn't see this coming, certainly not by that score.

GONE

That would be Wisconsin and Oklahoma from the list of unbeatens.

The Badgers lost on a Hail Mary pass (and a further review) at Michigan State, after tying things late. They could get another shot at the Spartans in the first Big Ten title game, but even that might not be enough to get them to the national title game.

The Sooners, on the other hand, were at home against a Texas Tech club they should have been able to at least get by despite a bad start. They still have to face undefeateds Kansas State and Oklahoma State. But again, 11-1 could still leave them a little short.

Maybe there's no playoff, but every game counts.

GET ME REWRITE

-- East Carolina's Dominique Davis completed his first 26 passes against Navy, three more than the old FBS record. His 36 straight completions over two games were also 10 better than the former overall mark.

-- Houston's Case Keenum broke the career record for total offense (16,910 yards, Hawaii's Timmy Chang from 2000-04).

-- Boise's Kellen Moore tied the record for most wins by a QB, 45 (Colt McCoy, Texas).

Did you notice?

-- The only teams that had beaten Oklahoma at home in Bob Stoops' 13 seasons were Oklahoma State and TCU.

-- Unbeaten Bloomsburg, ranked No. 2, set a Division II record by overcoming a 35-0, second-quarter deficit at West Chester (4-4). The Huskies scored 55 unanswered points and won, 55-42.

-- End Kourtnei Brown became the first Clemson defensive player to score two TDs in a game in 57 years.

Mike Kern's Top 15

1. Louisiana State (8-0). Beat Auburn, 45-10. Good thing Tigers were missing some bullets. Next: Nov. 5 at Alabama.

2. Alabama (8-0). Beat Tennessee, 37-6. Let the countdown begin. Next: Nov. 5 vs. LSU.

3. Stanford (7-0). Beat Washington, 65-21. Beat USC by 2 at home last year, by 34 in LA in 09. Saturday: at Southern Cal.

4. Oklahoma State (7-0). Beat Missouri, 45-24. Beat Baylor by 27 at home a year ago. Saturday: vs. Baylor.

5. Boise State (7-0). Beat Air Force, 37-26. Broncos need outside help. Next: Nov. 5 at Nevada-Las Vegas.

6. Clemson (8-0). Beat North Carolina, 59-38. Lost at Georgia Tech 2 years ago. Saturday: at Georgia Tech.

7. Arkansas (6-1). Beat Mississippi, 29-24. Has never lost at Vanderbilt. Saturday: at Vanderbilt.

8. Oregon (6-1). Beat Colorado, 45-3. Beat Washington State by 46 at home in 09. Saturday: vs. Washington State.

9. Kansas State (7-0). Beat Kansas, 59-21. Hasn't beaten Oklahoma since 2003. Saturday: vs. Oklahoma.

10. Oklahoma (6-1). Lost to Texas Tech, 41-38. Oops. Saturday: at Kansas State.

11. Michigan State (6-1). Beat Wisconsin, 37-31. Has never beaten Nebraska (0-5). Saturday: at Nebraska.

12. Wisconsin (6-1). Lost at Michigan State, 37-31. Time to regroup. Saturday: at Ohio State.

13. Nebraska (6-1). Beat Minnesota, 41-14. Time to put up or ... Saturday: vs. Michigan State.

14. South Carolina (6-1). Idle. Who knows without Marcus Lattimore? Saturday: at Tennessee.

15. Virginia Tech (7-1). Beat Boston College, 30-14. Not as high on Hokies as some. Saturday: at Duke.

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