Mike Kern: College Football Wrapup

Temple QB Chris Coyer
Temple QB Chris Coyer
Posted: September 24, 2012

PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND

National: Sophomore Taylor Heinicke went 55-for-79 for a Division I record 730 yards and five touchdowns, as Old Dominion rallied from a 23-point, second-half deficit to beat visiting New Hampshire, 64-61.

Local: West Chester's Mike Mattei (Chestnut Hill Academy) threw for 318 yards and two scores in a 45-24 win at Kutztown.

AROUND TOWN

* Penn State 24, Temple 13: For the first time in 3 years the Owls (1-2) didn't have a chance to win in the fourth quarter. They still haven't beaten the Nittany Lions (2-2) since 1941.

Steve Addazio's young team continues to search for an identity, as should have been anticipated in a transition year where you're replacing so many starters. PSU, despite the roster depletions, does have a motivated senior nucleus.

A win would have been historically significant. But following a second bye in 3 weeks, the Owls will next host a South Florida team (2-2) that has lost two straight and gets Florida State this week. It'll be their first Big East game in eight seasons. USF has dropped nine of its last 10 in the conference.

Penn State has been a symbol, for way too long, of everything Temple isn't. I don't know what PSU's program is going to look like in 5 years, but all indications are it's going to take a hit. Temple seems to be headed in the other direction. North Broad Street is probably never going to be State College. There are three more scheduled meetings in the current contract, after a break next year. If the Owls still haven't found a way to beat PSU by 2016, then maybe there's an issue.

Temple's Chris Coyer missed a wide-open receiver at the goal line in the second quarter and the Owls had to settle for a field goal to get within four. The Nits scored a TD right before halftime. The Owls finally got in the end zone late but couldn't recover an onside kick.

The Nits had 14 more first downs, nearly 14 minutes more time of possession and almost 200 more passing yards. They also had 64 more penalty yards.

And 65 of Coyer's 124 passing yards came on the last drive.

The next chance is the 2014 opener, again up there. The Nits will return to South Philly the following September.

* Villanova 24, Penn 8: The Quakers are 0-2 for the fifth time in 6 years. They still haven't beaten Villanova since 1911 (11 in a row since 1999). The visiting Wildcats (3-1) now have one more win than all of 2011.

At least the Quakers had eight fewer turnovers than they did in their opening loss at Lafayette. But they didn't score until the final 3 minutes, and again used two quarterbacks. Generally not a good sign. The 2009 and 2010 Ivy champs will play their league opener this week at Dartmouth (2-0), a team they've beaten 13 of the last 14.

The Wildcats led 10-0 at intermission, 17-0 after three quarters. Redshirt freshman John Robertson (13-20, 213 yards) threw for a TD and ran for another. For the fourth straight game they rushed for over 200, even though starting running back Austin Medley was out with an injured hamstring.

They're 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association and now head to Maine (1-2). The Black Bears won here last year, 41-25. Villanova won in Orono in 2010, 48-18, its second win there in seven tries and first in 19 years.

FOR THE RECORD

In the preseason I had my potential fraud five list. It included Oklahoma, Michigan, Clemson and Arkansas. Also had Florida State. So we'll see. But how's that working out so far? Just wish my college picks showed as much whatever.

Interestingly, four of the teams in the first top 10 - Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Michigan and Arkansas - are no longer there. And two aren't even ranked.

STATEMENTS

* Kansas State won, 24-19, at Oklahoma, where Bob Stoops had been 78-3. Holy Bill Snyder. It was the fewest points the Sooners scored at home in a Big 12 game since 2001. Last year OU beat 7-0 K-State on the road, 58-17. Saturday marked K-State's first win in the series since 2003, and first in Norman since 1997. The Wildcats have a bye, then Kansas at home and Iowa State away. So they should be 6-0 going to West Virginia on Oct. 20.

* Florida State trailed at home by 14 early in the second half but scored the next 28 and went on to beat Clemson, 49-37. You can put EJ Manuel in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The Seminoles hadn't given up a TD since last season, and had held 11 consecutive teams to under 20. They still have to go to Miami (Oct. 20) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 8) and deal with Florida at home (Nov. 24).

* Notre Dame took out years of frustration by beating Michigan at home, 13-6. This, a week after holding Michigan State to 3 at MSU. Nice Big Ten. You can't turn the ball over, especially in the red zone. ND gets a week off before getting Miami in Chicago, then Stanford and BYU at home before going to Oklahoma.

MAC ME UP

Four wins over BCS teams - Central Michigan at Iowa (32-31), Northern Illinois over Kansas (30-23), Western Michigan over Connecticut (30-24) and Ball State over South Florida (31-27).

DID YOU Notice?

* Alabama, going for a third straight shutout for the first time since 1966, gave up a TD for the first time since Labor Day weekend.

* Widener beat Wilkes in a revenge spot, 90-0, scoring 55 in the second half (28 in the fourth period, all rushing TDs).

* Arkansas is the first preseason Top 10 team to have three losses in September since Alabama in 2000.

* Florida, in beating Kentucky for the 26th straight time, posted its first SEC shutout since 2001.

* Oregon State's Mike Riley tied a school record with his 74th win, tying Lon Stiner (1933-48).

* Mississippi State is 4-0 for the first time since 1999.

* Colorado, a week after losing 69-14 to Fresno State, scored three TDs in the final 7 minutes to win at Washington State, 35-34.

* Wisconsin's Montee Ball, before he had to leave the UTEP game with a head injury, had the first fumble of his career in his 654th carry.

* Texas A&M's Dustin Harris had an SEC record 246 punt return yards against South Carolina State.

* Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton had an SEC record 303 receiving yards in a home loss to Rutgers.

* Idaho State has lost 34 straight on the road.

MIKE KERN'S TOP 10

1. Alabama (4-0): Beat Florida Atlantic, 40-7. Only home loss to Mississippi was in 1988. Saturday: vs. Mississippi.

2. Louisiana State (4-0): Beat Auburn, 12-10. Can't be looking ahead to Florida. Saturday: vs. Towson.

3. Oregon (4-0): Beat Arizona, 49-0. All the Ducks do is reload. Saturday: at Washington State.

4. Stanford (3-0): Idle. Beat Washington, 65-21, last year, 41-0, in 2010. Thursday: at Washington.

5. Florida State (4-0): Beat Clemson, 49-37. Seemed like old times in Tallahassee. Saturday: at South Florida.

6. Georgia (4-0): Beat Vanderbilt, 48-3. Can't be looking ahead to South Carolina. Saturday: vs. Tennessee.

7. South Carolina (4-0): Beat Missouri, 31-10. Beat Kentucky at home last year, 54-3; lost there in 2010, 31-28. Saturday: at Kentucky.

8. Kansas State (4-0): Beat Oklahoma, 24-19. Collin Klein for Heisman. Next: Oc. 6 vs. Kansas.

9. Notre Dame (4-0): Beat Michigan, 13-6. All together now: Dee-fense! Next: Oct. 6, vs. Miami (in Chicago).

10. Florida (4-0): Beat Kentucky, 38-0. Some love for my man Chuck Betson. Next: Oct. 6, vs. LSU.

FRAUD FIVE

* Iowa: Remember when Kirk Ferentz knew what he was doing? Good thing he beat Northern Illinois by one in the opener.

* UCLA: I don't care if Oregon State beat Wisconsin.

* Oklahoma: It's OK to lose at home once in a while, but Sooners always seem to find a way to screw up what looks like a promising thing.

* Georgia Tech: Can't be losing at home to Miami as a big favorite, in overtime, after you come back from 19-0, first-quarter hole to lead by 14 after 45 minutes.

* Illinois: I know the Illini stink, but still can't be losing by 28 to Louisiana Tech, particularly in Champaign.

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