Mike Kern: An underdog's undoing

It was a rough game for Temple and QB Chris Coyer, who was replaced in the fourth quarter.
It was a rough game for Temple and QB Chris Coyer, who was replaced in the fourth quarter. (DAVID SWANSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: October 22, 2012

Players of the Weekend * 

National: Backup Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who came in for an injured Braxton Miller and threw for the tying 2-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left and then completed a two-point conversion to force overtime as the unbeaten Buckeyes eventually outlasted Purdue at home.

Local: Chris Haupt (34-for-55, 395 yards, four TDs) and Anthony Davis combined on a 34-yard scoring pass with 17 seconds left to give unbeaten Widener, ranked 14th in Division III, a 28-23 win at Lycoming.

Around Town Rutgers 35, Temple 10

The Owls (3-3, 2-1 Big East), who'd won two straight Big East games for the first time, led 10-0 at halftime at the Linc. They were outgained after that, 261 yards to 49. So they still haven't beaten a ranked team since 1998.

They should get another chance on Nov. 3 at No. 16 Louisville (7-0, 2-0). First, they have to go to Pitt (3-4, 0-3) this Saturday.

The Scarlet Knights (7-0, 4-0) and first-year coach Kyle Flood moved up a spot to 18th. They scored their points in a little less than 17 minutes.

It was the first meeting since 2004.

Gary Nova threw for four TDs. Jawan Jamison ran for 114, a tad above his average.

Temple running back Matt Brown (ankle) was only used for returns (99 yards on four kickoffs and three punts). Montel Harris, who rushed for over 100 the last two games, had 81 on 19 carries.

Quarterback Chris Coyer was taken out with just under 11 minutes to go, after his fumble was returned for a 20-yard TD. So Juice Granger, who hadn't played since the late stages of the opening rout against Villanova, came in. Coyer, who had three turnovers, went 7-for-14 for 65 yards. He also ran for 30, on 16 attempts. Granger was 1-for-3 for 7, and carried twice for minus-4.

In last week's overtime win at Connecticut, Coyer threw the game-tying TD in the closing seconds of regulation.

The Owls were underdogs. Still, the way it unraveled was hard to digest. But for a team that was picked to finish last, there's still a lot out there. They just squandered a big-time opening.

Villanova 49, Georgia State 24

The Wildcats (6-0, 4-1 CAA) did what they had to do, which was go to Atlanta and handle a team they should beat. It was 35-3 after 23 minutes.

The Panthers (1-7, 1-4) are moving up to FBS and the Sun Belt next year.

For the seventh time, the Wildcats rushed for 200 yards. Poppy Livers had their first punt return for a TD since 1980, which was their last season in Division I before the program went away for 4 years. Norman White had a TD reception for the fifth time in the last six games.

This week, they host Towson (3-4, 2-2), the defending champ and preseason favorite.

The Wildcats' CAA wins all have been by at least 20 points. In only three previous seasons have the Wildcats had four 20-point wins against conference opponents: 1991, 2002 and '09. Each time, they've made the playoffs. And the last two, they made it to at least the semifinals.

Yale 27, Penn 13

The Quakers (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) couldn't get to 3-0 in the Ivy League for the fifth straight year. It's the first time they've lost to the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2) in regulation since 2000.

Last year, they trailed Yale at home by 20-10 going into the fourth quarter and won by 12. Last week, they trailed Columbia at home by the same score after three periods and won by four. Not this time.

It was a seven-point game early in the fourth quarter, but Yale got another TD near the 8-minute mark.

And who figured Princeton (4-2, 3-0) would be the last Ivy unbeaten? The Tigers scored the final 29 points in the last 11 minutes and change to beat visiting Harvard (5-1, 2-1) by five on a TD with 13 seconds showing.

Jeff Jack went over 1,000 career rushing yards, to join the injured Brandon Colavita and quarterback Billy Ragone. Penn is one of three FCS teams with three active players in that club (James Madison and The Citadel are the others). And Lyle Marsh has 865.

They get Brown (4-2, 1-2) at Franklin Field next, with a trip to Princeton on deck.

One more step

Florida squashed South Carolina and Steve Spurrier at the Swamp, 44-11. If the Gators beat Georgia in neutral Jacksonville this week they'll be in the SEC title game. Georgia beat them last season for the first time since 2007. The last four times the Dawgs have managed that, they've lost the next year. And they've scored no more than 10 points in any of those games. The average score has been 35-9.

What happened to . . .

Geno Smith's Heisman Trophy candidacy? Kansas State, by the way, scored on its first eight possessions against his Mountaineers.

Irish update

Notre Dame threw three times in the second half against BYU in its 17-14 win.

Beaver update

Oregon State is 6-0 for the first time since 1907, when it was the Oregon Agricultural College.

Big 12 update

Texas Tech 56, TCU 53, in triple overtime.

Texas 56, Baylor 50. The Longhorns led, 42-31, at the half.


Alabama's Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two TDs against Tennessee, while fellow freshman T.J. Yeldon ran for 129 yards and a pair of scores in the 44-13 rout.

Did you know? * 

Tennessee has lost 11 of its last 12 in the SEC, and is 0-14 against ranked teams since Derek Dooley took over in 2010.

* Utah is 0-4 in the Pac-12 for the second straight year since joining the conference. Last year it won its next four before somehow losing to Colorado at home.

* Kansas has lost 27 of its last 28 Big 12 games.

* Clemson tied a school record with its 11th straight home win, something its done twice before (1937-42, and 1989-91).

* Big 12 newcomer TCU has lost consecutive home games in the same season for the first time since 1998.

* Division III Wilmington (Ohio) College broke a 33-game losing skid, 13-12, over visiting Marietta (0-7) on Max Gabbard's career-long 35-yard field goal with 31 seconds left.

* Virginia Tech (4-4) has now lost to Clemson three times in a little over a year. The Hokies have been outscored in the second half of those games, 62-7. They've lost five in a season twice in the last 2 decades (7-5 in 1997, 8-5 in 2003). After a bye, they are at Miami and at home against Florida State.

Contact Mike Kern at kernm@phillynews.com

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