True freshman P.J. Walker, in his second action of the year, played the final three quarters at quarterback in place of junior Connor Reilly (3-for-7, 25 yards). He went 10-for-19 for 182 yards, with a TD and an interception, and was also the team's leading rusher with 33 yards on 12 carries.
Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater was 25 of 35 for 348 and two scores.
A 23-yard Nick Visco field goal midway through the second quarter was blocked, Temple's fifth miss in six tries.
Friday night they're at Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1), which lost at previously winless South Florida. The Bearcats spent their bye week dealing with the loss of redshirt freshman Ben Flick, who was killed in a car crash that injured two other teammates, one of whom remains hospitalized.
Villanova 20, William & Mary 16
On the Main Line, the Wildcats (3-2, 2-0 CAA) won their third straight and snapped the Tribe's (3-2, 1-1) three-game winning streak.
Villanova trailed 13-3 early in the third quarter. After William & Mary took the lead for the final time with 6:17 to go on a short field goal, the Wildcats went 80 yards in 13 plays. John Robertson ran in from the 1 with 28 seconds showing. On that drive he carried six times for 37 yards and completed five of six passes for 34 yards.
The Wildcats now head to Towson (6-0), which has scored at least 33 in every game and hasn't won by less than 14. That includes a 15-pointer at Connecticut. The Tigers won by 14 here last year.
Penn 37, Dartmouth 31 (4 OTs)
Where to begin, other than it was the longest game in Ivy League history?
Junior Kyle Wilcox, who had five career carries (three this season), got the call because of injuries and rushed for 94 yards on 18 attempts. The last 20 - on a third-and-5 - provided the winning TD, after Riley Lyons had missed a 41-yard field goal when the visitors had the ball.
His 21-yarder to win at the end of regulation (21-all) was blocked by David Park, whose 84-yard return of a fumble gave Penn a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
It was the Ivy opener for both. The defending champions are 2-1. Dartmouth, which still hasn't won here since 1997, is 1-2. It was Penn's sixth straight win in the series. The last five - and all but one since 2006 - came down to the final possession.
In the first OT, Penn went for it on a fourth-and-1 from the 5 and was stopped. Lyons then hooked a 34-yarder wide left. Both teams scored TDs in the second extra period, with QB Billy Ragone tying things on a 27-yard, third-and-9 run. In the third Connor Loftus converted from 38 yards and Lyons kept it going from 40. Finally, Dartmouth had a TD pass called back because of a personal foul penalty and Lyons was wide left again from 42. Three Wilcox carries later, it was over.
Next for Penn is its first trip to William & Mary since 1995.
Northwestern still hasn't beaten a top five team since 1959, when it went 6-3 for fourth-year coach Ara Parseghian. But the Wildcats almost became the first team to beat Ohio State since 2011. They led by three at home Saturday night with 9 minutes to go. Then the Buckeyes did the only thing they've ever done since Urban Meyer became the sheriff in Columbus. Which means the only things standing between them and an 11-0 record going to Michigan in late November are Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana. Good luck with that. And really, does anyone remember or care that their first four games were against Buffalo, San Diego State, Cal and Florida A&M? And yes, Alabama just played Georgia State. And will play Chattanooga later. But at least it plays in the SEC.
Oregon keeps scoring a zillion points. Baylor, too. At least the Ducks trailed 10-8 at Colorado, before getting 49 of the next 55. Clemson and Florida State are headed for a mega tilt in Death Valley in 2 weeks. Miami should be 7-0 when it goes to FSU in early November. Jadeveon Clowney didn't play for South Carolina, and Steve Spurrier didn't sound too thrilled about it. Notre Dame saved its season, at least for the time being, by winning for the fifth straight year in Texas. And in a matchup of the winless Florida International got by at Southern Mississippi, which has now lost 17 straight, 24-23. The other SMU won 11 times 2 years ago.
Georgia, by the way, nearly lost at Tennessee. The Dawgs forced OT on a short TD pass with 5 seconds left. The Vols then got a TD run on the first possesssion of the extra period, but replays showed a fumble prior to crossing the goal line that turned it into a touchback.
Did you notice? *
Baylor is off to its best start since 1991.
* Maryland matched the record for worst loss by a ranked team. Texas lost to UCLA in 1997, 66-3. It was the worst loss by the Terps since 1993 (70-7, to Penn State).
* Idaho, after getting its first win against Temple, lost at home to Fresno State, 61-14. The Vandals didn't score until the fourth quarter.
* The seven FBS teams from Florida won on the same day for the first time.
MICHAEL JACK'S TOP 10
1. Alabama (5-0). Beat Georgia State, 45-3. Hasn’t lost at Kentucky since 1997, except of course in hoops. Saturday: at Kentucky.
2. Ohio State (6-0). Beat Northwestern, 40-30. Will be 11-0 going to Michigan on Nov. 30. Like who didn’t know that? Next: Oct. 19 vs. Iowa.
3. Oregon (5-0). Beat Colorado, 57-16. Has beaten Washington nine straight, each by 17 or more. Saturday: at Washington.
4. Stanford (5-0). Beat Washington, 31-28. Hasn’t played Utah since mid 1990s under Ty Willingham. Remember him? Saturday: at Utah.
5. Clemson (5-0). Beat Syracuse, 49-14. Will try not to be looking ahead to Florida State.
Saturday: at vs. Boston College.
6. Georgia (4-1). Beat Tennessse, 34-31 (OT). Lots of RB injuries, and Missouri is unbeaten. Saturday: vs. Missouri.
7. Florida State (5-0). Beat Maryland, 63-0. Gets week off before ACC Atlantic Division title game. Next: Oct. 19 at Clemson.
8. Louisville (5-0). Beat Temple, 30-7. Has beaten Rutgers three straight. Last year it was 20-17. Thursday: vs. Rutgers.
9. LSU (5-1). Beat Mississippi State, 59-26. Lost at Florida last year (14-6). Saturday: vs. Florida.
10. Texas A&M (4-1). Idle. Won at Ole Miss (30-27) last year. Saturday: at Mississippi.
Five others to consider: South Carolina, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami and Baylor.
1. Maryland: I know the Terps lost their quarterback when it was 14-0. Still, 63-zip is 63-zip.
2. Virginia: I know Ball State is 5-1. But Cavs shouldn’t be losing to the Cardinals by 21 at home.
3. Penn State: I realize you probably have to lose to Indiana at some point. But maybe not by 20. And maybe Ball State should be playing Indiana.
4. Utah State: It’s OK to lose to BYU, even as a touchdown favorite at home. But maybe not by 17, even if you lose your QB halfway through.
5. President’s Cup: This is what happens when you try to duplicate the Ryder Cup. Not nearly enough folks care.