It was an exciting weekend for local college football. Temple beat UMass 29-21 in a good game while Penn State not only dominated but showed their depth vs Georgia State in a 56-0 win. Further up the road, Villanova dismantled Lafayette 59-0. Here are the Game Balls for Nova, Temple and Penn State.
Quincy Roche, DE
The 3-star defensive end had a monster game. Roche was the animal that became a nightmare for UMass. The Maryland native recorded 8 tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 tackles for a loss. The Temple defense displayed why having Coach Collins will make this team a menace on defense all year, Roche is one of many hell raisers on temple’s defense. He now has 13 tackles 4 sacks and a forced fumble on the year.
Logan Marchi, QB
Marchi displayed the talent that landed him the starting quarterback role. Marchi completed 22 of 37 passes for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 6-1 Connecticut talent showed he can command this team with his tough play, completing passes to 10 different receivers vs UMass.
Ryan Bell, TE
Ryan Bell continues to display why he is one of the best tight ends in the country. Bell caught 5 passes for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns for an average of 17.8 yards per catch. Bell has been Villanova’s most consistent receiving target; he has caught 16 passes for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season averaging 95 receiving yards a game.
Villanova’s defense didn’t just dominate Lafayette, they snatched the soul out of the Leopards offense. Lafayette’s running game was non-existent as Villanova shut them down to a total of -12 yards on -0.7 yards per carry. Villanova exiled the passing game as they only allowed 89 passing yards with 5.6 yards per catch, that’s a total of 77 yards with a 1.5 average gain per play.
The Wildcat defensive unit also totaled 3 sacks and 3 interceptions with 2 of those being returned for touchdowns. This Villanova defense is vicious and deep as plenty of new faces stepped up vs Lafayette. Julian Williams is a 6-3 safety that can be a force for this team; Williams had 6 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 interception.
Sophomore linebacker Gabe Cohen had 3 tackles and all were for losses, while talented sophomore linebacker Keeling Hunter had a pick six.
The talent of the no.1 recruiting class in the CAA was on display vs Lafayette as freshman Linebacker Josh Patrick recorded 3 tackles and freshman linebacker Forrest Rhyne had 2 tackles and a sack. Freshman defensive end Malik Fisher recorded a sack and one of Villanova’s top recruits safety Jaquan Amos had a big game registering 3 tackles, 1 pass break-up, and 1 interception which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
Trace McSorley, QB
I have been waiting for McSorley to show the type of play that makes him a Heisman trophy candidate, this game he did just that. McSorley completed 18 of 23 passes for 309 yards and 4 touchdowns with a 98.7 passer rating. McSorley displayed why he is such a dangerous quarterback by not only showing he can throw on the move and extend the play but also by rushing 3 times for 24 yards and 1 touchdown.
Daniel Joseph, DE
6-3 240 lbs, redshirt freshman Daniel Joseph is a 2016 4 star defensive end, he was the 12th rated defensive end in that class and a top 300 player. In this game he displayed the talent that made him the 3rd rated prospect in Illinois. Joseph recorded 4 tackles for 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss. His pass rush ability was on full display as well as his ability to be a menace against the run game, Joseph performance not only put Franklins great recruiting on display but the depth on the Wild Dog D-Line rotation.
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