It was a good weekend in Pennsylvania sports. Penn state moved up in the polls to no.3 after another impressive 31-7 win vs. Northwestern and now take a week off before partaking in a dog fight against Michigan on the 21st. Temple needed a win and not only did they win, they were dominant. The owls beat East Carolina 34-10 to improve to 3-3. Temple will play UConn next week. Villanova moves up two spots to no.15 in the FCS polls after they dismantled Maine 31-0 in their second shutout of the defense. Villanova will play no.1 ranked FCS team in James Madison in a showdown of FCS powerhouses. Here are the stars from each of this weekend’s games.
You’re talking about a guy that doesn’t get enough credit, Penn state’s no.1 cornerback John Reid goes down for the year and paved the way for this stud to step up in a major way. Cambell had 4 tackles, an interception, and 2 passes defensed this weekend. The 2014 3 star Alabama native has come into his own becoming one of the best corners in the Big Ten.
Haley is one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He has been a shutdown corner this season. Haley had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 3 passes defensed. He was aggressive and smothered receivers all game in what was almost the second Penn state shutout of the season.
The junior quarterback had his best game of the season connecting on 19 of 31 passes for 321 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Marchi averaged 10.4 yards per pass and had a 85.7 QBR. The signal-caller showed the potential that the owls have been waiting for, connecting on big play after big play.
The Junior tailback out of New Jersey showed his playmaking ability once again by rushing 20 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Hood averaged 5.3 yards per carry; he has stepped up in a major way providing temple with a back that can give this Temple offense balance.
What more can you say about Malik Reaves? He has been a game changer for this defense and is a nightmare for opposing wide receivers. His ball skills have been elite and his speed and athleticism allow him to wreak havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Reaves island is making a statement this season and has become a leader for this defense. He totaled 9 tackles, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble, and an interception.
Ed Shockley: Shockley has been consistent all year and has become the heart and soul of this defense since Rob Rolle went down with an injury. He had 9 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 forced fumble. Shockley is one of the FCS best and one of the best linebackers in the country.
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