Villanova/Temple Post-Game Notes
Sept. 11, 2017
- Villanova is now 3-19 all-time against FBS opponents and is 16-16-2 in the series versus Temple.
- Despite the all-time record against FBS foes, the Wildcats have actually been quite competitive in many of the 22 games. Nine of the 19 losses have come by 10 points of fewer, including in four of the last five seasons.
- The 16 points Villanova allowed to the Owls are the fewest the Wildcats have ever given up to an FBS opponent. Villanova has played five different FBS teams in the last five years and has held all five to fewer than 30 points. In these five games, the Wildcats have averaged 15.0 points while giving up an average of 23.0 points.
Last Five Games against FBS Teams
2013 Boston College ACC L, 14-24 2014 Syracuse ACC L, 26-27 (2ot) 2015 Connecticut American L, 15-20 2016 Pittsburgh ACC L, 7-28 2017 Temple American L, 13-16
- Villanova limited Temple to just 79 rushing yards in the game. It is the fourth consecutive game dating back to last season that the Wildcats have held their opponent under 100 rushing yards. In the four-game stretch, the opposition has run for just 191 yards total on 98 carries (1.9 yards per rush).
- Junior quarterback Zach Bednarczyk established new career highs for attempts, completions and passing yards in a game by going 27-of-41 for 382 yards. He notched his second career 300-yard passing game, as he previously had a 326-yard effort against Maine last season. Bednarczyk’s 382 yards are the most by a Villanova quarterback since Frank Jankowski threw for 385 yards against New Hampshire on October 1, 2005.
- Senior wide receiver Taurus Phillips scored the Wildcats only touchdown of the game when he caught a 10-yard pass from Bednarczyk with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter. Phillips also had a touchdown reception in the season opener at Lehigh, and he leads the team through two games with 191 receiving yards on nine catches.
- Villanova’s normally high-powered running game was stifled by the Owls, as the Wildcats had a total of 20 rushing yards on 30 carries. It is the lowest rushing total in a game since Villanova had 11 yards against Maryland in the 2007 season opener. Starting with that game, the Wildcats have only been held below 100 yards 15 times in 126 games.
- Sophomore kicker Drew Kresge made 2-of-3 field goal attempts in the game in addition to connecting on his only extra point try. Kresge made field goals from 34 and 44 yards, while missing a 42-yard attempt. He previously made a 32-yard field goal in the season opener at Lehigh, and is now 3-of-4 on field goals and 6-of-6 on extra points on the season.