PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Joe Casamento completed 28 of 37 passes for
347 yards and two touchdowns and Adam James connected on two clutch
field goals, leading Division I-AA Villanova to a 23-20 overtime
upset of Temple on Saturday.
Phil Goodman caught eight passes for 139 yards for the Owls, who
tied the game at 13 on Jared Davis' field goal with 2 seconds left
Casamento gave the Wildcats (2-0) the lead in the first overtime
with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Noble Champen. Mike McGann
responded for the Owls by hitting Zamir Cobb for a 25-yard
touchdown on their second play.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in the second overtime and
were forced to settle for field goal attempts. Davis missed his
from 47, but James was perfect on his 37-yard try.
Temple (0-2) -- playing its first game in new Lincoln Financial
Field -- got on the board late in the first quarter after recovering
a fumble inside Villanova territory. McGann hit Goodman on a
34-yard pass to the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Makonnen Fenton
scored off the right side to put Temple ahead 7-0.
Villanova outgained the Owls in the first half with a series of
misdirection and play-action calls, but were unable to finish. Two
fumbles and an unsuccessful fourth-down conversion ended their
first three drives.
The Owls had a chance to extend their lead in the second
quarter, but came up empty on after a drive that lasted 18 plays
and took up 9:20. Davis pushed a 33-yard field-goal attempt to the
right, his third miss in his first four attempts this year.
The previous week, Davis missed 26- and 32-yard attempts in a
loss to Penn State.
The Owls' struggles continued on the first drive of the second
half with a fumble by McGann that gave the Wildcats the ball deep
in Temple territory. Casamento hit Terry Butler for 21 yards, then
lobbed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Phil DiGiacomo that tied the
score. Davis then bounced back to hit a 42-yard attempt that gave
the Owls a short-lived lead at 10-7.
Villanova took the lead back on a pair of field goals by James
before the Owls sent the game to overtime.
The Wildcats are now 2-7 vs. I-A opponents since moving to I-AA
in 1985. They opened last season with a 37-19 victory over Rutgers.
Saturday's matchup was the first meeting between the two teams
since 1980. Villanova now leads the series 15-12-2.
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