Temple Owls blast Villanova Wildcats in final Mayor’s Cup 41-10

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Temple’s Mighty Mite Matt Brown went BWest on ‘Nova last night…

The Philadelphia Mayor’s Cup will be discontinued as uncertainty lingers about the status of Temple University’s involvement in the Big East Conference. Last night second year coach Steve Addazio won his second contest against Villanova in as many years with a power running game and an opportunistic defense in a 41-10 rout of the Wildcats.

Senior running back Matt Brown accounted for 270 all-purpose yards.

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Safety Vaughn Carraway returns a second quarter interception 57 yards for a touchdown.

Temple University football continues to take strides in their quest to become an East coast football power. In their return to the Big East Conference, the Owls are looking to make a run at a BCS Bowl in January. Both teams were well represented as shown by the 32,709 in attendance.

Last night against Villanova, the Owls displayed a brand of power football that should keep then in the hunt.

The Owls scored on their opening drive and never looked back. Villanova was able to move the ball but the speed of the Owls defense was able to stall several productive Wildcat drives. Villanova a NCAA subdivision school won the first Mayor’s Cup only to drop the last three.

‘Nova was able to cut the Temple lead to 21-10 after a 4 yd. touchdown run by John Robertson with 1:56 remaining in the first half.

On the Owls ensuing possession Matt Brown scampered to pay dirt on a 56 yard run that broke the spirit of the Wildcats and killed any chance of a comeback. Kenny Harper scored the second of his two touchdowns to push the lead to 35-10.

The Wildcats nullified drives with turnovers that the Owls were quick to convert into scores.

A new feature in the Owls offensive attack is quarterback Chris Coyer who is a dual threat under center. Coyer was 5-11 for 61 yards and finished with 80 yards on the ground. But the story of the night was Brown, the 5’5″ senior bobbed and weaved his way to nearly 300 yards of total offense in front of scouts from the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars were on hand as well as the Optimum Scouting Service.

Next Saturday: Temple vs. Maryland, Villanova vs. Fordham

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