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Zach Bednarczyk, Villanova stun Temple in season opener

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Zach Bednarczyk, Villanova stun Temple in season opener

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Zach Bednarczyk threw three touchdown passes and Jeff Steeb and Elijah Trent had interceptions on Temple's last two possessions to lead Villanova to a 19-17 upset in the season-opening crosstown matchup on Saturday.

Bednarczyk connected with Jarrett McClenton for a 30-yard touchdown on fourth-and-9 midway through the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats on top. Steeb then picked off Frank Nutile, who was making his first start, at the Villanova 32 with 6:45 to play. The Wildcats drained 5 minutes off the clock before Nathan Fondacaro pinned the Owls at the 1. One the next play Trent made a leaping pick to seal the win.

Villanova, an FCS school, took a 17-16-2 lead over the FBC Owls in the series that dates to 1908. The Wildcats have four wins over FBC teams, all since 2000. They beat Rutgers in 2002 and Temple in 2003 and 2009.

Bednarczyk, who was 29 of 40 for 254 yards with one interception, had touchdown passes of 1 yard to Ryan Bell and 17 yards to Brandon Chadbourn for a 13-3 lead in the first quarter. Kimere Brown returned a punt blocked by Quincy Roche 74 yards for a Temple touchdown midway through the second quarter and it was 13-10 at the half.

The Owls took the lead midway through the third quarter when Nutile threw a 15-pass to Isaiah Wright.

Villanova football falls at Rhode Island for 2nd straight loss

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Villanova football falls at Rhode Island for 2nd straight loss

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KINGSTON, R.I. — JaJuan Lawson threw for a touchdown and ran for another, the Rhode Island defense set a single-season record for sacks, and the Rams beat Villanova 20-6 on Saturday.

After trading first-quarter field goals, Lawson scored the go-ahead TD on a 6-yard run after getting favorable field position from a defense that had three first-half sacks for a school record 30 so far this season.

Rhode Island (3-7, 2-5 Colonial Athletic Association) gained 416 total yards and held the Wildcats to 171 yards, including one yard rushing, and forced three fumbles.

Marven Beauvais scored on a 71-yard pass from Lawson in the third and had a career-high 152 yards on six catches. Lawson was 25-for-35 for 336 passing yards. C.J. Carrick kicked two field goals.

Drew Kresge kicked two field goals for Villanova (4-6, 2-5).

Villanova, No. 13 in FCS, falls to No. 10 Elon

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Villanova, No. 13 in FCS, falls to No. 10 Elon

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — Davis Cheek was 24-for-35 passing for 357 yards and two TDs, Kortez Weeks had 11 receptions for 205 yards and Elon beat Villanova 19-14 on Saturday for its seventh straight victory.

Trailing 14-10, Cheek completed 3 for 4 passes, including back-to-back tosses for 30 and 12 yards to Tre Lennon and a 21-yard score to Tre Marsh to make it 16-14. The point-after try failed.

Elon's defense forced Villanova to punt, and on the Phoenix's next drive, Owen Johnson made a 28-yard field goal for the game's final margin with 4:45 left to play. Villanova turned the ball over on downs on its final drive.

The Wildcats grabbed their last lead of the game when Kyle McCloskey threw a 24-yard touchdown to Taurus Phillips with less than a minute to play in the third.

Despite Cheek's two interceptions, Elon (7-1, 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association) piled 474 yards in total offense. McCloskey threw for 137 yards and two TDs for Villanova (4-4, 2-3).