My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 41-10 victory over Villanova in Friday night’s Mayor’s Cup game the Lincoln Financial Field:
Best player of the game: Matt Brown toyed with Villanova. The Temple senior finished with 270 all-purpose yards in the lopsided victory. The 5-foot-5, 165-pound tailback had game-high 145 rushing yards on 19 carries. The highlight came on a 56-yard TD run to put the game out of reach 21 seconds before intermission. Brown four punts returns for 84 yards. His longest one went for 45 yards. He also returned three kickoffs for 41 yards.
West performance of the game: I hate to do this to Temple's outside receivers, especially when Wildcats quarterback Chris Polony completed just 2 of 7 passes and threw an interception. But I can’t overlook that Deon Miller, C.J. Hammond and Ryan Alderman were all held without a catch. Hammond failed to catch a very catchable pass on the deep throw toward the Wildcats' sideline. In Miller's defense, he's getting over a viral illness. But slot receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, who caught two passes for 33 yards, will need help if the Owls expect to keep teams from loading the box to stop the run.
Best performance by a reserve: It’s a no-brainer to give this award to Villanova backup quarterback John Robertson. He rushed for a team-high 78 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He also completed 9 of 17 passes for 135 yards. While his passing numbers weren’t exactly Peyton Manning-like, the Wildcats were more effective with him under center. Something tells me Robertson won’t be the backup for long.
Worst effort on a play: Villanova wideout Norman White gave up on a poorly thrown ball when he realized it was out of his reach. Bad move. Temple free safety Vaughn Carraway intercepted the pass and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown. White might have prevented the interception if he kept hustling. If not, he would have at least had a better chance of tackling Carraway.
Best defensive effort: It would be impossible to not give this performance to Carraway. He forced a fumble on the ensuing possession after his interception. Three plays later, Temple quarterback Chris Coyer scored from 19 yards out. In addition to his two takeaways, Carraway had three tackles.
Best of the best: The crowd. The 32,709 on hand was the largest crowd to attend a Mayor’s Cup game and the third-most to attend a Temple game at the Linc.