LICKING WOUNDS AFTER ND SMACKDOWN, TEMPLE HOSTS VILLANOVA!

By Mary Cunningham

Temple (0-1) and Villanova (1-0) renew their Mayor’s Cup rivalry this Saturday at the Linc

In the current series, Temple is on a three-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 3, 2010 when the Owls topped the Wildcats, 31-24.

Temple is coming off of a loss in its season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 49-16.

However, the anticipation to see who would start for the Owls at quarterback came to an end when redshirt-sophomore Logan Marchi (above) took the first snap. Marchi played well, completing 19 of 35 attempts for 245 yards and two touchdowns – distributing the ball to nine different receivers.

Villanova is coming off of a 38-35 victory over Lehigh. It was the first career win for head coach Mark Ferrante. In the game, quarterback Zach Bednarczyk went 17 of 23 for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 73 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Running back Matt Gudzak had a career day on the ground, rushing for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Villanova is coming into the game ranked nationally in the FCS at No. 10.

The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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