Villanova rolls past Stony Brook, 35-6

Cats QB John Robertson ran for 119 yards. Stony Brook knocked 'Nova out of the playoffs last year.
Cats QB John Robertson ran for 119 yards. Stony Brook knocked 'Nova out of the playoffs last year. (AKIRA SUWA / Staff)
Posted: September 23, 2013

Redshirt sophomore quarterback John Robertson wasn't ready to let Villanova's season spiral further out of control. Powered by Robertson's 140 passing yards and 119 yards on the ground, the Wildcats cruised to a 35-6 victory over Stony Brook in front of 11,617 fans at Villanova Stadium on Saturday.

The Wildcats (1-2, 1-0 CAA) were eliminated from the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last year by Stony Brook (1-2, 1-1).

Villanova found itself at a crossroads entering the game. Drop to 0-3, and the Wildcats would quickly fade into an all-out panic. But that wasn't going to happen.

Robertson said the coaching staff's increased willingness to let him run with the ball improved his comfort level in the pocket.

"Just going into the season, they didn't want me to run as much," Robertson said. "But I feel like as a player I like going out there and just kind of running hard and then being able to drop back and pass. I think it's a good rhythm."

The Wildcats scored first with 14 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter when third-string quarterback Cody Pittman took a pitch from Robertson and threw across the field to sophomore wideout Gary Underwood, who was wide open in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown.

On first down from the Seawolves' 43-yard line on Villanova's next drive, offensive coordinator Sam Venuto called for a flea flicker. It resulted in a 43-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Clay Horne to make the score 14-0. Another Robertson-led touchdown drive pushed the score to 21-0 at the half.

Next week, head coach Andy Tally will attempt to win his 200th career game, at home against Penn.

"We need to get up with our pedigree and play well across the board," Tally said. "That's what we did today, and I hope it's a sign of things to come."

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