Villanova looks to bounce back against URI

Andy Talley takes his Villanova team to Fordham this weekend.
Andy Talley takes his Villanova team to Fordham this weekend. (Associated Press)
Posted: November 09, 2013

A season that began with potential national championship hopes has deteriorated quickly for Villanova's football team.

A three-game losing streak has left the Wildcats 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The losing streak began with defeats to New Hampshire and Maine by a total of three points, but any realistic chance for a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth was lost after last week's 31-21 loss at James Madison.

Now the Wildcats have two remaining games, Saturday at Rhode Island (3-7) and Nov. 23 at PPL Park against a Delaware team that remains in playoff contention.

Coach Andy Talley called last week's matchup with JMU an elimination game.

"We are what we are now, with a lot of guys banged up and just hanging on," he said.

Talley added that all teams have injuries, so he wasn't using that as the sole excuse, but having so many players sidelined has taken a toll.

One bright spot last week was the play of sophomore wide receiver Kevin Gulyas, who caught four passes for 51 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career.

A standout at Allentown Central Catholic, Gulyas is a former walk-on who has earned a scholarship. And with receivers Jamal Abdur-Rahman, Joe Price and Mike Burke out with injuries, Gulyas' play has been one of the positive developments.

Quarterback John Robertson, who had rushed for 620 yards and 10 touchdowns in his previous three games, was held to 44 yards on 17 carries against JMU. When Robertson is less than spectacular, the Wildcats will struggle, especially with all the injuries.

Rhode Island is coached by Joe Trainer, a former defensive coordinator under Talley at Villanova.

Rams quarterback Bob Bentsen has thrown for 4,306 career yards.


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