November 16, 2014 |
Villanova coach Andy Talley thought the Wildcats had to win one of their final two regular-season games to secure a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Others thought the Wildcats were already in, but 'Nova went ahead and made its coach feel more secure with a 48-31 win over Albany in a Colonial Athletic Association game Saturday night at chilly Villanova Stadium. Villanova scored touchdowns on its first six possessions to take a 42-10 lead. The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 by the Sports Network, are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA heading into the regular-season finale Saturday at Delaware.
November 15, 2014 |
BEFORE THE SEASON, Penn's Al Bagnoli said he didn't want to talk about this being his last until it actually got to that point. Well, it's here. Tomorrow afternoon, the second-winningest coach in Ivy League history will take his Quakers onto the field for the final time at Franklin Field. They'll be playing Harvard, in the game that so often in the recent past has determined the title. That's not the case this time. The unbeaten Crimson are ranked 17th in FCS. Penn (1-7, 1-4)
October 29, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National: Travis Wilson, who'd lost his starting job the week before to Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, threw a 1-yard pass to Kaelin Clay with 8 seconds left to give 19th-ranked Utah a 24-21 home win over No. 20 Southern Cal. Local: Seth Klein passed for 347 yards and three scores as Widener - which hasn't trailed and is ranked 13th in Division III - remained unbeaten with a 34-17 MAC win at Lycoming (5-2)....
October 21, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National - Freshman Nick Chubb, again subbing for suspended Heisman Trophy contender Todd Gurley, rushed for 202 yards and two touchowns in Georgia's 45-32 win at Arkansas. Local - Alex Stewart tied an NCAA record by blocking three punts in Widener's 59-12 win over Wilkes (2-4, 2-3 MAC). The Pride (6-0, 5-0) is ranked 13th in Division III. Nobody in the 134-year history of the program had blocked more than two punts in a season. Around Town Villanova 35, Wm. & Mary 31 The Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 CAA)
October 14, 2014 |
PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND National - Freshman Nick Chubb, subbing for the suspended Todd Gurley, rushed for 143 yards on 38 carries as Georgia won at Missouri, 34-0, in a game that probably decided the SEC East. Local - Delaware Valley's Aaron Wilmer threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as the Aggies (5-0, 4-0 Middle Atlantic Conference), ranked 24th in Division III, beat No. 23 Lycoming (5-1, 4-1) at home, 52-42. It's the most points allowed by Lyco since 1949.
October 13, 2014 |
The defense rested in the fourth quarter of Villanova's 44-21 victory Saturday over Rhode Island at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats' first-team offense rested, too. An insurmountable 44-point lead affords such luxuries. But coach Andy Talley sure didn't sound like a guy whose team had just finished dropping 40 points on a fifth straight opponent. What stood out to Talley were the three scores that URI closed with and the 82 penalty yards his team surrendered, which were 22 more than the amount of rushing yards it yielded.
September 21, 2014 |
Temple (1-1) wasn't entertaining too much talk this past week about the possibility that it might overlook Delaware State (0-3) on Saturday. Returning to action following their first of three bye weeks this season, Temple will host Football Championship Subdivision Delaware State at Lincoln Financial Field. And while some have attempted to paint this meeting between the Owls and the Middle Eastern Athletic Conference opponent as an easy win, Temple coach Matt Rhule is not buying into it. "We understood it as coaches because many of us coached at FCS schools," Rhule, referring to his coaching staff, said.
August 29, 2014 |
IT'S A necessary evil. Villanova is hardly the only FCS program that plays FBS teams. The Wildcats are even one of them that has been able to beat an FBS opponent. They've actually done it three times, against Rutgers (2002) and Temple twice (2003 and 2009). Last year, if they'd been able to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 1 just before halftime that would have extended their lead to 14 points, they might very well have also won at Boston College. But as often happens in these matchups, they lost the second half 17-0.
July 9, 2014
VILLANOVA junior quarterback John Robertson is one of 20 players on the watch list for the 2014 Walter Payton Award given to the top player in FCS. Last year, he finished ninth in the voting after accounting for 3,362 offensive yards and 33 touchowns for a 6-5 team. In 2012, he won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. Wildcat Brian Finneran was the Payton recipient in 1997, the only wideout to ever be so honored. Four years later his one-time teammate, running back Brian Westbrook, also finished first.
December 18, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, the Heisman Trophy ceremony was held in New York. Last night at the Sheraton Society Hill, Hatboro-based The Sports Network handed out the FCS equivalent, named after Jackson State great Walter Payton, at its 27th annual awards dinner. His son Jarrett was there to honor the winner, Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished 130 points ahead of Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams. The other finalist was Towson running back Terrance West. In 2002, an EIU QB named Tony Romo won this award, narrowly beating out Villanova's Brett Gordon.