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January 21, 2012 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amile Jefferson has yet to make a much-awaited decision about where he will play college basketball. And Billy Cassidy, his first-year teammate at Friends' Central, says he doesn't know any more about it than the next guy. "I do ask him from time to time," Cassidy said. "But he hasn't said anything, at least not to me. I would like to see him go to Duke or Temple. I think those two schools fit his playing style the best. " Saturday, in the 12th annual Kobe Bryant Philly.com/Rally Classic, Cassidy and Jefferson combined for 39 points as the Phoenix, ahead by as many as 23 points, downed Penn Wood, 74-67, at Lower Merion's Bryant Gymnasium.
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August 23, 2011
Villanova is ranked 13th and Penn is tied for 24th in the FCS coach preseason poll released yesterday. Villanova went 9-5 last season and reached the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion Eastern Washington. The Wildcats return 12 starters. Penn owns the longest active conference win streak in the FCS (15 games) and is the only Ivy League team represented in the Top 25 with 84 points. Penn finished at No. 16 in the poll last season. Defending national champion Eastern Washington is the preseason favorite to with 23 of the 28 first-place votes and 687 points.
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December 13, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
The Villanova Wildcats will play Eastern Washington in the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. in Cheney, Wash. The game will be televised by ESPN2. In the other semifinal, Delaware (11-2) will host Georgia Southern (10-4) on Saturday at noon. The defending national champions, Andy Talley's Wildcats (9-4) advanced Saturday with a 42-24 victory over Appalachian State in the quarterfinals. Eastern Washington (11-2) defeated North Dakota State, 38-31, in overtime.
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December 18, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
It certainly is the year of the freshman quarterback. Nine days after Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the Heisman Trophy, Villanova quarterback John Robertson took home the Jerry Rice Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision freshman of the year. Robertson was especially pleased to win the award named after Rice, who attended the event Monday night at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel. "I remember being younger and playing video games and having him as my wide receiver," Robertson said.
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November 19, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova will open on the road in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but senior safety Ronnie Akins of North Penn doesn't mind - and for good reason. "I think we play better on the road," Akins said on Sunday. "We bond together, and I am excited to be going on the road. " The 20-team FCS playoff field was announced on Sunday, and Villanova (8-3) will visit Stony Brook (9-2) in a first-round matchup at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of that game will play at Montana State on Dec. 1. Villanova earned the automatic berth for winning the Colonial Athletic Association title, yet it earned them neither a first-round bye nor a home game.
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November 9, 2010 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Villanova dropped six places to No. 9 in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision top 25 national poll that was released Monday. The Wildcats suffered a 17-14 loss to unranked Rhode Island on Saturday. Penn, which defeated Princeton, 52-10, Saturday, remained at No. 18. William and Mary moved up three spots to No.1, while Delaware was ranked second. Three Quakers were recognized after the lopsided victory over the Tigers. Sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone was named the Ivy League offensive player of the week.
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December 13, 2010 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
This is starting to get serious. Less than a month ago, defending FCS national champion Villanova was one loss away from not even making it back to the playoffs. Then the Wildcats beat top-ranked Delaware, for the fifth consecutive time, on the road in overtime. Then they won at No. 3 Stephen F. Austin, by 30, their first road playoff victory in seven tries. And Saturday they went to Boone, N.C., and took out the top seed in the tournament, Appalachian State, 42-24. The Mountaineers had won 55 of their previous 58 there.
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December 9, 2010 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, fleiscb@phillynews.com
NEWARK, Del. - Ask Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler whether quarterback Pat Devlin is everything he expected and Keeler replies, "He's more than we expected. " Then Keeler lists Devlin's strengths. "Mechanically, he's so sound, so bright," Keeler said Tuesday following Delaware's practice for tomorrow night's NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal vs. New Hampshire (ESPN2, 8 o'clock). "Every NFL scout that comes here is so impressed with his mechanics, how he doesn't get rattled.
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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.
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November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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)
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October 29, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
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)....
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October 21, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
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October 14, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
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.
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October 13, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 21, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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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.
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December 18, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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