April 22, 2016 |
VILLANOVA'S football team finished 6-5 last season, after winning 11 times the year before. The Wildcats started as the fourth-ranked team in FCS. Then Walter Payton Award-winning senior quarterback John Robertson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game. They lost the following week to Penn at home, their first loss to the Quakers in 15 meetings; the Quakers' scores including a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Three games later, they lost at Towson by seven, as the Tigers ran back two interceptions for TDs (one an 86-yarder)
February 4, 2016 |
SINCE VILLANOVA'S football program was restored at the FCS level in 1985, coach Andy Talley has had no shortage of prolific quarterbacks to work with. It started with Kirk Schulz, who gave way to Tom Colombo (Rocky Marciano's nephew). Later it was Chris Boden, followed by Brett Gordon (who would finish a very close second to Tony Romo for the Walter Payton award as a senior). Then there was Chris Whitney, who led the Wildcats to a national title, and most recently John Robertson, who did win the Payton in 2014 as a junior.
November 14, 2015 |
Coach Andy Talley admitted Wednesday that he did not expect his Villanova Wildcats to be playing meaningful football games in November after John Robertson, the team's star quarterback, was lost for the season in early October. But here they are. The Wildcats (5-4, 4-2 CAA) enter their game Saturday against visiting Richmond (7-2, 5-1) with a chance to keep alive their hopes for a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Villanova has won three of its last four games.
November 6, 2015 |
JOHN ROBERTSON isn't one to play the what-if game, even if it's almost impossible for him to avoid. This was supposed to be his year. Villanova's fifth-year senior quarterback was positioned to make a serious run at Brian Westbrook's all-time program rushing record. He was going after a second Walter Payton Award, which only one other FCS player had ever done. And he would be trying to take the Wildcats deep into the playoffs, after starting the season ranked fourth. Everything changed in the fourth quarter of the Sept.
November 3, 2015 |
PENN STATE (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten), whose losses were at once-beaten Temple and at top-ranked Ohio State, toyed with visiting Illinois (4-4, 1-3), 39-0. It was a season high for points for the Nittany Lions, and the most they've scored since Sept. 26 (37-21 against San Diego State). Christian Hackenberg (21-for-29) threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns (both in the first 11 minutes) and also caught a 14-yard TD from running back Nick Scott that made it 22-zip early in the third period.
October 23, 2015
Villanova at Towson Saturday, 7 p.m., Unitas Stadium, Towson, Md. TV: Comcast Network. Radio: WTEL (610 AM) Records: Villanova 3-3, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association; Towson 3-3, 1-2 History: Villanova leads, 7-4, having won the last 2. Last year, it was 42-12 here. About Villanova: Wildcats won at Albany, 37-0, to end two-game losing streak, both at home . . . Still ranked 23rd . . . Freshman QB Zach Bednarczyk, who has a separated left (throwing) shoulder, went 12-for-12.
October 12, 2015 |
After building an early lead, Villanova surrendered 35 straight points to William and Mary, and the Tribe routed the No. 14 Wildcats, 38-16, Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The loss marks the first time that the Wildcats (2-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) have dropped two straight games since they lost three in a row in 2013. The Wildcats were playing for the first time since being stunned by Penn, 24-13, on Sept. 24. Villanova coach Andy Talley recognized something that is becoming painfully evident for his team, which dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since 2012 and began this season with aspirations of winning a national championship.
October 10, 2015 |
A lot can happen when a college football team has 16 days between games. When No. 14 Villanova (2-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) hosts Williams and Mary (2-2, 1-1) on Saturday, the Wildcats will be coming off "the longest layoff I can remember," coach Andy Talley said. In that time they learned that star quarterback John Robertson's career is over because of a knee injury. They also had time to lick the wounds from their historic Sept. 24 upset by Penn on Sept 24. Talley feels that the layoff's positives outweigh the negatives, especially as it relates to getting redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Bednarczyk up to speed.
October 9, 2015 |
THE FCS playoffs don't start until the last weekend of November. But tomorrow there will be what almost amounts to an elimination game at Villanova Stadium, when the 14th-ranked Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic) host William & Mary (2-2, 1-1). The season won't be over for the loser. But its postseason aspirations will take a serious hit, one that might prove impossible to overcome. A CAA team that goes 7-4, 6-2 could make it into the 24-team field, especially if one of the losses was to an FBS opponent.