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November 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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December 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson made himself and his school stand above the rest Monday night when he won the Walter Payton Award, the Heisman Trophy for Football Championship Subdivision schools. "My heart is about to beat out of my chest," Robertson said after the presentation during the Sports Network FCS Awards banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. Villanova became the first school with three Payton Award winners since its inception in 1987. Wildcats receiver Brian Finneran won it in 1997 and running back Brian Westbrook won it in 2001.
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September 25, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO HOW MANY quarterbacks ever had a better start to their careers than Villanova's Zach Bednarczyk? The redshirt freshman had to come in cold Saturday after four-year starter John Robertson, the 2014 Walter Payton Award winner, injured his knee late in the fourth quarter with the Wildcats trailing visiting Delaware by seven. And all Bednarczyk did was throw a 6-yard touchdown pass on his second play, on a fourth-and-4 (they missed the conversion kick). When the Wildcats got the ball back, he led them on a 71-yard, six-play, game-winning drive.
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October 20, 2014 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - John Robertson threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, including a 13-yard strike to Kevin Gulyas with 52 seconds left, to lead Villanova to a 35-31 win over William and Mary on Saturday. Trailing by 31-28 with 2 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game, Robertson led the Wildcats, ranked fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision, on a seven-play, 69-yard drive with no timeouts and capped it with the touchdown to Gulyas. "This was a hard-fought CAA football game, and I am really proud of our team," 'Nova coach Andy Talley said.
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September 28, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's football team will head to the road for the third time on Saturday. But unlike the first two games away from Villanova Stadium, this one will require more than a short bus ride. After playing Temple at Lincoln Financial Field to open the season and facing Penn last week at Franklin Field, Villanova will visit Maine at 3:30 p.m. in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup. The Wildcats (3-1 overall, 1-0 CAA) have won three in a row since the opening, 41-10 loss to Temple.
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August 30, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, Villanova opened its football season by giving host Boston College a major scare. The Wildcats led, 14-7, at halftime before losing, 24-14. Now, Villanova opens against another Atlantic Coast Conference Football Bowl Subdivision team, with Friday night's game at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. Coach Andy Talley is hoping his underdog Wildcats will be competitive, but he is also looking to keep his players off the trainer's table against a much deeper Syracuse team.
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September 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year, Villanova's football season began unraveling during the second week, and the Wildcats are hoping history won't repeat. A year ago, after losing to Boston College in the opener, Villanova fell at Fordham, 27-24. That win was an indication of how strong Fordham would be, as the Rams ended up earning a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth, losing to eventual finalist Towson in the second round. Villanova, considered a potential national title contender in 2013, never really recovered from that loss and finished 6-5. Now, after coming off an emotionally draining, 27-26, double-overtime loss at Syracuse, the Wildcats host Fordham at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Villanova Stadium.
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August 30, 2013
Villanova at Boston College Saturday, Noon, Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass. TV: ESPNEWS. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Both teams 0-0. History: BC leads, 29-15-1. This is first meeting since 1980. About Villanova: Has almost everything back from 8-4 team that returned to FCS playoffs, picked to finish first in CAA and are ranked fifth nationally . . . John Robertson passed for over 2,000 yards and ran for 1,000 more as a freshman . . . Kevin Monangai also rushed for another 1,200 . . . Gave up 20 points a game in 2012, and in all their losses allowed the opponent to run the ball effectively . . . Has beaten an FBC team three times under Andy Talley, looking to do so for the first time in 4 years . . . Next week they're at Fordham.
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April 22, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
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)
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February 4, 2016 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
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.
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November 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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November 3, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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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.
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October 12, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 10, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 9, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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