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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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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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November 10, 2013
When: Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Where: Meade Stadium, Kingston, R.I. Records: Villanova (4-5, 3-3 Colonial Athletic Association); Rhode Island (3-7, 2-4). Radio: CBS Sports Radio 610 AM. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (29th season, 202-125-1; overall, 230-143-2), Rhode Island, Joe Trainer (5th season, 12-42; overall, 25-62). Series: Villanova leads, 15-3. Last meeting, Villanova won, 31-10 on Sept. 15, 2012. THINGS TO WATCH Rhode Island is last in the CAA in scoring offense (15.9 ppg.)
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March 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S football team, which went 11-3 and made it to the FCS quarterfinals, will open the 2015 season at FBS Connecticut on Sept. 3. It's the first meeting since 1999. The Wildcats will play at defending Patriot League champion Fordham the following week before getting three in a row - sandwiched around a bye - at home against Delaware, Penn and William & Mary. The Delaware game has traditionally been the finale, but due to a scheduling conflict it had to be moved. Their other home games are Oct. 31 against Maine and Nov. 14 against Richmond, which beat them down there by a point.
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February 5, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN RECRUITING, it often comes down to fit. The way Villanova runs an offense, there can never be enough playmakers. Especially when you have the Walter Payton Award winner returning for his senior season in John Robertson, a quarterback who gets it done with his arm and legs. Still, every additional weapon you can put around him only makes him that much more valuable. The Wildcats think they're bringing in one such piece in Jarrett McClenton, a 5-9, 170-pound running back from Archbishop Wood who rushed for 1,700 yards and 28 touchdowns for the team that repeated as PIAA state Class AAA champions.
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December 31, 2014
AMERICAN LEAGUE Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, a native of Millville, N.J., will be honored as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 111th annual banquet on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Trout, who has not yet confirmed his attendance, also won the award 2 years ago after he was named the AL's Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history, was a huge crowd favorite in May when he played here against the Phillies.
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December 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News taff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
UNDER ANDY TALLEY, Villanova has had a great tradition of prolific quarterbacks, from Kirk Schulz to Chris Boden to Brett Gordon to Chris Whitney. And there were plenty of other really good ones in between. But none of them had the kind of career that John Robertson is putting together. Two years ago, the North Jersey native won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. And last night, the dual-threat redshirt junior added the Walter Payton Award that goes to the best player at his level.
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December 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson, who was unable to play in Saturday's 34-31 playoff loss to visiting Sam Houston State because of a concussion, is among three finalists for Football Championship Subdivision's most prestigious honor, which will be presented Monday in Philadelphia. Among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award are Robertson, a redshirt junior; Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., and Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias. The award will be presented Monday at the Sports Network Banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill.
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December 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WE'LL NEVER know what might have happened, had Villanova's John Robertson been able to play in Saturday's FCS quarterfinal against visiting Sam Houston State. The redshirt junior quarterback - who already is the program's all-time leader in total offense and tonight has a very good chance of winning the Walter Payton Award as the top player at the FCS level - was a late scratch due to a concussion suffered late in last week's second-round home win over Liberty. Senior Chris Polony - who actually beat out Robertson for the job in both 2011 and '12 - got his first start in 2 years and played about as well as he could.
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December 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
There was a time not too long ago when waking up foggy and dizzy, even with a pounding headache, even on game day, didn't mean you couldn't play a football game. Maybe before concussion awareness was heightened, John Robertson wouldn't have known exactly what was happening inside his head, or he would have thought he needed to play anyway. Instead, Villanova's star quarterback stood on the sideline Saturday for an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal against Sam Houston State.
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December 15, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
The guy playing quarterback for Villanova on Saturday afternoon wore a black ski mask under his helmet. And as he scrambled into the end zone to briefly give the Wildcats a late lead, you had to look up the sideline to confirm it actually was backup Chris Polony out there and not John Robertson in disguise. Robertson stood off to the side in street clothes, with a headset on. Villanova's star quarterback, and the favorite for the Walter Payton Award, was scratched before the game with a concussion.
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December 12, 2014
FCS Quarterfinals Saturday, 1 p.m., Villanova Stadium TV: ESPN3. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Sam Houston State 10-4, Villanova 11-2 History: First meeting About Sam Houston State: The Bearkats won on the road last week at Jacksonville (Ala.) State, 37-26. Didn't allow a point in second half . . . They've won seven straight . . . Jared Johnson, a sophomore who was originally going to Baylor, threw for 18 touchdowns (with 11 picks) and ran for six more operating out of the spread . . . Keyshawn Hill rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 scores . . . WR LaDarius Brown, a transfer from TCU, averages 16.4 yards a catch . . . This is their first game against a CAA opponent.
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