December 15, 2014
What: Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium. Records: Sam Houston State, 10-4; Villanova, 11-2. TV/Radio: ESPN 3/610 AM. How they got here: Sam Houston State beat visiting Southeastern Louisiana, 21-17, and defeated host Jacksonville State, 37-26. After a first-round bye, Villanova beat visiting Liberty, 29-22. Coaches: Sam Houston State, K.C. Keeler (1st season, 10-4; 184-77-1 overall); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 215-127-1; 243-145-2 overall)
December 15, 2014 |
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.
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.
November 1, 2014 |
A LOSS tomorrow at 13th-ranked Richmond (6-2, 3-1 CAA) obviously wouldn't end No. 4 Villanova's (7-1, 4-0) season. But a win could go a real long way toward enhancing the Wildcats' postseason prospects. Much of the time in FCS it's about putting yourself into the most conducive position. Because the last thing you want to have to do is take your team on the road in December. Nobody understands that better than coach Andy Talley, who's experienced both sides of that equation. So he knows precisely how much is at stake this week, in terms of long-range perspective.
October 26, 2014 |
When John Robertson needed shoulder surgery in the offseason, it allowed him to spend some time on the sidelines last spring and watch his Villanova teammates closer than ever before. "I got a different perspective," Robertson said. "I was pretty much able to watch the offense from the outside. I saw so many different things that I hadn't seen playing. I was like, 'alright, this is what I have to do.' " Whatever it was that Robinson saw, it's paying dividends. Set to lead the fifth-ranked Wildcats (6-1)
October 28, 2013 |
Watching the same game as everyone else at Villanova Stadium, Maine coach Jack Cosgrove summed up the afternoon perfectly. "Their guy's hard to tackle," Cosgrove said, referring to Villanova quarterback John Robertson, who ran 22 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the first Villanova player in history to go over 200 yards two weeks in a row. Maine's coach continued his sentence, saying his own QB throws the ball as well as...
September 29, 2013 |
Penn starting offensive guard Sean McGinn says Saturday's 5 p.m. game at Villanova carries extra special meaning, especially considering his local roots. McGinn is from West Chester and attended Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep. And this rivalry, which dates back to 1905 but had long gaps where the teams didn't play each other, is one McGinn was long familiar with before attending Penn. "It's absolutely a great rivalry," McGinn said earlier this week following practice at Franklin Field.
September 28, 2013 |
A year after leading the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing, Villanova junior running back Kevin Monangai isn't getting as much work, but he remains confident that regardless of his role, he can be a major contributor for the Wildcats. Monangai rushed for 1,210 yards on 212 carries (5.7 average) and 11 touchdowns in earning first-team all-CAA honors last season. He averaged 17.7 carries per game. In the Wildcats' first three games, the 5-foot-8, 210-pound Monangai is averaging nine carries (27 carries, 128 yards, one touchdown)
October 6, 2012
Saturday at 6 p.m., Villanova Stadium. Records: Richmond (3-2, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association), Villanova (4-1, 2-0) Radio: ESPN-AM (950) Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (28th season, 194-117-1, 222-135-2 overall); Richmond, Danny Rocco (3-2, 50-23 overall). Series: Villanova leads, 21-9. Three things to watch Villanova is averaging 256.4 yards per game rushing and, unlike many teams, the Wildcats use the run to set up the pass. Even after allowing 275 rushing yards in last week's 45-37 loss to Old Dominion, Richmond is surrendering just 150 yards per game.
October 6, 2012 |
The best running attack in the Colonial Athletic Association was the trademark of Villanova's four-game winning streak. But against a talented Richmond team on Saturday night at Villanova Stadium, after the Wildcats couldn't establish the running game, costly turnovers and ill-timed penalties led to their demise. Four turnovers and a blocked punt proved crucial in Villanova's 28-17 loss, its first defeat since the Mayor's Cup loss at Temple on Aug. 31. Redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson accounted for 425 of Villanova's 460 yards of offense but also committed each of the turnovers.