October 21, 2014 |
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)
October 20, 2014 |
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.
October 18, 2014 |
With all the success Villanova enjoyed in the first half of its season, the Wildcats still have an area of concern on their team - the secondary - that coach Andy Talley calls "a work in progress. " However, senior free safety Joe Sarnese and other veterans in the defensive backfield keep working with their younger teammates to make sure schemes are being carried out properly. "Our main focus is just to get everybody in the secondary on the same page so we can work together as one," said Sarnese, who starred at Holy Spirit High in South Jersey.
October 17, 2014 |
YOU DIDN'T need a Ph.D in schedule-ology to know back in August the two games most likely to define Villanova's CAA season were bunched within 2 weeks of each other and would take place in Virginia. The first has arrived. Tomorrow afternoon the Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) - who moved up a spot to fifth in the FCS rankings - will be at No. 15 William & Mary (4-2, 1-1). On Nov. 1 they will travel to No. 19 Richmond (4-2, 1-1), following their homecoming against Morgan State (3-3). If the Wildcats want to put themselves in postion to have a good playoff run, which means not going on the road for as long as possible, this is where you begin to really make that convincing closing statement.
October 13, 2014 |
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.
October 12, 2014
When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium Records: Rhode Island (0-5, 0-1 CAA); Villanova (4-1, 2-0) Radio: WIP-AM (610) Coaches: Rhode Island, Jim Fleming (1st season, 0-5; 21-6 overall); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 208-126-1; 236-144-2 overall). Series: Villanova leads, 16-3. In the last meeting, Villanova won, 45-0, on Nov. 9, 2013, at Rhode Island. Three Things to Watch Villanova tight end Earnest Pettway, who has nine catches for 120 yards and four TDs, is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.
October 11, 2014 |
While the amazing season of Villanova quarterback John Robertson seems to get more impressive by the week, one of his teammates is enjoying a Robertson-like year on the other side of the ball. While Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association's offensive player of the week for the third time this season after throwing for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-20 win Saturday at Maine, junior linebacker Don Cherry was the CAA defensive player of the week. Not only that, but Cherry was named the co-national defensive player of the week by the Sports Network.
October 11, 2014 |
More than seven months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search for the plane is expected to resume in the Indian Ocean this month with crews trolling 23,000 square miles. Might the kernel of a better approach be found in a pond in Phoenixville? That is where Villanova University students are tinkering with a robotic boat, a two-pontoon craft equipped with a camera, a laser, and other electronics that let the boat locate obstacles and navigate on its own. The four-foot vessel is a prototype for a 16-foot version that the students and two faculty members will enter this month in a competition in Singapore, along with partners from Florida Atlantic University.
October 7, 2014 |
PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND National - Bo Wallace threw for three touchdowns, including two in the final 5 1/2 minutes, as Mississippi rallied to beat Alabama for the first time in 11 tries, 23-17. Local - For the second straight time it's Rasheed Bailey, who set a Delaware Valley (4-0, 3-0 MAC) record for receiving yards, with 252 on nine catches, in a 56-24 win over Albright (1-4, 0-4). For the second game in a row he had four TD receptions, which also ties the program record.