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.
October 6, 2014 |
ORONO, Maine - John Robertson threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns, Poppy Livers added 87 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Villanova beat Maine, 41-20, on Saturday at Alfond Stadium. Villanova led by 21-13 at halftime, and then Robertson threw two third-quarter touchdowns, including a 43-yard strike to Kevin Gulyas. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Robertson had thrown four touchdowns for the Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association). The Cats gained 481 yards of offense compared with 276 for Maine.
October 5, 2014
When: Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Where: Alfond Stadium, Orono, Maine Records: Villanova, 3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association; Maine, 2-2, 1-0. Rankings: Villanova is ranked No. 6 in The Sports Network FCS poll, and No. 5 in the FCS coaches poll. Radio: CBS Sports Radio WNTP-AM (990); TV: Fox College Sports Pacific Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 207-126-1, 235-144-2 overall); Maine, Jack Cosgrove (22d season, 123-123). Series: This is the 17th meeting between the teams.
October 4, 2014 |
Villanova coach Andy Talley is very clear about what Saturday's game at conference foe Maine represents. "It's a trap game," Talley said. "Without question, and that's exactly what I explained that we are up against. You are going to have to travel and play under adverse conditions against a team that is on the rise. There is going to be a lot of adversity. We'll have to show that we are able to handle it again. " On paper it might not appear that way. The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association)
October 3, 2014 |
VILLANOVA'S John Robertson didn't play in spring practice, after undergoing labrum surgery in early January on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Turns out it could have been the best thing that ever happened to him. All he was allowed to do was throw in seven-on-seven drills. There was no running, for someone who'd gained 1,021 yards on the ground as a redshirt freshman and 1,405 last season, when it seemed as if all of his receivers went down with injuries and he pretty much became the offense.