October 3, 2014 |
PENN HAS BEEN in this spot before. That's what can happen when you open up at least 2 weeks after everyone else each year and Villanova is your annual second obstacle. So the Quakers have good reason why they haven't started 2-0 since 2003, when they put together their third unbeaten season under Al Bagnoli. It's not an excuse, merely reality. Now, for the third time in 4 years and sixth in the last 8, they are 0-2. Even though they did lead by 12 points in the fourth quarter in their opener at Jacksonville, which had already played twice.
September 30, 2014 |
Players of Weekend National - Kenny Hill, with Johnny Manziel in the house on his NFL bye week, threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, including two long ones in the fourth quarter and a 25-yarder on the first play of overtime to give Texas A&M a 35-28 win over Arkansas in Arlington. Local - Delaware Valley's (3-0, 2-0 MAC) Rasheed Bailey (Roxborough High) tied a 46-year-old program record with four TD catches in a 59-41 road win over Lebanon Valley (0-4, 0-3). Around Town Temple 36, Connecticut 10 The Owls (3-1, 1-0 American)
September 29, 2014 |
His nonthrowing hand is in a cast, and his hip is killing him. So all Villanova quarterback John Robertson did Saturday afternoon against Penn was throw four touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes of the game. After the fourth one, Penn coach Al Bagnoli stood as a picture of frustration, rubbing his forehead and looking down at the Franklin Field turf. It could not have made Bagnoli - facing Villanova for the last time before his retirement after this season - feel any better that Robertson was out by halftime.
September 29, 2014 |
There is no sentimentality in football, which is why Penn coach Al Bagnoli didn't receive a fitting send-off in his final game against his good friend, Villanova coach Andy Talley. The Wildcats scored on their first five possessions, had their all-American-candidate quarterback out of the game at halftime, and beat the Quakers, 41-7, Saturday before 12,353 fans at Franklin Field. Bagnoli's teams are good against most others - he has won nine outright Ivy League titles during his 23 seasons.
September 28, 2014 |
For professor Randy Weinstein's chemical engineering course at Villanova University, students are supposed to watch on video what has traditionally been the heart of college learning - the lecture - before they show up for class. So he gave them a quiz to make sure they'd done just that. "Everybody watched the carbon-dioxide video," Weinstein said, nodding with satisfaction when he saw that 88 percent of the students answered one of the questions correctly. Weinstein had embedded the video in a 27-minute lecture he recorded for the class - chemical engineering thermodynamics II - from the comfort of his dining room table.
September 27, 2014 |
When the rivalry between two longtime coaching friends ends Saturday at Franklin Field, Penn football coach Al Bagnoli expects Villanova's Andy Talley to pick up the tab for at least one dinner. The two were friends years before they arrived at their current jobs, and the relationship grew when Bagnoli took over at Penn for the 1992 season. Their rivalry will end Saturday when Villanova visits Penn at 3 p.m. Bagnoli, 61, announced in the spring that this would be his final season, and no doubt one of the things he will miss most is his competition with Talley, who is 71. But first, he would simply like a meal from the Villanova coach.
September 26, 2014 |
ANDY TALLEY has been the face of Villanova football since the program was restored at the FCS level in 1985 after a 4-year hiatus. The Wildcats won 15 of his first 16 games, made it to the playoffs in 1989 and won a national title in 2009. Al Bagnoli took over at Penn in 1992. He inherited a program coming off three losing seasons and immediately got the Quakers back to where Jerry Berndt and then Ed Zubrow had them in the 1980s. Then he kept them there. His nine Ivy Leagues titles, all outright, are one off the record of Yale's Carm Cozza (1965-96)
September 22, 2014 |
Two weeks ago, John Robertson looked like a guy capable of carving up FCS defenses with one hand tied behind his back. On Saturday at Villanova Stadium he basically did just that. With his left arm in a soft cast to immobilize his broken nonthrowing hand, the Villanova quarterback rallied his team to a 49-31 victory over James Madison in their Colonial Athletic Association opener. Robertson, who broke the hand in Week 2, finished 22-for-27 passing for 337 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in front of a crowd of 10,781.
September 21, 2014 |
Villanova clearly was excited to play football in the first two weeks of the season, losing an overtime heartbreaker at Syracuse, an FBS team, and then rolling to a 44-point victory over Fordham, the 11th-ranked squad in FCS. The Wildcats had nowhere to take all this energy in Week 3 because they were idle. And coach Andy Talley hopes that didn't bring their momentum to a halt going into Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association opener against James Madison at Villanova Stadium. "The question is, 'Where are you as a team when you have a layoff?