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November 24, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
Players of the weekend National - For the second straight week, the FBS record for rushing yards in a game that had stood for 15 years was broken. This time it was Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine, with 427 against Kansas. Local - Ryan O'Hara kicked a 32-yard field goal with 10 seconds to go to give Widener (11-0) a 36-35 win over visiting Muhlenberg (9-2) in a Division III playoff opener. Around town Villanova 35, Delaware 28 This is what can almost happen in rivalry games.
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November 23, 2014
When: Saturday at noon Where: Delaware Stadium, Newark, Del. Records: Villanova (9-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association); Delaware (6-5, 4-3). Radio: CBS Sports Radio 610-AM. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 213-127-1; 241-145-2 overall); Delaware, Dave Brock (2d season, 13-10). Series: Villanova leads, 25-21-1. In the last meeting, Villanova won, 35-34, Nov. 23, 2013, at PPL Park. Three Things to Watch Villanova leads the CAA in scoring offense (39.4 ppg.)
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November 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, Del. - John Robertson's late-game magic likely earned himself and his Villanova football teammates a week off. Trailing by a point with under two minutes remaining, Robertson marched the Wildcats 68 yards on 10 plays during a drive that included two fourth-down conversions for a dramatic, 35-28 win over Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association thriller on Saturday at Delaware Stadium. Robertson hit Kevin Gulyas on a 21-yard scoring pass with 23 seconds left and then connected with Poppy Livers on the two-point conversion to complete the comeback.
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November 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has become one of the best football rivalries in Football Championship Subdivision and when Villa visits Delaware on Saturday at noon, more than just local bragging rights will be on the line. Villanova is 9-2 with a 6-1 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Wildcats are ranked No. 6 in the nation by The Sports Network and in the FCS Coaches' Poll. A win over Delaware (6-5, 4-3) would almost assuredly earn Villanova a coveted bye in the first round of the 24-team FCS playoff field, which will be announced Sunday.
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November 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The statistics and the rankings suggest that 12th-ranked Villanova isn't supposed to have that much trouble defeating a team from the Patriot League, but don't tell that to Jay Wright. As with Lehigh last Friday, the Wildcats sweated out another tight one against a Patriot League squad, this one a Legends Classic contest Thursday night at the Pavilion against Bucknell, and they needed a 9-0 run at the end to take a 72-65 victory over the upset-minded Bison. Bucknell (1-2) was coming off a 24-point loss Monday night at Michigan, but it appeared to have all the answers on the Main Line, taking a 65-63 lead with 1 minute, 51 seconds to play on the last three of 10 straight points by junior Chris Hass, who had a game-high 32 points on just 12 shots from the floor.
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November 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHATEVER happens tomorrow at Delaware, Villanova will be in the FCS playoffs. If they win, the Wildcats are going there on their own terms. If not, they'd only be making things a lot more difficult on themselves. In 2009, they got to play three home games en route to the national-title game. They might not have won the semifinal had it been at William & Mary. In 2010, they had to go on the road, where they won twice against the top-ranked team before finally losing a close one at eventual champion Eastern Washington, which was also No. 1. So there is a difference.
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November 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S men's cross country team won the NCAA championship four times in a 5-year span starting in 1966. But the Wildcats haven't finished in the top 10 since 2001, and haven't made it onto the awards podium (top four) in a little over 2 decades. But tomorrow afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind., they'll be running in the finals as the nation's fifth-ranked team, the highest they've been since 1998. Under former Wildcats great Marcus O'Sullivan, they're one of eight teams in the field of 31 that have qualified for this meet in each of the last eight seasons.
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November 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rules said that 12th-ranked Villanova had to play 40 minutes of basketball Monday night against Maryland-Eastern Shore, even though the Legends Classic first-round game ceased being competitive well before halftime. So Wildcats coach Jay Wright worked on different things on offense and defense and made sure he gave everyone in his regular nine-man rotation plenty of playing time. One of them was 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Kris Jenkins, who played 20 minutes and posted team highs of 15 points and four steals in the Wildcats' 81-44 victory over the Hawks at the Pavilion.
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November 18, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT BECAME clearly evident very early last night that Maryland-Eastern Shore wasn't another Lehigh. On Friday, the Mountain Hawks led 12th-ranked Villanova by five with 14 minutes to go in Allentown before reality took over. This time, there would be no such issues at the Pavilion. These Hawks (0-2), who lost every starter from a team that won six games in the MEAC, have a new coach in Bobby Collins, who spent the last eight seasons at Winston-Salem (and four at Hampton before that)
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November 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Four years ago, Darrun Hilliard came to Villanova from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, where he says football is really bigger than hoops. He was part of a class that included three four-star recruits: lead guard Tyrone Johnson, big man Markus Kennedy and shooting guard Achraf Yacoubou. Hilliard, a 6-6 wing, was rated as a three-star prospect. But 'Nova was the only place he wanted to be. Turns out, he's the only one from that group who stuck around. All the others are long gone, having moved on to other programs for whatever reasons.
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