September 23, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National - Alabama's Blake Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over visiting Florida. Local - Chris Smallwood (20 carries, 213 yards) broke a 46-year-old Delaware Valley (2-0, 1-0 MAC) record by scoring six TDs in a 54-35 win over Wilkes (1-2, 1-1) in the first home night game in program history. Around Town Temple 59, Delaware State 0 The Owls (2-1), who've matched their win total from last season, lost to an FCS team at home last September.
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?
September 19, 2014 |
VILLANOVA, the seventh-ranked team in FCS, was a missed short field goal away from winning its opener at FBS Syracuse. Two weeks ago, the Wildcats beat then-No. 11 Fordham by 44 at home. So what now? Following a rare early bye, the Wildcats will have a rare early matchup against visiting James Madison (2-1) in the first CAA game for both. Coach Andy Talley has been around long enough to know that in-conference is where his squad will define itself this regular season. "Traditionally, JMU is the most athletic team in the CAA," Talley said.
September 12, 2014 |
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
September 12, 2014 |
Jalen Brunson unzipped his black sweatshirt. He had tucked his college choice underneath. The heavily recruited high school point guard revealed a white Villanova T-shirt, declaring his oral commitment to the Wildcats. Brunson made the announcement at a Wednesday news conference at his suburban Chicago high school. The 6-foot-2 lefthander spent last weekend on an official visit to Villanova and chose the Wildcats over Illinois. Before narrowing his choices, Brunson also considered Temple, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue.
September 11, 2014
Villanova will open the season with a Nov. 4 exhibition game at the Pavilion against Northwood University, coached by former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino. Date Opponent Time Nov. 4 Northwood (exhibition) 7 Nov. 9 Nyack (exhib.)* Noon Nov. 14 Lehigh 8 Nov. 17 UMES** 7 Nov. 20 Bucknell ** 8 Nov. 24 VCU** 7 Nov. 25 Michigan/Oregon** 7:30/10 Nov. 30 Delaware * 4:30 Dec. 3 at La Salle 8:30 Dec. 6 St. Joseph's 1 Dec. 9 Illinois# 7 Dec. 14 Temple 2 Dec. 20 Syracuse # 1 Dec. 23 NJIT 7 Dec. 31 Butler 2:30 Jan. 3 at Seton Hall Noon Jan. 6 at St. John's 9 Jan. 10 DePaul 4 Jan. 14 Xavier 9 Jan. 17 at Penn TBA Jan. 19 at Georgetown 9 Jan. 25 Creighton 7 Jan. 31 at DePaul 2 Feb. 4 Marquette * 7 Feb.7 Georgetown * 2 Feb. 11 at Providence 8 Feb. 14 at Butler 6 Feb. 16 Seton Hall 7 Feb. 21 at Marquette 2 Feb. 24 Providence 7 Feb. 28 at Xavier 2 March 3 at Creighton 9 March 7 St. John's * Noon March 11-14 Big East Tournament in New York *-At the Wells Fargo Center ** Legends Classic #-Jimmy V Classic
September 8, 2014 |
Early in the second quarter of what would become a 50-6 victory for Villanova over Fordham on Saturday, the visiting Rams called a timeout that ended up lasting 1 hour and 19 minutes. Lightning struck outside Villanova Stadium, forcing both teams back to the locker room with 'Nova holding a 7-3 lead. Thirteen minutes of game time - and two hours of real time - later, the Wildcats returned to the locker room for halftime with a 33-3 lead. "We had talked about it, and I told them that this situation could happen," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.
September 7, 2014
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium Records: Fordham (1-0), Villanova (0-1) Rankings: Fordham, No. 10 FCS Coaches Poll, No. 11 Sports Network; Villanova, No. 7 FCS Coaches Poll; No. 10 Sports Network. TV/Radio: American Sports Network; CBS Radio 610. Coaches: Fordham, Joe Moorhead (2d season, 19-7); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 204-126-1; 232-144-2 overall); Series: Villanova leads, 20-5-3. In the last meeting, Fordham won at home, 27-24, on Sept.