September 19, 2016 |
In last week's five-point, come-from-behind victory over visiting Lehigh, Villanova rushed for nearly 400 yards while throwing for 56. In Saturday afternoon's 40-21 home win over Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association opener, the Wildcats - ranked 21st in FCS - got a 20-for-26 passing performance from redshirt sophomore Zach Bednarczyk, for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The bulk of that came in the first half, when the Wildcats scored on all four of their possessions (and missed their third extra-point of the season)
September 16, 2016 |
VILLANOVA finished 6-5 last season, despite losing Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback John Robertson early and most of their running backs by November. If the Wildcats had gone 7-4, they probably would have made the NCAA playoffs. The wounds were mostly self-inflected. The Wildcats had a fumble returned for a length-of-the-field touchdown against them in an 11-point September home loss to Penn. They gave up three non-offensive touchdowns in a season-ending, nine-point loss at James Madison, when they still had a chance to earn a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title.
September 12, 2016 |
Any journey that starts with playoff aspirations probably shouldn't begin with back-to-back losses. Yet for Villanova, it nearly did. Under Andy Talley, who's in his 32nd and final season, the Wildcats were 26-5 in home openers. One of those blemishes came in 2006 to Lehigh. The only one since then happened five years ago. Saturday night on the Main Line, seven days after they were beaten at Pitt by 21, the Wildcats hosted a Lehigh team that had lost last week by two points to visiting Monmouth.
September 9, 2016 |
VILLANOVA'S SEASON started last weekend with a 28-7 loss at FBS Pitt. But now the journey gets underway for real Saturday night when the Wildcats host Lehigh, which opened with a 23-21 home loss to Monmouth. 'Nova had nothing to lose at Pitt. From here on out, that's no longer the case. Not if you're a team that wants to make the FCS playoffs for the sixth time in nine years in this, Andy Talley's 32nd and last season. Next week, they host Towson, which beat the Wildcats last year, in their Colonial Athletic Association opener.
September 5, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Over the last several years, Villanova has made a habit of putting a scare into teams from the top conferences of the Football Bowl Subdivision. This season, that scare was short-lived. A lethargic offense was unable to take full advantage of a strong defensive showing, and after remaining tied with Pittsburgh midway through the second quarter, Villanova could not keep pace as it dropped its season opener, 28-7, Saturday at Heinz Field. The Wildcats (0-1) outgained the Panthers (1-0)
September 4, 2016 |
Villanova at Pitt Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Heinz Field TV: ACC Network Extra (available on ESPN3). Radio: 610 Sports (WTEL-AM) History: Pitt leads, 2-0. It's the first meeting since 1998. About Villanova: The Wildcats, entering their 32nd and final season under Andy Talley, return five starters on each side of the ball from a 6-5 team. . . . They were picked to finish fourth in the CAA. . . . Talley is 3-16 against FBS opponents, having lost the last six. . . . QB Zach Bednarczyk, who replaced Walter Payton award winner John Robertson in game three, was the co-CAA Rookie of the Year.
September 1, 2016 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road. This time, the opponent is Pitt, which has 16 starters back from an 8-5 team - plus James Conner, who rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014 before sitting out last season with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Wildcats - with five starters back on each side of the ball from a 6-5 club - aren't supposed to win. In these spots, they rarely are. That hasn't stopped them from lining up. "It's a necessary evil," said Talley, whose team was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
August 4, 2016 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball season doesn't start for another three months. But the reigning national champions have already began putting the title behind them and moving on to whatever's next. So what else is new? "That's what we've always done before, so why should this year be different?" asked senior Kris Jenkins, whose indelible buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Wildcats a 77-74 win over North Carolina in the final. "That (shot) will probably stick with me for the rest of my life.
July 22, 2016 |
Villanova University's national championship basketball program and the school's well-regarded law school recently have received hefty donations as part of a mega-capital campaign. But the latest grant news has been particularly gratifying in the view of Patrick Maggitti, the university provost. Albert Lepage, former cochairman of the Lepage Bakery and a Villanova alumnus, has donated $10 million to establish the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, dedicated to looking at contemporary global issues, such as Europe's refugee crisis, as they relate to historical events.
June 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday. "Mr. President, after the championship we had a big press conference, but nothing as big as this," Wright said when it came time for him to speak. "This is big-time. " "There's a lot of cameras around here," observed Obama, who initially introduced Wright as "the best-dressed man in college basketball . . . the George Clooney of coaches.