After losing back to back contests on the road to non conference opponents (Boston College and Fordham) to open their season at 0-2, the #20 Villanova Wildcats returned home on Saturday, September 21st to host #16 Stony Brook in their home opener at Villanova Stadium. Stony Brook entered the game at 1-1
Villanova, the preseason favorite to win the CAA, could not afford to lose their first conference game of 2013 and start their once promising season at 0-3. The Wildcats were also seeking a bit of revenge against the Seawolves who eliminated Villanova from the FCS playoffs in 2012.
The game got off to a slow start with neither team able to put any points on the board in the opening quarter. Just seconds into the second quarter, back-up QB Cody Pittman took a pitch from John Robertson and tossed the ball across the field to WR Gary Underwood, for a wide open 4 yard TD. The four play, 67 yard drive took only 1:09 to complete. Once Villanova broke the seal on scoring, the points continued to pour in.
After getting the ball back, and still up 7-0, Villanova again moved down the field in speedy fashion. The three play, 80 yard drive, which culminated in a 47 yard TD strike from Robertson to WR Clay Horne (on a flea-flicker) took just 1:03 off the clock.
Later in the 2nd quarter, Robertson ran in a 2 yard TD of his own, completing an eight play, 57 yard drive that took just under 4 minutes. At the half, the Wildcats held a healthy 21-0 lead.
Already pitching a shutout, the defense got in on the scoring in the 3rd quarter when FS Joe Sarnese picked up a loose ball and scampered 36 yards for a TD. Mark Hamilton added his fourth extra point of the day and Villanova led 28-0.
Stony Brook finally got on the board in the 4th quarter when Lyle Negron connected with Malcolm Eugene on a 4 yard TD pass (completing a fifteen play, 72 yard drive). Six points were all the Seawolves could muster as Rakim Cox blocked the extra point attempt by Graham Ball. Villanova added a fifth TD on a 5 yard run by RB Kevin Monangai to win by the final score of 35-6.
It was an impressive win for the Wildcats. After a slew of turnovers in their first two contests, Villanova took care of the ball on Saturday. Next up, Villanova looks to even their record at 2-2 when they play Penn next weekend. With a victory against the Quakers, coach Andy Talley would hit 200 wins for his career.
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