The 19th ranked Villanova Wildcats suffered a disappointing loss to the 23rd ranked Towson Tigers in their annual Homecoming game on Saturday, October 27th, at Villanova stadium. The Wildcats traded punches with the Tigers through the first half and the early part of the third quarter, in a Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed type match. At the 10:57 mark in the third quarter the teams were tied at 35-35. Towson then scored 14 unanswered points to close out the quarter with a 49-35 lead. Villanova was unable to mount a rally in the fourth quarter and the game ended with the visiting Tigers on top 49-35.
The loss took the luster off of great performances by redshirt freshman QB John Robertson and sophomore RB Kevin Monangai. Robertson completed 17 of 23 passes for 216 yards and 4 touchdowns, including two to Monangai, and one each to WR Joe Price and TE Earnest Pettway. For Monangai, who rushed for over a 100 yards for a third consecutive game, they were the first two touchdown receptions of his career. Monangai finished with 103 yards rushing on 17 carries. Robertson also ran for a touchdown.
The winning Tigers rushed for a total of 321 yards. Both RB Terrance West and QB Grant Enders rushed for more than 100 yards. West gained 144 yards on 23 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns, and Enders added 122 yards on 12 carries and 1 touchdown. In addition, Enders threw 4 touchdown passes, as part of a 16 of 28 day for 269 yards. Overall the Tigers ended up with a total of 590 yards on offense. The Wildcats only gained a total of 348 yards.
The loss left Villanova sitting at 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the CAA. For Towson, the win improved its record to 4-4, 3-2 in the CAA. Villanova is off next weekend. The Wildcats will return to action at 1pm on Saturday, November 10th when they will entertain James Madison on Senior Day. Towson will travel to play the University of Delaware next Saturday, November 3.
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