Villanova Wildcats Dominant in Home Opener, Start CAA Conference Play With a Win
Villanova opened its defense of the CAA title against the Towson Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium before a sell out crowd of 12,111. Prior to the game, Villanova head coach Andy Talley and the 2009 FCS Championship football team was honored by Villanova University president Peter Donohue, O.S.A .
Villanova started slowly in their first home game of the season taking the lead 2-0 on a safety in the first quarter. At the end of the quarter they led 9-0 after QB Chris Whitney added a rushing touchdown. In the second quarter the Wildcats roared to life, exploding for four touchdowns to stretch the lead to 36-0 at the half. Leading the way was Whitney who completed 9 of 12 passes for 115 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more.
Dorian Wells caught two touchdowns including a 22 yard strike from Whitney and a 44 yard bomb from wideout Matt Szczur. Angelo Babbaro also caught a 17 yard touchdown pass from Whitney.
Aaron Ball led the ground game for Villanova scoring a touchdown and gaining an impressive 100 yards on just 8 carries. It was Ball’s second straight game with 100 or more yards rushing.
The second half opened the same way the first half ended with Villanova scoring a touchdown to expand their lead to 43-0. With the game well in hand, coach Andy Talley substituted liberally, resting his starters and giving his bench some serious playing time.
Facing Villanova’s second and third string players, Towson finally got on the board in the third quarter as back-up QB Mark Blanchard hit Hakeem Moore for a 59 yard touchdown strike.
That would prove to be the final score as the game ended with Villanova rolling over Towson to move to 1-0 in (Colonial Athletic Association) conference play. With the loss Towson begins their CAA season 0-1.
This is the second blow-out victory for Villanova (who has been invited to join the Big East Conference) after opening their season with a loss (in the final seconds) to Temple in the Mayor’s Cup at Lincoln Financial Field. The Wildcats will next take on the Quakers from the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday night at Villanova Stadium. The Quakers (1-0) opened their season with a win. Villanova won last year’s match-up with Penn at Franklin Field.
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