The 5th ranked Villanova Wildcats coasted past the Morgan State Bears 48-28 on Saturday afternoon (October 25th) at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats gave their fans a homecoming to remember by scoring 27 straight points in the third quarter to break a 21-21 halftime tie. This game marked the first-ever football meeting between Villanova and Morgan State.
Villanova capitalized on a blocked punt by defensive lineman Patrick Williams and an interception by defensive back Jason Ceneus to bust the game wide open. The Wildcats opened the second half by marching 75 yards on 12 plays to score on a Kevin Monangai 1 yard run, breaking the deadlock. The Wildcats then forced the Bears to punt and Williams blocked the punt which was recovered at the Morgan State 7 yard line. Two plays later standout QB John Robertson rambled 4 yards into the end zone to expand the Wildcats lead to 34-21. On the Bears very next possession, Ceneus grabbed the first of his two interceptions of the afternoon. The Wildcats turned the turnover into another quick score to go up 41-21. The TD came on a 4 yard toss from Robertson to Poppy Livers. The touchdown catch allowed Livers to redeem himself after his two fumbles on punts in the first half gave the Bears the opportunity to keep pace with the heavily favored Wildcats. Villanova scored once more in the third quarter when Monangai broke loose for an 81 yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats up 48-21.
After forcing a three-and-out to open the game, Villanova scored on its first possession on a scintillating 56 yard jaunt (on first down) by the elusive Robertson. The Bears responded after recovering a fumble by Livers at the Villanova 33 yard line. QB Moses Skillon found Thomas Martin on the next play for 33 yards to give Morgan State a 7-7 tie. The Wildcats regained the lead when Robertson connected with tight end Doug Turrell for the score. For the senior Turrell, it was the first catch of his career. Morgan State tied the score in the second quarter on a three yard dash by Skillon. Villanova went back on top on a 22 yard touchdown throw from Robertson to Kevin Gulyas. The Bears, however, were able to even up the game after they recovered a fumble by Livers deep in Villanova territory. The Bears knotted the score on a razzle-dazzle three yard run by Ricky Fisk.
Villanova was paced by its versatile QB. Robertson threw for three touchdowns (13 of 18, 143 yards ), and ran for two touchdowns (11 carries for 99 yards). Kevin Monangai had 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Kevin Gulyas led the Wildcats with 4 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Don Cherry led the way with 8 tackles.
Morgan State was led by Moses Skillon who threw for 204 yards and a touchdown 23 of 38, 3 interceptions) . Skillon was also the Bears leading rusher with 77 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Amonta Poteat grabbed 8 throws for 75 yards. Defensive back Aul Eastman, Jr. was the game’s leading tackler with a dozen tackles.
The Villanova Wildcats, now 7-1 on the season, return to action next Saturday (November 1st) when they travel to Richmond to battle the Spiders in a key CAA conference match-up. The Villanova vs. Richmond game will be televised beginning at Noon next Saturday. Next up for the 4-4 Bears is a road game against Hampton University.
After the game, fans headed over to the Pavilion for the annual Blue vs. White basketball scrimmage. The White team composed of Kris Jenkins, Daniel Ochefu, Mikal Bridges, Dylan Ennis, and Darrun Hilliard beat the Blue team 47-28. The Blue team included Ryan Arcidiacono, JayVaughn Pinkston, Darryl Reynolds, Phil Booth, and Josh Hart.
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