The Villanova Wildcats were overwhelmed by the William & Mary Tribe 38-16 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon (October 12) at Villanova Stadium. After falling behind the Wildcats 10-3, the Tribe scored 28 consecutive points in the second quarter to put the game out-of-reach.
The Tribe opened the scoring with a Nick Dorka 23- yard field goal at 10:01 of the first quarter. Later in the first quarter, the Wildcats launched a 10 play, 92-yard drive culminated by a 3 yard run by Gary Underwood to take a 7-3 lead. With time running out in the first quarter, freshman Gerard Smith kicked a 26 yard field goal to extend the Wildcats lead to 10-3. The field goal followed a fumble recovery by Villanova’s Tanoh Kpassagnon, which was caused by Austin Calitro, deep in William & Mary’s territory.
At the start of the second quarter, the Tribe marched 79 -yards in 7 plays, capped by a one- yard run by Kendell Anderson to tie the game at 10-10. On its next possession, on the first play, Anderson bolted 71-yards for a score to put the Tribe back on top 17-10. On the subsequent possession, Villanova drove deep into William & Mary’s territory when Zack Bednarczyk’s pass was picked off by the Tribe’s DeAndre Houston-Carson, who returned it 94 yards to paydirt. Late in the quarter, the Tribe tacked on another touchdown on a 53-yard pass play from QB Steve Cluley to Christian Reeves to make the score at the half 31-10 in favor of the visiting Tribe.
Following a scoreless third quarter, William & Mary scored early in the 4th quarter on an Anderson 1-yard run, his third touchdown run of the game, to extend its lead to 38-10. Villanova closed out the scoring with 7:41 remaining on a 6-yard scamper by Javon White. Villanova’s try for a two-point conversion failed, leaving the Wildcats trailing 38-16 .
The Tribe’s dominance was reflected in the final stats. William & Mary outgained the reeling Wildcats 466 total yards to 310 total yards. The Tribe converted 8-16 third down plays compared to Villanova converting 1-12 third down plays. William & Mary forced two turnovers, which lead to 2 touchdowns. Villanova forced 1 turnover which led to a field goal. William & Mary had 8 tackles which resulted in losses for the Wildcats. On the flip side, Villanova managed five tackles resulting in losses. Anderson paced the tribe in rushing, gaining 149 yards on 23 carries for 3 scores. DeVonte Dedmon (7-73) and Reeves (4-126, 1 touchdown) were William & Mary’s top receivers. Steve Cluley passed for 267 yards on 16-28, with 1 touchdown. On defense, Zach Fetters was the leading tackler with 8. Houston-Carson had 6 tackles to go with his game-changing pick-six. With the win over the 14th ranked Wildcats, William & Mary boosted its record to 3-2; 1-1 CAA.
For Villanova, now 2-3 overall, 1-1 CAA, Bednarczyk, who is trying to fill the very large shoes of All-American John Robertson, hit on 13-31, 164 yards, with 2 costly interceptions. The leading rushes for the Wildcats were Javon White with 10-48, 1 score; and true freshman Jarrett McClenton with 5 carries for 50 yards. Taurrus phillips snagged 4 passes for 34 yards, Kevin Gulyas had two receptions for 70 yards and McClenton added 3 receptions for 22 yards. Cameron McCurry was Villanova’s leading tackler with a total of 10, and Don Cherry added 9. Next up for the Wildcats is an away game at Albany next Saturday, October 17th. Most importantly, Villanova will be trying to snap a two game losing streak and get itself back on track.
Prior to the game, the Villanova Wildcats held their annual Blue vs. White scrimmage for the Men’s Basketball Team. It was the first chance for fans to get a look at some of the incoming Freshman, most notably Jalen Brunson.
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