It was a day of records and milestones for the Villanova football team today. They hit the road to Rhode Island where they ruined the Senior Day festivities for the Rams. The Wildcats won 45-0. Villanova posted its first shutout victory since 2010, when they played Lehigh and won 35-0. John Robertson broke the record for career rushing yards for a Villanova quarterback. He now has 2,262 yards, beating previous record holder Chris Whitney’s mark of 2,160 yards. Robertson also is the first quarterback to have multiple 1,000 rushing yard seasons, let alone to do it in back-to-back seasons. Today, Robertson ran for 133 yards with 4 touchdowns off of 12 carries. His four touchdown performance on the ground ties his career high for rushing touchdowns in a game. Robertson also threw 11 times for 8 completions and 179 yards. Kevin Monangai had the other two touchdowns, finishing with 12 carries for 56 yards and also a reception for 26 yards. Villanova scored four touchdowns on their first four possessions. Villanova defense contained and shut down the Rhode Island offense. They were held to only 88 yards of total of offense. The Rams went 9 for 22 from for 53 yards in the air and 35 yards off of 25 carries. Senior Rakim Cox registered the only sack of the game, improving his total to a conference leading 9 sacks. The Wildcat defense forced the Rhode Island offense to punt it 11 times. One of the punts were blocked by defensive end Reggie Paris. Villanova led 35-0 at halftime. Kicker Mark Hamilton connected on a field goal in the third quarter making it 45-0, and was the last score of the game.
Villanova will play conference rival Delaware in two weeks at PPL Park for the season finale, where the Wildcats will look to spoil the Blue Hens’ playoff hopes.