I apologize in that this is a little late, been facing some technical issues and computer crashes. Laptop is currently in repairs, and “The Bench Mob” is back online.
There’s an old saying that is familiar to all football players across all levels, “Games are won and lost in the fourth quarter.” 15 minutes were placed on the scoreboard, and it appeared that Delaware was going to have more time to continue the 34-12 beatdown. They were moving the ball at will and bullying the Villanova defense. The offense wasn’t any better either, they couldn’t get it going and ill-timed penalties didn’t help. The body language of those on the bench and the fans in the crowd expressed restlessness and defeat.
With about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Villanova scored narrowing the margin to a 15 point gap. Quarterback John Robertson connected with senior wide receiver Joe Price. A three-and-out on Delaware’s next possession led to the Wildcats regaining control of the ball. In the ensuing drive, Price would score again off of a 21 yard pass with 3:17 remaining. This game was Price’s first since sustaining an injury to his vertebrae that sidelined him for five weeks. He would have a great impact in his final game, finishing with five receptions for 103 yards and two big touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Villanova defense once again put together a stop and forced Delaware to punt. The Wildcats would look to the air once again and this time Gary Underwood caught a 25 yard pass for a touchdown to make it 34-32. A failed two point conversion put the Wildcats in a spot to go for the onside kick. With the game on the line, Villanova special teams stepped up. Kicker Chris Gough recovered the ball and hopes for victory were still very much alive.
The Wildcats offense drove down the field and set up kicker Mark Hamilton for a 24 yard attempt. Hamilton would make his first game winning kick of his collegiate career on the day he would play his final game as a Wildcat. Villanova won 35-34, with a 23 point swing in the last eight minutes of the game.
For Delaware, Trent Hurley had a good game. He went 19 for 26 and 231 yards with two touchdown passes. Jerel Harrison and Andrew Pierce each had a touchdown on the ground. Travis Hawkins had the only turnover of the game, picking off a pass from Robertson.
In Their Own Words…
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley: “Typical Villanova – Delaware game, hang on until the end and anything can happen. It’s just one of those rivalries that bring out sometimes the best and the worst of both teams.”
Villanova Wide Receiver Joe Price: “It felt great. I was nervous at first when I started running on Sunday. It was the first time I ran since the Saturday of the William and Mary game. That was hard for me. That Sunday I could barely walk. I needed help putting on my socks and shoes. The past two months have really been hard for me. I put so much into my career and I wanted to have a great fifth year season and it didn’t go the way I wanted but I just kept trying to be positive. At times it was hard, people wrote me off saying I was done for the season; and I was just like it’s the last game and it’s Delaware and I’m playing. I wanted to ball out and play my heart out and I gave it everything I had.”