The Towson Tigers came to Villanova with the intent of spoiling the Wildcats’ playoff hopes. They were looking to embarrass them under the lights, in front of their home crowd, and on national television. However, it wasn’t going to happen, not tonight. Villanova was not going to let another letdown happen. They would bounce back with a solid performance under the lights.
It wasn’t as easy of a win as the score suggested, Villanova took a little while to warm up in the frigid cold as the first half commenced. The Wildcats won the coin toss and elected to receive. They went three-and-out in the opening drive and punted the ball away to Towson. The Tigers marched down the field until Darius Victor took the handoff up the gut for the first touchdown of the game. They only needed three plays in order to find the end zone. After trading a pair of empty-handed drives, the Wildcats took possession of the ball and had their first successful drive of the game. It was highlighted by a big 38-yard run by Austin Medley and a pair of first down runs by John Robertson to bring Villanova deep into the red zone. Medley would then punch it in for the game-tying touchdown.
Later in the second quarter, Villanova would piece together a nice drive to methodically move down the field. Robertson picked apart the defense with a series of short and medium passes, while mixing it up with his legs once in a while. The momentum seemed to be halted momentarily, as Robertson would be sacked on first-and-goal to bring them back to the 17-yard line. On the following play, he would connect with a wide open Anthony DeCamillo in the corner of the end zone. It was the junior wide receiver’s first career touchdown and it would give Villanova a 14-7 lead. After another unsuccessful drive by Towson that resulted in a punt, Villanova would have another touchdown scoring drive. However, this time, most of the yards would be gained on the ground. Until finally, Kevin Gulyas caught the bullet pass in the end zone to add to Villanova’s lead. Towson had one last shot to put points on the board before the half ended. After a few gains, Connor Frazier looked deep for a big play but Villanova’s Jason Ceneus would rip it out of the air for an interception. Ceneus racked up his fifth interception of the season. Villanova would just kneel the ball to kill the clock and go into the half with a 21-7 lead.
Towson would have the ball to start off the second half. The Tigers orchestrated a clock-chewing drive. They were able to convert key first downs and slowly chipped away at the Villanova defense. Darius Victor gashed his way through the middle to keep the drive alive by converting on third down numerous times. Victor paved the way for Towson, rushing for 165 yards and a touchdown. Villanova appeared to finally have stopped them, leaving them hanging on third-and-goal from the 5-yard line. However, Towson was not changing their personnel, they were going to go for it. Villanova called a time out in order to double check their alignment, but it would not matter. The Tigers used a well-executed play action pass that left Tanner Vallely all by himself in the end zone. The defense bit hard on the fake handoff to Darius Victor, quickly realizing their mistake soon after when Frazier lobbed it to Vallely.
Later in the game, the Wildcats had the ball in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Robertson took the ball to the outside corner and ran into the end zone untouched. Once again, Villanova had a two touchdown lead and the pressure was building on the Tigers. Towson needed to respond if they wanted to hang around. Unfortunately for them, it got a lot worse. Frazier’s pass went off the hands of his target and fell into the clutches of Joe Sarnese. Sarnese would take it all the way to the house for the pick six touchdown. In just a matter of a couple of minutes, Villanova quickly added 14 points onto the board. It was not the result Towson was looking for. They were dealt a demoralizing blow and their sideline was quiet. Meanwhile, the Wildcats looked like that they were just getting started. They were jumping around and getting excited, as Towson looked defeated.
The Tigers would punt on the ensuing drive, and Villanova would launch a drive to remove as much time from the lock as possible. They would take approximately eight and a half minutes off the clock as they slowly but surely moved the chains. They found themselves in a fourth-and-12 situation in the end zone. Interestingly enough, Andy Talley did not send out the field goal team. Instead, he opted to go for it on fourth down. Kevin Monangai would reel in the pass from John Robertson and take it upfield for a touchdown. With a 42-14 lead, it was safe to say it would be over. Towson would not score anymore points, as time expired.
John Robertson was back to his old ways, physically and figuratively. His non-throwing hand no longer needed a cast. He completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns. The junior quarterback also added 20 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Austin Medley chipped in 78 yards and a touchdown off of 12 carries. The Wildcats outgained the Tigers, 396-293.
Next week, The Wildcats will host SUNY Albany in what will be their final home game. It will be Villanova’s Senior Night, kick-off is at 7 p.m.