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Villanova defeats Delaware in come from behind win

Villanova PA:  You want a way to start off your first home &  conference game of the season as you play your rival as   No. 6 Villanova (1-1, 0-0 CAA Football),  takes on Delaware (1-1, 0-0 CAA Football) in the ninth annual Battle of the Blue at Villanova Stadium on the campus of Villanova University. Delaware enters game off a win over Lafayette on September 12 while Villanova comes into game off a win over Fordham also on September 12.

Delaware won the toss & deferred to the 2nd half as Villanova starts the game with the ball. On Villanova first drive of the game, QB John Robertson finds WR  Kevin Gulyas on a 70-yard reception down to the Delaware 13 yard line, 3 plays later, Villanova would score the games first touchdown as QB John Robertson runs it in from 7 yards out for the 7-0 lead. Delaware first drive of the game would lead them to hitting a 34 yard field to cut the lead to 7-3. Delaware would take the lead when RB Jalen Randolph runs it in from 1 yard out for the 10-7 lead with 4:59 left in the 1st quarter & that would be the score at the end of 1st quarter.  The 2nd quarter begins with Villanova having the ball on the Delaware 7 yard line and Villanova would score when QB John Robertson finds RB Gary Underwood from 8 yards out to give Villanova a 14-10 lead. Delaware would drive down and hit a 44 yard field goal as the clock hits 0 to cut the Villanova lead to 1 as Villanova would take a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Delaware got the ball to start the 2nd half, on their first drive of the 2nd half, they would drive down and miss a 36 yard field goal. not much action to speak about in the 3rd quarter as Villanova would still hold on for a 14-13 lead heading to the 4th quarter. In this game, Villanova has lost both starting tackles to injury & they were Ethan Greenidge & Brad Seaton. Delaware would retake the lead on a 23 yard touchdown run by Thomas Jefferson for a 19-14 lead, they would go for 2 points and they would get it and Delaware would lead 21-14 with 10:58 left in the 4th quarter. Late in the 4th quarter, Villanova QB John Robertson would get injured on a run play & Zach Bednarczyk comes into the game and lead Villanova to a touchdown as Zach Bednarczyk finds Kevin Gulyas from 6 yards out, they would miss the extra point, Delaware leads 21-10 with 6:18 left in the 4th. Villanova defense would come up with a big stop and the offence would take over with 4:47 left. Villanova would retake the lead as QB Zach Bednarczyk runs it in from 21 yards out for a 26-21 lead, they would pick up the 2 point conversion for a 28-21 lead with 2:35 left.  Delaware would have a chance to tie the game but they would get denied as QB Joe Walker  pass on 4th & 27 was picked off and Villanova holds on for the win by the score of 28-21. The question now is how hurt is Villanova QB John Robertson who got injured late in the 4th quarter.

Final Stats:

Villanova Wildcats:
QB John Robertson: 14/24 for 208 yards 1 pass TD, 11 rush for 23 yards and 1 rush TD
QB Zach Bednarczyk: 4/6 for 57 yards 1 Pass TD, 1 rush for 21 yards and 1 rush TD
RB Gary Underwood: 9 rush attempts for 34 yards, 3 catches for 30 yards and 1 TD
WR Kevin Gulyas: 8 catches for 152 yards and 1 TD

Delaware Blue Hens:
QB Joe Walker: 13/28 for 94 yards with 1 Interception, 17 rush attempts for 48 yards
RB Jalen Randolph: 14 rush attempts for 84 yards and 1 rush TD
WR Tre Brown: 4 catches for 23 yards