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Villanova Defeats James Madison On Senior Day at Villanova

When an NCAA football team’s home schedule comes to an end during the season, they honor those seniors who played on the team for four years. This was the scene today at Villanova University when they hosted James Madison. Before the game, Villanova honored the seniors on the team. This group of seniors went 31-18 including winning the 2009 NCAA Championship.  Names people may recognize are Dorian Wells, Ronnie Akins, Norman White, Kenny Miles and Eric Loper.

At the start of the game, Villanova won the coin toss & deferred to the second half. James Madison would start the game with a 3 and out on the opening drive of game, On the other end, Villanova’s opening drive would lead to a better result, a touchdown drive that ended with a Robertson four yard touchdown drive. On James Madison’s next drive, they would try a fourth down conversion, but would not be able to pick up the first down.  Nova would take over on their own 42.  The resulting drive would result in a missed 38 yard field goal attempt by Mark Hamilton. Nova would take a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Villanova was driving when wide receiver Joe Price made a big 68 yard catch and gain all the way down to James Madison’s five yard line. This would lead to a 22 Yard field goal attempt by Nova Kicker Mark Hamilton, giving Nova a 10-0 lead. James Madison’ next drive ended when Joe Sarnese intercepted a pass from Justin Thorpe, which he returned to the James Madison 41 yard line. The interception would lead to another Villanova TD, this time coming from WR Dorian Wells, who made a huge 20 yard touchdown catch.  Villanova would cruise into halftime with a modest 17-0 lead.

Villanova’s opening drive of the second half would end with a turnover, leading to a James Madison touchdown, with Justin Thorpe making a one yard QB run. Villanova’s next drive would see a big run by RB Austin Meadley for 35 yards down, taking the ball all the way down to the James Madison 14 yard line. QB John Robertson would run for his second touchdown of the game, this time a for just one yard. James Madison’s next drive ended abruptly with a pick off by Devon Bridges, which he took down to the James Madison 21 yard line. Villanova punted the ball down to the James Madison one yard line and was downed by Kenny Miles. Two plays later, Villanova would pick up a safety by LB Joey Harmon. Villanova QB John Robertson would head to the locker room early with an apparent head injury, leading to backup QB Chris Polony taking over.  It didn’t take him long to get into the swing of things, leading his team to yet another touchdown. At the end of third quarter, Villanova led big, 33-7 over James Madison.

The fourth quarter would start with a courtesy touchdown by James Madison’s TE Brian Barlow, who made a 13 yard catch, although Villanova was already on their way to winning the game with a 33-13 lead. James Madison would strike again with a touchdown by WR Quintin Hunter who made a 31 yard TD Catch.  It was now 33-20 with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter.  In the fourth quarter, Villanova RB Kevin Monangai hit the 1,000 yards rushing mark, becoming the fourth Villanova RB to rush for 1,000 yards, joining Brian Westbrook, Aaron Ball and Curtis Sifford. On James Madison’s next drive, they would suffer yet another safety. The game would end with Villanova winning 35-20 in front of 6,617 at Villanova Stadium.

An interview with Villanova head coach Andy Talley:

Villanova RB Kevin Monangai on Rushing for 1,000 Yards

Pictures from game:

Villanova Post Game Press Conference:

Game Ends:

Villanova Long Snapper Adam Nelson on Trainers Table:

Opening Kickoff of Game: