Wildcats Beaten By Offensive-Minded No. 6 New Hampshire, 47-17
Oct. 8, 2011
DURHAM, N.H.--Playing against a top-10 team on the road Villanova (1-5, 0-3 CAA) was beaten by No. 6 New Hampshire (4-1, 2-0 CAA), 47-17, at Cowell Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The strong offense of the host Wildcats put up at least 10 points in all four quarters along the way to the lopsided victory. Freshman running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) provided one of the highlights for the visiting Wildcats, scoring his first career touchdown on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.
New Hampshire scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game, then fumbled and punted on its next two drives in the first quarter. Starting with a drive that began at the 5:47 mark of the first period, however, the Wildcats scored on eight of their next nine possessions to steadily build their lead.
Junior kicker Mark Hamilton (Gaithersburg, Md.) kicked a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter and junior wide receiver Dorian Wells (West Covina, Calif.) caught a nine-yard touchdown pass just before halftime for Villanova, while Monangai tallied the final points of the day for the Wildcats on his scoring run with 7:52 remaining in the contest.
Monangai ran 18 times for 57 yards and the score and Villanova accumulated 150 yards on the ground for its second-highest rushing total of the season. Redshirt freshman running back Austin Medley (Franklinville, N.J.) ran for 40 yards on eight carries and three others had 10 or more yards rushing.
Freshman quarterback Chris Polony (Whitehall, Pa.) came into the game on the first Wildcats possession of the second quarter and wound up going 15-of-19 for 120 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Polony was able to find receivers open for short gains and Villanova matched a season high by having eight different players catch at least one pass.
Wells caught five passes for 36 yards, including his team-high third receiving touchdown of the season with 34 seconds left in the first half. Junior wide receiver Kenny Miles (Buena, N.J.) and freshman running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman (Philadelphia, Pa.) each had three receptions.
New Hampshire quarterback Kevin Decker efficiently ran his team's offense both through the air and on the ground. Decker finished the day 23-of-32 for 395 yards and three touchdowns while also running six times for 46 yards and another score. His 66-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Harris with 3:27 left in the opening quarter made the score 15-0 and had the Wildcats on their way to the eventual victory.
On the defensive end for the visiting Wildcats, junior defensive end Marlon Johnson (Baltimore, Md.) forced and recovered the first of two fumbles lost by New Hampshire. Senior cornerback Jimmy Pitts (Montclair, N.J.) recovered the other fumble and finished the game tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including one tackle for loss. Freshman defensive back Joe Sarnese (Ventnor, N.J.) also had eight tackles and junior linebacker Devon Bridges (Upper Marlboro, Md.) forced the fumble that Pitts recovered.
Today's game marked the second in a stretch of four straight for Villanova against nationally-ranked teams. The third game in the series is next Saturday at James Madison, where the Wildcats and Dukes are scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
NOTES: The two offensive touchdowns for Villanova in today's game are a season high ... The team had one offensive touchdown in each of the first five games of the year ... Hamilton matched his season and career high with his 45-yard field goal in the second quarter ... He has now made 13 consecutive field goal attempts and is 14-of-15 in his career ... Hamilton has made at least one field goal in each of his last three games and has had at least one attempt from longer than 40 yards in each of the three outings ... In today's game he also punted six times for 271 yards (45.2 average) and pinned New Hampshire inside the 20-yard line four times ... The 47 points scored by New Hampshire today were the most allowed by Villanova since the 2008 season opener when the Wildcats fell at West Virginia, 48-21, on August 30, 2008 ... New Hampshire had 557 yards of total offense, the most since the same Wildcats had 572 yards against Villanova on October 1, 2005 ... That game was also played at Cowell Stadium ... Since then, the only time Villanova allowed over 500 yards of offense came at James Madison on September 29, 2007 (507).