Oct. 14, 2012
Villanova played a nationally-ranked team for the first time this season and defeated No. 3 Old Dominion by a final score of 38-14. Last season the Wildcats were 0-6 against ranked opponents and the team had not beaten a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 1 Appalachian State, 42-24, on December 11, 2010 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
Entering today's game Old Dominion was averaging 56.2 points per game and had not scored fewer than 45 points in any of its first five contests. The Monarchs also averaged 465.0 passing yards per game but generated only 239 yards through the air in today's game.
Villanova registered a season high 376 rushing yards in the game. It was the second time this season that the Wildcats surpassed 300 yards on the ground and the sixth time in seven games that Villanova ran for over 200 yards.
Today's total of 376 rushing yards is the most in a game for the Wildcats since October 24, 2009 against Rhode Island. Villanova had 376 rushing yards in the game as well.
Redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson ran for 189 yards on 24 carries. His rushing total is the ninth-highest in school history and is also a school record for a quarterback. Robertson has run for over 100 yards in each of the last two games.
Two of the top nine single-game rushing performances in the history of the Villanova program have come in the last three weeks. In addition to the 189 rushing yards by John Robertson against Old Dominion sophomore running back Kevin Monangai ran for 192 yards in a win over Maine on September 28 - that performance ranks eighth in the all-time Wildcats record book.
Kevin Monangai ran for 118 yards on 26 carries and tallied his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He also went over the century mark in wins over Penn and Maine last month. The last time Villanova had two players run for over 100 yards in the same game was in the 2009 national championship game when Matt Szczur and Chris Whitney ran for 159 yards and 102 yards, respectively, against Montana.
Through seven games this season Villanova has 1,810 rushing yards (258.6/game) and 18 rushing touchdowns. Last season for the entire year (11 games) the Wildcats ran for 1,522 rushing yards (138.4/game) and only nine touchdowns.
Villanova had only nine rushing touchdowns for the entire season in 2011 but through seven games this year redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson and sophomore running back Kevin Monangai each have eight rushing touchdowns.
Kevin Monangai had 26 carries and John Robertson had 24 carries in today's game. The last time two different Wildcats had at least 20 carries in a game was on November 22, 2008 when Chris Whitney (23) and Aaron Ball (20) each ran at least 20 times.
As a team Villanova had 67 rushing attempts in today's game. It is the most rushing attempts in a game for the Wildcats in at least 10 years. The last time Villanova had over 60 rushing attempts was on September 11, 2010 against Lehigh (62 attempts).