Today's loss for Villanova snapped the team's four-game winning streak. During the streak the Wildcats had outscored the opposition by an average of 18.0 points. Villanova had also won five straight road games against CAA opponents prior to today's game. The most recent road loss in conference play for the Wildcats was a 34-10 loss to James Madison on October 15, 2011.
Villanova had a season-high 317 rushing yards. It is the fourth time in seven games this season that the Wildcats have surpassed 200 yards on the ground, and the highest single-game total for the team since a 376-yard effort last year at Old Dominion on October 13, 2012.
Sophomore quarterback John Robertson registered the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history with 27 carries for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Robertson's performance trails only the school record total of 287 rushing yards held by Brian Westbrook and set against Hofstra on November 10, 2001. Westbrook was also the last Villanova player to run for over 200 yards in a game, as he registered a 233-yard game against William & Mary on November 24, 2001.
Robertson ran for over 200 yards in just the first and fourth quarters. He picked up 80 yards on nine carries in the first quarter and exploded for 122 yards on nine rushes in the fourth quarter.
In addition to his running performance Robertson was also 15-of-17 through the air for 122 yards. He finished with 378 yards of total offense, which is the third-highest total of his career. Robertson single-handedly accounted for 86.1 percent of Villanova's 439 yards of total offense.
With his effort today Robertson moved into a tie for third place in school history with 25 career rushing touchdowns. He is in a five-way tie that also includes Anthony Cowsette (1993-96), Terry Butler (2001-04), Aaron Ball (2007-10) and Chris Whitney (2007-10). Robertson also remained seventh in career total offense (5,022) and moved up to eighth in career passing yards (3,151) and 10th in career rushing yards (1,871).
Robertson has been completely unstoppable in the last two games against Towson and New Hampshire. His combined statistics in the last two games are 710 yards of total offense, including 406 rushing yards and 304 passing yards. In this stretch he has completed 32-of-35 passes (91.4%) for 304 yards and also run 59 times for 406 yards and six touchdowns.
New Hampshire had 237 rushing yards on 51 carries in the game. This is the first time this season that Villanova gave up more than 200 rushing yards, and the highest single-game total for a Villanva opponent since Stony Brook ran for 263 yards last year in the first round of the FCS playoffs on November 24, 2012.
Villanova led 14-6 at halftime and has outscored its opponents by a 132-54 margin in the first half of games this season.