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Villanova/Towson Post-Game Notes

Oct. 27, 2012

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Sophomore running back Kevin Monangai became the 29th player in Villanova history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. He got to 1,000 yards on the nose with a 12-yard run midway through the first quarter and by the end of the game had increased his career total to 1,070 yards. That total ranks 26th in school history and Monangai needs another 41 yards to tie Robert Haner (1950-52) and move into the top 25. For his career Monangai has played in 17 games and run 208 times for 1,070 yards for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. He has 10 career rushing touchdowns, including nine this season.

Kevin Monangai ran for 103 yards in today's game to register his fifth 100-yard game this season and his third in the past three games. Monangai is the first Wildcat since Brian Westbrook in 2001 to have three straight 100-yard rushing games. His five 100-yard games this year are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in school history.

Villanova Players With at Least Five 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Season

8           Brian Westbrook           2001
7           Brian Westbrook           2000
6           Brian Westbrook           1998
5           Kevin Monangai            2012
5           Curtis Sifford            1996
5           Pat Kennedy               1991
5           Vince Thompson            1977
5           Vince Thompson            1976

Redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson reached 2,000 yards of total offense for both this season and his career (all but one of Robertson's career yards are this season). He is the 21st player for Villanova to have 2,000 career yards of total offense and this season marks the 18th time that a Wildcat has gone over 2,000 yards in a single season.

  • • Robertson has 2,237 yards of total offense this season - that ranks 15th in school history
  • • Robertson has 2,238 yards of total offense in his career - that ranks 18th in school history

John Robertson had a season-high four passing touchdowns in today's game. The last time a Villanova quarterback threw four touchdown passes in a game was on December 4, 2010 when Chris Whitney had four touchdown passes at Stephen F. Austin in the FCS playoffs.

John Robertson was 17-of-23 through the air for a completion rate of 73.9 percent. That mark is a season high and also marks the second straight week that Robertson has completed better than 70 percent of his passes. In the last two games Robertson has completed 25-of-34 passes (73.5%).

Senior wide receiver Norman White became the 15th player in Villanova history to reach at least 125 career receptions. White caught three passes in today's game and his 127 career receptions are tied for 12th most in school history. He needs 13 more receptions to break into the all-time top 10 in the Wildcats record book.

Last week sophomore wide receiver Poppy Livers became the first Villanova player in 32 years to return a punt for a touchdown when he notched a 66-yard return for a score at Georgia State. On his only punt return tonight he went for 50 yards on a non-scoring play. This season Livers has 10 punt returns for 168 yards and an average of 16.8 yards per return.

Villanova has four plays of 50 yards or longer this season and two of them have been on punt returns by Poppy Livers, who has a 66-yard return (touchdown) and a 50-yard return. The other 50-yard plays were a 72-yard touchdown pass from John Robertson to Joe Price and an 85-yard kickoff return (no touchdown) by Joe Sarnese.

The last time the Wildcats scored as many as 35 points and lost the game was on November 20, 2004 in a 41-35 loss to Delaware.

Villanova had a season-low 348 yards of total offense in tonight's game. The Wildcats had 365 yards in each of their first two games this season and had surpassed 400 yards in six straight games since then.

Villanova allowed more points in the first quarter against Towson (21) than it had allowed for the entire game in five of its first eight contests this season.

The 49 points scored by the Tigers were the most allowed by the Wildcats since a 51-40 loss to New Hampshire on October 2, 2004.

Towson's 590 yards of total offense were the most allowed by Villanova since New Hampshire had 643 yards on October 2, 2004. The 321 rushing yards for the Tigers were the most allowed by the Wildcats since Rhode Island had 436 rushing yards on October 22, 2005.