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Villanova Topples Hofstra, 54-34

Nov 10, 2001

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Brian Westbrook scored five touchdowns as Villanova ended Hofstra's seven-game winning streak 54-34 to take over first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Saturday.

Westbrook's TDs came on runs of 1, 2, 30 and 46 yards and he also caught a 42-yard TD pass from Brett Gordon. He carried 26 times for 287 yards and had three receptions for another 57 yards for the Wildcats (7-2, 6-1).

Gordon also threw TD passes of 45 yards to Brian White and 25 to Cameron Cross and wound up 18-for-24 for 247 yards. Cross also grabbed a 23-yard pass from Scott Lukash for another score and had seven catches for 86 yards.

Rocky Butler of Hofstra (8-2, 7-2) connected on 28 of 50 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns. The two TDs gave him a single-season school record of 28, one more than Gio Carmazzi had in 1997. Butler also scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter.

Kahmal Roy, who caught a 9-yarder to tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, finished with 10 catches for 114 yards, breaking another school record. Roy has 1,206 passing yards for the season, erasing the old mark of 1,194 set in 1994 by Wayne Chrebet, now with the New York Jets.

Villanova broke a 27-27 tie, scoring 27 unanswered points. Lukash's 23-yard pass to Cross on a fake field goal put the Wildcasts ahead for keeps at 8:05 of the third.

Gordon then fired a 45-yard TD pass to White on the first play of the final quarter to boost the margin to 41-27. Westbrook followed with TD sprints of 30 and 46 yards to turn the game into a rout.

Butler then closed the scoring with a 33-yard TD throw to Marques Colston, who finished with nine catches for 150 yards.

Villanova had a total offense of 582 yards and Hofstra wound up with 549 for a combined 1,131.

 

 

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