Nov. 14, 2009
TOWSON, Md.--Third-ranked Villanova (9-1, 6-1 CAA) was off to the races early on and defeated Towson (2-8, 1-6 CAA), 49-7, on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Wildcats scored on all five of their drives in the first half and led 35-0 at the intermission along the way to their fourth straight win.
A dominant rushing game for Villanova was in trademark form and the Wildcats outgained the Tigers by a 282-48 margin on the ground. Four of the seven Villanova touchdowns on the afternoon came via a run and six different players gained at least 20 yards on the ground. The passing game was in fine form for the team as well, as three different passers combined to go 11-of-14 with three touchdowns through the air.
Defensively, the Wildcats smothered their hosts and allowed only 225 yards of total offense. Villanova recorded four sacks among its 11.0 tackles for loss and also tallied a forced fumble, an interception and five quarterback hurries. The Wildcat defense notched its fifth game of the season allowing zero or one touchdowns, including the third time in the last four games.
The game turned quickly, as Villanova amassed a 159-18 edge in total yards while scoring three times in the first quarter alone. Junior running back Aaron Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) ran for an eight-yard touchdown five minutes into the contest to get the Wildcats started. Junior quarterback Chris Whitney (Warminster, Pa.) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from junior wide receiver Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) in the middle of the period and later threw a 17-yard touchdown pass of his own to sophomore wide receiver Mikey Reynolds (Moorestown, N.J.) just before the end of the frame.
Whitney completed 6-of-7 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball four times for 21 yards and caught the one touchdown pass for his first career reception. Szczur ran four times for 44 yards and had two catches for 20 yards in addition to throwing his second touchdown pass of the season.
In the second period, Whitney threw a 24-yard pass for a score to sophomore wide receiver Norman White (Hammonton, N.J.), while Ball ran for his second touchdown of the day with 4:47 left in the half to make the score 35-0. A missed 37-yard field goal attempt by Towson as time expired in the quarter kept the Tigers off the board entering the break.
Senior quarterback Antwon Young (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) helped Villanova pick up in the third quarter where it left off at the end of the first half. Young ran for a career-long 82-yard touchdown with 9:22 left in the period and sophomore running back Lawrence Doss (Bellflower, Calif.) ran for a 13-yard score just 1:10 later to make the score 49-0.
Young established a career-high with 92 rushing yards on five carries and Doss ran 10 times for 41 yards. White and Szczur had two receptions apiece and nine different players caught a pass for the Wildcats.
Junior linebacker Terence Thomas (Lawrenceville, N.J.) recorded a team-high 10 tackles and senior defensive end Tim Kukucka (Wall, N.J.) led all players with 2.5 tackles for loss, including one of the team's sacks. Villanova also received a forced fumble and a sack from freshman Ronnie Akins (Lansdale, Pa.) and a 16-yard interception from sophomore James Pitts (Montclair, N.J.).
The Tigers only points of the game came with 2:47 left in the third quarter when Tremayne Dameron ran in from the 1-yard line to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive for Towson. Neither team scored in the fourth period.
Dameron rushed for 40 yards and the score on 19 carries, while quarterback Brian Potts carried the ball 10 times. Potts completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 177 yards and an interception.
Villanova returns home for the final game of the regular season and plays host to Delaware next Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.