Without Robertson, Villanova Comes Up One Kick Short Against SHSU

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

VILLANOVA, PA. — Playing without its emotional leader, John Robertson, when the junior quarterback and likely Walter Payton Award winner suffered a reoccurrence of concussion symptoms on Saturday morning, Villanova might have considered itself fortunate to be one final drive away from winning, or at least sending its quarterfinal-round game with Sam Houston State into overtime Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Football Championships.

 

But the last place Villanova wanted to find itself was facing a 51-yard field goal attempt to extend its season.

Those fears came to bear when beleaguered place kicker Chris Gough missed that kick barely wide left with 30 seconds to play in a 34-31 loss that matched Villanova coach Andy Talley against former Delaware coach and longtime rival K.C. Keeler, in his first year at Sam Houston State.

 

Jalen Overstreet's one-yard touchdown smash with 4:03 remaining lifted the Bearkats into the lead after Villanova had taken a 31-27 lead on backup quarterback Chris Polony's one-yard TD sweep midway through the fourth quarter.

 

"We just needed one more stop," said Talley. "And we couldn't get it."

 

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Villanova Doesn't Panic In Playoff Win Over Liberty

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

VILLANOVA, Pa. — When you coach 30 seasons at the same school, win a national championship and spend 35 years overall as a head coach, panic doesn't easily set in.

 

The multitude of experiences logged by Andy Talley and his veteran staff translated into a sense of calm and determination Saturday evening at Villanova Stadium when the Villanova Wildcats found themselves trailing Liberty 13-0 in the second quarter and 22-14 after three periods.

 

And it ultimately proved the confidence that resulted in a 29-22 victory that vaulted fifth-ranked Villanova into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

 

Playing through a steady rain that made conditions miserable throughout the game, the Wildcats struck for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and overcame four turnovers to overcome the talented Flames, who were playing just their second playoff game ever.

 

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North Dakota State Answers Questions, Claims Another FBS Scalp

NDSU over Iowa State 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — It should surprise no one that North Dakota State claimed another Football Bowl Subdivision scalp with a rather routine, 34-14 victory at Iowa State on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Bison, coming off a record-tying three consecutive NCAA Division I Football titles, even spotted the Cyclones 14 points before blowing them out over the final three quarters.

 

Even the teams that NDSU competes with in the Missouri Valley Conference normally put up a better fight than that. Even the Big 12’s men in stripes couldn’t keep this a close game.

 

It was the fifth consecutive FBS win for the mighty, mighty Bison, who had previously bagged their limit of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Colorado State Rams, Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats.

 

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Campbell Draws Blanks In Its Trip To Appalachian State

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State concocted the the perfect home remedy for what was ailing its football team with a 66-0 victory over Campbell before 25,861 fans Saturday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

 

Coming off a 52-14 loss last weekend at Michigan, the Mountaineers (1-1) got well in a hurry with a 45-point, first-half explosion on the way to the home-opening win.

 

It was the most first-half points for App State in a game since the Mountaineers scored 45 points on the way to a 79-35 victory over Western Carolina on Nov. 10, 2007, the largest margin of victory since a 67-0 win against Arkansas-Monticello in 1941 and the most points scored in a game since the 70-24 Halloween night win over Wofford in 2008.

 

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Villanova Earns Everything But Win Against Syracuse

Syracuse over Villanova 2OT 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — So when can a loss really be considered a win?

 

In the case of Villanova's season-opening, 27-26 double-overtime, football defeat at Syracuse last Friday night before 41,189 fans at the Carrier Dome, the Wildcats did everything but walk away with the "W."

And in the process, Villanova established itself as one of the teams that could prove to be capable of making a run for the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship.

 

It looked like the Wildcats would get a real win, rather than a moral victory, before kicker Chris Gough pushed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 15 seconds left in regulation wide right. 

 

Rather than celebrating a hard-fought, well-deserved 20-17 win, Villanova was forced into overtime.

Gough was shaky all night as he replaced the dependable, but graduated All-American Mark Hamilton on placements. Gough hooked a 34-yard field goal effort wide left in the first period.

 

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