By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 24th, 2013 at 1:43 am EST
Chester, PA – The Delaware Blue Hens had a huge lead going into the fourth quarter.
And that’s when the momentum switched to the Villanova Wildcats way, as they came back from one of the largest deficits in the historic Delaware vs. Villanova rivalry. The Wildcats were down 34-12 when the quarter would start.
After the Wildcats would get the ball back trailing 34-32 with less than two minutes left, they would march down the field for a late field goal attempt. With 0:05 seconds left, Wildcats kicker Mark Hamilton would give the Wildcats a 35-34 win last night at PPL Park.
“It’s just one of those rivalries that brings out sometimes the best and worst in both teams,” said long-time Villanova coach Andy Talley. “Delaware brought out the worst in us, right until about the 10-minute in the fourth quarter. We were undisciplined. It just seemed like we lost our composure. At some point in time, we had enough resiliency with the schedule we’ve been through, we’ve been in some tough games, and we were able to package some things offensively and got a few stops. … The guys did a great job.”
The Wildcats finished their season with a 6-5 record, while the Blue Hens dropped to 7-5. Both teams are finished for the season, and will start hitting the recruiting trail as the Maine Black Bears and Towson Tigers – both 10-2 – look to get a bid from the CAA into the NCAA playoffs.
Also, both teams have won a series game at PPL Park, an alternative site for Villanova. The Blue Hens won the first game at PPL Park in 2011, before the Wildcats won yesterday.
The Wildcats used a 21-point fourth quarter to make it 34-32. Wildcats quarterback John Robertson threw two touchdowns to senior wide receiver Joe Price – one for 11 yards and the other for 21-yards.
“Joe has been out for five weeks with two fractured L5 vertebrae and he played today after a week of practice still in pain,” said Talley. “He wanted to play his senior game. That’s what this is all about. That is what we needed. Joe had a couple of touchdowns and some key catches.”
Robertson hit a wide-open Gary Underwood to make it 34-32. However, they would miss the 2-point conversion.
“Give the credit to Villanova, they found a way to make one more play tonight,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “My heart breaks for our kids.They gave it everything they had and they didn’t leave anything out on that field tonight. We just have to find a way to win these games.”
Jerel Harrison would score on an 8-yard rushing touchdown for the Blue Hens. Andrew Pierce would also score on a 10-yard rushing touchdown to make it 34-12.
Hurley would hit wide receiver Michael Johnson for a 22-yard touchdown. The Blue Hens were up 28-12 after this touchdown.
In the second quarter, Robertson scored the lone scoring play, as he scored on a 6-yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-9. Hamilton would make it 14-3 after connecting on a 32-yard field goal. He also had a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Delaware opened up the game with a 14-0 run. Hurley threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Hurley caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Rob Jones.
“My heart’s broken for the players,” said Brock. “That locker room right now is a sad bunch of young kids who battled and really played their hearts out. We just weren’t able to find a way to finish the game, whether it be coaching, offensively, defensively or on special teams. Everybody took a little bit of it, and it added up to a loss. It’s disappointing not to be able to close out that game with the circumstances that we had.”
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