Villanova Football's FCS Playoff Hopes End In Eastern Washington

For more on Villanova football check out The Nova Blog

  • Live
3 Total Updates since December 11, 2010
  • Important 2
  • Updates 3
  • All Updates 3

Villanova Football's FCS Playoff Hopes End In Eastern Washington

The Villanova Wildcats quest to repeat as FCS champions fell short tonight with a 41-31 loss to Eastern Washington. Villanova had traveled upwards of 12,000 miles over the past three weeks of playoffs with trips to Steven F Austin in Texans, Appalachian St in North Carolina, and tonight to Eastern Washington. Players were literally taking final exams last night in their hotel. So it was a brutally tough road for the defending champs and one that ultimately fell just a game short of the FCS title game.

Matt Szczur was not the dominating presence he was last week, recording only 36 yards rushing, 25 yards receiving and one TD. Against Appalachian St he accounted for 5 of the Wildcats 6 TDs. Villanova struggled at times to find offense elsewhere. QB Chris Whitney did run two TDs in himself, but also threw two picks and managed just 95 yards through the air.

The Villanova defense that was so good at frustrating Appalachian last week, was lit up this week by Eastern Washington QB Bo Levi Mitchell, who threw for 292 yards and 4 TDs including one 76 yard TD to WR Brandon Kaufman.

Eastern Washington plays the winner of the Georgia Southern vs Delaware game tomorrow afternoon. For Villanova, their next decision is to decide whether they even want to stay in the FCS. They’ve currently got an offer on the table to join the Big East for football, which would move them up from 1-AA to the top tier of college football. The university is still evaluating whether to make the move or not.

Continue

Villanova Football Rolls Over Appalachian State Into FCS Semifinals

Matt Szczur has a contract with the Chicago Cubs, an invite to the Senior Bowl, and he’s got his Viilanova Wildcats in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. When it’s all said and done he may have himself two national titles and a choice between the NFL and MLB.

Just to take a look at what he did today. Villanova scored six TDs on the day, Szczur accounted for five of those. His first was a two yard run near the goal line, then he threw a 54 yard TD pass to Norman White, caught a 30 yard TD of his own, ran for another from 24 yards out, and capped off his day with an impressive goal line run where he was stopped at least a yard and a half shy of the goal line, but stretched out his arm to just put the nose of the ball across on the line for his fifth TD of the day.

The only Wildcat TD Szczur was not a part of was QB Chris Whitney’s 5 yard TD run, which was Villanova’s final score of the afternoon. It was a dominating day for Villanova football and specifically a dominating day for one of the best players in the school’s history, Matt Szczur.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.