No. 7 Villanova Too Much For Leopards
Sept. 16, 2017
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- No. 7 Villanova lived up to its national ranking, handing Lafayette a 59-0 loss on Saturday night at Villanova Stadium.
The Wildcats led 49-0 at halftime. They scored on the opening drive of the game, as a 59-yard Zach Bednarczyk to Ryan Bell pass set up a four-yard touchdown run for Bednarczyk. Bell was a frequent recipient of the football in the first half. The tight end reeled in touchdown catches of four and 37 yards to finish the half with five catches for 119 yards.
Villanova did the rest of its damage on defense and special teams. Jaquan Amos (35-yard return) and Keeling Hunter (27-yard return) each intercepted passes and took them for touchdowns with Hunter's coming 28 seconds before intermission. The special teams took its turn when Taurus Phillips returned a punt 64 yards for a TD, the first time since 2013 that the Leopards surrendered a punt return for touchdown.
Bednarczyk did not play in the second half, finishing 13-of-15 for 237 yards for two touchdowns while running for 19 yards and a touchdown.
The hosts scored two more times in the second half on a Corey Russo one-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard field goal by Gerard Smith.
Defensively for Lafayette, senior captain Brandon Bryant accumulated 14 tackles while Michael Root had nine. Tymir Jones (fumble) and Phillip Parham (interception) each garnered turnovers for the Leopards who gave up 505 yards of total offense. Beau Bosch, who ended the game with six tackles, also blocked a PAT.
Offensively for Lafayette, freshman QB Sean O'Malley completed 15-of-29 for 84 yards and was intercepted three times. His longest connection went to fellow freshman Jake Taggart for 25 yards. Classmate Cole Northrup played under center in the fourth quarter, completing 1-of-4 for five yards on the last two series of the game.
Lafayette (0-3) returns to Fisher on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff when the Leopards' host Princeton (1-0).