Villanova @ Appalachian State
by, 12-11-2010 at 12:29 PM (2825 Views)
BOONE, N.C. — Pardon a few technical difficulties with the wireless Internet in the Kidd Brewer Stadium press box, but finally we're live from the much anticipated NCAA Division I Football Championship quarterfinal game between Villanova and Appalachian State.
You have the winners of four of the past five national championships meeting up for the first time on a sun-splashed day with temperatures surprisingly in the low 40s, after the area was hit with snow, ice and weather in the teens earlier in the week.
All that remains of last week's snowy game here with Western Illinois (a 42-14 ASU win) is the snow lining the beautiful surroundings of the stadium known affectionately as "The Rock."
Appalachian State won the toss and went on offense first, taking the ball 72 yards in just three plays, with Travaris Cadet breaking loose, untouched for 46 yards on the zone read play for a touchdown 72 seconds into the game.
Villanova answered in typical Wildcat fashion, marching 73 yards in a methodical 12 plays. Matt Szczur, last year's playoff MVP, scored from three yards out from his signature Wildcat formation to even the score at 7 after a 5:24 drive.
ASU was moving again into Villanova territory when Cadet fumbled on a hit by strong safety John Dempsey, which VU cornerback Eric Loper recovered and then handed to James Pitts.
But the Mountaineers forced a three and out from the Wildcats to leave the score at 7-7 with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter.