by, 09-25-2010 at 06:49 PM (1209 Views)
VILLANOVA, Pa. — For everyone who wondered what Villanova might have looked like without Matt Szczur in the lineup, they got a glimpse early during the Wildcats' Saturday night home game against Penn.
Szczur, who has been suffering with a tender ankle since training camp, ran back the opening kickoff for 15 yards and ran for a one-yard loss on the second play from scrimmage before exiting to the training table at Villanova Stadium.
The Wildcats managed two first downs in the first quarter and 42 total yards, but were forced to punt twice on fourth and short.
Penn responded with a nice drive late in the first period as lefty quarterback Billy Ragone led them down the field with his passing and running.
Jeff Jack rumbled 13 yards on a draw play to give the Quakers a first and goal at the 'Nova four with 12:30 remaining in the second quarter and Penn finally scored on a Jack two-yard plunge a couple of plays later to make it 7-0 at the 11:37 mark.
Penn controlled the ball for 9:30 on that march, going 80 yards in 16 plays.
It will be interesting to see how Villanova's other playmakers, including quarterback Chris Whitney, responds from here.