The Villanova Wildcats settled into the CAA Football driver's seat on Saturday night after a 45-35 victory over the number-three ranked Towson Tigers to go to 3-0 in league play. The 'Cats were led on the field by a dominating game from quarterback John Robertson and a big-play performance from rising defensive star, sophomore Cameron McCurry.
Robertson completed 17 of 18 pass attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns, while lighting things up in the running game with 150 yards and three more scores. The sophomore quarterback owes some of his success to the big, veteran offensive line that created big running lanes for him up the middle.
The Villanova defense also had a huge game, holding Towson's not-so-secret weapon to just 61 yards. West had averaged 147.7 yards on the ground in the Tigers' first six games of the season.
McCurry landed five tackled in the contest, while helping to scoop up an early Towson fumble that led to a Villanova score, and blocking a point after when the Tigers finally got on the board. McCurry also grabbed his fourth interception of the season in a key spot to help end a threat from Towson quarterback Peter Athens. He accounted for two of the five forced turnovers than helped to push Villanova into the driver's seat.
In a team effort to take down a highly ranked opponent on the road, Villanova's offensive and defensive stars stood out.
Offensive Player of the Week: John Robertson, Soph., QB, Villanova
Robertson was nearly perfect in Villanova's 45-35 victory over No. 3/2 Towson on Saturday. The sophomore sensation piled up 332 total yards in the win, opening the game with 17 straight completions and finishing 17-of-18 for 182 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go with 150 yards and three scores on a career-best 32 carries – the most by a Wildcat since 2007. Robertson's effort marked his sixth-career 100-yard rushing game and his second-ever outing with three rushing touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Week: Cameron McCurry, Soph., S, Villanova
McCurry cops his first-career weekly honor behind a complete all-around performance that helped the Wildcats snap Towson's 10-game winning streak. In addition to his five tackles, the sophomore secured a first-quarter fumble recovery that led to a Nova touchdown before blocking a PAT on the Tigers' ensuing drive. McCurry would return his team-leading fourth interception of the season for 25 yards early in the fourth quarter to finish with two of Wildcats' five forced turnovers in the win.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Dejor Simmons, Jr., KR, James Madison
Simmons finished with a career-high 141 yards on three kickoff returns in Saturday's 38-31 win over in-state rival Richmond. The junior highlighted his stellar play on the second half's opening kickoff, which he returned a conference- and school-record tying 100 yards for his first collegiate score. The 100-yard return was just the second such return in program history and the team's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2008.
Rookie of the Week: Kwe'shon Williams, R-Fr., CB, James Madison
Williams showed no signs of an injury that prevented him from playing the previous week, turning in a career day in JMU's win over the Spiders. The rookie finished with career highs with nine tackles, including four solo, and three pass breakups. Williams also came away with his second-career interception, which he returned 35 yards and that led to touchdown that gave the Dukes a 28-9 third-quarter advantage.