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Villanova vs. James Madison: Winners & Sinners

The offense was firing on all cylinders, but the defense didn't pick it up until late.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats altered the gameplan a bit on Saturday, need it's offense to outscore the James Madison Dukes en route to a 49-31 victory at Villanova Stadium. The defense uncharacteristically got off to a slow start, but ended up slamming the door shut later on.

Here are your Winners and Sinners from the weekend.


John Robertson - What broken hand? While Andy Talley clearly altered the gameplan to protect Robertson in the running game, he unleased the star quarterback in the passing attack and the All-American responded with one of the best performances of his career. Final line: 22-27, 337 yards and 4 TDs. He did fumble though, his first turnover of the season.

Kevin Monangai - There were warning signs in the Syracuse game - Monangai has looked quicker and more dangerous after a disappointing junior season. He finally broke free to the tune of 15 carries for 129 yards (8.6 ypc) and 2 TDs. Talley said before the game he expected Monangai to step up, and he did. That was his 9th career game going over 100 yards on the ground.

Gary Underwood - Underwood continued his breakout season with a 69-yard touchdown reception on a neat shovel pass to put the game to bed. Since we called out Robertson, Underwood gets the same for his fumble early in the game. But his work on special teams erases that after another good day returning kickoffs.

Joe Sarnese - His two interceptions in the second half halted JMU's momentum and allowed the Villanova offense to march down the field, score, and put the game away. Sa

Mike Burke - Tip of the cap for your first career touchdown catch, sir.

Earnest Pettway - Two catches, two touchdowns. #RedZoneThreat


Defensive Backfield - I wasn't able to watch the game so I can't single anyone out, but letting Vad Lee throw for 400+ yards is troublesome. He racked up some yards chasing the game late, but early on Lee was doing damage too. 6 different Dukes receivers caught passes of longer than 20 yards. The 'Cats are going to face better passes this year, so this needs to be cleaned up.

Kevin Gulyas - Really not fair to throw him down here when two other players fumbled, but his was on a punt return and special teams errors hurt. Luckily, it didn't lead to any points. Otherwise, he had a nice day and had some timely third down catches to keep the chains moving.