John Robertson was spectacular yet again for the Wildcats, connecting on over 81% of his passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in just one half of action on Saturday. Coach Andy Talley had already decided pre-game that his quarterback -- who is still playing with a broken left hand -- would sit down for the second half if the 'Cats were up big at half-time. Despite that, Robertson's accurate passing allowed him to compile impressive numbers.
It is arguable, however, that perhaps the offensive award should have gone to Robertson's teammate, Poppy Livers, who accumulated 113 yards receiving and caught two touchdowns. His massive 43-yard rushing play on a reverse was instrumental in setting up another of the 'Cats touchdowns. Without Livers constantly getting open and adding yards after the catch, Robertson may not have reached his lofty statistics.
Either way, the Wildcats have some weapons on the offensive side of the ball, which makes for good Saturday afternoon theater.
The full list of honors is below:
Offensive Player of the Week
John Robertson | QB | Villanova
- Connected on 13-of-16 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in Nova's win over Rhody.
- Rushed eight times for a game-high 61 yards.
- The performance marked his fourth-straight with four touchdown passes.
Defensive Player of the Week
Brandon Lee | DL | James Madison
- Recorded five tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two sacks and a pass breakup for JMU against Towson.
- Also forced three fumbles in the win, two of which resulted in Towson turnovers.
- His second forced fumble was returned by Dukes teammate Rhakeem Stallings for a touchdown.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Ryan Farrell | LB/LS | New Hampshire
- With no score in the top-10 showdown, he blocked a William & Mary punt that set up New Hampshire's first touchdown.
- Also added three tackles on special teams in the Wildcats' convincing victory.
Rookie of the Week
Jimmy Moreland | CB | James Madison
- Tallied four tackles in JMU's dominant win over Towson.
- Blocked a first-quarter Towson field goal attempt, which eventually led to a JMU touchdown.
Later in the first half, returned an interception 26 yards for another Dukes score.