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In the Battle of Nationally Ranked Teams Fordham Suffers Tough Loss to Villanova

Fordham QB Michael Nebrich and the offense were kept off balance by the Villanova Defense. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fordham QB Michael Nebrich and the offense were kept off balance by the Villanova Defense. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Nothing was going the way of #11/10 Fordham University (1-1) as the team as a whole were unable to get started against a very tough #10/7 Villanova University (1-1) Football team in NCAA Football action on September 6.

The Rams who went Three and Out in the very first possession of the game, just were unable to find their rhythm and were made to pay by the Wildcats.

For Villanova it was the dynamic duo of  John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) and  Poppy Livers (Seaside, Cali.) providing a one-two punch for the offense. Robertson moved into Eighth Place in school history with his 210 career points. The Quarterback who had a 20-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was the 35th of his career (all rushing), which propelled him into second place in the record books in career touchdowns.

Robertson who was playing with a bruised hand, did not show any affects of injuries as he had precise throws made during the course of the game. Most of those throws went to Livers who had eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. This was his second career 100-yard receiving game.

Villanova QB John Robertson and teammates celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Villanova QB John Robertson and teammates celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The main key for the Wildcats in the victory was the smothering defense that was on display, as Villanova held Fordham to a -7 yards rushing in the first half.

Fordham was able to find a bit of chemistry as Quarterback Michael Nebrich (Burke, Va.) connected with Wide Receiver Sam Ajala (DeSoto, Tex.) on a few plays, including a 51-yard completion in the First Quarter.

Kicker Michael Marando (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had two successful field goal attempts for the Rams, both for about 38 Yards coming in the First and Third Quarters respectively.

Both teams had to sit out a 1:09 delay due to lighting, the bad weather did not put a dammer on the Wildcats day as the team is now 23-7 in home openers under Head Coach Andy Talley.

Fordham looks to get back on the winning track when they return home to Jack Coffey Field to take on the Rhode Island Rams on September 13. The Rams are 5-0 after a loss with Joe Moorhead as head coach, while also looking to defend their home turf.

As for Villanova the Wildcats will have a bye next week, and will open up Colonial Athletic Association Conference play against James Madison on September 20.

For more information on Villanova Athletics fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.villanova.com

For more information on Fordham Athletics fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.fordhamsports.com

For the postgame videos fans are encouraged to click here:

https://1495sports.com/2014/09/07/videos-fordham-football-v-villanova/

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