If Villanova coach Andy Talley had his way, plays like the 57-yard touchdown off a flea-flicker to open the game would become more of a staple of the Wildcats' playbook. But he doesn't appear to have the final say. "You scheme up three or four or five different special plays, and you practice them every week, and never get to call them," Talley said.
Mistakes aplentyThe statistics are head-scratching. William and Mary outgained Villanova 472 yards to 283, ran 86 plays to the Wildcats' 52, and had the ball for 32:36 (Villanova's time of possession was 27:24). And Tribe running back Jonathan Grimes gained 95 yards. So how to explain the final score? Try these Tribe stats: eight penalties for 75 yards, including three personal foul penalties, and two turnovers, a fumble and an interception. Villanova didn't lose a turnover and had just two penalties for 15 yards.
Red zone fizzleOn its second possession of the game, William and Mary drove to Villanova's 8 — and quarterback R.J. Archer was intercepted in the end zone. In the second quarter, the Tribe got to the Wildcat 22 — and no further, settling for a field goal. On the final drive of the first half, the Tribe was at the Villanova 11, but had to kick a field goal on second down as time ran out. The Tribe, averaging 29 points per game, didn't score a touchdown until 4:18 remained in the game.
D-fenseVillanova sophomore cornerback James Pitts, who also recovered a fumble, had a team-high 15 tackles — 13 of them unassisted. The eye-popping total caught Wildcats quarterback Chris Whitney's eye. Junior linebackers Terence Thomas and Marquis Kirkland had 14 and 11 tackles, respectively, while junior DB Fred Maldonado had eight. Defensive tackle Sean Lissemore led William and Mary with eight tackles, seven unassisted, and two of the Tribe's four sacks.