Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Final Thoughts On W&M Game

The win this past Saturday against William & Mary was HUGE. Not only does it move The 'Cats to 5-0 (2-0 in CAA play,) but it also gives them momentum for the difficult road games ahead. The 'Cats retained their number 2 ranking for the fourth consecutive week heading into this difficult road trip. Before I bring the keys to next Saturday's game at New Hampshire (Likely tomorrow,) I'll give my final thoughts on the game against Bill and Mary.

  1. On the first play from scrimmage, Matt Szczur took the direct snap, Dorian Wells took the ball from him while in motion and tossed it back to Chris Whitney who hit Brandyn Harvey for a 55 yard touchdown. I love when Villanova takes shots down the field (especially when they're successful.)
  2. Yet again, The 'Cats won the turnover margin and limited the penalties. Very few penalties plus not turning the ball over more often than not translates into wins.
  3. I'm very concerned about the number of sacks that Chris Whitney is taking. I've never seen a Villanova quarterback take this much of a beating, especially since they don't pass very much, it's very annoying and the best is still to come.
  4. The red zone defense was stifling.. Performances like that are what you need in big games, as long as you don't break, a little bit of bending is alright, especially if you force turnovers at the clip that The 'Cats are doing it.
  5. James Pitts is well on his way to becoming a star. Not only did he lead the team with 15 total tackles, but he had two pass breakups, one of which was a deflection that turned into a Marquis Kirkland interception. Through 5 games, Pitts is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two and seems to be getting better and better each week.

Reminder: The Game at #5 New Hampshire is a noon kickoff. It's not on TV, but it will be on 950 ESPN Radio like normal.

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