September 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:
Midway through the second quarter, Villanova’s do-everything all-American, Matt Szczur, took his shoulder pads off, his night over. Szczur had suffered a sprained left ankle on his first touch of the game.
While Szczur was ruled out for the evening, the Wildcats were not. The action was just heating up for both Villanova and Penn on Saturday night. The top-ranked team in the Football Championship Series division needed a series of big plays and two touchdowns in the last 41/2 minutes to prevail over the Quakers, 22-10.
“They played their usual hard-nosed, tough, tough game against us,” Villanova coach Andy Talley said. “They’re a championship football team. They’re good. They’re really good. I think Penn can really run the ball.”
Villanova didn’t take the lead for good until 4:29 remained in the game. Before that, a methodical 14-play Quakers drive and a field goal with a little more than nine minutes left in the game had put Penn ahead by 10-9.
But Villanova (2-1) answered with its own drive and didn’t have to settle for three points. Quarterback Chris Whitney stood in the pocket and delivered a 21-yard scoring strike to Norman White on a third-and-6 play.
With 2:59 left, Wildcats cornerback James Pitts provided the cushion with an interception and a 56-yard return for a touchdown.
“One of the problems in this game, you can’t make a mistake,” said Quakers coach Al Bagnoli, whose team fell to 1-1. “Your margin is basically nil. We made some big mistakes that cost not only field position but points.”
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