Scores

Final

Colgate 28

(9-3, 5-2 away)

Villanova 55

(10-2, 5-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Villanova Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
COLG 7 0 7 1428
VILL 13 28 14 055

Top Performers

Passing: G. Sullivan (COLG) - 168 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Scott (COLG) - 27 CAR, 94 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: P. Simonds (COLG) - 6 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Villanova 55, Colgate 28

Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Matt Szczur returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score and added two more TDs as Villanova cruised to a 55-28 victory over Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday.

Villanova, ranked No. 6 in the FCS, will face James Madison, a 38-35 winner over Wofford, next Saturday in a quarterfinal round game.

Villanova (10-2) won its fifth straight game and picked up its first playoff victory since 2002, when it advanced to the semifinals before losing to McNeese State.

Jordan Scott scored three touchdowns for Patriot League champion Colgate (9-3), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped. It was Colgate's first loss since falling to Furman 42-21 on Sept. 13.

Szczur gave the Wildcats a quick 6-0 lead 13 seconds into the game.

Before Joe Marcoux's PAT attempt missed wide right, the game was delayed nearly 15 minutes as Villanova safety Darrel Young was carted off the field in an ambulance with a neck sprain. He was taken to University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and after the game Villanova coach Andy Talley said all tests came back negative.

Colgate eventually cut the lead to 13-7 when Scott scored on a 2-yard run with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats responded with 28 unanswered points for a commanding 41-7 halftime advantage. Four Villanova players scored in the second quarter.

Aaron Ball's 8-yard touchdown run for Villanova came with 1:41 remaining for the final score of the first half. Ball also scored from 6 yards in the first.

Szczur added a 4-yard run in the second and a 16-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Chris Whitney early in the third.

Scott, who rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries, set the FCS record for career carries with 1,240. He needed only three carries to break the previous all-time Division I record of 1,215 held by Steve Bartalo of Colorado State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLG
VILL
1st Downs2219
Total Yards373472
Passing16886
Rushing205386
Penalties2-204-34
3rd Down Conversions3-113-6
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession36:2123:39

Passing Leaders

ColgateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan15/221687.610
VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney5/78612.310

Rushing Leaders

ColgateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott27943.5318
Eachus10606.0013
VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ball15926.1214
Babbaro78512.1130

Receiving Leaders

ColgateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simonds68213.7115
Schriefer12525.0025
VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Szczur25125.5135
Harvey33511.7012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLGVILL
TD14:47Matthew Szczur 91 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Failed) 06
TD09:26Aaron Ball 6 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 013
TD01:22Jordan Scott 2 Yd Run (Jacob Stein Kick) 713
SECOND QUARTERCOLGVILL
TD13:48Angelo Babbaro 5 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 720
TD09:29Matthew Szczur 4 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 727
TD05:14Phil Atkinson 65 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 734
TD01:41Aaron Ball 8 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 741
THIRD QUARTERCOLGVILL
TD10:09Matthew Szczur 16 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick) 748
TD03:33Jordan Scott 1 Yd Run (Jacob Stein Kick) 1448
TD01:50Anthony Lucidonio 1 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 1455
FOURTH QUARTERCOLGVILL
TD13:00Jordan Scott 2 Yd Run (Jacob Stein Kick) 2155
TD04:31Pat Simonds 12 Yd Pass From Greg Sullivan (Jacob Stein Kick) 2855