VILLANOVA, PA. - The Villanova offense ran wild on New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium, rushing for 316 yards and amassing 484 yards of total offense in a dominating 45-3 victory. Sophomore Terry Butler rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns, as Villanova improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in Atlantic 10 play. UNH fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in conference action with the loss.
The Wildcats got on the board with 11:15 to go in the first quarter when Butler scampered into the end zone for a four yard touchdown run. 'Nova struck again early in the second quarter when Mike Tesei forced a fumble at the New Hampshire five yardline. Jeremy Morgan pounced on the ball, and one play later, Brett Gordon found Cameron Cross in the end zone to increase Villanova's lead to 14-0.
New Hampshire then cut the deficit to 14-3 with a 32-yard field goal from Connor McCormick with 8:31 left to go in the half. Villanova took that 14-3 lead into halftime.
Villanova came out strong in the third quarter when Leighton Zema blocked a New Hampshire punt, setting Villanova up at the New Hampshire 28-yard line. The Wildcats were able to cash in on the opportunity when Terry Butler tallied his second score of the afternoon on a five-yard carry. 'Nova's defense stiffened, allowing New Hampshire only six yards of total offense in the third quarter. After a three-and-out, Villanova took the ball 55 yards downfield, culminating in a Henry Ridley one yard touchdown run. Just two plays later, Jamison Young picked off a pass, setting up a 22 yard touchdown toss from Gordon to Cross.
'Nova got on the board early in the fourth quarter with a 37-yard Adam James field goal, putting the score at 38-3. Three plays later, redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Casamento drove the Villanova down the field, handing off to Phil DiGiacomo for a 30-yard touchdown run. James' extra point was good, bringing the score to 45-3, where it would stand until the final whistle.
Villanova dominated the game on both sides of the ball, collecting 31 fist downs to New Hampshire's 11. The Villanova defense continued to be tenacious, holding New Hampshire to just 32 yards rushing. For the year, the defense has only allowed seven fourth-quarter points and 43 total points.