By Ben Sullivan
Villanova’s football team has an offense even basketball coach Jay Wright could admire.
John Robertson threw for three touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores as host Villanova pulled away in the second half Saturday to beat Morgan State, 48-28, for its seventh consecutive victory.
Robertson completed 13 of 18 passes for 143 yards and rushed for 99 on 11 carries as the Wildcats (7-1), ranked No. 4 in the Football Championship Subdivision, broke the game open with four touchdowns in an 81/2-minute span in the third quarter. Kevin Monangai rushed for 170 yards and scored twice during the decisive 27-point run.
Moses Skillon completed 23 of 38 passes, threw for a touchdown and rushed for another, but also threw three interceptions for the Bears (4-5), who lost for the second time in their past six games.
Villanova broke a halftime tie at 21 when Monangai scored from a yard out to cap a 75-yard drive on the opening possession of the second half. A blocked punt set up Robertson’s 4-yard run before an interception led to his 4-yard scoring pass to Poppy Livers for a 41-21 lead with 5:41 left in the third.
Monangai went 81 yards late in the quarter to snuff out the upset hopes of Morgan State, which turned a pair of fumbles by Livers into touchdowns in the first half. Robertson dashed 56 yards to the end zone on Villanova’s first play from scrimmage and threw scoring passes to Doug Turrell (photo above) and Kevin Gulyas. Skillon had a 33-yard scoring strike to Thomas Martin and a 3-yard touchdown run.