Scores

Final

Villanova 54

(8-4, 5-3 CAA)

SF Austin 24

(9-3, 6-1 Southland)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, December 4, 2010

Homer Bryce Stadium, Nacogdoches, TX

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 7 27 3 1754
SFA 21 3 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: C. Whitney (VILL) - 222 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: K. Lawson (SFA) - 15 CAR, 75 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Szczur (VILL) - 11 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Villanova 54, Stephen F.Austin 24

Associated Press

NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Chris Whitney threw four touchdown passes, Matt Szczur had 128 yards receiving and Villanova rallied from an early deficit to defeat Stephen F. Austin 54-24 Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Whitney was 21 of 30 for 222 yards and Szczur caught 11 passes, including a 51-yard TD for the Wildcats (8-4), who will play at No. 1 seed Appalachian State in the quarterfinals either Friday or Saturday.

Jeremy Moses was 33 of 51 for 340 yards for the Lumberjacks (9-3) but also had three interceptions. Keith Lawson ran for three touchdowns and a team-high 75 yards.

Lawson's third score gave Stephen F. Austin a 21-7 lead with 1:34 left in the first quarter, but Villanova rallied to take a 34-24 halftime lead and the Lumberjacks didn't score again.

Norman White had two of his three TD receptions in the second quarter for Villanova.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
SFA
1st Downs2925
Total Yards473453
Passing239363
Rushing23490
Penalties5-406-65
3rd Down Conversions8-174-12
4th Down Conversions3-32-3
Turnovers16
Possession39:1620:44

Passing Leaders

VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney21/302227.440
Stephen F. AustinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moses33/513406.703

Rushing Leaders

VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Szczur9687.6037
Ball12635.3011
Stephen F. AustinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lawson15755.0316
Moses284.007

Receiving Leaders

VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Szczur1112811.6151
White66911.5317
Stephen F. AustinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crawford59218.4027
Lott68514.2026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVILLSFA
TD09:58Keith Lawson 1 Yd Run (Thomas Henshaw Kick) 07
TD05:09Norman White 16 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Mark Hamilton Kick) 77
TD02:33Keith Lawson 1 Yd Run (Thomas Henshaw Kick) 714
TD01:34Keith Lawson 1 Yd Run (Thomas Henshaw Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERVILLSFA
TD10:59Norman White 11 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Mark Hamilton Kick) 1421
FG07:46Thomas Henshaw 35 Yd 1424
FG04:50Mark Hamilton 37 Yd 1724
TD02:00Norman White 17 Yd Pass From Marlon Calbi (Mark Hamilton Kick) 2424
TD00:34Mikey Reynolds 4 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Mark Hamilton Kick) 3124
FG00:00Mark Hamilton 38 Yd 3424
THIRD QUARTERVILLSFA
FG06:17Mark Hamilton 30 Yd 3724
FOURTH QUARTERVILLSFA
TD13:12Matt Szczur 51 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Mark Hamilton Kick) 4424
FG08:41Mark Hamilton 27 Yd 4724
TD01:49Brennan Erbeznik 0 Yd Run (Mark Hamilton Kick) 5424