Watkins lifts Villanova over Delaware 29-26

Nov 19, 2022, 12:16 AM | Updated: 2:18 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Connor Watkins scored on a 2-yard run with 1:11 remaining and Villanova rallied to beat Delaware 29-26 on Saturday.

Watkins opened the scoring with a 7-yard run to give Villanova (6-5, 4-4 Colonial Athletic Association) a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

Nick Henderson pulled Delaware (7-4, 4-4) even by quarter’s end with a 48-yard scoring strike to Thyrick Pitts. Henderson and Pitts teamed up again for a 7-yard touchdown early in the second quarter but the Blue Hens missed the point-after kick and led 13-7.

The Wildcats regained the lead on Deewil Barlee’s 1-yard run before a field goal by Brandon Ratcliffe gave Delaware a 16-14 lead at intermission.

Henderson’s 25-yard scoring strike to Jourdan Townsend gave the Blue Hens a 23-14 lead midway through the third quarter. Barlee scored on an 11-yard run to get Villanova within 23-21 heading to the final period.

Henderson completed 37 of 59 passes for 347 yards for Delaware.

The Blue Hens out-gained the Wildcats 461-250.

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