Watkins Delivers Two Touchdown Passes, Jackson Adds Two Ground Scores in Villanova’s Decisive 38-10 Victory Over Lehigh

by Lucas Garcia
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Connor Watkins connected with Rayjuon Pringle for two touchdowns, while Jalen Jackson rushed for 144 yards and an additional two scores, leading Villanova to a resounding 38-10 win over Lehigh this past Saturday. This victory marks the seventh consecutive year that Villanova has triumphed in its season opener.

This encounter marked the third consecutive year in which Villanova faced off against the Mountain Hawks to commence their season. In this enduring rivalry, Villanova has now secured 11 consecutive wins against Lehigh, improving their all-time series record to 14-5.

The Wildcats seized the initial lead through an elaborate 11-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Jackson. Following a fumble by Lehigh’s Gaige Garcia, Villanova’s Richie Kimmel secured possession, allowing Watkins to swiftly connect with Pringle for a 28-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 10-0. Brayton Silbor, Lehigh’s quarterback, threw two costly interceptions that Villanova capitalized on, resulting in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Watkins to Pringle and a 46-yard touchdown sprint by Jackson.

Silbor managed to put Lehigh on the scoreboard with a 7-yard pass to Garcia, coming with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.

Watkins concluded the match with a 13-of-23 passing performance for 119 yards, one interception, and two touchdowns. In the rushing department, Jackson needed merely eight carries to dominate, while DeWill Barlee contributed an additional 102 yards on 11 carries. Altogether, Villanova’s ground attack accumulated 284 yards on 31 carries.

For Lehigh, Silbor posted 206 yards, completing 23 of 38 pass attempts, but also threw a touchdown and two interceptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Villanova’s Season Opener Victory

Who were the standout players for Villanova in the season opener against Lehigh?

Connor Watkins and Jalen Jackson were the standout players for Villanova. Watkins threw for two touchdowns, while Jackson ran for 144 yards and two additional scores.

What is significant about this win for Villanova?

This win marks the seventh consecutive year that Villanova has triumphed in its season opener. It also extends Villanova’s winning streak against Lehigh to 11 consecutive games, improving their all-time series record to 14-5.

How did Villanova secure the initial lead?

Villanova took the initial lead with an 11-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from Jalen Jackson.

Were there any key turnovers that affected the game?

Yes, Gaige Garcia of Lehigh fumbled during one series, and Brayton Silbor threw two interceptions. These turnovers were capitalized upon by Villanova, contributing to their eventual 38-10 victory.

What was Brayton Silbor’s performance like for Lehigh?

Brayton Silbor had 206 yards, completing 23 of 38 pass attempts. However, he also threw a touchdown and two interceptions, the latter of which were capitalized upon by Villanova.

How did Villanova’s ground game perform?

Villanova’s ground game was dominant, accumulating 284 yards on 31 carries. Jalen Jackson led the ground game with 144 yards on just eight carries, and DeWill Barlee added 102 yards on 11 carries.

Where can I find more information on AP college football?

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LocalFan September 2, 2023 - 9:52 pm

Been following the ‘Nova vs Lehigh rivalry for years. Love seeing that 14-5 record, just keeps getting better.

MikeJr45 September 3, 2023 - 12:53 am

Man, Villanova is on fire. 7 years in a row, that’s no joke. Who’s gonna stop em?

OldTimer September 3, 2023 - 5:57 am

Ah, the good ol’ days. I remember when Villanova and Lehigh were more evenly matched. Times have changed, haven’t they.

JustCurious September 3, 2023 - 1:35 pm

Anyone know where i can get more stats on Jalen Jackson? 144 yards on 8 carries is insane.

StatsGuru September 3, 2023 - 4:12 pm

284 yards on the ground is huge. Villanova’s O-line must be made of tanks or something.

FootballFanatic September 3, 2023 - 7:01 pm

Connor Watkins is the real deal. Two TDs in a season opener? guy’s got a future.

SarahT September 3, 2023 - 7:12 pm

Seriously, what’s up with Lehigh? They gotta fix their game. turnovers killed em, period.


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