Though his team was down 21-0 after the first half, and 35-0 after three quarters, Villanova coach Andy Talley kept his first-string offense in the game all the way to end of the Wildcats 42-7 loss to Temple in the Mayor's Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.
Talley played 17 first-year starters, including at quarterback, both offensive tackles, at offensive guard, at tight end and at running back.
``If we were a more experienced football team, we would have put some other guys in there," 'Nova coach Andy Talley s said after the game. ``We wanted to give them repetitions, and let them stay in the game, and work rhtough this. It was painful, but necessary. I will stay positive, especially with a young team. If this was an older team, and they come out and got beat, 42-7, I'd be ripping some people up."
When he was asked if the film of the blow-out loss would by of any use, Talley responded affirmatively.
'Nova had a chance to go up, 7-0, on its first possession when the Wildcats had a first-and-10 at Temple's 27-yard line. But redshirt freshman quarterback Dustin Thomas threw an end zone interception that killed the drive.
``We can learn from the tape of this game," he said. ``I think Temple is the best team we're going to play. We needed to at least put some points on the board. We let them off the hook, so you know you're going to run into other problems, and young kids making But we have a long season to go, and a lot of good things to look forward to. What any coach is looking to do is figure it out and see how we can come storming back."
'Nova opens play in the Colonial Athletic Association with a game at Towson on Saturday.