W&M notebook: Grimes gets it done despite injury

For someone whose status was uncertain earlier in the week, Jonathan Grimes sure looked pretty good on Saturday.

Grimes, William and Mary's junior running back, scored three touchdowns, tying a single-game career-high, and moved into fifth place all-time on William and Mary's rushing list with 23 rushing TDs in the No. 7 Tribe's 31-24 victory against No. 1 Villanova.

He also preserved William and Mary's win with a leaping grab of onside kick after the Wildcats cut a lead that was 21-0 and 31-10 to one touchdown with 2:10 to play.

"We were really cautious with Jon during the week, seeing if he could get healthy," Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said. "He was going to play this game. He wasn't going to miss this game. He was ready to go, and I just knew — get him the football, and good things were going to happen today."

Getting his kicks

Tyler Bailey, according to his brief bio in William and Mary's media guide, was a wide receiver at Abingdon High in Abingdon, Va., where he also lettered in baseball, basketball and track and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America.

Oh, and he did a little punting, too, which came in very handy on Saturday.

Pressed into emergency service after senior David Miller injured his knee last week, Bailey, a sophomore who's spent two seasons as a scout team wide receiver, punted four times for an average of 35.2 yards, with a long of 47 that was downed at the Villanova 2-yard line.

He also had a 19-yarder go out of bounds at the Tribe 38, though Villanova's good field position disappeared with Dante Cook's 84-yard interception return.

Laycock said the choice at practice this week came down to Bailey or placekicker Drake Kuhn.

"Tyler, bless his heart, he was bombing them out there on Wednesday," Laycock said. "It's kind of like standing up there on the practice tee and hitting them good, and then all of a sudden, you get in the game and it's a little different. He can punt. He was a little nervous, I think, out there today, (but) it was a great experience for him."

Et tu, Szczur?

Villanova played without senior playmaker Matt Szczur, who sprained his left ankle last week, and was missing seven other players.

"The whole week we were expecting Szczur to play, (but) even when Szczur isn't in there, they run (their schemes) with (senior running back Angelo) Babbaro," Tribe senior defensive tackle Michael Stover. "You still have to be ready for that wildcat and those plays. They can still run all that stuff. They have enough athletes to.

"It wasn't so much that having Szczur not in there helped out a lot. There was still a lot of stuff we had to worry about on defense."

Odds and ends

Tribe sophomore wide receiver Ryan Moody, who missed all but two games last season after breaking his ankle, is enjoying his return to health. He had five catches for a team-best 61 yards on Saturday to bring his season totals to 14 catches for a team-leading 245 yards. He's averaging 17.5 yards per catch. … Saturday's win was the Tribe's third against a No.1 team since 2005. William and Mary knocked off a then-No. 1 New Hampshire in 2005 before beating Southern Illinois last season in the FCS quarterfinals.

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