Villanova: Loyal performer who will add depth along the offensive line.
2010: Saw action against Towson.
Trio of Wildcats Named to Academic All-Area Football Team
Junior tight end Ryan Bell (Basking Ridge, N.J.), senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) and junior safety Rob Rolle (Newfield, N.J.) were each announced on Thursday afternoon as selections to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team. The academic honor is voted on by the sports information offices at the Philadelphia area colleges and universities. This is the 10th straight year and the 11th time in the 12-year history of the Academic All-Area program that Villanova has had multiple selections to the all-area football squad.
Wildcats Fall to South Dakota State, 10-7, in Second Round of Playoffs
A late field goal in the closing minutes of play proved to be the decisive margin in a tight defensive battle and No. 9 Villanova (9-4) saw its terrific season come to an end in a 10-7 loss to No. 7 South Dakota State (9-3) at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The difference in the game was a 40-yard field goal kicked by Jackrabbits redshirt freshman Chase Vinatieri with 1:21 to play. On their final possession following the field goal, the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs at their own 32-yard line with 41 seconds remaining.
Wildcats Head to South Dakota State For Second Round Playoff Game
It will be a top-10 showdown on Saturday afternoon when No. 9 Villanova (9-3) travels to No. 7 South Dakota State (8-3) for a second round game in the FCS playoffs. The teams will meet for the first time ever on the gridiron, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, S.D. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and can be heard locally on 610 Sports WTEL-AM, with streaming audio from that broadcast available online with a Nova Nation All-Access subscription.
Andy Talley and Austin Calitro Preview Second Round of NCAA FCS Playoffs
During the CAA Football Teleconference on Monday, Villanova head coach Andy Talley and senior linebacker Austin Calitro gave their thoughts on the Wildcats’ win against Saint Francis (PA), and how the team is preparing for a road trip to South Dakota State in the Second Round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Fast Start Paces Wildcats Over Saint Francis 31-21 in FCS Playoffs
Three touchdowns in a span of just over eight minutes in the first half helped No. 9 Villanova (9-3) build an insurmountable lead and advance to the second round of the Division I Football Championship with a 31-21 win over Saint Francis (7-5) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The scoring burst that spanned the first and second quarters sent the Wildcats into the locker rooms with a 24-point lead at halftime. Villanova is now set for a second round playoff game at #8 seed South Dakota State (8-3) next Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Wildcats Host Saint Francis in Playoff Opener on Saturday Afternoon
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In the first round of the FCS playoffs this Saturday afternoon, No. 9 Villanova (8-3) will host Saint Francis (7-4) in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Villanova Stadium, and the game will also air live on 610 Sports WTEL-AM. Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased online here. This is the sixth time in the last nine years that the Wildcats have earned a berth in the Division I Football Championship. The winner of Saturday's opening round contest will advance to a second round game against #8 seed South Dakota State.
Tanoh Kpassagnon Named CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year
Senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) was named the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year and was also one of nine selections from Villanova to the league’s All-Conference teams which were announced on Tuesday morning. This is the ninth time in the last eight seasons that the Wildcats have been presented with one of the CAA Football major postseason awards. Kpassagnon is just the second player in program history to earn the league’s top defensive honor.
Football Earns Playoff Berth, Hosts Saint Francis in Opening Round
The field of 24 teams for the Division I Football Championship was announced on Sunday morning and Villanova is returning to the playoffs for the sixth time in the last nine seasons. This is the 12th postseason bid overall for the Wildcats during the Andy Talley era. Villanova (8-3) will host a first round game against Saint Francis (7-4) next Saturday at 2 p.m., and the game will air live on ESPN3. The winner of the game will advance to a second round matchup at No. 8 seed South Dakota State.