Villanova/Lehigh Post-Game Notes
Sept. 11, 2010
Today's shutout was the second in as many seasons for Villanova, which registered a 27-0 win at James Madison last season on October 17, 2009. Although the Wildcats have recorded 11 shutouts in the coaching career of Andy Talley, only three of these games have come in the last 10 years. All three of the recent shutouts, also including a 20-0 win against Colgate in 2002, have come on the road. Villanova's last shutout at home was a 42-0 win against Norfolk State on September 16, 2000.
With the victory this afternoon, the Wildcats have now defeated the Mountain Hawks in each of the last four seasons. Villanova holds a 7-5 edge in the all-time series against Lehigh and has an average margin of victory of 21.3 points in the last four head-to-head contests. Head coach Andy Talley improved to 5-1 in his career against the Mountain Hawks, with the only loss coming at Villanova Stadium in 2006. The all-time series between the teams dates all the way back to 1903.
Since becoming a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member in 1985, Villanova is 27-4 (.871) against teams from the Patriot League.
The three Wildcats that recorded interceptions in today's game all did so for the first time in their careers. Villanova picked off three passes in the game, with one interception each from junior defensive back Kelvin Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore defensive back Ronnie Akins (Lansdale, Pa.) and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Rakim Cox (San Diego, Calif.).
Senior running back Aaron Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) ran for at least 100 yards for the sixth time in his career and the first time since September 26, 2009 against Northeastern.
Sophomore wide receiver Dorian Wells (West Covina, Calif.) established a new career high with 99 receiving yards in today's game. He accumulated those yards on just three catches, including a 39-yard touchdown reception for his second career touchdown and a 46-yard catch on a non-scoring play.
Today's game marked the fifth time since the start of last season that the Wildcats have surpassed 300 rushing yards in a game.
This afternoon's contest began with the Mountain Hawks kicking off to Villanova to start the game. Lehigh did not kick off again the rest of the afternoon.