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Villanova/Rhode Island Post-Game Notes

Sept. 15, 2012

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Villanova has racked up 743 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in its first three games. The trio of sophomore running backs Austin Medley (Franklinville, N.J.) and Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) and redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) have accounted for nearly all of the production with a combined 628 yards and seven scores between them.

The last time the Wildcats surpassed 200 rushing yards in each of its first three games of a season was in 1992 when they accomplished the feat against West Chester (212 yards), Bucknell (313) and Richmond (255) to total 780 yards in the first three games. Villanova went on to finish that season with an average of 175.2 rushing yards per game, as well as a 9-3 record and an appearance in the FCS playoffs.

In the past two wins against Fordham (28-13) and Rhode Island (31-10) the Wildcats have outscored their opponents by a 45-0 margin in the second half, including 28-0 in the third quarter and 17-0 in the fourth period. Villanova overcame small halftime deficits in both of these wins.

Head coach Andy Talley is in his 28th season leading the Wildcats and is the all-time wins leader in conference play in CAA history. Today was his 114th league win at Villanova and he also improved to 18-7 (.720) in conference openers during his career.

With today's victory the Wildcats extended their lead in the all-time series with the Rams to a 15-3 margin. The teams first met back in 1988 and Villanova avenged a 17-14 loss to Rhode Island in the last series meeting, which took place at Meade Stadium in Kingston on November 6, 2010.