Sept. 22, 2012
Villanova won its 12th consecutive game against Penn and improved to 12-5 in the all-time series against the Quakers. Head coach Andy Talley is now 11-0 in his career against Penn.
The game marked only the third time in the history of FCS football that head coaches with at least 220 career victories faced each other. Wildcats head coach Andy Talley won his 221st game with the victory and Quakers head coach Al Bagnoli has 222 wins in his career. Overall this was the 16th meeting at the FCS level and the 45th meeting in all divisions of college football between coaches with 200 or more career wins.
Villanova head coach Andy Talley has led his teams to a 13-0 record against Ivy League schools, including 11 wins against Penn and two wins over Columbia.
This game was the Wildcats most complete of the season so far on both offense and defense. Villanova set a season high with 438 yards of total offense as well as with 213 passing yards. Meanwhile, the eight points allowed to the Quakers marked the lowest scoring output for a Wildcats opponent this season.
Villanova had 225 rushing yards and 213 passing yards in today's game. The last time the Wildcats surpassed 200 yards in a game in each of those categories was on December 4, 2010 in a 54-24 road win at Stephen F. Austin in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Through the first four games of the 2012 season Villanova has surpassed 200 rushing yards in every game. The last time the Wildcats had four straight games with over 200 yards on the ground was in 2009 during a stretch that lasted from November 14 through December 5. The four-game stretch included the last two games of the 2009 regular season as well as the first two rounds of the FCS playoffs.
Sophomore running back Kevin Monangai recorded his first career game with at least 100 yards rushing. He finished the day with 17 carries for a career high 109 yards.
Prior to today's game the last time Villanova had over 200 passing yards in a game was in the 54-24 win at Stephen F. Austin on December 4, 2010 in the FCS playoffs. Chris Whitney threw for 222 yards in that game and the Wildcats finished the day with a total of 239 passing yards. Wide receiver Matt Szczur had 128 receiving yards in the game.
Since that contest against Stephen F. Austin the Wildcats had not had any player either throw for 200 yards or account for over 100 receiving yards. Both of those feats happened against Penn, with redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson throwing for a career high 213 yards and junior wide receiver Joe Price racking up a career best 113 receiving yards.
Penn scored its only points of the game on a touchdown with 3:14 left in the contest and in doing so snapped a scoreless streak of 91:04 for the Villanova defense. The streak started after the Wildcats allowed a field goal to Rhode Island with 4:18 left in the second quarter of last weekend's game. Villanova shut down the Rams the rest of the way and held the Quakers scoreless for well over three quarters in this game. The scoreless defensive streak of 91:04 is the equivalent of more than six consecutive quarters of scoreless defense.
The last time the Wildcats held an opponent to a single-digit scoring output was on October 30, 2010 when Villanova posted a 28-7 home win over Richmond. Since allowing 41 points to Temple in this year's season opener the Wildcats have reduced their points allowed in each successive game since.
Villanova registered 4.0 sacks on defense for the first time since November 13, 2010 when the Wildcats had 4.0 sacks against New Hampshire.