Sept. 26, 2009
Villanova improved to 4-0 for the first time since it started the 2003 season with six consecutive wins.
Under head coach Andy Talley, the Wildcats are now 16-6 (.727) in conference openers.
The Wildcats are now 11-5 (.688) all-time against Northeastern. The Huskies are just 1-7 at Villanova and have lost seven straight meetings on the Main Line since they defeated the Wildcats here in 1993.
September continues to be a dominant month for Villanova. Since 1997, the team is now 31-5 (.861) against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. Overall, the Wildcats are 34-10 (.773) in September games since 1997, with five of the 10 losses coming to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams.
Villanova gained 410 yards on the ground in today's game to notch the third-highest single game total in school history. The Wildcats had not surpassed 400 rushing yards in a game since they had 406 yards in the ground in a 35-21 win over William & Mary on October 26, 1991. The school record for rushing yards in a game is 627, set back on November 19, 1949 against North Carolina State.
Since the start of the 1999 season, Villanova has registered just five games in which it totaled more than 300 rushing yards. However, four of the five games have come in the last seven contests for the Wildcats dating back to last season. Villanova surpassed 300 yards on the ground last season in wins over Delaware and Colgate (first round of the FCS playoffs) as well as this season against Lehigh and today against Northeastern.
Junior running back Aaron Ball tallied his fifth career 100-yard rushing game and the first of this season. His other four games with at least 100 yards rushing came as a sophomore in 2008.
Senior wide receiver Brandyn Harvey had over 100 yards receiving for the fourth time in his career in today's game, including the second time this season. Harvey also had two games with over 100 yards receiving as a sophomore in 2007.
Aaron Ball and Brandyn Harvey combined to give Villanova its first game with both a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game since a 35-21 win over William & Mary on October 29, 2005. On that date, Martin "Moe" Gibson ran for 176 yards and John Dieser had 182 receiving yards for the Wildcats, who totaled 540 yards of total offense in the game.