Sept. 29, 2007
HARRISONBURG, Va.-- A five-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Antwon Young (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the closing minutes accounted for the team's lone score, as Villanova (3-2, 1-1 CAA) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of No. 9 James Madison (4-1, 2-0 CAA) in a 35-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.
With thoughts of avenging a narrow loss to the Wildcats last season at Villanova Stadium on their minds, the Dukes generated 507 yards of total offense and built a 21-0 halftime lead en route to the victory. Quarterback Rodney Landers threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 70 yards and two additional scores. Mike Caussin counted a pair of touchdown receptions among his three catches, including a 17-yard reception just 4:53 into the game that opened the scoring.
Against a strong defensive squad, Villanova turned the ball over just one time in the game but still was unable to balance the time of possession against James Madison. The Dukes held the ball for more than 38 minutes in the game and ran 82 offensive plays, compared to just 48 plays run by the Wildcats.
Young completed 15-of-23 passes for 124 yards and his touchdown run capped a seven-play drive that needed to cover just 53 yards after a 22-yard kickoff return by sophomore Angelo Babbaro (Canfield, Ohio). Villanova also got another strong game from freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.), who returned three kickoffs for a total of 82 yards, carried the ball twice for 22 yards and made two receptions for nine yards.
It was an effective day overall for the Wildcat special teams, as junior Joe Marcoux (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) averaged 68.0 yards on his two kickoffs and sophomore Zach Ugarte (Ocklawaha, Fla.) averaged 45.0 yards on five punts. Those included two punts that landed inside the 20-yard line and a long punt of 55 yards.
The Wildcats were limited to just 77 net rushing yards after averaging 140 yards per game during the three-game winning streak. Senior Matt Dicken (Cape May, N.J.) carried seven times for 24 yards. Senior wide receiver Matt Sherry (Rumford, R.I.) led the team with five receptions for a total of 60 yards.
James Madison led 7-0 midway through the second quarter before adding two touchdowns in the period, one with 7:19 left and one with only 2:45 remaining before the intermission. The teams played scoreless football in the third quarter before the Dukes got back on the board with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter that preceded the five-yard scoring run by Young.
Villanova returns home next Saturday at 6 p.m. for its homecoming game against William & Mary at 6 p.m.