Villanova/Maine Post-Game Notes
Oct. 7, 2017
- Villanova has won its first two home games by a combined 90-0 score. The home opener was a 59-0 win over Lafayette on September 16, while the Wildcats blanked Maine by a final count of 31-0 in today’s game.
- The success at Villanova Stadium is nothing new for the Wildcats, who have posted the following records at their on-campus home:
Villanova Records at Villanova Stadium
All-Time 241-99-5 .706 As FCS team (since 1985) 131-49 .728 Since 2008 39-12 .765
- Villanova has recorded two shutouts in a season for the first time since 1966, and it is also the first time since 1964 that the Wildcats have registered shutouts in consecutive home games. The shutouts during the 1966 season were against West Chester and Boston College, while the back-to-back home shutouts in 1964 came against Detroit and Delaware.
- Since the start of the 2015 season, Villanova has held 10 of its last 30 opponents to fewer than 10 points. Those 10 games include four shutouts and six games where the other team scored in single digits. Over the 30-game span, the Wildcats have allowed just 15.9 points per game. Villanova led all FCS teams in scoring defense last season (15.0) and is giving up just 13.2 points per game this year.
- Besides preventing the other team from scoring, the most notable area in which the Wildcats defense is thriving is in stopping the run. Through six games this season, Villanova is giving up just 50.0 rushing yards per game and 1.8 yards per carry. It is part of a larger stretch that started last season in which the Wildcats have held eight straight teams to fewer than 100 rushing yards. In the last two weeks alone, Villanova has stifled Towson and Maine into running for a combined 60 yards on 61 carries.
- Today’s game marked the 10th straight win for the Wildcats in a game where they score more than 30 points. Over the last seven seasons (since 2011), Villanova is 33-3 (.917) when it scores at least 30 points.
- Although the Wildcats turnover margin of +2 this season is relatively modest, that figure doesn’t tell the whole story. Villanova has forced 14 turnovers by its opponents while committing 12 turnovers itself. However, the Wildcats have a 64-15 scoring margin on points off turnovers through the first six games of the season. Villanova has tallied eight interceptions and six fumble recoveries on the year, and has turned those 14 turnovers into nine touchdowns. The nine touchdowns include three defensive scores (two interception returns, one fumble return) and six offensive touchdowns that came on the ensuing Wildcats possession after the defense forced a turnover.
- Villanova had four interceptions on defense against Maine for the second straight year. Last season in Orono, the Wildcats had four interceptions in a 26-7 victory. Villanova has won the past four games in the series by a combined score of 111-30.
- Freshman safety Jaquan Amos tied an FCS record with a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. It is the third fumble recovery for 99 yards in FCS history, with the feat previously accomplished by Liberty in 2002 and by Morgan State in 2006 (the latter occurrence included a lateral after an initial return of 20 yards). The 99-yard return also set a new Villanova and CAA Football record.
- The play by Amos was the 9th play of any kind in school history of 99 yards or longer.
Villanova Football Plays of 99 Yards or Longer, All-Time
110 Yards Rush John Powers vs. Fordham 10/15/1902 109 Yards Kickoff Return Robert Polidor vs. Miami (Fla.) 11/1/1946 100 Yards Kickoff Return Joseph Slavin vs. Swarthmore 11/2/1907 100 Yards Kickoff Return John Stopper vs. Santa Clara 10/4/1969 100 Yards Kickoff Return Willie Sydnor vs. Massachusetts 9/20/1980 100 Yards Interception Return Rob Rolle vs. Towson 9/17/2016 99 Yards Kickoff Return Bob Dunn vs. Holy Cross 11/2/1963 99 Yards Kickoff Return Brian Westbrook vs. James Madison 10/6/2001 99 Yards Fumble Return Jaquan Amos vs. Maine 10/7/2017
- Redshirt freshman cornerback Dage Davis blocked a Maine punt in the first quarter. It was the first locked kick by the Wildcats defense this season, and the first blocked punt since Julian Williams had one last season at Lafayette on September 24, 2016.
- Senior safety Rasaan Stewart had tied for the team lead with nine tackles in today’s win and also had a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception. He is the first Villanova player to have both a fumble recovery and an interception in the same game since Cameron McCurry did it in a 45-35 win at Towson on October 12, 2013.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Schetelich won his first collegiate start. He had entered the Towson game last week in the first quarter when junior starter Zach Bednarczyk got hurt, and played the rest of the game in a 24-9 victory. The win today was nothing new for Schetelich, who had a 23-1 record as a starter at Cranford (N.J.) high school. He attempted just eight passes in today’s win but threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Todd Summers for his first completion of the game. Schetelich also had a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Summers’ touchdown reception was on his first career catch.