Oct. 10, 2009
Today's game marked the second straight week that Villanova was involved in a game that matched up the nation's No. 2 team against a No. 5 team. Last week, the second-ranked Wildcats defeated No. 5 William & Mary at home by a 28-17 score. This afternoon's contest at New Hampshire was also the second in a stretch of three games against nationally-ranked opponents for Villanova.
Since the start of the 2007 season, Villanova has lost just six games to other FCS opponents. All six losses have come to teams ranked in the top 11 in the nation at the time of the game, including four of the six losses against teams ranked No. 1, No. 4 or No. 5. The Wildcats are 6-6 overall against nationally-ranked FCS opponents over the past three years, including a win over then-No. 1 Richmond last season at Villanova Stadium.
In six games this season, Villanova has a 14-5 turnover margin over its opposition. The Wildcats have made 10 interceptions and recovered four fumbles. Offensively, Villanova has thrown just two interceptions of its own and has lost three fumbles.
Prior to today's loss to New Hampshire, the Wildcats had won five consecutive CAA road games since a 35-27 loss at Richmond on November 3, 2007. The streak included a 4-0 mark in conference road games last season. This afternoon was the first conference game on the road this season for Villanova.
The loss to New Hampshire also denied the Wildcats a 6-0 start for the first time since 2003. This season marked the sixth time in Andy Talley's head coaching tenure at Villanova that the team started a season with five straight wins. The other years prior to this season were 1985, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 2003.