Villanova/James Madison Post-Game Notes
Oct. 15, 2017
- Villanova fell to 3-6 all-time against No. 1 ranked FCS teams. The game against James Madison was the Wildcats first against a No. 1 team since the semifinal round of the 2010 playoffs at Eastern Washington. Dating back to 2008, Villanova had won nine of its previous 13 games against top-5 opponents before the loss to the Dukes.
- This is only the fourth time in 31 games over the past three seasons that the Wildcats have allowed an opponent to score 30 or more points. Since the start of the 2015 season, Villanova has as many shutouts as games in which it has given up at least 30 points. Over the 31-game stretch, the Wildcats have an overall scoring defense of 16.3 points per game.
- Villanova has held nine straight opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards. The streak began with two playoff games last year and includes all seven contests the Wildcats have played this season. In the nine-game stretch, Villanova has given up a total of just 379 rushing yards (42.1 yards per game) on 242 attempts (1.6 yards per carry). In four of the last five games, the Wildcats have given up fewer than 50 rushing yards.
- Stopping the run against James Madison was particularly notable for the Villanova defense. Entering the game, the Dukes led CAA Football and ranked seventh among all FCS teams with 289.8 rushing yards per contest. They were held to a mere 45 yards on 30 carries by the Wildcats defensive unit. In the past two seasons, James Madison has averaged 296.5 yards of total offense against Villanova and 522.2 yards per game against all other opponents.
- With the 45 rushing yards the Wildcats allowed in Saturday's game, they moved into the FCS lead for fewest rushing yards allowed per game. Villanova is giving up just 49.3 rushing yards per contest this season and is holding opponents to 1.7 yards per carry. There have been 31 occasions this season in which an FCS team has run for at least 350 yards in a game. Villanova has not allowed 350 rushing yards the entire season (345 yards allowed in seven games).
- Junior linebacker Jeff Steeb had a team-high nine tackles, including the Wildcats only two sacks of the game. It is the first time in his career that Steeb has registered two sacks in a contest. His previous career high was 1.5 sacks against Saint Francis last season.
- Senior linebacker Ed Shockley recorded seven of his eight tackles on running plays against the Dukes. In seven game this season, Shockley has tallied 40 of his 58 total stops against the run.
- Freshman safety Jaquan Amos notched his second interception of the season when he picked off a James Madison pass in the fourth quarter. He is tied for the team lead with three turnovers gained this season, including the two interceptions along with a fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Keeling Hunter has a team-high three interceptions on the year.
- Villanova was held to fewer than 50 passing yards for only the third time in the last 19 years. Prior to the 30 yards through the air that the Dukes limited the Wildcats to, Villanova had a 44-yard passing game against New Hampshire on December 5, 2009 and a 48-yard passing game against James Madison on October 25, 2008.
- Freshman quarterback Kyle McCloskey saw his first career game action versus the Dukes. He threw a touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Todd Summers on the first play of the fourth quarter and also had a successful two-point conversion on a pass to junior running back Aaron Forbes. McCloskey led the Wildcats with 43 rushing yards on 16 carries in the game. Summers scored his second touchdown in as many weeks.
- Senior punter John Hinchen had a career-high 371 punting yards on eight punts. He drilled three punts of 50 yards or longer, giving him eight such punts this season and 29 in his career. Hinchen leads CAA Football with a 42.1-yard punting average this season.