Oct. 17, 2009
James Madison leads the all-time series with Villanova by a 10-8 margin following today's game. The Dukes had won five of the last six meetings since 2004 and the Wildcats had not won at Bridgeforth/Showker Stadium since a 30-26 victory on September 28, 2002. Villanova is now 4-5 all-time on the road against JMU.
Last season, James Madison defeated Villanova at Villanova Stadium on a hail mary pass as time expired in a regular season game. In the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, the Dukes rallied to beat the Wildcats on a game-winning touchdown with just over a minute left in the contest.
Villanova posted its first shutout since a 20-0 road win at Colgate on September 7, 2002. This was also the 11th shutout for the Wildcats in the head coaching tenure of Andy Talley.
Since the start of the 2007 season, Villanova has gone 7-6 against nationally-ranked opponents. Even more impressively, the Wildcats have not been defeated by a non-ranked FCS opponent in this span. Thus far in 2009, Villanova is 2-1 against ranked teams, including a win over then-No. 5 William & Mary in addition to today's victory. The lone defeat came last week at then-No. 5 New Hampshire.
Today's game marked the fourth time this season that Villanova allowed its opponent fewer than 300 yards of total offense. Going back to the second quarter against New Hampshire last week, the Wildcat defense has not allowed a touchdown on the last 23 opponent drives. In this span, Villanova has forced the opposition into 14 punts and three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles). For the season, the Wildcats have allowed their opponents just six touchdowns in 17 red-zone trips.
Whitney had one other game with three touchdown passes prior to this afternoon and it came last season in a 38-28 win at William & Mary on October 4, 2008. He had thrown two touchdown passes on two previous occasions this season.
Villanova is 3-1 on the road this season and 9-2 in its last 11 road games since 2007. The 9-2 stretch started with a 14-12 win at Towson on November 10, 2007.