Oct. 21, 2012
Villanova is 4-1 against CAA opponents this season and all four victories have come by more than 20 points. The average margin of victory for the Wildcats in their conference wins is 22.8 points. There have been just three previous seasons in its history in which Villanova has had at least four 20-point wins against conference opponents. Those years were 1991 (six 20-point wins), 2002 (four) and 2009 (four). In each of those three seasons the Wildcats made the FCS playoffs and in two of the three Villanova advanced at least to the semifinals (made the semifinals in 2002, won the national title in 2009).
2012 Conference Wins For Villanova - Margin of Victory
Sept. 15 - 21 points against Rhode Island (31-10)
Sept. 29 - 21 points at Maine (35-14)
Oct. 13 - 24 points at Old Dominion (38-14)
Oct. 20 - 25 points at Georgia State (49-24)
The 25-point margin of victory in today's game at Georgia State is the highest for Villanova since a 30-point win at Stephen F. Austin (54-24) in the second round of the FCS playoffs on December 4, 2010. The last time the Wildcats beat a CAA opponent by more than 25 points was also a 30-point victory (48-18), which came at Maine on October 16, 2010.
Villanova has amassed 997 yards of total offense in its last two games, including 527 yards last weekend at Old Dominion and 470 yards in today's win at Georgia State. This is the highest combined yards of total offense in back-to-back games since the Wildcats totaled 1,027 yards in consecutive games since 2004 when Villanova had 524 yards against New Hampshire (Oct. 2) and 503 yards versus Northeastern (Oct. 9); ironically, the Wildcats lost both of those games.
In eight games this season Villanova has gone over 200 rushing yards seven times and has surpassed 300 rushing yards on three occasions, including each of the last two games. The last time the Wildcats had consecutive games with at least 300 rushing yards was in 2008 on November 22 (317 rushing yards at Delaware) and November 29 (386 vs. Colgate).
Villanova has a combined total of 719 rushing yards in the last two games, including 376 yards last week at Old Dominion and 343 at Georgia State today. This is the highest two-game total for the Wildcats in at least in at least 14 years (consecutive game totals have been checked for each season going back through 1999).
Sophomore running back Kevin Monangai tallied his second straight 100-yard rushing game and his fourth such game of the season. Monangai is the 10th player in school history to have at least four 100-yard rushing games in a season and the first since Chris Whitney also had four 100-yard games in 2009.
Villanova Players With At Least Four 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Season
8 Brian Westbrook 2001 7 Brian Westbrook 2000 6 Brian Westbrook 1998 5 Curtis Sifford 1996 5 Pat Kennedy 1991 5 Vince Thompson 1977 5 Vince Thompson 1976
4 Kevin Monangai 20124 Chris Whitney 2009 4 Aaron Ball 2008 4 Matt Dicken 2007 4 Jeff Dingle 1988 4 Pete D'Alonzo 1950
There have been 183 occasions in school history in which a Villanova player has run for at least 100 yards in a game. Nearly two-thirds of the games in which this has been accomplished (120 of 183) have come while Andy Talley has been the head coach.
Sophomore running back Kevin Monangai and redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson each have nine rushing touchdowns this season. Last season the entire Wildcats team had just nine rushing touchdowns for the whole 2011 campaign.
Through eight games this season Villanova has run for 2,153 yards (269.1 per game). This is already more than 600 yards over the team's total of 1,522 yards (138.4 per game).
Sophomore wide receiver Poppy Livers became the first Villanova player since 1980 to return a punt for a touchdown when he ran back a punt 66 yards for a score in today's game. The last player to achieve the feat was David Martin, who returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown against VMI on October 25, 1980. Livers 66-yard return is also the longest punt return, regardless of a touchdown or not, since Martin's 75-yard effort.
Villanova is now 6-2 overall this season and has tripled its win total from all of 2011 (2-9) with three games still to play on the regular season schedule.