Oct. 22, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In the first meeting ever between the schools Villanova (1-7, 0-5 CAA) lost by a score of 37-14 to No. 21 Old Dominion (6-2, 3-2 CAA) in the annual Homecoming Game at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the fourth in as many weeks for the Wildcats against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The momentum in the game went to the Monarchs early on, as Old Dominion scored on consecutive drives in the middle of the first quarter and then stretched a 13-7 lead after the opening period to a 30-14 margin by halftime.
For much of the game Villanova was haunted by a Monarchs defense which forced four turnovers, including an interception and three lost fumbles. Old Dominion scored three touchdowns and a total of 20 points off of turnovers in the game.
The points for the Wildcats came on a six-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Dustin Thomas (Ventnor, N.J.) to sophomore wide receiver Joe Price (Havertown, Pa.) and on a 20-yard touchdown run from redshirt freshman running back Austin Medley (Franklinville, N.J.).
The touchdown reception by Price pulled Villanova to within 13-7 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Early in the second period the Monarchs put together a 13-play drive that culminated in a Jarod Brown field goal to extend the Old Dominion lead to 16-7.
On the ensuing possession for the Wildcats a fumble on the first play of the drive turned the ball back over to the Monarchs at the Villanova two-yard line. Old Dominion ran in for a one-yard score three plays later to extend its lead to 23-7 and the Wildcats never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Despite the Villanova turnovers the Monarchs had only a very slight advantage in time of possession during the contest. The two teams combined to punt 13 times and accumulated more than 520 punting yards between them.
Thomas went 10-of-17 through the air for 82 yards and the touchdown pass to Price, who led the Wildcats with four receptions for 34 yards and the score. Both players have overcome significant injuries this season. Thomas returned to action last week after missing four games and Price was playing his first game today since suffering an injury at Towson in the second game of the year.
Freshman quarterback Chris Polony (Whitehall, Pa.) came in for Thomas in the third quarter and finished the game with a team-high 52 rushing yards on five carries. Medley had 10 carries for 30 yards, including his second rushing touchdown of the season with 2:44 left in the first half.
On the defensive end freshman linebacker Dillon Lucas (Medford, N.J.) led all players with 12 tackles (eight solo), while making one sack and breaking up a pass. Freshman defensive back Jerry Miles (Dublin, Ohio) and junior linebacker Devon Bridges (Upper Marlboro, Md.) had eight tackles apiece.
Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 23-of-32 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns while also finishing with 29 rushing yards and one score. Nick Mayers and Antonio Vaughan each had a touchdown reception and combined for 11 catches overall in the game.
Villanova is back at home next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. contest against Maine, which makes its first trip to the Main Line since the 2007 home opener.