Oct. 24, 2009
Head coach Andy Talley won his 200th career game with today's victory. Talley is fifth among active FCS head coaches in career victories. He is now 200-120-2 (.624) in his 30th season as a collegiate head coach, including 172-102-1 (.627) in his 25th year at Villanova. Overall, Talley becomes the 56th collegiate football coach (all divisions) to reach the 200-win plateau.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series with Rhode Island by a 14-2 margin. Both of the Rams wins in the series have come at Villanova Stadium, however. With today's win, Villanova is 8-2 all-time at home against Rhode Island.
Villanova improved to 16-1 (.941) at home since the middle of the 2006 season and won for the seventh consecutive time at Villanova Stadium. The first win of the current streak was a 24-13 win over New Hampshire last season on November 8, while the 16-1 stretch began with a 31-21 victory over Richmond on November 4, 2006.
Villanova is 15-2 (.882) in its last 17 CAA games.
Today's game marked the second time this season and third time in his career that junior quarterback Chris Whitney ran for over 100 yards in a game. It was also the third time this season that Villanova surpassed 300 yards on the ground in the game.
The Villanova defense has allowed just one touchdown in the last 10 quarters after today's victory. Last week, the Wildcats tallied a 27-0 win at James Madison for their first shutout since 2002. That was also the first shutout in conference play since a 27-0 win over Delaware in 1996. When Rhode Island scored their only touchdown of the game in the third quarter, it ended a shutout streak of 99:12 for the Villanova defense since the fourth quarter against New Hampshire.