Nov. 8, 2009
Villanova is now 2-6 (.250) all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the nation. Both victories are against Richmond, as the Wildcats defeated the Spiders, 26-20, last season at Villanova Stadium. Of the eight games against top-ranked opponents for Villanova, four have come in the past two seasons. The Wildcats played against a No. 1 team three times during the 2008 season, including Richmond once at James Madison twice (regular season at home, playoff quarterfinals on the road).
Richmond entered today's game with a 17-game winning streak dating back to the 2008 regular season. When the Wildcats led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, it marked the third time this season and the fifth time during the winning streak that the Spiders did not score in the first quarter. Villanova led the game at halftime, 14-6. It was the fourth time this season that Richmond trailed at the half, with the other games coming against Delaware, Maine and James Madison.
The first Richmond touchdown of the game with 5:58 left in the second quarter ended a scoreless streak of 49:01 for the Villanova defense. In its previous game, the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island, 36-7, with the only points for the Rams coming with 9:59 left in the third period. Through the end of the third quarter of today's game, the Wildcat defense had a stretch of 13 quarters with just two total touchdowns and 19 total points allowed.
Following today's victory, Villanova leads the all-time series with Richmond by a 20-9 margin. The Wildcats have won 11 of the last 15 meetings in the series. The 20 wins against the Spiders match Villanova's 20 victories against Delaware as the most wins against any of the teams that currently make up the Colonial Athletic Association.
Dating back to the middle of the 2007 season, the Wildcats are now 14-2 (.875) in their last 16 regular season games against CAA opponents. The two losses came at home last season to James Madison and on the road this year to New Hampshire.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Dorian Wells (West Covina, Calif.) registered his first career touchdown in the first quarter to account for the game's first points. Wells caught a 12-yard pass from junior quarterback Chris Whitney (Warminster, Pa.) and wound up with four receptions for 58 yards on the day. He also had one rush for six yards. In nine games this season, Wells is tied for fourth on the team with 11 receptions and has tallied 128 receiving yards.
Junior quarterback Chris Whitney (Warminster, Pa.) tied a career-high with three touchdown passes in today's game. Whitney connected on touchdown passes of 12 yards, 23 yards and 29 yards in the game and finished the day 21-of-34 for 277 yards. It was the second time this season and third time in his career that Whitney threw three touchdown passes in a game. His yardage tally also was the second time this year that he threw for over 200 yards and was just one yard off his career-high 278 passing yards in the season opener against Temple.