Dec. 5, 2009
Villanova tied the school record for wins in a season with its 12th win of the year in today's game. The Wildcats also won 12 games during the 1997 season, when they went undefeated during the regular season and advanced to the playoff quarterfinals before falling to Youngstown State. The final record of 12-1 for Villanova in 1997 matches its record this year entering next week's semifinal game.
This season will be the second appearance in the national semifinals for Villanova and its first since 2002. The Wildcats are making their eighth overall playoff appearance this season and are now 6-7 (.462) all-time in the playoffs, including 6-1 (.857) at home.
Villanova's defense established a new school record for fewest defensive yards allowed in a game, as New Hampshire had minus 66 rushing yards. That mark shattered the previous mark of minus 22 rushing yards, which Villanova allowed in a 60-0 win over Kings Point in the 1947 season opener. The all-time FCS record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a game is minus 90, set by Sacred Heart against Iona on November 16, 2002. There are no records for the "fewest" amounts of statistics kept for the FCS playoffs.
The minus 66 rushing yards allowed by Villanova today were the fewest in an FCS game this season, breaking the mark of minus 46 yards that William & Mary allowed to Rhode Island on October 31.
The margin of victory in today's game was Villanova's largest in a playoff game, surpassing the 27-point margin of victory over Colgate (55-28) in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.
Junior running back Angelo Babbaro (Canfield, Ohio) tallied a career-high 148 rushing yards on 13 carries in today's game. His previous career high was 85 yards against Colgate in the first round of the playoffs last season. Babbaro also had two rushing touchdowns in today's game, another career first.
Villanova surpassed 300 rushing yards in a game for the fourth time this season in today's win. The Wildcats also registered their fourth straight game with at least 275 rushing yards. Over the last four games, Villanova has rushed for 1,198 yards while allowing just 73 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats have run the ball effectively all season long and with today's 343 rushing yards, Villanova broke the single-season school record for rushing yards. The Wildcats have now rushed for 3,085 yards this season, breaking the mark of 3,015 yards set by the 1976 team in 11 games.
Villanova and William & Mary met at Villanova Stadium earlier this season, with the Wildcats pulling out a 28-17 win on October 3. The CAA could potentially have three teams from its South Division in the semifinals, as Richmond is set to take on Appalachian State later this evening.