Dec. 12, 2009
With tonight's victory, Villanova is headed to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) championship game for the first time in its history. The Wildcats reached the semifinals this season for the second time (the other occasion was 2002) and now head to the national championship game in Chattanooga, Tennessee next Friday. Villanova will take on either Montana or Appalachian State in the championship game.
This season marks the eighth overall playoff appearance for the Wildcats, who are now 7-7 all-time in the FCS playoffs. That record includes a 7-1 mark at home in the postseason. Four of the seven playoff wins have come in the last two seasons.
Villanova won its sixth straight head-to-head meeting with William & Mary tonight. The Tribe still lead the all-time series by a 14-13-1 margin. Including the regular season and postseason, the Wildcats are 9-1 against CAA teams this season.
The Wildcats are 19-1 in their last 20 home games and have won 11 consecutive home games since a 23-19 loss to James Madison last season. The 20-game stretch began during the 2007 campaign.
Villanova established a new program record with its 13th win of the season in tonight's game. The previous record of 12 victories was set back in 1997.
Prior to going scoreless in the first quarter of today's game, Villanova had scored in all 12 quarters of the past three games, as well as 16 of the last 17 quarters going back to the fourth period at Richmond on November 7. In addition, the Wildcats had not trailed in a game since the fourth quarter at Richmond, when a touchdown in the final minute of the game secured a 21-20 victory.
Villanova had scored first in all but two of its first 13 games prior to tonight's contest. The Wildcats did not score first against Temple in the season opener (eventual 27-24 win) or against New Hampshire in the regular season on October 10 (eventual 28-24 loss).
The game against Temple marked the only other time that the Wildcats did not score in the first half this season.