Sep 5, 2013
FULL COVERAGE OF SATURDAY'S GAME AT FORDHAM
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Fresh off a matchup against an ACC opponent to begin the season Villanova (0-1) is now prepared for a new challenge as it visits Fordham (1-0) for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Jack Coffey Field on Saturday evening. The teams met last season and the Wildcats claimed a 28-13 victory, although the Rams held a 13-7 lead at halftime in that contest.
Over the years Villanova has had a great deal of success against both Fordham and the Patriot League as a whole. The victory last year improved the Wildcats all-time record versus the Rams to 20-4-3, with a streak of 14 consecutive wins in the series. Fordham has not defeated Villanova since 1920, while Wildcats head coach Andy Talley is 10-0 in head-to-heat meetings with the Rams during his career.
Despite there being 27 previous meetings between the teams, Saturday evening's contest will be just the third in the series over the last 11 years. Prior to the game last year Villanova and Fordham had not met since the opening round of the 2002 FCS playoffs. This week also marks the first trip to Jack Coffey Field for the Wildcats since the 1998 season.
Among the positive takeaways from the Boston College game last week was that a number of players stepped up with big performances. Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored both Villanova touchdowns against the Eagles and junior wide receiver Poppy Livers (Seaside, Calif.) had career highs of eight receptions and 90 yards. On the defensive side of the ball junior linebacker Joey Harmon (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) made a career-high 15 tackles and is this week's CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week.
Saturday night's game between the Wildcats and Fordham can be heard live on 610-AM WIP and will also be streaming online at Villanova.com as part of the Nova Nation All-Access package. Fans can access the radio broadcast, game notes for both teams, live stats and social media coverage by clicking on the links at the top of this release.
Fordham enters play this Saturday after posting a 51-26 win over CAA Football member Rhode Island last week. In that game Rams quarterback Michael Nebrich completed 17-of-25 passes while throwing for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He threw two touchdown passes each to Sam Ajala and Brian Wetzel.
After the contest against Fordham, the Wildcats will be off for the first of two bye weeks on the 2013 schedule. Next up for Villanova will be its home opener against Stony Brook on Saturday, September 21.