Wildcats Host William & Mary on Saturday Afternoon
Oct. 4, 2013
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VILLANOVA, Pa. - In the finale of a three-game home stand No. 20 Villanova (2-2, 1-0 CAA) hosts William & Mary (3-1, 1-0 CAA) on Saturday afternoon. The game at Villanova Stadium kicks off at 1 p.m. and can be seen live on Nova Nation All-Access. There are a number of promotions for the game and the Wildcats will be looking for their third consecutive win.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day and Villanova is partnering with both the Wounded Warriors and the Wall Street WarFighters Foundation. There will also be an ROTC swearing-in ceremony prior to kickoff and the ROTC students will lead the Wildcats onto the field before the game. Villanova players will be wearing helmet decals that honor the military and commemorate Military Appreciation Day.
Villanova is also participating in the 18th annual Take A Kid to the Game program, an initiative run by NCAA Football that is presented by Coca-Cola and sponsored by Corporate Champions AT&T and Capital One. More than 200 schools across the nation are hosting a game in this campaign, which is focused on allowing youth the opportunity to attend college football games.
The contest between the Wildcats and the Tribe will be a renewal of a long-standing rivalry, as the teams did not meet last season. Villanova has faced William & Mary on 30 previous occasions and trails the all-time series by a 16-13-1 margin. Most recently the Tribe came away with a 20-16 win over the Wildcats at Villanova Stadium on October 1, 2011.
Villanova has won each of its last two games by identical 35-6 scores, with home wins over Stony Brook and Penn in the past two weeks. Sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) was named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week after amassing 398 yards of total offense in last week's win over Penn. Robertson threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the game, while also running for 132 yards and a score.
Robertson and junior running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) have combined for 13 career 100-yard rushing games, while the Wildcats as a team are averaging 227.8 rushing yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Villanova has scored a defensive touchdown in each of the last three games and has also blocked a kick in two straight contests.
Wildcats head coach Andy Talley won his 200th career game at Villanova last week against Penn, becoming the 37th football coach in all divisions to reach 200 wins at one school. Talley is one of just eight active head coaches with that distinction and he will be coaching against one of the other members of the 200-win club. William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock is in his 34th season with the Tribe and has 218 career wins.
Following the game against William & Mary, the Wildcats will play four of their next five contests on the road. That stretch begins next Saturday at Towson, with a nationally-televised game that kicks off at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.