Villanova Football Travels to Parsons Field for Saturday Battle with Northeastern
Oct. 7, 2004
Villanova Football Game Notes for Saturday's game featuring the Villanova Wildcats (3-2, 0-2) taking on the Northeastern Huskies (2-2, 1-1) at Parsons Field in Brookline, Mass., with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. Click on the pdf link below for a complete version of the game notes.
No. 14 Villanova Wildcats (3-2 Overall, 0-2 Atlantic 10)
No. 23 Northeastern Huskies (2-2 Overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004
Parsons Field (7,000)
First Meeting: 1987, Northeastern, 41-28
Overall: Villanova Leads 8-4-0
Overall Under Talley: 8-4-0
Last Villanova Win: 9/27/03, 28-7
Last Northeastern Win: 11/9/02, 38-13
Interview Requests- All Interview requests should be directed toward Dean Kenefick, Assistant Athletics Director/Communications, (610) 519-4120.
Radio: Game Coverage at 12:30 p.m. on WNTP 990-AM (Play By Play: Joe Eichhorn; Color Analysis: Ryan Fannon)
*All Wildcat games can be heard on the internet at www.villanova.com
NORTHEASTERN REPORT: The Huskies enter play this week with a 2-2 overall record and a 1-1 Atlantic 10 Conference mark. Northeastern opened the season with a 71-0 win over Cheyney before losing at Division I-A Navy by a score of 28-24. The Huskies began conference play with a 27-3 victory over Towson before losing in overtime last Saturday at William & Mary by a count of 38-35. In the loss to William & Mary, senior quarterback Shawn Brady completed 18-of-33 for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Brady's favorite target was junior wideout Cory Parks who made seven receptions for 170 yards and two scores. Defensively, senior linebacker Liam Ezekiel recorded a game-high 13 tackles to go with one sack and one tackle for loss. For the year, Brady has completed 54-of-86 for 801 yards to go with six touchdowns and four interceptions, while Parks has tallied 19 catches for 392 yards and six touchdowns. His six touchdowns ties him for second in the latest Atlantic 10 statistics. Northeastern's top rusher is junior Anthony Riley who has registered 241 yards on 36 carries (6.7 yards per rush) and one touchdown. Ezekiel leads the Husky defensive charge with 42 total stops, including five tackles for loss. Northeastern is tied for the Atlantic 10 lead in turnover margin with a +3. The Huskies also led the conference in third down conversions at 53.7% (29-of-54).
HUSKY HEAD COACH ROCKY HAGER: Northeastern is led by first-year head coach Rocky Hager. Prior to his arrival at Northeastern, Hager was an assistant at Temple University. He began his Temple career by serving as th team's quarterback coach in 1997 before tutoring the linebackers in 1998 and 1999. From 2000-03, Hager coached the Temple tight ends, in addition to serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. Before his stint at Temple, Hager spent 10 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, North Dakota State, where he compiled an impressive 91-25-1 record. In 1988 and 1990, Hager led North Dakota State to undefeated seasons at 14-0. Both the 1988 and 1990 teams captured the Division II National Championship. During his North Dakota State head coaching career, he guided his teams to two national championships, seven Division II playoff appearances and five conference titles. Hager began his coaching career in the high school ranks. From 1974-76, he was the head coach at Sherwood (ND) High School, before moving on to Dickinson (ND) High School where he was an assistant during the 1977 and 1978 seasons. In 1979, Hager served as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State before a one-year stint as an assistant at Morningside (IA) College. After a four-year tenure as an assistant at Augustana (SD) College, Hager was named defensive coordinator at North Dakota State from 1985-86 before being elevated to head coach.
VILLANOVA NEWS & NOTES:
TALLEY'S TENURE: Currently in his 20th season on the Main Line, head coach Andy Talley can feel responsible for every facet of the Villanova football program, having started it from scratch in 1985. In his career at Villanova, Talley has recorded a 135-79-1 mark, making him the all-time winningest coach in Villanova history. Talley's 25-year overall coaching record currently stands at 162-97-2. During his career as the Wildcat mentor, Talley has guided Villanova to six NCAA playoff appearances (1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2002), four conference titles and two Lambert Meadowlands Trophies. In 1997, Talley garnered the Eddie Robinson Award and the AFCA/GTE National Coach of the Year Award.
ROAD TRIP: The Villanova Wildcats will play their first game of the year outside the state of Pennsylvania this weekend when the 'Cats travel to Boston, Mass., to take on the Northeastern Huskies. Villanova's first five games of the season came against Keystone state opponents. The Wildcats have played three home games thus far this year and the two away contests have been at Lehigh (Bethlehem, Pa.) and at Penn (Philadelphia, Pa.)
OFFENSE, OFFENSE AND MORE OFFENSE: If you like offensive football, Villanova Stadium was the place to be last Saturday. New Hampshire defeated Villanova, 51-40, in a game that featured a combined 1,167 yards of total offense, 56 first downs, 182 offensive plays and 980 yards passing. The 1,167 total offensive yardage sets a Villanova school record for combined yardage by two teams. In the last Saturday's game, New Hampshire recorded 643 yards of total offense, 598 yards passing and 29 first downs, while Villanova had 524 yards of total offense, 382 yards passing and 27 first downs.
RECORD-SETTING NUMBERS: New Hampshire set 11 Villanova opponent records in Saturday's 51-40 defeat of the Wildcats. Most of the damage was done by New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos who completed 38-of-55 for 538 yards and six touchdowns. Below is a listing of the 11 records.
1. Pass completions 38, Ricky Santos 2. Passing yards 538, Ricky Santos 3. Passing TD 6, Ricky Santos 4. Receiving Yards 284, David Ball 5. TD Receptions 3, David Ball 6. Total offense 538, Ricky Santos 7. Passing first downs 23, New Hampshire 8. Pass attempts in a game 58, New Hampshire 9. Pass completions in a game 39, New Hampshire 10. Passing yards in a game 598, New Hampshire 11. TD passes in a game 6, New Hampshire
NOT WHAT WAS EXPECTED: Entering last Saturday's game versus New Hampshire. the Villanova defense led the Atlantic 10 and all of Division I-AA in total defense (205 yards per game), while the Villanova offense was ranked last in the Atlantic 10 in scoring offense at 14.0 points per game. After watching Saturday's game, these statistics were hard to believe. In the 51-40 loss to New Hampshire, the Villanova defense allowed 643 yards of total offense, while the offense scored a season-high 40 points en route to registering 524 yards of total offense.
MARVELOUS PERFORMANCE: Sophomore quarterback Marvin Burroughs had the best game of his Villanova career last Saturday versus New Hampshire. In the 51-40 setback, Burroughs completed 32-of-58 for 382 yards to go with three touchdowns and one interception. The completions, yards passing and touchdown passes all represent career-highs. In addition to his 382 yards passing, Burroughs also registered 45 yards rushing on 12 carries.
THIRD BEST EFFORT: In last Saturday's loss to New Hampshire, sophomore Marvin Burroughs tallied 427 yards of total offense, including 382 yards passing and 45 yards rushing. The 427 yards ranks as the third best single game total offense performance in school history. Brett Gordon owns the school record for total offense yardage in a single game with 463 yards versus Delaware on Nov. 23, 2002, while Chris Boden is second with 444 yards versus Connecticut on Oct. 16, 1999. HEAVY INVOLVEMENT: Villanova had 92 plays from scrimmage in last Saturday's loss to New Hampshire. Of the 92 plays, quarterback Marvin Burroughs was directly involved in 70 of them, including 58 pass attempts and 12 rushing attempts. The 70 plays ties a school record for most plays in a game. Wildcat Quarterback Clint Park also had 70 plays in a game at Rutgers in the 1996 season opener.
PLAYING THE BEST: Villanova will play its fourth ranked opponent in the first six weeks of the season this Saturday when the Wildcats travel to No. 23 Northeastern. The Wildcats are currently 2-1 versus ranked opponents this year. Villanova defeated No. 22 Lehigh on Sept. 11 (22-16) and No. 22 Penn on Sept. 25 (16-13) before losing last Saturday to No. 12 New Hampshire (51-40).
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: In last Saturday's game versus New Hampshire, Villanova started the same five offensive lineman in consecutive weeks for the first time this season. After starting a different five in the first three weeks, Villanova has gone with senior Mike Roseman and sophomore Mike Costanzo at tackle, freshman Brian Hentosz and redshirt freshman Alex Suder at guard and sophomore Christian Gaddis at center. These five are expected to start again this week along the Villanova offensive line.
100-YARD RECEIVER: Villanova had its first 100-yard receiving game of the season last Saturday versus New Hampshire when senior wideout Noble Champen registered eight receptions for 100 yards. This was Champen's second 100-yard receiving game of his career. For the year, Champen has 16 catches for 189 yards. Champen suffered a broken left fibula in the New Hampshire game and is lost for the season.
MOVING TARGETS: Quarterback Marvin Burroughs did a good job of getting a number of players involved in last Saturday's game with New Hampshire. Burroughs completed at least one pass to nine different receivers and he completed four or more passes to four different Wildcats.
POINT PRODUCER: The Villanova offense has scored 13 touchdowns thus far this season. Of the 13 touchdowns, senior running back Terry Butler has accounted for six, including five rushing scores and one receiving touchdown. Butler currently owns 24 career touchdowns which ranks him 11th all-time at Villanova. In five games this year, Butler has tallied 335 yards rushing on 84 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and five touchdowns and six receptions for 61 yards and a score.
BAD BREAK: The Wildcats suffered a big loss when senior All-American Candidate Raymond Ventrone suffered a broken right fibula in a game at Penn on Saturday, Sept. 25 Ventrone underwent surgery on Sunday, Sept. 26 and will be out for the remainder of the season. Ventrone's season totals include 31 tackles (second on team), two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a pass break-up. As a junior last year, he registered 93 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a sack en route to earning first team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
GAINING NO GROUND: It has been very tough to run against the Villanova defense through the first five games of the 2004 season. After five weeks, the Wildcats have given up a total of 371 yards on the ground for an average of just 74.2 yards per game and just 2.0 yards per rush. The 74.2 yards per contest leads the Atlantic 10 and is fifth in the nation.
SENIOR STAR: Senior defensive end Jamil Butler is enjoying an outstanding senior campaign. After five games, Butler has amassed 31 tackles, a team-high six tackles for loss, a team-best five sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. The five sacks ties him for the Atlantic 10 Conference lead, while the tackles for loss ranks him third in the conference. Butler's best performance of the season came at Penn on Sept. 25 when he was credited with four solo tackles, two forced fumbles, two pass break-ups, a sack, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss. In his four-year Villanova career, Butler has 31 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback sacks.
GETTING TO THE QUARTERBACK: Entering play this Saturday at Northeastern, Villanova leads the Atlantic 10 conference in quarterback sacks with 17 for a loss of 109 yards. Leading the way for Villanova in the sack department is senior defensive end Jamil Butler with five followed by senior defensive end Terence Taylor with three and junior defensive lineman Darrell Adams with 2.5.
TALLYING TACKLES: Throughout his Villanova career, junior linebacker Brian Hulea has consistently been of the team's top tacklers. Entering play at Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 9, Hulea has led the Wildcats in tackles in 17 of the 26 career contests he has played in. In addition, he has 11 career double digit tackle games to his credit. As a sophomore last year, he recorded a team-best 141 tackles (99 solo) en route to being named first team All-Atlantic 10. His 99 solo stops led all of NCAA Division I-AA football, while his 141 stops ranked him second in the Atlantic 10.
CLOCK MANAGEMENT: The Villanova offense has done a good job of controlling the ball and winning the time of possession battle. After five games, the Wildcats rank third in the Atlantic 10 in time of possession at 32:20. William & Mary leads the league at 32:57, followed by James Madison at 33:36.
TOP 20 TEAMS: In the Sports Network Top 25 released on Monday. Oct. 4, the Atlantic 10 Conference has more teams ranked than any other I-AA conference with seven teams in the top 25. The seven ranked Atlantic 10 teams include Delaware (No. 4), Hampshire (No. 9), Maine (No. 12), Villanova (No. 14), William & Mary (No. 18), James Madison (No. 19) and Northeastern (No. 23).
WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT: Villanova has been ranked in the Sports Network Top 25 polls for 35 consecutive weeks. This rates as the longest active streak of being ranked of any Atlantic 10 Conference team and it is the second longest streak of any I-AA team in the nation. Montana owns the longest streak at 86-straight weeks. The steak began on Sept. 2, 2002 and continued through all 11 weeks of the 2003 campaign and the first three weeks of 2004. During the 33-week streak, Villanova's highest ranking was No. 2 on Oct. 20, 2003.
REMEMBERING DAVID: The Villanova football family suffered a tragedy this summer when Wildcat senior offensive lineman David Reid passed away in a drowning accident. To remember David, all Villanova team members will wear a black patch with his No. 73 on their game jerseys, while all Villanova coaches will display the No. 73 patch on their coaching shirts. In addition, David's locker has been encased in the Villanova lockerroom.
A NEW LOOK: The Atlantic 10 Football Conference will be adding a new member in 2004 when Towson University joins the league. With the addition of Towson, the conference will go from a one, 11-team league to two, six-team divisions. The North Division will consist of Hofstra, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Rhode Island, while Delaware, James Madison, Richmond, Towson, Villanova and William & Mary will make-up the South Division. Each team will play every opponent in their division and three of the six teams in the opposite division for eight conference games. Villanova's three crossover opponents include New Hampshire, Northeastern and Rhode Island. The Wildcats will not play Hofstra, Maine and Massachusetts.
VILLANOVA PICKED FIRST: The Villanova Wildcats were picked to win the Atlantic 10 South Division in the 2004 preseason Atlantic 10 Conference poll as voted on by coaches and media.
SOUTH DIVISION 1. VILLANOVA (13) 2. Delaware (11) 3. William & Mary 4. James Madison 5. Richmond 6. Towson
FIRST TEAM WILDCATS: Villanova was well represented on the 2004 Atlantic 10 preseason All-Conference first team with five Wildcats earning this distinction. Four of the five selections were Villanova defenders including senior safety Raymond Ventrone, senior defensive end Jamil Butler, junior defensive lineman Darrell Adams and junior linebacker Brian Hulea. On offense, junior wide receiver J.J. Outlaw was a preseason first team selection. Ventrone, Adams, Hulea and Outlaw were all 2003 first team All-Atlantic 10 performers.
ALL-AMERICAN HISTORY: The Villanova football program has had a first team All-American in seven of the last 10 years. In the program's history, 21 different players have earned All-American distinction.
1994 LB Tyrone Frazier 1996 WR Brian Finneran 1997 WR Brian Finneran QB Chris Boden 1998 RB Brian Westbrook 2000 KR Brian Westbrook 2001 RB Brian Westbrook 2002 QB Brett GordonNOTE: In 1999, wide receiver Murle Sango was a second team All-American.
OVERTIME HISTORY: During head coach Andy Talley's tenure at Villanova, the Wildcats have played in 10 overtime games and in those 10 games the Wildcats are 7-3. With the double overtime win at Temple on Sept. 6, 2003, Villanova has won five of its last six overtime contests. Of the 10 overtime games, seven have been played at Villanova Stadium. Before last year's overtime game with Temple, the Wildcats last overtime contest came in 2001 against James Madison in week four when the `Cats outlasted the Dukes, 45-44, in double overtime. The last overtime game before the James Madison contest came in 2000 when the Wildcats suffered a 48-41 loss to William & Mary. In 1999, Villanova played two overtime games. On Oct. 16, 1999 Villanova defeated UConn, 48-45, in triple overtime in a game played in Storrs, Conn. In the 1999 season finale at Villanova Stadium, the `Cats rallied from a 45-24 deficit with 8:37 remaining against Delaware to win a 51-45 thriller in one overtime.
PLAYING ON SUNDAYS: Villanova running back Brian Westbrook became the first Wildcat player to be drafted since Howie Long in 1981 when he was selected in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. With Westbrook a member of the Eagles, Villanova now has two players currently playing in the NFL. Wide receiver Brian Finneran (Villanova 1994-97) is currently in his fifth season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. Westbrook and Finneran both won the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in NCAA I-AA football, during their senior seasons at Villanova. Westbrook is currently the starting running back for the Eagles, while Finneran is Atlanta's third receiver.
SAME STATION, DIFFERENT LETTERS: For the eighth-straight season, 990-AM will be the flagship station of the Villanova Football Radio Network. The only difference this year will be the call letters for the station are now WNTP instead of the previous WZZD. Play-by-play announcer Joe Eichhorn, who has been broadcasting Villanova football since 1988, returns to anchor the broadcasts. Joining Eichhorn for a 10th consecutive year is Ryan Fannon. All 11 Wildcat gridiron contests will be broadcast live, with a pre-game show airing either 30 or 60 minutes prior to kickoff.
Andy Talley RADIO SHOW: Continuing in 2004, WNTP 990-AM (formerly WZZD) will broadcast the Andy Talley Radio Show. The one-hour call-in show is hosted by color commentator Ryan Fannon and will provide a weekly recap of Villanova football games, as well as a preview of upcoming contests. The show will be held Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at the Conshohocken Marriott. Throughout the one-hour program, Fannon and Coach Talley will take questions about all aspects of the Wildcat football program, in addition to fielding questions concerning all the teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as NCAA I-AA football on the national scene.