Oct. 9, 2013
FULL COVERAGE OF SATURDAY'S GAME AGAINST TOWSON
VILLANOVA, Pa.--A stretch that will see No. 15 Villanova (3-2, 2-0 CAA) play four of its next five games on the road begins with a trip to No. 3 Towson (6-0, 2-0 CAA) on Saturday evening. The teams kickoff at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium in a nationally-televised contest that airs live on NBC Sports Network. The game can also be heard locally on CBS Sports Radio 610 and the radio broadcast can be streamed live online with Nova Nation All-Access.
Villanova wrapped up an undefeated three-game home stand last Saturday with a 20-16 win over William & Mary that came down to the final minute. Sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) scored on a one-yard sneak with 28 seconds left to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game. Villanova trailed by as many as 10 points (13-3) early in the third quarter before mounting their comeback.
Now the focus for the Wildcats turns to the matchup with Towson, which will be the second nationally-ranked team Villanova has faced this year. Earlier in the season the Wildcats defeated then-No. 16 Stony Brook (35-6) in the home opener. Villanova has had plenty of recent success against top-caliber teams; dating back to the 2007 season the Wildcats are 13-7 (.650) in their last 20 games against top-10 opponents.
During its three-game winning streak Villanova has allowed just 28 points while outscoring the opposition 90-28 and winning by an average of more than 20 points per game. One of the reasons for that defensive success is that the Wildcats have allowed just 77.6 rushing yards per game and 2.4 yards per rush in the past three contests. Villanova ranks third in the CAA in rushing defense (104.8 yards per game) and second in the league in scoring defense (15.8 points per game) and will test itself against a Tigers team which is leading the CAA in both rushing offense (236.7) and scoring (40.8).
On the flip side of the running game the Wildcats offense has found its stride during the current winning streak. In the last three games combined Villanova has run the ball 124 times for 725 yards while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Robertson leads the team in rushing with 443 yards (88.6/game) and has scored five rushing touchdowns, while junior running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) has run for 322 yards and a score.
Villanova has been led defensively by junior linebacker Joey Harmon (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who has a team-high 49 tackles and led all players with 12 stops in the win over William & Mary. Senior defensive end Rakim Cox (San Diego, Calif.) has a team-high four sacks and sophomore safety Cameron McCurry (Orange Park, Fla.) has registered three interceptions.
Saturday night will mark the 10th meeting between the Wildcats and Towson since the Tigers joined the CAA in 2004. Villanova leads the all-time series by a 5-4 margin, although Towson has won each of the past two meetings after a four-game Wildcats run from 2007-10.