Oct. 18, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Although it is a conference matchup the game on Saturday afternoon between No. 24 Villanova (5-2, 3-1 CAA) and Georgia State (1-6, 1-3 CAA) will be the first-ever meeting between the teams. Kickoff at the Georgia Dome is slated for 3:30 p.m. as the Wildcats look to sustain the momentum they created by knocking off then-No. 3 Old Dominion on the road last week.
Fans wishing to follow Saturday afternoon's contest can catch all the live action on 950-AM (WPEN) radio with Joe Eichhorn and Ryan Fannon on the call. Their broadcast will also be streamed online at Villanova.com and can be heard with a Nova Nation All-Access subscription.
Villanova is 3-1 on the road so far this season and has won each of its first two conference games away from home by more than 20 points. Those two wins came at Maine (35-14) on September 29 and last week against the Monarchs (38-14), with the latter victory leading to the Wildcats being ranked in this week's Sports Network Top 25 for the first time this season.
Senior cornerback Eric Loper (Sicklerville, N.J.) and redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) each received weekly honors from the CAA earlier this week. Loper was the CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Robertson was chosen as the league's Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season. He also went on to be named the Sports Network National Freshman of the Week.
Robertson was inserted as the Villanova starter under center for the second game of the season and is 5-1 in the first six starts of his collegiate career. He has racked up 765 yards of total offense just in the last two games and ran for three touchdowns and 189 yards against the Monarchs last week. For the season Robertson has run for 627 yards on 104 carries (6.0 yards/carry) and is tied for the team lead with eight rushing touchdowns. He is also 89-of-153 through the air for 1,184 yards and six touchdowns.
The offense for the Wildcats this season has been a pleasant surprise and has been led by a dominant ground game. Villanova averages 258.6 rushing yards per game, a figure that ranks second in the CAA and eighth nationally. In addition to Robertson the Wildcats running game is led by sophomore running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.), who has run for 661 yards and eight touchdowns on 119 carries (5.6 yards per carry). Monangai has surpassed 100 yards rushing three times on the season while sharing the load of carrying the ball with Robertson and fellow sophomore running back Austin Medley (Franklinville, N.J.), who has 293 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries.
From a receiving standpoint Villanova has been led by the tandem of senior wide receiver Norman White (Hammonton, N.J.) and junior Joe Price (Havertown, Pa.), who account for nearly half of the team's receptions. White leads the Wildcats with 27 receptions, 383 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Price has tallied 18 catches for 377 yards and two scores.
Villanova has also been strong defensively and leads all CAA teams with 20 sacks this season (2.9 sacks/game). Junior defensive end Rakim Cox (San Diego, Calif.) leads the Wildcats and ranks third in the CAA with 5.5 sacks while registering a total of seven tackles for loss on the year. Villanova has held opposing teams to 18.3 points per game and ranks 17th in the nation (second in the CAA) in scoring defense.
Georgia State is playing its only season of CAA Football this year before heading to the Sun Belt Conference next season. The program is in its third year after fielding the inaugural team in 2010.