Homecoming Game Against No. 11 Maine Kicks Off on Saturday at 1:00 PM
Oct. 24, 2013
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VILLANOVA, Pa.--For the third straight week and the fourth time this season No. 18 Villanova (4-3, 3-1 CAA) will face a nationally-ranked opponent when it hosts No. 11 Maine (6-1, 3-0 CAA) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The annual Homecoming game for the Wildcats kicks off at 1 p.m. and can be seen live on Nova Nation All-Access. Villanova enters the contest having won four of its last five games and will be looking to continue its perfect home record this season (3-0).
Any team from CAA Football knows the rigors of a demanding schedule but to this point in the season the Wildcats have faced an extraordinarily challenging slate. The first seven opponents that Villanova has faced this season are a combined 31-15 (.674) on the season, while the composite record all 11 opponents on the Wildcats regular season schedule is 50-25 (.667). Villanova has already notched wins this season against No. 3 Towson (45-35) and No. 16 Stony Brook (35-6).
Despite facing a tough schedule each year the Wildcats have thrived against the nation's best teams. Since the start of the 2007 season Villanova has racked up 24 wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with 14 of those wins coming against top-10 foes. The success is nothing new. Going all the way back to 1990 the Wildcats have posted a winning record (16-11, .593) against opponents ranked in the top five in the country.
The all-time series between Villanova and Maine is tied 8-8 and the Wildcats have won three of the past four meetings. The teams met at Alfond Stadium in Orono last year and Villanova tallied a 35-14 victory. Junior running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) had an exceptional game against the Black Bears last season, running for a career-high 192 yards as the Wildcats accumulated 314 rushing yards.
Monangai and sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) are once again at the forefront of a dominant Villanova ground game. Robertson is coming off the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history, as he ran 27 times for 256 yards and three touchdowns at New Hampshire last week. For the season Robertson ranks second in the CAA with 121.3 rushing yards per game, and his totals include 135 carries for 849 yards and 11 scores. Monangai has carried 88 times for 414 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 59.1 rushing yards per contest.
In the game at New Hampshire last week the Wildcats defense recorded a season-high five sacks, after recording just nine total sacks in the first six games. Senior defensive end Rakim Cox (San Diego, Calif.) led the way with two sacks and finished the game with three total tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Cameron McCurry (Orange Park, Fla.) had another excellent game and set a new career high by making 12 tackles (nine solo). His performance marked the fifth time in seven games this season that Villanova has had a double-digit tackler.
Maine will come into Villanova Stadium for Saturday's game riding a three-game winning streak, and the Black Bears only loss this season came to FBS member Northwestern. In its most recent outing Maine tallied a 34-20 victory at home over William & Mary last Saturday. The Black Bears held the Tribe to just 279 yards of offense en route to the win. Offensively, senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski threw for 192 yards and senior tailback Rickey Stevens ran for 99 yards.