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Wildcats Head to No. 13 Richmond For Televised Game on Saturday Afternoon
Jason Ceneus leads the Villanova defense with three interceptions this season.
Oct. 29, 2014


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The Last Meeting
October 6, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Winning Streak Ends as Wildcats Dealt 28-17 Loss by Richmond
It looked early on like the two teams would trade scores back and forth but ultimately Villanova (4-2, 2-1 CAA) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in a 28-17 loss to Richmond (4-2, 2-1 CAA) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday evening. The score was tied 14-14 in the second quarter but the Spiders outscored the Wildcats by a 14-3 margin in the second half to decide the outcome.

VILLANOVA, Pa.--For the second time in three weeks and the third time this season, No. 4 Villanova (7-1, 4-0 CAA Football) will form one half of a matchup between two nationally ranked teams. In a televised game this Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats take on No. 13 Richmond (6-2, 3-1 CAA) at E. Claiborne Robins Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for Noon. This is the first time in five years that Villanova will pay a visit to the Spiders, and the game will mark just the second meeting overall in the past four seasons between the longtime conference rivals.Saturday's game will air live on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia as well as several other SportsNet affiliates. A full list of television clearances was announced earlier this week. Fans can also hear the live radio broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 and through the TuneIn app.Villanova carries a seven-game winning streak into this week's matchup. Most recently, the Wildcats tallied a 48-28 win over Morgan State this past Saturday during Homecoming Weekend. The winning streak is the longest for Villanova since a nine-game streak to close out the 2009 national championship season.Despite not traveling to Richmond since the 2009 campaign, the Wildcats and Spiders are not strangers to each other. Villanova owns a 21-10 advantage in the all-time series between the teams and head coach Andy Talley is 17-7 in his career versus Richmond. The teams have not met on the gridiron since the Spiders tallied a 28-17 victory at Villanova Stadium on October 6, 2012.The big story for the Wildcats this season has been the firepower of the Villanova offense, which has surpassed 40 points six times in eight games and is averaging 41.8 points per contest. The points per game figure leads the CAA and ranks eighth among all FCS teams.Junior quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) is the focal point of the Wildcats offense and currently leads the nation in both passing efficiency (194.3) and points responsible for (180). Robertson is 132-of-190 (69.5%) for 1,866 yards through the air this season, with 25 touchdowns and just one interception. He has also run for 521 yards and another five scores.Robertson's favorite target has been senior wideout Poppy Livers (Seaside, Calif.), who leads the team with 39 receptions, 574 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Senior running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) has paced the Villanova running game and leads the team with 611 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.On the defensive end, junior linebackers Don Cherry (Trumbull, Conn.) and Dillon Lucas (Medford, N.J.) are leading the way for the Wildcats. Cherry leads the nation with five forced fumbles and is also the CAA leader in tackles for loss (17.0) and solo tackles (49). Cherry (80) and Lucas (53) rank first and second on the team in total tackles.Richmond is coming off a 30-10 win over Elon last week. Spiders quarterback Michael Rocco threw for 296 yards in the victory, while Jacobi Green ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. Richmond limited Elon to just 141 yards of total offense in the victory.Following this week's trip to Richmond, the Wildcats will return home for two straight games against Towson (Nov. 8) and Albany (Nov. 15).