Oct. 31, 2013
FULL COVERAGE OF SATURDAY'S GAME AT JAMES MADISON
Game Notes: Villanova | James Madison | CAA
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VILLANOVA, Pa.--Through the first two months of the season No. 20 Villanova (4-4, 3-2 CAA) has played a more difficult schedule than any other FCS team. The seven FCS opponents the Wildcats have faced this season have a combined record of 33-6 (.846), not including the head-to-head matchups when Villanova played those teams.
The road won't get any easier for the Wildcats this weekend, as they head to James Madison (5-3, 3-2 CAA) for a televised game on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium and the game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia area. The radio broadcast also airs on CBS Sports Radio 610. (Click on the Villanova game notes at the top of this release for a complete list of TV carriers for the game.)
Villanova enters its annual meeting with the Dukes coming off consecutive losses, though the Wildcats have lost those past two games by a mere three points. In last week's 37-35 loss to Maine sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) ran for 214 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He became the first player in Wildcats history to run for over 200 yards in back-to-back games and also surpassed both 1,000 rushing yards for the season and 2,000 yards for his career. In his last three games Robertson has run for 620 yards and 10 touchdowns on 81 carries.
The all-time series between Villanova and James Madison has always been closely contested. Although the Dukes own an 11-10 edge in the series, the Wildcats have won three of the past four meetings. The recent history includes Villanova posting a 35-20 victory at Villanova Stadium last season, a game in which the Wildcats ran for 307 yards. Villanova led the game 17-0 at halftime and extended the margin to 33-7 by the end of the third quarter.
James Madison is also coming off a loss, as the Dukes lost to William & Mary, 14-7, on the road last week. In that game Dae'Quan Scott caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the opening minute of the second quarter to give James Madison a 7-0 lead, but the Dukes were held scoreless the rest of the way. Scott is the top runner for James Madison and averages 100.2 rushing yards per game for the season.
As a team the Dukes average 29.5 points per game and give up 20.8 points per contest. James Madison leads the CAA in rushing defense and has held its opponents to 93.8 rushing yards per game. That defense will have to take on the top rushing team in the league, as the Wildcats average a CAA-best 242.6 rushing yards per game.
After taking on the Dukes this weekend Villanova will go on the road for the fourth time in five weeks when it travels to Rhode Island on November 9 for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.