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Wildcats Back on the Road to Face Rhode Island on Saturday Afternoon
Poppy Livers had a career-long 45-yard kickoff return in last week's game at James Madison.

Nov. 7, 2013


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The Last Meeting
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September 15, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Ground Game Continues to Flourish as Wildcats Run Past Rhode Island, 31-10
In its first conference game of the season Villanova (2-1, 1-0 CAA) saw its running game continue to excel and the Wildcats ran for 244 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-10 win over Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1 CAA) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This marked the third straight game to open the 2012 season that Villanova has surpassed 200 rushing yards, a feat the team had not previously accomplished for 20 years.

VILLANOVA, Pa.--For the fourth time in the last five weeks Villanova will head out on the road, this week for a meeting with Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at Meade Stadium in Kingston is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the game can be heard live on CBS Sports Radio 610, with live streaming of the broadcast also available on Nova Nation All-Access.

This weekend will be the final regular season road game for the Wildcats, who have a bye next week before hosting Delaware at PPL Park later in the month. Villanova can finish the regular season with a winning record if it wins the next two games and the team will be looking to continue its success in the all-time series against the Rams.

Last season the Wildcats tallied a 31-10 victory over Rhode Island at Villanova Stadium. Villanova trailed that game, 10-7, at halftime but scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. Rushing touchdowns from John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.), Austin Medley (Franklinville, N.J.) and Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.) helped the Wildcats pull off the rally for their second win of the 2012 season.



Villanova leads the all-time series with the Rams by a dominant 15-3 margin, with eight of the last nine wins coming by double digits. Despite the Wildcats controlling the series, Rhode Island did win the last meeting at Meade Stadium when it posted a 17-14 victory over then-No. 3 Villanova during the 2010 season. The teams first met on October 1, 1988, with the Wildcats tallying a 20-14 win.

Entering play on Saturday afternoon John Robertson has a few career milestones that are within his reach. Robertson currently has amassed 2,129 career rushing yards and needs just 31 more to tie Chris Whitney (2007-10) for the all-time record by a Villanova quarterback. Robertson is also just 90 yards away from moving into the top five in the Wildcats record book for career rushing yards. In the first 22 games of his career Robertson has racked up 5,620 yards of total offense (3,491 passing, 2,129 rushing). He needs 57 more yards to move into the top five in school history in that category as well.

Rhode Island is currently 3-7 overall and 2-4 in league play this season, and the Rams are coming off a 66-14 loss to former CAA member Old Dominion. Quarterback Bob Bentsen threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the game, with receivers Ross Kim and Robbie Jackson each registering receptions for a score.