Battle of Ranked Teams On Tap as Wildcats Host No. 9 James Madison

 

 

Nov. 8, 2012

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Second Half Rally Foils Wildcats in 34-10 Loss at No. 13 James Madison
Against a nationally-ranked opponent on the road for the second straight week, Villanova (1-6, 0-4 CAA) succumbed to a big second half by No. 13 James Madison (5-2, 3-1 CAA) and lost by a final score of 34-10 at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The game was the third straight for the Wildcats versus a top-25 team.

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VILLANOVA, Pa.--For the third time in its last four games No. 21 Villanova (6-3, 4-2 CAA) will face a ranked opponent when it hosts No. 9 James Madison (7-2, 5-1 CAA) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This is the final regular season home game for the Wildcats and the team will hold its annual Senior Day festivities on the field prior to the start of the game.

 

 

The players and families of the senior class will be recognized on the field in a ceremony that begins approximately 20 minutes before kickoff. When the game does get underway the contest will feature two of the six CAA teams that remain within striking distance at claiming a league title.

Just about every game in the CAA during the final two weeks of the regular season should have potential implications in the standings and for chances at postseason berths. Heading into Saturday afternoon's game against the Dukes, the Wildcats are coming off a bye week and have not played since a 49-35 loss to then-No. 23 Towson on October 27.

Villanova will be hoping a recent trend continues, as the Wildcats are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a bye week. James Madison leads the all-time series against Villanova by a slim 11-9 margin and over the past two years each team has won on its home field. Last year the Dukes registered a 34-10 win at Bridgeforth Stadium on October 15, 2011, while the last win in the series for the Wildcats was a 14-7 triumph at Villanova Stadium on October 23, 2010.

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