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Wildcats Match a Season-Best with Return to No. 2 Spot in Sports Network Poll

Nov. 16, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Following its fourth consecutive victory this past weekend, Villanova (9-1, 6-1 CAA) has moved up one spot to No. 2 in the Sports Network Top 25 poll released earlier today. The team remained at No. 3 in the FCS Coaches Poll for the second straight week. The ranking by the Sports Network matches a season-high for the Wildcats and is the first time the team has been ranked No. 2 since just prior to the team's only loss of the season.

In its final road game of the regular season this past Saturday, Villanova took an early insurmountable lead en route to a 49-7 victory at Towson. The Wildcats scored touchdowns on each of their five possessions in the first half and led 35-0 at the intermission. Villanova has an average margin of victory of +24.8 points during the current win streak.

This is also the second week in a row that the Wildcats have moved up one spot in the poll. Last week, the team jumped from No. 4 to No. 3 on the heels of a 21-20 win at then-No. 1 Richmond. As was the case last week, the votes and point totals for the top teams in the polls were remarkably close.

In the Sports Network poll, Southern Illinois remained No. 1 with 49 first-place votes and 3,278 points. Villanova was No. 2 with 38 first-place votes and 3,225 points, while Montana dropped a spot to No. 3 despite 45 first-place votes and 3,145 points. Richmond (2,950) and William & Mary (2,864) rounded out the top five.

The Colonial Athletic Association continues to be well represented in the rankings with four teams in the top 11 and five teams in the top 25. Joining Villanova, Richmond and William & Mary are New Hampshire (No. 11) and Delaware (No. 25).

On tap for this weekend is the final game of the regular season, when the Wildcats play their fourth game of the year against a nationally-ranked team. Villanova and Delaware will meet in the "Battle of the Blue" at Villanova Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. A win in that game would clinch the CAA title and an automatic bid to the Division I Football Championship for the Wildcats.