Battle of the Blue Set For Saturday Afternoon at PPL Park
Nov. 21, 2013
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VILLANOVA, Pa.--The seventh annual Battle of the Blue game between Villanova (5-5, 4-3 CAA) and Delaware (7-4, 4-3 CAA) is on tap for Saturday afternoon, when the teams meet at PPL Park for a 3:30 p.m. contest. The game will air live on Nova Nation All-Access and can also be heard on the airwaves on CBS Sports Radio 610-AM.
Since the series between the Wildcats and the Blue Hens started to be known as the Battle of the Blue, Villanova has gone 5-1 versus its longtime and close-by rival. Overall the Wildcats lead the all-time series with Delaware by a 24-21-1 margin, including a 13-12 record under head coach Andy Talley.
For the second time in three years the Battle of the Blue game will be held at PPL Park in Chester, home of the MLS Philadelphia Union. Two years ago in the first ever American football game played at the venue Delaware came away with a 26-16 victory. In addition to these two football games Villanova has also hosted men's and women's soccer games at PPL Park, including the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship last weekend. Villanova will also be hosting the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup at PPL Park next month.
Last season Villanova tallied a 41-10 victory at Delaware Stadium in a game that featured two fourth quarter interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Wildcats defense. Villanova forced three turnovers in the game and had an advantage of 498-283 in yards of total offense. The Wildcats ran for 305 yards, scored five touchdowns and kicked two field goals in the win.
Villanova comes into Saturday's regular season finale after a bye week, a factor that has recently worked in the Wildcats favor. Villanova is 10-2 in its last 12 games following a bye week, including a 35-6 win over Stony Brook earlier this year. In their most recent outing the Wildcats downed Rhode Island, 45-0, on November 9 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) set the Villanova record for career quarterback rushing yards in the Rhode Island win. He has run for 2,262 yards in his career, putting him fourth overall in the Wildcats record book and surpassing the previous quarterback record of 2,160 yards held by Chris Whitney (2007-10).
Robertson also tied his season and career-high with four rushing touchdowns in the win over the Rams, despite only playing one series after halftime before sitting the rest of the game with the outcome well in hand. Through the first 10 games this season Robertson leads all FCS quarterbacks with 19 rushing touchdowns. His season totals include 1,240 rushing yards as well as excellent passing numbers. Robertson has completed 150-of-219 passes (68.5%) for 1,705 yards with 10 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Delaware comes into Saturday's game after back-to-back losses to William & Mary and Richmond. In the loss to Richmond last week the Blue Hens rallied from deficits of 22-3 and 36-17 to take a lead in the final minute of the game, but the Spiders scored a touchdown with four seconds left on the clock to seal a 46-43 win.