VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Villanova's Matt Dicken tied the game with a long touchdown catch and then ran for the game-winning score in overtime as the Wildcats beat Maine 24-17 on Saturday night.
Villanova (2-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) had the first possession in overtime and ran the ball five straight times with Dicken punching it in from 3 yards out on third-and-goal. The Wildcat defense held Maine to 2 yards and forced three incomplete passes in OT to seal the victory.
Jhamal Fluellen rushed for 170 yards and two scores, including a 50-yard dash with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter that gave Maine (1-2, 0-1) a 17-10 lead. Dicken hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Antwon Young on the next possession to tie the game with 6:17 left in regulation.
The Black Bears had a chance to win in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter but Devin McNeill's 28-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
Dicken finished with 112 yards on 25 carries and caught three passes for 72 yards. Young threw for 178 yards and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Anton Ridley in the second quarter that made it 7-7 at halftime.
Joe Marcoux kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead. McNeill tied the game early in the fourth with a 26-yarder of his own.
Villanova held Maine to just 66 yards on 11-for-26 passing and outgained the Black Bears 320 yards to 252.