Scores

Final

Villanova 14

(6-4, 4-3 CAA)

Towson 12

(3-7, 1-6 CAA)

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson, MD

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 0 0 7 714
TOWS 0 3 3 612

Top Performers

Passing: S. Schaefer (TOWS) - 242 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Dicken (VILL) - 30 CAR, 133 YDS

Receiving: D. Harrison (TOWS) - 7 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Villanova 14, Towson 12

Associated Press

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Matt Dicken gained 103 of his 133 yards in the second half, Chris Whitney threw a scoring pass to Phil Atkinson and Villanova held on for a 14-12 victory over Towson on Saturday.

Missing eight players -- including four starters -- who were serving one-game suspensions for violating a team rule, the Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association) guaranteed coach Andy Talley his 17th winning season in 23 years at Villanova.

Towson (3-7, 1-6), which lost its fourth straight game, was limited to 27 yards rushing. Sean Schaefer was 22-for-36 for 242 yards and a touchdown, the 50th of his career.

Whitney, who went 16-for-21 for 116 yards, rebounded from a shaky first half to direct two time-consuming second-half scoring drives for the Wildcats' third win in four games. Villanova held the ball for nearly 39 minutes.

With Towson up 3-0, Whitney moved Villanova 68 yards on 14 plays before Aaron Ball's 2-yard touchdown run off right tackle with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

After Towson's Mark Bencivengo hit a 28-yard field goal to make it 7-6, Whitney converted three third downs in a 13-play, 71-yard march culminating in a 10-yard TD pass to Atkinson on a crossing pattern with 12:01 remaining.

Late in the fourth quarter, Schaefer needed only five plays to move Towson 66 yards, cutting the lead to 14-12 on a 7-yard strike to Harrison with 52 seconds left. But a leaping Harrison couldn't snag Schaefer's floater on the two-point conversion attempt.

Towson was held to minus-14 yards rushing in the first half, but its defense sacked Whitney five times. Bencivengo's 32-yard field goal with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter put the Tigers up 3-0.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
TOWS
1st Downs2312
Total Yards321269
Passing127242
Rushing19427
Penalties4-384-18
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers11
Possession38:5621:04

Passing Leaders

VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney16/211165.510
TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schaefer22/362426.711

Rushing Leaders

VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dicken301334.400
Ball8465.810
TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams6284.700
McClaude6203.300

Receiving Leaders

VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Babbaro6366.000
Sherry4317.800
TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee99510.600
Harrison77811.110

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERVILLTOWS
FG05:19Mark Bencivengo 32 Yd 03
THIRD QUARTERVILLTOWS
TD07:52Aaron Ball 2 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 73
FG03:30Mark Bencivengo 28 Yd 76
FOURTH QUARTERVILLTOWS
TD12:01Phil Atkinson 10 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick) 146
TD00:52Demetrius Harrison 7 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1412