Scores

Final

Richmond 20

(3-2, 2-1 CAA)

Villanova 26

(3-1, 1-0 CAA)

3:30 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Villanova Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 3 7 3 720
VILL 7 10 3 626

Top Performers

Passing: E. Ward (RICH) - 236 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Ball (VILL) - 18 CAR, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Grayson (RICH) - 7 REC, 52 YDS

Villanova 26, Richmond 20

Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Joe Marcoux booted four field goals and Aaron Ball rushed for two touchdowns to lead Villanova to a 26-20 upset of Richmond, the top-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision, on Saturday.

Villanova (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) earned its first win over a No. 1 opponent on the strength of Marcoux's leg as the senior kicked three second-half field goals, including a 48-yarder, to hold off the Spiders.

Marcoux connected twice in the fourth quarter and Villanova recovered an onside kick with just over a minute left to preserve the victory.

Richmond (3-2, 2-1) entered the game as the top-ranked team in The Sports Network writers' poll. Villanova had previously been 0-4 against No. 1 opponents.

Ball scored on runs of 3 and 63 yards and Marcoux kicked a 21-yard field goal with no time left in the first half as the Wildcats built a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Spiders got a field goal from Andrew Howard early in the third quarter but Marcoux responded with a 25-yarder later in the third.

In the fourth, Marcoux kicked two more field goals -- including the 48-yarder with 8:00 left -- to give the Wildcats a 26-13 lead. Richmond responded with a 7-yard touchdown run from Josh Vaughan with 1:13 left, but could not come up with the onside kick and Villanova ran out the clock.

Ball rushed for 123 yards on 18 carries to lead Villanova's ground attack. Christopher Whitney added 176 yards passing for the Wildcats.

Richmond's Eric Ward was 23-for-32 for 236 yards and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Joe Stewart in the first half and Howard had a 41-yard field goal to open the scoring.

The Villanova defense sacked Ward six times and held the Spiders to 83 yards rushing on 33 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
VILL
1st Downs2220
Total Yards333402
Passing250176
Rushing83226
Penalties2-153-35
3rd Down Conversions4-136-13
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers11
Possession30:3729:23

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward23/322367.410
VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney14/221768.001

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vaughan16442.817
Ward17392.3013
VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ball181236.8263
Babbaro8587.3013

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gray46716.8043
Mitchell46516.3028
VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Szczur45614.0032
Harvey45513.8023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHVILL
FG06:42Andrew Howard 41 Yd 30
TD03:51Aaron Ball 3 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERRICHVILL
TD08:39Aaron Ball 63 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 314
TD03:47Joe Stewart 8 Yd Pass From Eric Ward (Andrew Howard Kick) 1014
FG00:00Joe Marcoux 21 Yd 1017
THIRD QUARTERRICHVILL
FG08:28Andrew Howard 35 Yd 1317
FG04:52Joe Marcoux 25 Yd 1320
FOURTH QUARTERRICHVILL
FG08:00Joe Marcoux 48 Yd 1323
FG04:04Joe Marcoux 29 Yd 1326
TD01:13Josh Vaughan 7 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 2026