Scores

Final

Villanova 20

(6-2, 4-1 CAA)

Northeastern 14

(2-7, 1-4 null)

1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 7 13 0 020
NE 7 0 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: C. Whitney (VILL) - 161 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Ball (VILL) - 17 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Lott (NE) - 5 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Villanova 20, Northeastern 14

Associated Press

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Chris Whitney threw for 161 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards to lead Villanova past Northeastern, 20-14, on Saturday.

Down by six, Northeastern drove to the Villanova 13-yard line with less than six minutes to play before Villanova's Marquis Kirkland intercepted a deflected pass. After that, Villanova never gave up the ball.

Whitney completed 11-of-16 passes, and threw two interceptions. Aaron Ball carried 17 times for 91 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown run for Villanova (6-2, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association).

For Northeastern (2-7, 1-4 CAA), Alex Broomfield had 48 rushing yards on 18 carries and threw a touchdown. Anthony Orio was 16-of-25 for 158 yards and a touchdown along with two interceptions.

Northeastern scored first with some trickery on its opening drive. On fourth-and-8 from his own 30, punter Ron Conway faked the kick and completed a 14-yard pass to Tony Torres. Broomfield finished the drive when he hit Brian Mandeville for a 12-yard touchdown.

Villanova answered minutes later when Whitney hit Matthew Szczur over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown.

Ball's scoring run four seconds into the second quarter capped a 73-yard drive that was set up by Osayi Osunde's interception.

Joe Marcoux added second quarter field goals of 28 and 42 yards to put Villanova up 20-7 at the half.

A 20-yard third quarter touchdown reception by Northeastern's Tony Lott was the only score of the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
NE
1st Downs2519
Total Yards426275
Passing210210
Rushing21665
Penalties7-634-45
3rd Down Conversions5-107-11
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers22
Possession32:1327:47

Passing Leaders

VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney11/1616110.112
NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Orio16/251586.312

Rushing Leaders

VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ball17915.4122
Whitney14513.6015
NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Broomfield18482.7010
Abelli3248.0023

Receiving Leaders

VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey37324.3054
Atkinson6589.7015
NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lott56212.4120
Mandeville34816.0119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVILLNE
TD08:51Brian Mandeville 12 Yd Pass From Alex Broomfield (Mat Johnson Kick) 07
TD06:29Matthew Szczur 20 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERVILLNE
TD14:56Aaron Ball 6 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 147
FG06:23Joe Marcoux 28 Yd 177
FG01:46Joe Marcoux 42 Yd 207
THIRD QUARTERVILLNE
TD08:49Tony Lott 20 Yd Pass From Anthony Orio (Mat Johnson Kick) 2014