October 3 Philadelphia Inquirer:
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Villanova just kissed its No. 1 national ranking goodbye.
The defending Football Championship Subdivision national champion also said sayonara to its 12-game winning streak against subdivision opponents. And to the delight of the 12,259 at Zable Stadium, the Wildcats no longer have William and Mary’s number.
The seventh-ranked Tribe defeated Villanova, 31-24, in Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association showdown. With the win, William and Mary (4-1, 2-1 CAA) snapped a six-game losing streak against Villanova (3-2, 1-1) and avenged last season’s heartbreaking 14-13 FCS semifinal defeat.
Villanova, which played without all-American wideout Matt Szczur (sprained left ankle), trailed by 25 points late in the third quarter.
The Wildcats staged a comeback and, with 2 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the game, pulled to within a touchdown when quarterback Chris Whitney threw a 47-yard Hail Mary pass to wideout Norman White on fourth down.
But William and Mary running back Jonathan Grimes, a junior out of Paul VI High, recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Tribe ran out the clock.
“I was disappointed with our team in terms of our emotion,” said Villanova coach Andy Talley, who noted that eight Wildcats missed the game because of injuries. “I don’t think we hit the field with the same kind of intensity that we needed to play in a hostile environment. And that was disappointing.”
The Wildcats trailed, 21-0, in the second quarter before picking up their third first down. Tribe quarterback Michael Paulus, Grimes, and Villanova’s inability to move the ball early were
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