Villanova gets by James Madison, 14-7

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Oct 242010
Villanova vs James Madison

Villanova vs James Madison

October 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

Villanova was leading the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring, averaging more than 32 points going into its homecoming game Saturday against James Madison.

But on a day when the sixth-ranked Wildcats did not display their usual explosiveness, they still managed to get by with a 14-7 victory over the No. 11 Dukes at Villanova Stadium.

“It was a bit of an ugly game, for sure,” said Wildcats coach Andy Talley, whose team had 368 yards of total offense. “The day we had yardage-wise should have produced more points for us. But I have to just be happy we won the game.”

The victory – Villanova’s 14th straight win at home – wasn’t secured until the Wildcats’ James Pitts picked off JMU quarterback Drew Dudzik in the end zone on the last play of the game.

Pitts’ interception ended a Dukes drive that had begun at their own 6-yard line with 1 minute, 38 seconds remaining following a fumble by Wildcats quarterback Chris Whitney.

With the win, Villanova improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. JMU is now 4-3, 1-3.

The victory allowed Villanova to stay on the heels of conference leaders Delaware and William and Mary. Those two are 4-1 after William and Mary beat visiting Delaware, 17-16, on Saturday. The winning Tribe also handed Villanova a 31-24 loss on Oct. 2.

“All in all, the name of the game in the CAA is to survive and move on,” Talley said.

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