November 6 Philadelphia Inquirer:
KINGSTON, R.I. – As far as Villanova coach Andy Talley was concerned, the Wildcats brought a perfect formula with them for yesterday’s Colonial Athletic Conference game at Rhode Island.
A perfect formula for disaster.
Rhode Island capitalized on three turnovers plus a blocked punt and shocked third-ranked Villanova, 17-14.
“We were not able to run the ball today,” Talley said after Rhode Island (4-5, 3-3) held Villanova (6-3, 4-2) to 68 rushing yards, which was 133 yards below the Wildcats’ average. “If you take the running game away from us and force us to throw, throw, throw, that’s not who we really are. Rhode Island did a very good job on our running game because they were more physical up front than we were.
“Their defensive line guys were more physical than our offensive line guys. When that happens, forget about it. We did all of the things that you need to do to allow a team to upset you.”
The way Villanova played in all aspects was particularly disheartening for Talley.
The Rams Jarrod Williams intercepted a Chris Whitney pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter.
With the game tied 7-7 in the fourth, Villanova‘s Dorian Wells caught a Whitney pass but fumbled that Rhode Island recovered at its own43. That set up a 19-yard field goal by Rams kicker Lou Feinstein with 3:43 left.
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