Nov 202010
Delaware vs Villanova

Delaware vs Villanova

November 20 Philadelphia Inquirer:

NEWARK, Del. – After Villanova’s recent two-game skid, the popular belief was the Delaware Blue Hens would defeat their archrival Wildcats. That led to the belief that Villanova, the defending Football Championship Subdivision champion, wouldn’t advance to this season’s playoffs.

Oh, really?

The 15th-ranked Wildcats destroyed a few beliefs here in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Delaware Stadium.

Villanova safety Martel Moody forced and recovered a fumble at the Wildcats‘ 2-yard line in overtime to cap Villanova’s 28-21 victory over the top-ranked Blue Hens.

With the win, Villanova (7-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) will likely advance to its third straight postseason appearance. The 20-team field will be announced Sunday at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.

“I can’t believe that we couldn’t be in,” Villanova coach Andy Talley said. “I mean, the defending national champion. We just beat No. 1 at their house. We played a [Football Bowl Subdivision] team [in Temple]. We have to get in. . . . We have to get in.”

The victory also enabled the Wildcats to beat the Blue Hens (9-2, 7-2) for the fifth straight time. And it denied Delaware the outright CAA title.

“When push comes to shove and we have our backs against the wall, we play together,” Villanova quarterback Chris Whitney said of snapping the two-game skid. “And if we play together, we are going to be a hard team to beat. And I think that’s our best quality is playing together.”

The Wildcats never appeared intimidated by, or inferior to, Delaware during a game in which they received an emotional lift with the return of Matt Szczur. The all-American wideout had missed the previous six games with a left high-ankle sprain.

Running back Aaron Ball scored what ended up being the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run to cap the opening possession of overtime.

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