Scores

Final

Villanova 27

(5-4, 3-3 CAA)

Richmond 35

(7-2, 5-1 CAA)

3:30 PM ET, November 3, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 7 7 7 627
RICH 3 14 11 735

Top Performers

Passing: C. Whitney (VILL) - 186 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Hightower (RICH) - 36 CAR, 187 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Harvey (VILL) - 5 REC, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Richmond 35, Villanova 27

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Tim Hightower rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead Richmond over Villanova 35-27.

Eric Ward threw for one touchdown and ran for two more to guide the Spiders (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to their fourth straight win.

Villanova (5-4, 3-3) traded leads with Richmond, taking a 21-20 advantage at 3:30 of the third quarter when Chris Whitney connected with Phil Atkinson for a 12-yard touchdown, one of two for Atkinson in the game.

Justin Rogers returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to the Villanova 38, ultimately setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ward to Kevin Grayson. The two combined for a two-point conversion to put the Spiders up 28-21.

The Wildcats closed to 28-24 behind 35-yard Joe Marcoux field goal.

Ward widened Richmond's lead with a nine-yard run at 5:53 in the fourth, and Marcoux finished the scoring with a 28-year field goal.

Ward finished with 178 yards on 17 of 24 passing and 28 yards on the ground. Hightower had 36 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
RICH
1st Downs2226
Total Yards405420
Passing229178
Rushing176242
Penalties3-324-35
3rd Down Conversions5-127-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers10
Possession28:1131:49

Passing Leaders

VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney13/241867.821
RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward17/241787.410

Rushing Leaders

VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitney16644.0011
Dicken17613.6018
RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hightower361875.2127
Vaughan33010.0122

Receiving Leaders

VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey513527.0143
Dicken23819.0023
RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grayson47117.8121
Stewart4369.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVILLRICH
FG08:44Andrew Howard 20 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 69 yds, 6:16
03
TD05:17Brandyn Harvey 43 Yd Pass From Phil Atkinson (Joe Marcoux Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yds, 3:27
73
SECOND QUARTERVILLRICH
TD14:31Tim Hightower 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 49 yds, 1:07
710
TD11:08Phil Atkinson 9 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yds, 3:23
1410
TD08:00Josh Vaughan 22 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:08
1417
THIRD QUARTERVILLRICH
FG08:58Andrew Howard 37 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 42 yds, 2:40
1420
TD03:03Phil Atkinson 12 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 5:55
2120
TD01:27Kevin Grayson 20 Yd Pass From Eric Ward (Eric Ward Pass To Kevin Grayson For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 5 plays, 38 yds, 1:36
2128
FOURTH QUARTERVILLRICH
FG12:24Joe Marcoux 35 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 42 yds, 4:03
2428
TD05:53Eric Ward 9 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yds, 6:31
2435
FG00:17Joe Marcoux 28 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 73 yds, 1:20
2735