Scores

Final

Hofstra 31

(7-2, 4-2 CAA)

Villanova 35

(5-3, 3-2 CAA)

3:30 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Villanova Stadium, VILLANOVA, PA

1 2 3 4 T
HOF 7 14 10 031
VILL 21 0 14 035

Top Performers

Passing: B. Savage (HOF) - 206 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: K. Huggins (HOF) - 12 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Nelson (STON) - 4 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Villanova 35, Hofstra 31

Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Angelo Babbaro returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Villanova added scores on an interception and fumble in a 35-31 win over Hofstra on Saturday.

Babbaro opened the second half by racing almost the length of the field for a score that snapped a 21-all tie and put the Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Conference) ahead to stay.

Just over a minute after Babbaro's score, Tim Kukucka scooped up a fumble and returned it 17 yards for another score to make it 35-21.

Hofstra (6-2, 3-2) rallied behind a 44-yard field goal by Rob Zarrilla with five minutes left in the third quarter and Everette Benjamin's 2-yard scoring run two minutes later, closing within four points. But the Pride was unable to complete the comeback, held scoreless in the final period.

Matt Dicken and Phil Atkinson ran for scores for Villanova, and teammate Martel Moody returned an interception 43 yards for a TD.

Bryan Savage went 16-for-36 for 206 yards with an interception for Hofstra, and Kareen Huggins ran 95 yards on 12 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOF
VILL
1st Downs1911
Total Yards357201
Passing20656
Rushing151145
Penalties7-806-65
3rd Down Conversions7-173-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers42
Possession33:2026:40

Passing Leaders

HofstraC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage16/362065.713
VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney8/16563.501

Rushing Leaders

HofstraCARYDSAVGTDLG
Huggins12957.9155
Savage16402.5121
VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dicken18553.119
Szczur25125.5040

Receiving Leaders

HofstraRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sullivan56813.6021
Nelson45213.010
VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sherry3268.7025
Atkinson3237.7010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOFVILL
TD12:32Matt Dicken 2 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 56 yds, :42
07
TD07:58Phil Atkinson 10 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 36 yds, 3:04
014
TD02:50Anthony Nelson 24 Yd Pass From Bryan Savage (Shaun Mcqueary Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 74 yds, 5:01
714
TD00:08Martel Moody 43 Yd Interception Return (Joe Marcoux Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERHOFVILL
TD13:02Kareem Huggins 55 Yd Run (Shaun Mcqueary Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:06
1421
TD01:00Bryan Savage 14 Yd Run (Shaun Mcqueary Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yds, :52
2121
THIRD QUARTERHOFVILL
TD14:47Angelo Babbaro 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Joe Marcoux Kick) 2128
TD13:16Tim Kukucka 17 Yd Fumble Return (Joe Marcoux Kick) 2135
FG05:41Rob Zarrilli 44 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 24 yds, 3:16
2435
TD03:05Everette Benjamin 2 Yd Run (Rob Zarrilli Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 17 yds, 2:24
3135