Scores

Final

Towson 31

(3-8, 1-6 CAA)

Villanova 34

(8-2, 6-1 CAA)

1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Villanova Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
TOWS 10 7 7 731
VILL 0 20 7 734

Top Performers

Passing: S. Schaefer (TOWS) - 326 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Ball (VILL) - 23 CAR, 62 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Lee (TOWS) - 8 REC, 52 YDS, 2 TD

Villanova 34, Towson 31

Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Aaron Ball scored two touchdowns and James Pitts had a 65-yard interception return for a score as Villanova held off Towson 34-31 on Saturday.

Christopher Whitney threw for 212 yards and a touchdown for Villanova (8-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association), which ran out the last five minutes of the game after Towson pulled close in the fourth.

Sean Schaefer threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns -- two to Marcus Lee -- for Towson (3-8, 1-6).

The two teams traded scores through the first half, with the Wildcats taking a 20-17 lead into the break on Pitts' interception return with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.

Schaefer hooked up with Lee for a 9-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Towson a 24-20 lead.

Ball's second touchdown of the game later in the third gave Villanova a 27-24 advantage. Louis Adeyemi pushed the lead to 34-24 early in the fourth with a 1-yard TD run.

Schaefer made it 34-31 with a 2-yard TD pass to John Godlasky with 5:12 left, but the Wildcats controlled the ball for the rest of the game -- aided by an 11-yard pass from Whitney to Phil Atkinson on fourth-and-5 in the final minute -- to hang on for the win.

Ball rushed for 62 yards on 23 carries and Matthew Szczur had 68 yards on eight carries for Villanova.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOWS
VILL
1st Downs2720
Total Yards402386
Passing326212
Rushing76174
Penalties4-3410-84
3rd Down Conversions8-149-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers11
Possession32:5927:01

Passing Leaders

TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schaefer35/473266.941
VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Whitney14/232129.210

Rushing Leaders

TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kinchen8465.8019
Schaefer5265.2010
VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Szczur8688.5019
Ball23622.7215

Receiving Leaders

TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cegles99510.6029
Breaux6589.7116
VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Atkinson77811.1018
Szczur25427.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOWSVILL
FG02:16Mark Bencivengo 27 Yd 30
TD00:39Marcus Lee 9 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERTOWSVILL
TD11:15Brandyn Harvey 4 Yd Pass From Chris Whitney (Joe Marcoux Kick) 107
TD04:09Tommy Breaux 10 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 177
TD01:04Aaron Ball 3 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 1714
TD00:12James Pitts 65 Yd Interception Return (Pat Blocked) 1720
THIRD QUARTERTOWSVILL
TD10:01Marcus Lee 9 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 2420
TD08:32Aaron Ball 3 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 2427
FOURTH QUARTERTOWSVILL
TD13:05Louis Adeyemi 1 Yd Run (Joe Marcoux Kick) 2434
TD05:12John Godlasky 2 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 3134