"We are not ready, obviously, to compete in the CAA," Talley said. "We are just a team now that is turning the ball over. The thing about it is, on two of our turnovers we were on our way to scoring."
Villanova got off to a promising start on offense, marching down the field on its opening drive. On third and goal inside Towson's 10-yard line, Towson linebacker Chris Patterson forced a fumble after sacking Thomas. The Tigers took advantage of the turnover and scored on an opening drive that went for nine plays and 81 yards, when Dominique Booker took a screen pass from Enders into the end zone.
A tipped Towson punt by Patrick Haggerty gave the Wildcats momentum and good field position, but Nick Yako missed a 28-yard field goal after the ensuing drive.
The Tigers looked to widen their lead after Enders ran 52 yards to the Villanova 5. But two plays later, Ronnie Akins intercepted Enders on the 2, and the Wildcats took over with less than six minutes remaining in the first half.
The Tigers went up 14-0 with 1 second remaining when Terrance West ran 3 yards for his first career touchdown.
"We are not a competitive football team right now," Talley said. "We just don't do enough things consistently to beat anybody."
"I'm very concerned."
Talley is unsure who will start for the Wildcats' home opener next Saturday against Monmouth.
Senior walk-on Christian Culicerto, replacing Thomas, threw a touchdown on his first pass, bringing the Wildcats within two touchdowns. Culicerto found Kenny Miles in the end zone for the junior wide receiver's first career score.