Towson at Villanova

Posted: October 27, 2012

Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Villanova Stadium

 Records: Towson, 3-4 overall, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova, 6-2, 4-1.

TV/Radio: TCN/ESPN-AM (950).

Coaches: Towson, Rob Ambrose (fourth season, 15-26); Villanova, Andy Talley (28th season, 196-118-1, 224-136-2 overall).

Series: Villanova leads, 5-3.

Three things to watch

Both teams are effective running the ball, and the team with the better ground game likely will win. Villanova leads the CAA in rushing, averaging 269.1 yards per game while Towson is fourth (192.7 per game).

With Villanova's ability to run, will Towson attempt to make redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson beat the Tigers through the air? Towson leads the CAA in pass defense, allowing 156.9 passing yards per game, in addition to being tied with William and Mary for the fewest touchdown passes allowed (five).

Towson must take care of the ball, something the Tigers have experienced trouble doing. The Tigers are 10th in the CAA in turnover margin (minus-9), having committed 16 turnovers and caused seven. Quarterback Grant Enders has thrown seven TD passes but seven interceptions.

Three things you might not know

The Wildcats are second in the CAA in scoring defense, allowing 19 points per game

Villanova sophomore Kevin Monangai is tops among CAA rushers with 791 yards (98.9 yards per game, 5.8 yards per carry). He is tied for first with nine rushing TDs.

Towson, the defending CAA champion, leads the conference in total defense (302.3 yards per game).

- Marc Narducci

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