Villanova at Fordham

Andy Talley takes his Villanova team to Fordham this weekend.
Andy Talley takes his Villanova team to Fordham this weekend. (Associated Press)
Posted: September 07, 2013

When: Saturday at 6 p.m.

Where: Jack Coffey Field, New York

Records: Villanova, 0-1; Fordham, 1-0.

Radio: WIP-AM (610)

Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (29th season, 198-121-1; overall 34th season, 226-139-2); Fordham, Joe Moorhead (2d season, 7-5).

Series: Villanova leads, 20-4-3.

Last time: Villanova won, 28-13, last season at home.

Three Things to Watch

Villanova committed four turnovers in last week's opening 24-14 loss to Boston College. Quarterback John Robertson, who threw two interceptions, seemed to be forcing the action instead of letting things develop, and he will need to make better decisions instead of always looking to run the ball.

Look for Villanova running back Kevin Monangai (11 carries, 23 yards) to get more work this week. In fact, the Wildcats running backs had just 23 carries against Boston College. Meanwhile, Rhode Island rushed for 277 yards (5.5 average) and two touchdowns last week in its 51-26 loss at Fordham. That shows teams can run the ball on Fordham.

Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries last year against Villanova, and even though he threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns last week, he must be stopped on the ground.

Three Things You Might Not Know

Villanova junior linebacker Joey Harmon was named the Colonial Athletic Association defensive player of the week. He had 15 tackles, 11 solo, and forced a fumble.

Nebrich was named the Patriot League's offensive player of the week after throwing touchdown strikes of 29, 4, 49, and 64 yards, and running for a 32-yard TD against URI. He led a Fordham offense that posted its highest point total in a home opener against an FCS team.

Villanova linebacker Pat Haggerty and strong safety Matt McCann are out with knee injuries. Sophomore Corey Majors will replace Haggerty, who is out for the year, and junior Jerry Miles will step in for McCann, out at least four weeks.

- Marc Narducci

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