By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Villanova will try to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday when they take to the road to visit Rhode Island.
Last weekend, the Wildcats fell to 4-5 (3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association) with a 31-21 loss to James Madison down in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Dukes did something few have been able to do this season in that one, and that is contain Villanova sophomore quarterback John Robertson. After rushing for more than 600 yards and ten touchdowns in the previous three games, Robertson finished with just 44 yards on the ground against the Dukes, although he did throw a pair of scores.
“They were a very fast defense,” Villanova head coach Andy Talley tells KYW Newsradio. “We knew going in that (Robertson) would have to stay north and south. They’re just a really quick, fast team. And of course, it was their Homecoming, they were sky high, and it was an elimination game. They needed to win the game, and they played great.”
The loss dashed any playoff hopes for the Wildcats, but Talley says that doesn’t mean there are no goals left to strive for.