PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Villanova Wildcats will open Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon they welcome Towson to the Main Line.
The Wildcats are 1-1 in the early going. Last time out, Villanova beat Lehigh at home, 26-21.
“We came back in the second half, we were down at halftime (14-6),” Villanova head coach Andy Talley tells KYW Newsradio. “Sometimes a game like that early in the season is good for you, because it put a little pressure on everybody. We were able to fight back and win the game in the end, defense held and did a great job and we came away with the victory.”
Listen to the entire interview with Villanova’s Andy Talley:
Villanova punished Lehigh on the ground, rushing for 396 yards and all four touchdowns. Senior running back Javon White led the way with 155 yards and two scores.
Towson will bring a 1-1 record into Villanova Stadium on Saturday. They lost to South Florida to open the season (56-20), but picked up a 35-28 win last time out against St. Francis (PA). The Tigers actually trailed in that game 28-10 late in the first half, but they dominated the final thirty minutes to grab the victory.
“They are physical, there is no question about it,” Talley says. “(Senior) Darius Victor is the best running back, I think, in the CAA right now. They have a 260-pound fullback that leads the way. This is a ‘rock’em, sock’em’ football team. They get after for you for sure and I would say probably the most physical team in the league.”
Victor rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown against St. Francis. Another name to watch on offense is senior wide receiver Christian Summers. The Monsignor Bonner High School product had six catches in that win over SFU for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Talley breaks down the Tigers on the other side of the football.
“They play a base 4-3 defense and every now and then you’ll get some blitz,” Talley says. “But they are very athletic. Much like (James Madison University), they have a lot of guys that can run. It’s probably one of the fastest defenses in the CAA.”
Last year, Villanova lost at Towson, 28-21. The Tigers returned two interceptions for touchdowns in that one.
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 3:30pm.