Villanova hosts Towson Saturday in home opener

Villanova improved to 2-0 on the young season this past weekend with a 31-9 thumping of Lehigh up in Bethlehem.

Matt Leon
September 14, 2018 - 2:01 pm
Villanova head football coach Mark Ferrante

Villanova University Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Villanova Wildcats will look to continue their strong start to the season on Saturday afternoon when they play their home and Colonial Athletic Association opener, welcoming Towson to the Main Line.

Villanova improved to 2-0 on the young season this past weekend with a 31-9 thumping of Lehigh up in Bethlehem.

"We were pleased with how we performed in that game," Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante says.

Lehigh actually scored first with a field goal, but the Wildcats took control after that, scoring the next 31 points.

"Our defense played really consistent," Ferrante says. "We had a lot of three and outs, we got the ball back for the offense quite a bit."

Offensively, Villanova rushed for 190 yards with true freshman Jalen Jackson leading the way with 69 yards on a dozen carries. He got most of the work late in the game when the Wildcats were closing this one out. They were the first carries of his college career.

"Good to see," Ferrante said of Jackson's work. "Gives us a better assessment of his abilities as opposed to watching him in practice."

Towson is off to a 1-1 start, and this will also be the CAA opener for the Tigers. An opening game win over Morgan State was followed by a 51-20 loss last week to FBS Wake Forest.

"Quarterback's a new guy, Tom Flacco," Ferrante said. "Tommy Flacco is (Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's) younger brother from over in New Jersey. He originally went to Western Michigan and then Rutgers and now he is at Towson. We don't know him other than the two games we were able to watch on film, but he makes some plays."

Flacco has completed 67% of his passes so far this season for 590 yards and five touchdowns with just two interceptions.

Last year, Villanova won on the road at Towson, 24-9.

Saturday's game at Villanova Stadium gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

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