Villanova heads to Stony Brook on Saturday

Matt Leon
September 26, 2018 - 4:57 pm
Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk

Villanova University Athletics


STONY BROOK, N.Y. (KYW Newsradio) — The Villanova Wildcats will take to the road this weekend, visiting Stony Brook on Saturday night in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt.

Villanova improved to 3-1 on the season this past Saturday with a resounding 49-7 non-league home win over Bucknell. Head coach Mark Ferrante was happy to see his team bounce back after their loss to Towson the week before in its CAA opener.

"Our team was really anxious to get back on the field," he said. "We had a couple real good days of practice during the course of the week, and then you could tell there seemed to be a little more focus than usual on Friday. I think they were locked in pretty good."

Villanova rolled up 609 yards of offense against the Bison — and 90 of them came on one play. 

Leading 14-0 late in the first quarter, senior quarterback Zach Bednarczyk found sophomore wide receiver Josh McGrigg for a 90-yard touchdown pass. It is the longest pass in program history and the  centerpiece of a huge game for McGrigg, who finished with five catches for 187 yards and the touchdown. 

"Josh has been doing a great job in our return game," Ferrante said. "But he hasn't had as many opportunities to be targeted in the passing game. With (junior wide receiver) Changa Hodge not playing, and then (junior wide receiver) Zac Kerxton turned his ankle in pregame warm-up, so Josh would've been splitting more time with Zac, but because Zac and Changa were both out, Josh got to be on the field more and got the ball thrown to him more."

Stony Brook will bring a 3-1 record into Saturday — 1-0 in the CAA. The Seawolves hammered Richmond last week, 36-10. Their only loss — 38-0 — came when they stepped up a level to take on Air Force. Ferrante has been scouting their offense.

"Three of their five offensive linemen are over 320 pounds, so they definitely have some size there," he added. "They play a lot of tight ends. (Senior Joe) Carbone, their quarterback, has been a veteran in this league for quite some time. He can run. They do a good job with the play action game. But their real philosophy on offense is they are looking to run the ball and control the clock."

Stony Brook averages 237.2 yards a game on the ground.

Saturday night's game will get underway at 6 p.m.

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