This will be the fifth-ever meeting between
Under the direction of Coach Andy Talley, the Wildcats are having an outstanding season with a 7-2 record. Ranked sixth in NCAA FCS, the Wildcats are closing in on a berth in the NCAA FCS playoffs. Coming off an impressive 24-13 victory over 8th-ranked
The Wildcats, who are averaging 202.3 rushing yards per game, have won seven of eight games since a 48-21 loss to
When they face Villanova, the Tigers will be playing a nationally-ranked CAA team for the fourth time this year. Earlier,
Now 3-7 on the season and 1-5 in the CAA, the Tigers are coming off a 31-21 loss at
“Villanova has an excellent football team,” says Coach Gordy Combs. “We know that we’re going to have to throw the ball effectively to beat them. That’s no secret. At
Hoping to surprise the Wildcats, the Tigers will be counting on another outstanding performance from senior quarterback
Entering the final two games of the season, Schaefer leads the CAA in passing yards per game (264.5) and total yards per game (263.7). He has completed 241 of 364 passes this season (.662) for 2,645 yards with 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.
If he completes 18 passes at Villanova, he will become the third NCAA FCS quarterback to complete 1,000 passes in his career. Ricky Santos of
Schaefer equaled the longest pass completion of his career at
Currently the sixth-leading receiver in the CAA, Lee has caught 44 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns this season. Lee has caught at least one pass in all 43 games of his college career. With 211 receptions for 2,279 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career, he is the second-leading receiver in school history. Lee needs eight catches to match the school record set by former All-American Jamal White, ’02. In his career, White had a school record 219 receptions for 3,156 yards.
While averaging 264.5 passing yards per game, Schaefer has utilized most of his receivers. While Lee is the team leader with 44 catches, he is one of six Tigers with at least 20 receptions. Sophomore Steve Holmes (Old Mill H.S./Severn,
Breaux, who has caught a 60-yard TD pass, a 44-yard TD pass and an 84-yarder, has caught 23 passes for 375 yards this year. He leads the team by averaging 16.3 yards per catch.
Schaefer has thrown touchdown passes to eight different receivers this season.
After making eight tackles at
The fourth-leading tackler in school history, Manning now has 318 tackles in his college career. He trails Jeff Boller, ’83 (382), Mike Arbutina, ’95 (361) and former teammate Brian Bradford ’08 (328) on the all-time list.
Despite missing three games with a knee injury, senior strong safety Drew Mack (Buena Regional H.S./Landisville, N.J.) is also having a tremendous season. After making 11 tackles at
Freshman nose tackle Rob Osborne (
TIGER TALES: After their game at Villanova on Saturday, the Tigers conclude their season on November 22 when they host number one-ranked James Madison.
Sixth-ranked Villanova is one of seven CAA teams ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 25 this week ... James Madison (8-1) is ranked number one while Richmond (7-3) is seventh ... William & Mary (7-2) has moved up to 12th in the poll while New Hampshire (7-2) is 13th ... With a 7-3 record, Maine is ranked 21st, just ahead of 22nd-ranked Massachusetts (6-4).