Towson visits Villanova in key CAA matchup Saturday

October 26, 2012 | WNST Staff

VILLANOVA, PA. – For the second straight week, the Tigers will be facing a nationally-ranked Colonial Athletic Association team when the No. 23 Tigers face No. 19 Villanova … The Tigers are coming off a 31-20 loss against No. 7 Old Dominion, a team that Villanova beat two weeks ago … The Tigers, who are 3-4 overall, have been playing a very difficult schedule … Two of Towson’s losses have come at the hands of two top ten FCS teams, James Madison and ODU … The other losses have been to NCAA BCS programs Kent State (5-1) and Louisiana State (7-1).

Seeking their first road win of the season (0-3), the Tigers will be visiting Villanova Stadium where they have an all-time record of 1-3 … Towson’s only win at Villanova came in 2006 when the Tigers pulled out a 21-13 victory … The Tigers, who were 4-0 in CAA road games last year (wins at Old Dominion, William & Mary, Maine, Rhode Island), have an all-time CAA road record of 10-23 … Under Coach Rob Ambrose, Towson is 5-8 on the road.

TIGERS vs. VILLANOVA: Towson and Villanova are meeting for the ninth time … They have played every year since 2004 … Villanova has won four of the last five games and leads the series, 5-3 … Last year, the Tigers started their drive for the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 31-10 victory in their CAA opener.

Last year, the Tigers rushed for 223 yards en route to a win over the Wildcats in the CAA opener for both teams … Dominique Booker scored a pair of touchdowns and caught a 47-yard TD pass …Terrance West scored two touchdowns while quarterback Grant Enders ran for 62 yards … Towson rolled to a 21-0 lead in the third quarter before holding off Villanova.

This is the fifth time that the teams are playing at Villanova … In 2010, Villanova celebrated its 2009 national championship with a 43-7 win … Quarterback Chris Whitney ran for two touchdowns and threw for two TD’s as the Wildcats jumped out to a 36-0 halftime lead.

The last three meetings have lacked much drama … The average margin of victory has been 33 points in those games.