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Villanova win Conference opener 56-7

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Junior running back Aaron Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) ran for over 100 yards in the first quarter alone and No. 2 Villanova (4-0, 1-0 CAA) ran for a season-high 410 yards in a 56-7 win over Northeastern (0-4, 0-2 CAA) on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The Wildcats improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and won their conference opener for the third straight year. Ball ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries and six different players scored touchdowns for Villanova, which registered individual 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving performances in the same game for the first time since 2005 against William & Mary.

Senior wide receiver Brandyn Harvey (Spring Valley, Calif.) caught seven passes for 102 yards to join Ball as the `100-100′ tandem in the game. The rushing total for the Wildcats was their highest since 1991 and the third-highest single-game total in school history. Villanova has had just five games with even 300 yards rushing since 1999, but four of those games have come in the last seven outings dating back to last season.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 21-0 before the end of the first period when senior quarterback Antwon Young (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) threw a one-yard pass for a touchdown to senior running back Tony Canci (Brookhaven, Pa.) with 1:40 remaining in the period. Canci had two catches for 15 yards, both of which were touchdown recptions.

This afternoon’s game was the first of two straight at home for Villanova, which will host No. 5 William & Mary next week at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be aired live on VERSUS and stands to be the first-ever nationally televised game between two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) teams.

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