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Villanova, No. 13 in FCS, falls to No. 10 Elon

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Villanova, No. 13 in FCS, falls to No. 10 Elon

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — Davis Cheek was 24-for-35 passing for 357 yards and two TDs, Kortez Weeks had 11 receptions for 205 yards and Elon beat Villanova 19-14 on Saturday for its seventh straight victory.

Trailing 14-10, Cheek completed 3 for 4 passes, including back-to-back tosses for 30 and 12 yards to Tre Lennon and a 21-yard score to Tre Marsh to make it 16-14. The point-after try failed.

Elon's defense forced Villanova to punt, and on the Phoenix's next drive, Owen Johnson made a 28-yard field goal for the game's final margin with 4:45 left to play. Villanova turned the ball over on downs on its final drive.

The Wildcats grabbed their last lead of the game when Kyle McCloskey threw a 24-yard touchdown to Taurus Phillips with less than a minute to play in the third.

Despite Cheek's two interceptions, Elon (7-1, 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association) piled 474 yards in total offense. McCloskey threw for 137 yards and two TDs for Villanova (4-4, 2-3).

Bednarczyk totals 4 TDs, Villanova dominates Elon 42-7

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Bednarczyk totals 4 TDs, Villanova dominates Elon 42-7

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ELON, N.C. -- Zack Bednarczyk passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 59 yards and a score, and Villanova won its first-ever matchup over Elon in decisive fashion on Saturday, 42-7.

Villanova (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic) outgained the Phoenix 557-130 and totaled 35 first downs to Elon's six.

Aaron Forbes, who scored twice on the ground, capped the Wildcats' opening possession with an 8-yard run to give Villanova a 7-0 lead. Bednarczyk found Matt Gudzak later in the first for a 10-yard score to push the lead to 14-0.

Bednarczyk made the second quarter his own, rushing for a 3-yard score and throwing TD passes of 12 and 75 yards to Zac Kerxton and Alex Padovani, respectively, to give the Cats a 35-0 halftime lead.

Forbes' second TD run in the third quarter capped the Wildcats' scoring.

Elon (2-3, 1-1) avoided the shutout with DeSean McNair's 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.

No. 12 Villanova at Elon: Wildcats eager for CAA road win

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No. 12 Villanova at Elon: Wildcats eager for CAA road win

No. 17 Villanova (3-1, 1-0) at Elon (2-2, 1-0)
Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C.
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Climbing in the national rankings, Villanova looks for its fourth straight win this weekend in a road CAA contest. Here’s a look at the matchup:

Scouting Villanova
After a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, the Wildcats have won three straight, including a 31-14 rout of Lafayette last week. The Wildcats’ defense continued to flex its muscle in that victory with senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon scoring on a 25-yard fumble return to go along with his two sacks and sophomore linebacker Jeff Steeb returning an interception 45 yards for a TD. For the season, Villanova’s defense has now scored four touchdowns in four games while its rushing defense ranks 21st in the country, allowing just over 100 yards per game. Offensively, running backs Aaron Forbes and Javon White formed a nice tandem last week with both scoring and Forbes running for a career-high 111 yards on 11 carries.

Scouting Elon
The Phoenix bounced back from two straight losses to start the year with a home rout of Fayetteville State and a massive 27-10 road win over nationally ranked William & Mary last week. Just its second victory over over a top-10 FCS program, Elon was led by a 120-yard, two-TD rushing game from Malcolm Summers and an opportunistic defense that intercepted three passes. Elon does have some question marks offensively with several underclassmen in prominent roles, including sophomore Daniel Thompson, who took over for the injured Connor Christiansen at quarterback after the first game. But Elon’s passing offense still ranks third in the CAA with 206.5 yards per game.

Series history
This will be Villanova’s first-ever game vs. Elon, which joined the CAA in 2014.

Storyline to watch
Kpassagnon, an NFL prospect, was the biggest reason why Villanova extended its winning streak to three, putting all kinds of pressure on Lafayette and setting the tone by scoring a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. He’ll have a chance to do that again and try to rattle a young quarterback early. And he may need to have another big game in what figures to be a low-scoring affair between two hot defenses.

What’s at stake?
Elon and Villanova are among six teams that are 1-0 in the conference, meaning the winner of this game could rise to the top of the conference after just two games.

Prediction
Elon’s win last week was very impressive, but it seems unlikely that this young Phoenix squad can knock off two nationally ranked teams in a row. Villanova 24, Elon 14.