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Villanova beats Holy Cross 38-28 in FCS playoffs

Nov 28, 2009 - 8:58 PM VILLANOVA, Pa.(AP) -- Chris Whitney threw one touchdown and rushed for a score to lead Villanova to a 38-28 win over Holy Cross on Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Wildcats (11-1) will host either McNeese State or New Hampshire in the quarterfinals on Dec. 5. It will be the second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals for Villanova, which lost to James Madison 31-27 last season.

Whitney, who finished with 62 yards rushing, broke a 14-14 tie in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats kept hold of their lead en route to their sixth straight win. They have also won 17 of their last 18 games at home.

Villanova's Matt Szczur had 130 yards receiving on seven receptions. Whitney threw for 239 yards, including a 29-yard TD pass.

Dominic Randolph threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns for Holy Cross (9-3).








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOLY CROSS 14 0 7 7 28
    VILLANOVA 14 14 7 3 38 FINAL

    Holy Cross 28, Villanova 38  FinalNov 28 3:04 PM
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    Holy Cross 21, Villanova 35  4th - 15:00Nov 28 2:34 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOLY CROSS 14 0 7 21
    VILLANOVA 14 14 7 35 END, 3RD QTR

    Holy Cross 21, Villanova 35  End of 3rdNov 28 2:29 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOLY CROSS 14 0 14
    VILLANOVA 14 14 28 HALFTIME

    Holy Cross 14, Villanova 28  HalfNov 28 1:49 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    HOLY CROSS 14 14
    VILLANOVA 14 14 END, 1ST QTR

    Holy Cross 14, Villanova 14  End of 1stNov 28 12:44 PM