Saturday, October 5th, 2013
When: 1:00 PM Eastern
Sagarin: W&M: 91 | Villanova: 93
Villanova Stadium (Capacity: 12,500)
Where: Villanova, PA
Radio: CBS Sports Radio 610 AM
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William & Mary opened the 2013 season on the road in Morgantown, WV where they lost to the Mountaineers by a touchdown, 24-17. Since then, they have rallied off three consecutive wins against Hampton, Lafayette, and Rhode Island where they have outscored their opponents 85-13.
Mikal Abdul-Saboor gets a bulk of the carries for the Tribe. Michael Graham takes the snaps and is averaging 153 passing with Tre McBride the main target. W&M's kicking game doesn't display anything of note as John Carpenter has connected for a 33 yard field goal going 1-4 for 3-pointers greater than 30 yards.
Defensively, the squad has tallied 7 sacks and forced 6 turnovers (4 fumbles, 2 interceptions).
Sixty years ago, William & Mary had the most impressive 5-win season of all time, knocking off Wake Forest and Virginia Tech and playing to a tie against Navy, and doing it all while playing iron-man football. Like a precursor to the 1991 Scott Bakula classic, Necessary Roughness, the Iron Indians had a roster decimated by an academic scandal the previous year and were forced to start the season with just 24 players (and they finished with around 17) -- they weren't supposed to beat anyone.
Head Coach: Jimmye Laycock has been at the helm of William & Mary since 1980. He has compiled a 215-160-2 record over the years and made it to the National Semifinals in 2009, where he was knocked out by eventual National Champions Villanova.
The Tribe's football program has produced a number of players who went on to play or coach in the NFL (or achieve a high status in another field), including Darren Sharper '97, who appears on the NFL Network as an analyst. Most famous, however, is likely Mike Tomlin '95, who is the current Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.