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Villanova Football loses season finale at James Madison, 38-29

Turnovers, again, the key in Wildcats' loss.

Matt Gregory | VU Hoops

The Villanova Football season came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon following the Wildcats' loss to #12 James Madison, 38-29.

JMU got out to a lead as fast as possible returning the opening kickoff 98 yards to go up 7-0 in the first 15 seconds of the game. 'Nova tallied an equalizing TD on their first drive capped by a 32-yard rush by Gary Underwood.

From there, the Dukes went up 14 following a pick-6 and a 6-play, 83 yard drive to have the 21-7 edge at the intermission.

The Wildcats didn't give up;  'Nova commanded an extremely strong ground game tallying a total of 321 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns in the second half.

Following a pair of 1-yard rushing touchdowns by and freshman quarterback Zach Bednarczyk, the 'Cats got to a 3-point deficit, 24-21, with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

A 77-yard fumble recovery and 3-play touchdown drive put the Dukes got the Dukes up to 38 on the scoreboard before a second Bednarczyk rushing TD (and subsequent 2-point conversion) ended the game and Villanova's season with a 6-5 (5-3 CAA)  season.

'Nova won most of the games on the statsheet, collecting 453 total yards to JMU's 323. Andy Talley's squad also had a 13 minute advantage in possession, but the two turnovers returned for touchdowns proved to be too much to overcome.