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Villanova football at Maine: Wildcats shut down Bears in 26-7 road win.

Andy Talley's defense looked great in his last road trip to the far north of the CAA.

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The defense needed to hold for the Villanova Wildcats to take the victory in Maine, and hold it did. The Maine Black Bears scored just seven points -- on a special teams play -- against the 'Cats defense and went 0-for-5 in the red zone, getting picked off three times in or near the endzone. Quarterback Dan Collins threw four total interceptions, picked off once by Jason Ceneus in the endzone, twice by Rob Rolle and again by Rasaan Stewart -- this despite entering the game with the CAA's number-two passing offense and third-ranked passer efficiency.

Collins had been averaging about 222 yards per game with 14 touchdowns through 8 games (a little under two per game), and was third in the league for total offense and fourth for pass efficiency. He went 11-for-21 with just 146 passing yards and no touchdowns today. Maine had 99 yards rushing.

The 26-7 victory for Villanova snapped a 5-game winning streak for Maine. Villanova improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the CAA, and have now won on their last four trips to Orono.

While the defense did its part, the Villanova offense also had a pretty special day as well. Zach Bednarczyk passed for a career high 326 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions. Altogether the offense chipped in 420 yards for the effort, with 94 rushing yards; 23 from Aaron Forbes and 22 from Jarrett McClenton.

Special teams was an issue for the 'Cats, however, with the second-half kickoff returned for the Black Bears' lone touchdown, and a point-after-touchdown and punt being blocked, the unit seemed to struggle this week. The 'Cats did, however make two field goals in the contest -- both over 40-yards -- both by Gerard Smith.

Smith's first field goal snapped a scoreless tie with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. It was his made field goal attempt from over 40-yards.

The Villanova offense found its footing after that kick put them up 3-0, with Zach Bednarczyk finding Brandon Chadbourne downfield with 11 seconds before halftime for a 17 yard touchdown pass to go up 10-0 on the Black Bears.

Though the kickoff team allowed a score to open the second half, the 'Cats responded quickly with another long field goal from Smith to go up 13-7.

Bednarczyk connected with tight end Ryan Bell in the Third and Fourth quarters for 8 and 7 yards touchdowns, respectively to put some distance between the 'Cats and their foe. Maine blocked the PAT for the first of those scores, to rob Villanova of a point.

While the Wildcats' quarterback spread the ball around among eight different receivers today, McClenton was the biggest beneficiary of Bednarczyk's good outing. The slot receiver-slash-tailback grabbed six passes for 91 yards. Taurus Phillips also had a solid outing, grabbing four passes for 75 yards. Bell had 58 yards to go along with his two scores.