Villanova at South Dakota State
FCS Playoffs, Second Round
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Dykhouse Stadium, Brookings, S.D.
TV: ESPN3. Radio: 610 Sports (WTEL-AM)
Records: Villanova 9-3, South Dakota State 8-3
History: First meeting. The winner likely goes next week to five-time defending champ North Dakota State.
About Villanova: Wildcats beat St. Francis at home in first round, 31-21. They led by 24 at halftime . . . End Tanoh Kpassagnon was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year . . . Defense ranks in the top eight nationally in six categories. It is second in scoring, allowing 14.9 points per game . . . Andy Talley is 12-10 in playoffs, 2-8 on the road. He's won nine of last 11 in the postseason. This could be his last game after 32 seasons . . . The Wildcats were 1-2 this season against opponents that made playoffs . . . They were ranked ninth in the final regular-season pol . . . Zach Bednarczyk has thrown for seven touchdowns in the last two games . . . Tight end Ryan Bell has had two TD catches in three of the last four games . . . They had four defensive TDs in a season for the first time since 2000 . . . Aaron Forbes and Matt Gudzak are a solid 1-2 combination at running back . . . Rob Rolle has seven interceptions . . . Gerard Smith has made five of seven field goals.
About South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits got an automatic bid by winning the Missouri Valley, and received an opening bye . . . Only team to beat North Dakota State this season . . . One of four teams to make playoffs in each of last five seasons. They're 3-5 in the postseason, 1-0 at home . . . Taryn Christion has thrown for 3,369 yards and 29 TDs. His six rushing TDs are a team-high . . . They've only turned it over 12 times . . . They've returned four interceptions for TDs . . . Linebacker Christian Roseboom is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the nation's top freshman . . . They've rushed for 12 TDs in the last three games . . . They've won the third quarter, 122-56 . . . Tight end Dallas Goedert and wideout Jake Wieneke both have more than 1,000 receiving yards . . . Chase Vinatieri has converted nine of 15 field goals, with a long of 42.