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Around FCS: Talley, Laycock meet again

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The first time Andy Talley of Villanova and Jimmye Laycock of William & Mary met on the field as head coaches, their two teams battled to a 14-all tie at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, VA.

Villanova, which was still finding its footing after restarting its football program and was on its way to a 5-5-1 campaign, forged a 14-3 first-half lead on a seven-yard scoring pass from Kirk Schultz to Ron Sency and a Jeff Dingle 17-yard touchdown scamper.

But William & Mary battled back in the third quarter, with future NFL kicker Steve Christie drilling his second field goal of the day through from 19 yards and Robert Green hauling in a 34-yard scoring strike from quarterback John Brosnahan in the final minute of the period.

Laycock made a huge decision to go for two and Brosnahan's conversion run tied the game. The defenses held the offenses at bay the rest of the game as the contest ended in a deadlock.

The two coaches and their respective teams have been battling each other like that ever since.

Since that first encounter, the pair have split 18 meetings against each other, both winning nine times.

There have been plenty of parallels in the careers of Talley and Laycock, two of the most successful coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision.

For a combined 61 years,Talley and Laycock have patrolled the sidelines as head coaches, Talley winning 197 games and Laycock earning 193 victories.

Talley help reinstate football at Villanova in 1985 and has turned the Wildcat program into a consistent winner, while Laycock has become such an institution in his 30 years at William & Mary that the new field house at Zable Stadium was christened the Jimmye Laycock Football Center last year.

But for all of the accolades these two coaching icons have accomplished in their prominent careers, they have never faced each other with as much potentially on the line as they will when the No. 2 ranked Wildcats host the No. 5 Tribe at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a Colonial Athletic Association game being televised national by the Versus network.

Both squads are 4-0 and each has won a game against an FBS opponent, Villanova beating Temple 27-24 and William & Mary thumping Virginia 26-14.

The two teams have met many times when one or both of them were ranked in The Sports Network Top-25 poll, but never has their combined ranking been so high and never has there been potentially so much on the line.

There are still a couple of big carrots dangling in front of these veteran coaches. Neither has made it to an FCS championship game, or won a national title.

Talley has survived the heartbreak of seeing his top-ranked Wildcats, featuring players such as Brian Finneran and Brian Westbrook, fall short to Jim Tressel and eventual national champion Youngstown State 37-34 in the 1997 quarterfinals. It was third time that Tressel and YSU had sidelined the Wildcats - by a total of seven points - in the quarterfinals.

There was also the frustration of 2002, when Villanova traveled to top-ranked McNeese State for the semifinals and had the Cowboys on the ropes before a pair of huge officiating errors and the broken thumb of quarterback Brett Gordon tipped the game in McNeese State's favor, 39-28.

Laycock reached his first semifinal after the Tribe won a share of the Atlantic-10 title with James Madison and Delaware in 2004. After a stunning comeback eliminated the defending-national-champion Blue Hens 44-38 in double overtime, William & Mary seemed poised for a title shot when it hosted JMU in an electric Friday night atmosphere at Zable Stadium.

But after beating the Dukes 27-24 on the road in the regular season, the Tribe was overwhelmed by James Madison 48-34 in the semifinals to leave Laycock still short of his championship goal.

For the first time since that disappointment, William & Mary has a team capable of making a championship march.

"From what I've seen, this is one of their best teams," said Talley. "They have lots of skill, led by their quarterback (R.J. Archer), who can run and throw."

Talley has been impressed by William & Mary's improvement in the past couple of years.

"For the first time in a while, they have great skill on defense." Talley explained. "Their balance makes them a top-five program. Their win against Virginia speaks for itself."

Laycock is worried about Villanova's talent as well and the fact that the Wildcats have won four games in a row in the series.

"We are playing a very tough Villanova team that we've had a tough time against," Laycock said. "I got a chance to check them out this week and they look as good if not better than before."

The Tribe hasn't won at Villanova Stadium since 2000 and were hammered 63-24 the last time they visited the Main Line.

"There's no question they are very good and we've had trouble with them the past two years," Laycock said. "Everything concerns me about them. They have a lot of skill players, they have the ability to make big plays and they are also very tough defensively."

Villanova built a big, first-half lead last year and then held on for a 38-28 victory in Williamsburg as Archer (21-of-37, 307 yards passing, three combined TDs) replaced an injured Jake Phillips and made his first career start.

Jonathan Grimes earned national special teams player of the week honors with a 97-yard kickoff return to spark the Tribe. He finished with 321 all-purpose yards.

Villanova received a solid game from quarterback Chris Whitney (20-of-27, 186 yards passing, 19 carries, 60 yards rushing, four combined TDs) and running back Aaron Ball (22 carries, 137 yards rushing, one TD) to finish off the win.

But such offensive production for both teams might be limited on Saturday.

"What makes them good is their defense," Talley said of Laycock's team. "Their defensive ends (Buchanan Award nominee Adrian Tracy and C.J. Herbert) remind me of Richmond's last year (All-Americans Lawrence Sidbury and Sherman Logan)."

Villanova ranks sixth nationally in rushing (228 yards per game) and 13th in scoring (33.8 points), but William & Mary's defense is eighth in rushing defense (59 yards), 13th in total defense (253 yards) and 18th in scoring defense (15.8).

"Those two (rushing yards versus rushing defense) are going to collide," said Talley. "Our test will come on Saturday. We will find out where we are."

Saturday's encounter will be the beginning of an intriguing gauntlet through the CAA. With five teams ranked among the top seven in The Sports Network Top-25 poll and six squads in the top-15, the next eight weeks of CAA play could be brutal.

Villanova travels to No. 6 New Hampshire and No. 7 James Madison in the next two weeks and has Richmond looming on the road on Nov. 7 in what could prove to be a No. 1 vs No. 2 showdown.

William & Mary draws James Madison at home on Oct. 24 and closes the season at Zable Stadium against New Hampshire and on the road against Richmond.

Defending national champion Richmond also hits the highway to meet Maine (Oct. 17), which was ranked earlier in the season, and hosts Massachusetts (Oct. 24).

New Hampshire and UMass meet again on Oct. 17 and JMU and UMass play in Amherst, MA. on Nov. 14.

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