Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
The No. 14 Wildcats travel to Long Island Saturday for their FCS playoff opener.
The Villanova Wildcats needed some help last Saturday to reach the FCS playoffs. Thanks to a favorable series of outcomes in Colonial Athletic Association play, Nova earned the conference's automatic bid and will face Stony Brook this Saturday for the right to play No. 2 overall seed Montana State next week.
Villanova (8-3, 6-2) averages 263 yards on the ground per game. The Wildcats are 5-1 on the road -- the lone loss to Temple -- and average 37 points for and 14 points against on hostile gridirons. Tailback Kevin Monangai averages 108 yards per game, and quarterback John Robertson has run for 85 yards per game while throwing for 166 a game through the air with a 61 percent completion rate.
No. 10 Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1 Big South) relies on a similarly strong ground game. The Seawolves average 290 rushing yards per game. Tailback Miguel Mayonset won Big South Offensive Player of the Year by a unanimous vote: He led the FCS in rushing (1,721 yards), yards per carry (7.72) and scored 21 touchdowns. Mayonset is spelled in the Seawolves' backfield by one-time Iowa back Marcus Coker.
Game time: 3 p.m. ET
Online streaming video: ESPN3
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