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Covington sparks Villanova past Holy Cross 21-16 in playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Justin Covington ran for two second-quarter touchdowns and Villanova held off Holy Cross 21-16 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Friday night.

Villanova (10-2), ranked sixth in the latest FCS coaches poll, took the lead early in second quarter after an interception by Ethan Potter gave the Wildcats the ball at the Holy Cross 43-yard line. Jalen Jackson ran for 10 yards, then caught a pass from Daniel Smith for a 30-yard gain to the Crusaders' 3. Covington had a 2-yard TD run on fourth down for a 7-0 lead at the 11:20 mark.

The Wildcats stretched their lead to 14-0 with a 10-play, 79-yard drive that ended with Covington's 7-yard TD run. Smith set up Covington's scoring run with a 24-yard completion to Qadir Ismail on third-and-14 on the previous play.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: D. Smith2296
Passing TDs: D. Smith22
Rushing Yards: J. Covington717
Rushing TDs: J. Jackson7
Receiving Yards: R. Pringle724
Receiving TDs: J. Hayek8
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 at Lehigh W 47 - 3
9/11 vs. Bucknell W 55 - 3
9/18 vs. Richmond W 34 - 27
9/25 at 6 Penn State L 17 - 38
10/9 at James Madison W 28 - 27
10/16 at Albany W 17 - 10
10/23 vs. Rhode Island W 44 - 0
10/30 vs. William & Mary L 18 - 31
11/6 at Elon W 35 - 0
11/13 vs. Stony Brook W 33 - 14
11/20 at Delaware W 21 - 13
12/3 vs. Holy Cross W 21 - 16
Colonial Athletic Association
  Conference Overall
6 Villanova 7-1 10-2
2 James Madison 7-1 10-1
Elon 5-3 6-5
Maine 4-4 6-5
Stony Brook 4-4 5-6
Rhode Island 4-4 7-4
Richmond 4-4 6-5
William & Mary 4-4 6-5
Delaware 3-5 5-6
Towson 3-5 4-7
New Hampshire 2-6 3-8
Albany 1-7 2-9
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4560 (27)
Passing Yards: 2459 (47)
Rushing Yards: 2101 (19)
Points per game: 30.8 (33)
Yards per game: 380.0 (43)
Touchdowns: 44 (21)
Field Goals: 17 (11)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3152 (11)
Passing Yards: 1962 (17)
Rushing Yards: 1190 (14)
Points per game: 15.2 (7)
Yards per game: 262.7 (5)
Touchdowns: 20 (11)
Field Goals: 12 (86)
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