Villanova Wildcats football

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The Villanova Wildcats football program represents Villanova University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, known as Division I-AA until 2006).wikipedia
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2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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Former head coach Andy Talley was head coach of the program from its reinstatement in 1985 through 2016 and led the program to its first NCAA Division I FCS national championship in 2009.
The 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2009 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began in August 2009 and concluded with the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on December 18, 2009, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, won by Villanova 23–21 over Montana.

Mike Murphy (trainer and coach)

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The Wildcats football team played their first game 126 years ago in November 1894 coached by Mike Murphy.
Michael Charles Murphy (February 26, 1860 – June 4, 1913) was an athletic trainer and coach at Yale University (1887–1889, 1892–1896, 1901–1905), Detroit Athletic Club (1889–1892), University of Michigan (1891), Villanova University (1894), University of Pennsylvania (1896–1901, 1905–1913), and the New York Athletic Club (1890–1900).

Villanova Stadium

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They play on campus at Villanova Stadium with capacity of 12,000, with some games at PPL Park in Chester with capacity of 18,000.
The stadium plays host to a wide variety of events including serving as home to the Villanova Wildcats football, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field teams.

1981 NCAA Division I-A football season

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On April 14, 1981, the program was officially disbanded due to weak attendance and monetary reasons cited by the university Board of Trustees.

Walter Payton Award

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The 1997 'Cats featured two future Payton Award winners- Finneran and freshman running back Brian Westbrook.
Eastern Washington and Villanova had three players win the award, and five have had two players win: Colgate, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Eastern Illinois.

Andy Talley

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Former head coach Andy Talley was head coach of the program from its reinstatement in 1985 through 2016 and led the program to its first NCAA Division I FCS national championship in 2009.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers football

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All-American wide receiver Brian Finneran led the Wildcats to the I-AA playoffs in 1996 before bowing to East Tennessee State.
The 1996 ETSU football team led by Coach Mike Cavan had a record of 10-3 and participated for the first time in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, defeating Villanova in a first-round game.

NCAA Division I

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The Villanova Wildcats football program represents Villanova University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, known as Division I-AA until 2006).

Colonial Athletic Association

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The Wildcats currently compete in the Colonial Athletic Association for football only.

1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 1997 season marked Villanova's first undefeated, untied regular season, as well as their first time reaching #1 in the I-AA rankings.
All 12 members (Boston University, Connecticut, Delaware, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Rhode Island, Richmond, Villanova, and William & Mary) moved into the new conference.

Matt Szczur

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Junior Matt Szczur was voted championship game MVP and was selected as a 1st team All-American at two positions- offense and special teams.
In football, Szczur played wide receiver, running back, wildcat quarterback and was a return specialist on special teams.

Yankee Conference

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The program moved up to Division I-AA (now FCS) and joined the Yankee Conference in 1987, beginning official competition in 1988.

Youngstown State Penguins football

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With All-American linebacker Curtis Eller, the 'Cats returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1991 and 1992, bowing each time to eventual champion Youngstown State.

1961 Sun Bowl

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Villanova defeated Wichita State 17–9 in the Sun Bowl at Kidd Field in El Paso, Texas, on December 30.
The 1961 Sun Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Villanova Wildcats and the Wichita Shockers (now known as Wichita State).

Howie Long

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participating in several Bowl Games and sending numerous players into professional football, including Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, a second round selection in the 1981 NFL draft.

NCAA Division I Football Championship

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Former head coach Andy Talley was head coach of the program from its reinstatement in 1985 through 2016 and led the program to its first NCAA Division I FCS national championship in 2009.

1991 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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With All-American linebacker Curtis Eller, the 'Cats returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1991 and 1992, bowing each time to eventual champion Youngstown State.

1989 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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Led by quarterback Kirk Schulz and wide receiver Robert Brady, the Wildcats reached the I-AA playoffs in 1989, bowing to eventual champion Georgia Southern in a spirited, high scoring game.

1962 Liberty Bowl

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Oregon State, led by Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, defeated Villanova in the Liberty Bowl by the score of 6–0 in Municipal Stadium aka JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on December 15.
The 1962 Liberty Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played between the Oregon State Beavers, and the Villanova Wildcats.

Alexander F. Bell

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Coach Alex Bell’s 7–1 Wildcats were selected to meet the Wichita University Shockers.
He compiled a record of 35–30 and took the Wildcats to two bowl games—the 1961 Sun Bowl and 1962 Liberty Bowl.

Temple Owls football

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The Wildcats finished a four-year series in which they play the Division I-A FBS Temple for the Philadelphia "Mayor's Cup" on Temple's home turf at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Owls got off to a 6–1 start in 1941, defeating rivals Penn State, Bucknell, and Villanova that season.

1949 Harbor Bowl

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The game pitted the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Villanova Wildcats.

Brian Westbrook

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft after playing college football for Villanova University.

Philadelphia Eagles

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For the most part, the Eagles' early rosters were composed of former Penn, Temple and Villanova players who played for a few years before going on to other things.