Ball’s 2 TDs help Villanova hold off Towson 34-31

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP)—Aaron Ball scored two touchdowns and James Pitts had a 65-yard interception return for a score as Villanova held off Towson 34-31 on Saturday.

Christopher Whitney threw for 212 yards and a touchdown for Villanova (8-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association), which ran out the last five minutes of the game after Towson pulled close in the fourth.

Sean Schaefer threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns—two to Marcus Lee— for Towson (3-8, 1-6).

The two teams traded scores through the first half, with the Wildcats taking a 20-17 lead into the break on Pitts’ interception return with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.

Schaefer hooked up with Lee for a 9-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Towson a 24-20 lead.

Ball’s second touchdown of the game later in the third gave Villanova a 27-24 advantage. Louis Adeyemi pushed the lead to 34-24 early in the fourth with a 1-yard TD run.

Schaefer made it 34-31 with a 2-yard TD pass to John Godlasky with 5:12 left, but the Wildcats controlled the ball for the rest of the game—aided by an 11-yard pass from Whitney to Phil Atkinson on fourth-and-5 in the final minute—to hang on for the win.

Ball rushed for 62 yards on 23 carries and Matthew Szczur had 68 yards on eight carries for Villanova.

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