(Photo: Rick Pettine)

Villanova (4-3 overall, 2-2 CAA) seemed to have things well in hand in the first half of a Homecoming tilt with Albany – capitalizing on explosive plays to take a 21-0 lead … but the Greats Danes battled back to turn the game into a fourth quarter thriller. Albany came on the board with just 6 seconds left in the first half to cut the Wildcat’s lead to 21-7. In the third quarter, another Danes touchdown and safety cut ‘Nova’s lead to 21-16. Connor Watkins connected with Rayjuon Pringle on an electric 80-yard TD pass to put ‘Nova up 12 with 4:44 remaining in the game, but Albany still wouldn’t leave. A touchdown pass cut Nova’s lead to just five points with 1:54 remaining in the game, then the Danes regained possession with a successful kick. Albany quickly raced down the field to take the lead with just 53 seconds left, but failed on a two-point conversion that would have given the Danes a three-point advantage. Villanova took advantage of the ‘crack left open in the door’ to drive the ball 54 yards in 4 plays and set up a winning field goal from 28 yards in Matthew Mercury who made the final score, 31-29 at the end of time