PHILADELPHIA — Freshman Jaquan Amos returned a fumble 99 yards for a score and the Villanova defense forced six turnovers in a 31-0 victory over Maine on Saturday.
Amos’s TD was the third 99-yard fumble return in FCS history and the first since 2006. Keeling Hunter forced Maine’s Drew Belcher to fumble on the Villanova 3, Amos picked it up on the 1 and ran untouched for the score.
The Wildcats (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) scored on their opening drive, a 20-yard pass from Jack Schetelich to Todd Summers, and led 21-0 at halftime after the defense forced three turnovers. Schetelich, 3 of 8 for 61 yards passing with an interception, scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter.
Hunter, Malik Reaves, Trey Johnson and Rasaan Stewart picked off passes for Villanova.
The Black Bears (1-3, 0-3), who outgained the Wildcats 165-69 in the first half, were held to eight yards rushing overall by the conference’s leading defense. The Villanova defense held CAA rushing leader Josh Mack to 22 yards on 18 carries.
Chris Ferguson, 15 of 24 for 138 yards passing, threw three interceptions, and Max Staver, 8 of 17 for 73, threw another.