William and Mary football again travels north Saturday, this time to Philadelphia against No. 14 Villanova (noon, Comcast SportsNet).
The Tribe (2-2, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) fell 24-23 last week at Delaware on a last-second field goal.
“We know our way up (I-95), that’s for sure now,” Laycock said Tuesday.
VILLANOVA AT A GLANCE
ALL-TIME: William and Mary leads the all-time series with Villanova 16-15-1.
LAST TIME: Villanova held off the Tribe in a 35-31 thriller last season at Zable Stadium.
HISTORY: Saturday’s game will mark the 39th time in Division I football history that two coaches with 200 or more wins have met. Laycock has 231 and Villanova’s Andy Talley 245. Each coach’s win total has been amassed over 36 seasons.
TRIBE INJURY REPORT: Injured linebackers Ian Haislip and Zach Fetters are not expected to play while tailback Mikal Abdul-Saboor’s status is also in question. Saboor, who injured his ankle against Stony Brook, didn’t dress against Delaware and didn’t practice Monday.
After shutting out Stony Brook, Laycock said the Tribe’s inexperience at linebacker may have shown up at Delaware as William and Mary struggled to contain the run and a more diverse offensive scheme than it faced the week prior.
DONE FOR THE YEAR: Villlanova fifth-year senior quarterback John Robertson’s season and college career is done after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter against Delaware Sept. 19.
Robertson, who won the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in FCS last season, didn’t play in the Wildcats’ 24-13 loss to the University of Pennsylvania Sept. 25.
His replacement, redshirt freshman Zach Bednarczyk, is 22 of 37 throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
MORE ON THE WILDCATS: Villanova’s defense, led by 2014 all-American linebacker Don Cherry, is second in CAA scoring defense behind William and Mary.
With dual threat Robertson out, junior Javon White is the top rushing threat with 236 yards on the season.
The Wildcats have four receivers with more than 100 yards receiving led by senior Kevin Gulyas, who was 251 and two touchdowns.
“They get the ball to a lot of different players, running and the throwing game,” Laycock said, “and they have a good offensive line. We’re expecting to see the full deal from Villanova’s offense.”