Villanova Wildcats 28 Rhode Island Rams 25 – NCAA Division 1AA Milano Kickoff Classic Italy Box-Score & Match Report 1989


Arena Stadium, Milan; Att: 5000Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Villanova University Wildcats7714028
University of Rhode Island Rams01001525
[References: 1]
1st Quarter
VILScott Donald 10 yd Pass from Kirk Schuiz (PAT good)7-0
2nd Quarter
RIRKevin Neville 1 yd Run (PAT good)7-7
RIRJohn Duffy 26 yd FG7-10
VILJohn Karoly 9 yd Run (PAT good)14-10
RIRScott Hunt Pass from Kevin Neville (PAT good)14-17
3rd Quarter
VILJeff Johnson 1 yd Run (PAT good)21-17
VILRobert Brady 4 yd Pass (PAT good)28-17
RIRJerry Williams 27 yd Pass from Kirk Schuiz (2xpt good)28-25
[References: 1]


The Division 1AA Yankee Conference made its’ second visit to Europe in as many years in 1989 when Villanova University Wildcats and Rhode Island Rams played the Milano Kickoff Classic at the Arena Stadium in Milan in front of 5000 spectators. Despite being 2-5 coming into the game, Rhode Island Rams gave Villanova Wildcats a scare with the lead changing hands numerous times. Villanova took a 7-0 lead on a Scott Donald reception from QB Kirk Schuiz in the first quarter, but Rhode Island responded in the second quarter with a Kevin Neville TD, the QB going in from 1 yard out and a 26 yard John Duffy Field Goal putting the Rams in a shock 10-7 lead. The second quarter scoring was not over however as John Karoly put Villanova back in front with a 9 yard run only to see the Rams regain the lead with a Scott Hunt reception from Kevin Neville. With Rhode Island 17-14 up at the half it seemed an upset was on the cards, however, the Wildcats scored two more touchdowns in the third as they came out fired up: Jeff Johnson diving in from a yard out and Schuiz hitting clutch receiver Robert Brady on a 4 yard Touchdown pass. The Rams did not give up however and were back within touching distance with 11:39 to go in the 4th and Final Quarter when Neville found Jerry Williams for a spectacular 27 yard TD pass. With the resulting two point conversion that left Rhode Island within a Field Goal of Villanova, but they were unable to score again on two further possessions and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock for a 28-25 victory. The win left Villanova on 6-2.

Villanova University is the only Augustinian Catholic University in USA and has a long relationship with Irish Athletes with many going over to study and compete, particularly in Basketball and Athletics. Names such as Robert Brady testifying to the Irish Connection. Rhode Island Rams also had two players with Irish names on the scorers sheet: John Duffy and Kevin Neville.


Newspapers / Magazines

[1] Glen Shields (1989) “Italy: Villanova University 28 University of Rhode Island 25” World American Football. 2 November 1989.

[2] Chris Poirier (1989) “Italy: Villanova University vs University of Rhode Island” World American Football. 26 October 1989.


[3] Villanova University (2021) Ignite Change. Go Nova. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 April 2021]


Thanks to Santina Farrinella.

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