ELON, N.C. -- Zack Bednarczyk passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 59 yards and a score, and Villanova won its first-ever matchup over Elon in decisive fashion on Saturday, 42-7.
Villanova (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic) outgained the Phoenix 557-130 and totaled 35 first downs to Elon's six.
Aaron Forbes, who scored twice on the ground, capped the Wildcats' opening possession with an 8-yard run to give Villanova a 7-0 lead. Bednarczyk found Matt Gudzak later in the first for a 10-yard score to push the lead to 14-0.
Forbes' second TD run in the third quarter capped the Wildcats' scoring.
Elon (2-3, 1-1) avoided the shutout with DeSean McNair's 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.
Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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