DELAWARE’S OMAR CUFF HEADLINES FIRST-EVER CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CAA Football announced the league’s first-ever Players of the Week, Monday, Sept. 3, following an opening weekend which included the conference’s Inaugural Game. Delaware running back Omar Cuff headlines a group which includes Brian Bradford of Towson, Massachusetts’ Courtney Robinson and Richmond’s Justin Rogers.
Cuff, the league’s first-ever Offensive Player of the Week, enjoyed a career night in the Blue Hens’ 49-31 win over William and Mary as part of The CAA Football Inaugural Game, Aug. 30. The Landover, Md., native carried the ball 30 times for 244 yards and six touchdowns, while hauling in four passes for 52 yards and another score. Cuff’s seven touchdowns at the Tribe’s Zable Stadium tied an NCAA FCS (formerly I-AA) record previously set twice -- most recently in 1998. The senior also set Delaware school records for rushing touchdowns (6) and total touchdowns (7). Making it a truly monumental evening, Cuff’s rushing touchdowns (6), total touchdowns (7) and total points scored (42) also set new CAA Football Conference records.
Towson’s Brian Bradford earned CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after racking up 17 tackles in the Tigers’ 20-10 winover Central Connecticut State, Aug. 30. The Germantown, Md., native registered 12 assisted stops and made five solo tackles for a career-best mark. The senior also forced one fumble and garnered a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of four yards.
UMass’ Courtney Robinson, a Delray Beach, Fla., native, garnered a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Holy Cross to earn CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The feat marked the third-longest kickoff return in Minuteman history as the junior finished the afternoon with 156 return yards on four attempts. The 100-yard TD return was the first for Massachusetts since Richard Jenkins had a 97-yard kick return for touchdown, Oct. 16, 1982 at Maine. The third-ranked Minutemen topped Holy Cross 40-30 in their season-opener Saturday.
Richmond redshirt freshman Justin Rogers earned Rookie of the Week honors after returning a kickoff for a touchdown 93 yards in the Spiders’ 41-17 loss at Vanderbilt. Rogers’ return for a TD marks the first for the Spiders since Clement Johnson took a kickoff back 86 yards for a TD against New Hampshire in 2003. The Baton Rouge, La., native finished the contest with 201 yards in kickoff returns -- the second-best single-game total in school history and only 68 yards off the conference record of 269 set by Villanova’s Brian Westbrook against Delaware in 2000.
CAA FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES LANDMARK TV DEAL
The Inaugural Season of CAA Football will feature the largest television package among the nation’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences.
CAA Football Commissioner Tom Yeager announced a 31-game television schedule as part of the league’s Media Day Celebration, July 25 at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md. The schedule is highlighted by a conference-only package of 20 games on CN8, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet.
The 20-game conference-only package covered by Comcast features the most competitive games airing on regional networks spanning the East Coast. CN8 will air 12 match-ups throughout its Maine to Virginia footprint. Comcast SportsNet networks including Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, CSS and SportsNet New York will cover an additional 8 games throughout the 12-week season.
The remaining 11 games on the CAA Football Inaugural Season Television package will include one non-conference game on CN8, three broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks, one on the Big Ten Network as well as a Time Warner Cable broadcast in Massachusetts. Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) has plans to broadcast one contest, Delaware will play a non-conference match-up on CSTV and WABI-TV in Maine will provide coverage of three conference games involving the Maine Black Bears.
Television listings are available throughout this release on pages 1, 4-5 and 9-11.
CAA COACHES PICK UMASS TO REPEAT AT LEAGUE CHAMP
Massachusetts, which returns 12 starters off last year’s squad that advanced to the NCAA FCS National Championship game, is picked to capture the inaugural CAA Football Championship in 2007 according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches and selected media. Along with the Minutemen, New Hampshire’s senior quarterback Ricky Santos and James Madison’s senior safety Tony LeZotte were each selected as Preseason All-CAA Football Players of the Year. The results of the poll, along with the 2007 All-CAA Football Preseason squad, were announced during the CAA Football Media Day at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md., July 25.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
North Division (First-place votes)
1. Massachusetts (15)
2. New Hampshire (8)
6. Rhode Island
South Division (First-place votes)
1. James Madison (11)
2. Delaware (10)
3. Towson (1)
5. Villanova (1)
6. William & Mary
THREE-OR-MORE CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS IN SINGLE WEEK SPORTS NETWORK TOP 25 SINCE 2002
In every season since the inception of the Sports Network Top 25, CAA Football (Atlantic 10) has had at least three teams ranked each week in the Top 25, and as many as seven teams six times from 2002-05.
CAA Football has also boasted at least two teams in the polls’ Top 10 in 54 of the last 58 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 28 weeks.
Two CAA Football squads (UNH 10, JMU 1) held the polls’ No. 1 ranking in 11 of 24 weeks from 2005-06.
CAA Football has four teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 16 of the notes.
2005 - (Week 3) - Delaware, James Madison, William & Mary, Hofstra, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
2004 - (Weeks 3-4) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Weeks 5-6) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 2) - Delaware, Hofstra, Maine, Northeastern, Richmond, Villanova, William & Mary
2006 - (Weeks 3-5) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2006 - (Week 6) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2006 - (Week 8) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 9) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2005 - (Pre-Week 2, 4) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2004 - (Weeks 1-2) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Weeks 7-8) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 3) - Hofstra, Maine, Northeastern, Richmond, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 4) - Hofstra, James Madison, Maine, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2006 - (Pre-Week 2) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 7, 10) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 11) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Towson
2005 - (Week 5-6) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 7) - Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 10) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, William & Mary
2004 - (Pre) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Week 9) - Delaware, James Madison, New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary
2003 - (Pre-6, 12) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2002 - (Weeks 7-11) - Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2007 - (Pre, Week 1) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
2006 - (Week 12) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
2005 - (Week 8) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 9) - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, William & Mary
2005 - (Final) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2004 - (Week 10-Final) - Delaware, James Madison, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2003 - (Week 7) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Villanova
2003 - (Week 11, 13, F) - Delaware, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2002 - (Pre) - Delaware, Hofstra, Maine, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 1) - Delaware, Maine, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 5-6, 12) - Maine, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
PLAYOFFS IN SEPTEMBER
This week’s CAA Football Game of the Week has playoff implications written all of over it when #5/5 New Hampshire visits #11/10 James Madison. Reigning Walter Payton Awared winner Ricky Santos and Wildcats will open their season on the road, while JMU and head coach Mickey Matthews already faced a tough contest at North Carolina falling to the Tar Heels, 37-14, in week one. Matthews didn’t want to call it a playoff game in this week’s media teleconference, but did call it a very big game -- “I don’t want to say it is a playoff or elimination game, but it sure is a very big game for both of us very early in the season,” Matthews said.
QUITE AN INAUGURAL GAME
CAA Football kicked off its first-ever season with a shootout in Williamsburg, Va. William and Mary and Delaware combined to scored 80 points in the contest, 42 coming in the fourth quarter alone. The Tribe’s Jake Phillips broke a William and Mary school record by throwing for 433 yards. Delaware’s Omar Cuff tied an NCAA FCS (formerly I-AA) record for single-game touchdowns (7) -- a mark which had been set twice, and most recently in 1998. He also broke three single-game league marks including rushing touchdowns (6), total touchdowns (7) and total points (42).
RETURN TO SENDER
Three CAA Football squads opened the season by returning a kick or punt back for a touchdown in week one. Massachusetts’ Courtney Robinson garnered a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown in the Minutemen’s win over Holy Cross. Richmond’s Justin Rogers took a kickoff return bact 93 yards for a TD in the Spiders’ 41-17 loss at Vanderbilt. Maine’s Mark Masterson returned a partially blocked punt 50 yards for a score in the Black Bears’ win over Monmouth.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#13/13 DELAWARE (1-0, 1-0)
This Week: hosts West Chester (1-0)
Next Week: hosts Rhode Island (0-1, 0-0)
-- The Blue Hens defeated the William and Mary Tribe on the road, 49-31, in The Inaugural CAA Football Game, Thursday, Aug. 30, to open their season.
-- Delaware was used a balance attack in its first game with 202 yards passing (Joe Flacco, 19-of-23) and 281 rushing (Omar Cuff, 244 yards).
-- Cuff, the leagues’ reigning Offensive Player of the Week, broke three conference scoring records: rushing TDs (6), total TDs (7) and total points (42) in the game against the Tribe. He also tied an NCAA FCS mark with his combined seven TDs.
-- Eleven different players made their collegiate debuts against W&M last Thursday, including five true freshman.
-- The Hens have defeated Division II West Chester 13-straight times since 1992.
HOFSTRA (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts #9/9 Furman (1-0)
Next Week: at Albany (0-1)
-- Hofstra is 22-2 in season openers as its only two losses came in 2002 and 2003. The Pride is also 20-4 in home openers.
-- Bryan Savage, a junior-transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Southeast Kansas, has been named the starting quarterback for the Pride. Savage, who was also on the roster at Wisconsin, was 83-of-178 for 1,166 yards and eight touchdowns at Coffeyville last season.
-- The Pride defense could have a player at every position who has started at least one game already at Hofstra. The only exception could be at end where Joe Akabalu (started twice last season) and Kevin Smith (transfer from W. Michigan) are battling for a start.
-- Two-time All-American kicker Rob Zarrilli returns for the Pride as one of the premier NCAA FCS kickers.
#11/10 JAMES MADISON (0-1, 0-0)
This Week: hosts #5/5 New Hampshire (0-0, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts VMI (1-0)
-- The Dukes’ loss to North Carolina last Saturday (37-14) marks the squad’s first season-opening loss since 2003.
-- Junior quarterback Rodney Landers, who made his first career start, was 14-for-22 for 100 yards and touchdown. He also ran 14 times for a total of 71 yards and a touchdown.
-- Senior wide receiver L.C. Baker was on the other end of Landers’ touchdown pass, marking the 11th TD catch of Baker’s career. The wideout finished his evening against the Tar Heels with four catches for 37 yards.
-- Tony LeZotte, the Preseason CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year, led James Madison with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops. He also broke up two passes in coverage.
MAINE (1-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Connecticut (1-0)
Next Week: at Villanova (0-1, 0-0)
-- The Black Bears’ win over Monmouth (21-14) in the season opener snapped a streak of four-straight season-opening losses.
-- Junior tailback Jhamal Fluellen rushed for a game-high 125 yards, marking the second 100-yard rushing game of his career.
-- Sophomore quarterback Michael Brusko -- making his first career start -- rushed for 109 yards and TD, as well as passed for 64 yards.
-- Junior defensive end Jovan Belcher recorded team and career-highs in tackles last week, garnering 13 stops against Monmouth.
-- Junior kick returne Lamir Whetstone opened the game with a 69-yard kickoff return to set up Maine’s first score of the game -- an eight-yard scamper by Brusko.
#3/2 MASSACHUSETTS (1-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Colgate (1-0)
Next Week: hosts Towson (1-0, 0-0)
-- UMass, which has now won eight straight season openers thanks to its 40-30 win over Holy Cross, has outscored its opponents 213-53 in those games.
-- Minuteman quarterback Liam Coen moved into second on the UMass career passing list with 5,463 in his three years at Amherst. He also moved into second on Massachusetts’ career TD passes list.
-- Running back Matt Lawrence recorded his first career 100-yard game, by tallying 153 yards on 23 carries. He also scored twice marking his first-ever multi-touchdown contest.
-- Courtney Robinson, CAA Football’s Special Teams Player of the Week, returned a kickoff in last week’s game 100 yards for a touchdown. The return marks the first for UMass since Oct. 16, 1982 when Richard Jenkins had a 97-yard return for a TD at Maine.
#5/5 NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at #10/11 James Madison (0-1, 0-0)
Next Week: at Marshall (0-1)
-- New Hampshire makes its season debut this weekend when it travels to James Madison for a contest scheduled to air on CN8 at 3:30 p.m. Chris Carrino (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst) and Gregg Murphy (sideline) call all the action from Harrisonburg, Va.
-- Leading the list of UNH returners is reigning Walter Payton Award Winner quarterback Ricky Santos. The Bellingham, Mass., native already holds the league’s career marks in passing touchdowns (99) and passing yards (10,240). He is just three completions away from holding the CAA Football mark in pass completions. Santos is also trying to become the first-ever two-time Walter Payton Award Winner.
-- The Wildcats will be looking to wideout Keith LeVan to fill the void left by All-American wideout David Ball. Ball set the NCAA career touchdown reception mark last season with 58, eclipsing the previous mark of 50 set by NFL great Jerry Rice while at Mississippi Valley State.
NORTHEASTERN (0-1, 0-0)
This Week: hosts Richmond (0-1, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts Northwestern St. (1-0)
-- Northeastern is now 2-4 all-time against BCS opponents after falling to Northwestern 27-0 last Saturday.
-- The Huskies are now 31-40-1 all-time in season openers, and have lost their last three season openers.
-- Senior running back Maurice Murray moved into fourth place on Northeastern’s career rushing yards list. He surpassed Harold Scott, who played for the Huskies from 1986-89. Murray is currently at 2,433 yards for his career, just 1,259 yards shy of the school record (3,692) held by L.J. McKanas.
-- The Huskies have now gone 10-straight quarters without committing a turnover. The last time Northeastern gave the ball away was in the second quarter of its 34-24 win over Hofstra, Nov. 11, 2006.
RHODE ISLAND (0-1, 0-0)
This Week: at Army (0-1)
Next Week: at #13/13 Delaware (1-0, 1-0)
-- Rhode Island is now 4-4 in season openers under head coach Tim Stowers and 2-3 in home season openers under Stowers.
-- The Rams put 13 points on the board against Fordham in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game. The scoring frenzy marked the most Rhode Island had scored in the fourth quarter of any last season.
-- Running back Joe Casey’s third quarter touchdown against Fordham gave him 15 rushing TDs in his career. Casey now is currently tied for seventh on the Rams all-time rushing touchdowns list with Leroy Shaw (1977-80).
-- Preseason All-Conference punter Bryan Giannecchini established a career-high in field goals Saturday against Fordham. The punter/placekicker connected on three in the game and had one blocked.
RICHMOND (0-1, 0-0)
This Week: at Northeastern (0-1, 0-0)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- CAA Football Rookie of the Week honoree Justin Rogers returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in last weekend’s game against Vanderbilt. The return marked the first for the Spiders since Clement Johnson took an 86-yard return to the endzone against New Hampshire in 2003.
-- Rogers finished with 201 yards in kickoff returns last weekend, which ranks as the second-best single-game total in school history. It is also 68 yards off Brian Westbrook’s league best total from 2000.
-- Arman Shields caught 12 passes for 107 yards against Vanderbilt last weekend moving him into second on the Spiders’ all-time reception list. He now needs just 41 receptions to surpass Spider Hall of Famer Leland Melvin’s total of 198 for the all-time record.
-- Shields’ 100-yard receiving game was the seventh of his career.
TOWSON (1-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Morgan State (1-0)
Next Week: at #3/2 Massachusetts (1-0, 0-0)
-- The Tigers are now 10-0 when they open their season at home in the Gordy Combs’ era.
-- The fifth-largest crowd in Johnny Unitas Stadium history (7,276) watched the Tigers in their season opener last Thursday.
-- Quarterback Sean Schaefer recorded the eighth 300-yard passing game of his career last Thursday against C. Conn. St. The junior moved himself into fifth place on the Tigers’ all-time career passing list with 6,105. He needs just 60 passing yards to takeover fourth place and move ahead of Ron Meehan, the Towson quarterbacks coach.
-- Rasheed McClaude accomplished a feat no Tiger could do in 2006. The senior rushed for more than 100 yards in a single game. McClaude recorded a game-high 111 yards on 16 carries for an average of 6.9 per carry. The tailback also scored one touchdown on the evening.
VILLANOVA (0-1, 0-0)
This Week: at Lehigh (0-0)
Next Week: hosts Maine (1-0, 0-0)
-- After falling to Maryland, the Wildcats are now 2-10 all-time in games against BCS opponents.
-- Villanova is 13-10 under head coach Andy Talley in season openers.
-- The Wildcats started three true freshmen in last weekend’s game against Maryland, including two on the offensive line. Ben Ijalana (offensive tackle) and Brant Clouser (offensive guard) each began their career last weekend as starters on the offensive line, while Terence Thomas got the start at linebacker.
-- The announced attendance at Maryland last weekend was 50,389 marking the second-largest road crowd the Wildcats have ever played in front of.
-- Three different Wildcats recorded interceptions in Villanova’s game last weekend including Zach Mariacher, Justin Murrell and Salim Koroma, who returned his for a touchdown. Villanova only recorded four interceptions all of last season.
WILLIAM & MARY (0-1, 0-1)
This Week: at VMI (1-0)
Next Week: hosts Liberty (1-0)
-- Tribe quarterback Jake Phillips had an impressive showing in his first start of the 2007 season. The junior finished game with a quarterback rating of 168.2 after garnering a school record 433 yards on 26-of-41 attempts and two TDs.
-- William and Mary had a pair of receivers go over the 100-yard receiving mark last Thursday against Delaware. D.J. McAulay (7-162, TD) and Drew Atchison (6-139, TD) both recorded 100+ yard games in the air marking the first time for the Tribe since R.J. Archer (6-122) and Joe Nicholas (6-104) surpassed the single-game 100-yard receiving mark against Hofstra in 2006.
-- McAulay set career-best marks in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (162).
-- The Tribe outgained the Blue Hens 542-483 for the game, and did not commit one turnover.
-- Both teams combined to score 42 points in the fourth quarter alone.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 2
RICHMOND AT NORTHEASTERN
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 12:30 pm
Parsons Field (7,000), Brookline, Mass.
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Richmond Broadcast)
Series: Tied 5-5
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2006, Richmond 12-7 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 47-47 (9 years)
School: 18-18 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (1 G, 14-73 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (1 G, 18-29-3-161 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Arman Shields (1 G, 12-107 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Stephen Howell (1 G, 2 assisted, 9 solo, 11 total)
Sacks: Parker Miles (1 G, 1-6 yards)
Northeastern (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 103-47-1 (14 years)
School: 12-22 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (1 G 16-48 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (1 G, 10-18-0-69 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Alex Broomfield (1 G, 7-50 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Craig Kenney (1 G, 7 assisted, 2 solo, 9 total)
Sacks: Wil Colon (1 G, 1-9 yards)
#5/5 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT #11/10 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 3:30 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Television: CN8 - Chris Carrino (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), John Anderson (Director), Bob Anderson (Producer)
Series: James Madison leads 6-4
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 2006, James Madison 42-23 in Durham, N.H.
New Hampshire (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 53-42 (9 years)
School: 53-42 (9 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Chad Kackert (13 G 115-584 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (13 G, 293-432-7-3125 yards, 29 TD)
Receiving: Keith Levan (13 G, 70-672 yards, 5 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Husain Karim (13 G, 58 assisted, 50 solo, 108 total)
Sacks: Jeff Pammer (113 G, 3-13 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer ( 13 G, 2-26 yards)
James Madison (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 56-41 (9 years)
School: 56-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Eugene Holloman (1 G, 23-82 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (1 G, 14-22-2-100 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: L.C. Baker (1 G, 4-37 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Tony LeZotte (1 G, 5 assisted, 6 solo, 11 total)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (1 G, 1-7 yards)
#3/2 MASSACHUSETTS AT COLGATE
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 1:00 pm
Andy Kerr Stadium (10,221), Hamilton, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable (Mass.) - Mark Larson (pbp), Dale Drypolcher (analyst), Danny Liedka (sideline)
Series: Colgate leads 4-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 2006, Massachusetts 28-7 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 79-37 (11 years)
School: 27-11 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (1 G, 23-153 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (1 G, 19-32-1-272 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: J.J. Moore (1 G, 9-163 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Jason Hatchell (1 G, 6 assisted, 4 solo, 10 total)
Sacks: David Burris (1 G, 3-19 yards)
Coach: Dick Biddle (Duke, 1971)
Career: 89-42 (12 years)
School: 89-42 (12 years)
Rushing: Jordan Scott (1 G, 44-180 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Anthony Fucillo (1 G, 4-9-0-31 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Pat Simonds (1 G, 3-48 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Mike Gallihugh (1 G, 7 assisted, 4 solo, 11 total)
Sacks: Greg Hadley (1 G, 1-1 yards)
Interceptions: Andre Dawson (1 G, 1-19 yards)
RHODE ISLAND AT ARMY
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 1:00 pm
Michie Stadium (40,000), West Point, N.Y.
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 130 (Army Broadcast)
Television: ESPN Classic - Eric Collins (pbp), Bill Curry (analyst)
Series: First Meeting
Rhode Island (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 81-73 (14 years)
School: 30-50 (8 years)
Rushing: Jimmy Hughes (1 G, 6-104 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (1 G, 6-14-1-68 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Jimmy Hughes (1 G, 3-23 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Rob Damon (1 G, 8 assisted, 2 solo, 10 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (1 G, 1-9 yards)
Interceptions: Raji El-Amin (1 G, 2-22 yards)
Coach: Stan Brock (Colorado, 1980)
Career: 0-1 (1 years)
School: 0-1 (1 years)
Rushing: Wesley McMahand (1 G, 21-84 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: David Pevoto (1 G, 23-43-2-184 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Jeremy Trimble (1 G, 7-70 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Jordan Murray (1 G, 0 assisted, 12 solo, 12 total)
Sacks: Frank Scappaticci (1 G, 1-1 yards)
VILLANOVA AT LEHIGH
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 1:00 pm
Goodman Stadium (16,000), Bethlehem, Pa.
Series: Lehigh leads 5-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 9, 2006, Lehigh 31-28 in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 176-113-2 (28 years)
School: 148-95-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (1 G, 8-19 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (1 G, 17-28-1-176 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (1 G, 5-68 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Michael Holland (1 G, 6 assisted, 5 solo, 11 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (1 G, 1-2 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (1 G, 1-42 yards)
Coach: Andy Coen (Gettysburg, 1986)
Career: 6-5 (2 years)
School: 6-5 (2 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Matt McGowan (11 G, 77-336 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Sedale Threatt (11 G, 151-246-5-2008 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Sekou Yansane (9 G, 16-186 yards, 1 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Ernest Moore (11 G, 24 assisted, 40 solo, 64 total)
Sacks: Daynin Blake (11 G, 3-30 yards)
Interceptions: Ernest Moore (11 G, 4-35 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT VMI
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 1:00 pm
Foster Stadium (10,000), Lexington, Va.
Series: William and Mary leads 49-33-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, William and Mary 38-6 in Williamsburg, Va.
William & Mary (0-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William & Mary, 1970)
Career: 178-128-2 (28 years)
School: 178-128-2 (28 years)
Rushing: DeBrian Holmes (1 G, 17-53 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (1 G, 26-41-0-433 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: D.J. McAulay (1 G, 7-162 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Michael Pigram (1 G, 8 assisted, 5 solo, 13 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (1 G, 1-7 yards)
Coach: Jim Reid (Maine, 1973)
Career: 86-92-3 (17 years)
School: 2-10 (2 years)
Rushing: Howard Abegesah (1 G, 22-132 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Kyle Hughes (1 G, 2-3-0-35 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Nat Jackson (1 G, 1-29 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Joe Taylor (1 G, 8 assisted, 4 solo, 12 total)
Sacks: Josh Wine (1 G, 1-8 yards)
TOWSON AT MORGAN STATE
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 4:00 pm
Hughes Stadium at Earl C. Banks Field (10,000), Baltimore, Md.
Series: Towson leads 14-5
Last Meeting: Sept. 2, 2006, Towson 30-2 in Towson, Md.
Towson (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 87-73 (16 years)
School: 87-73 (16 years)
Rushing: Rasheed McClaude (1 G, 16-111 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (1 G, 30-40-2-300 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Tommy Breaux (1 G, 7-109 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (1 G, 12 assisted, 5 solo, 17 total)
Morgan State (1-0)
Coach: Donald Hill-Eley (Virginia Union, 1991)
Career: 26-31 (7 years)
School: 26-31 (7 years)
Rushing: Chad Simpson (1 G, 27-142 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Mario Melton (1 G, 10-17-0-112 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Edwin Baptiste (1 G, 5-70 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Jerrell Guyton (1 G, 5 assisted, 5 solo, 10 total)
Interceptions: Herman Hayes (1 G, 1-33 yards)
WEST CHESTER AT #13/13 DELAWARE
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 7:00 pm
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Series: Delaware leads 41-6-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 9, 2006, Delaware 30-7 in Newark, Del.
West Chester (1-0)
Coach: Bill Zwaan (Delaware, 1979)
Career: 91-29 (11 years)
School: 37-15 (5 years)
Rushing: Osagie Osunde (1 G, 23-114 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Bill Zwaan (1 G, 18-29-1-217 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Ryan Paulson (1 G, 4-46 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Sam Scott (1 G, 2 assisted, 6 solo, 8 total)
Sacks: Vlad Garbovsky (1 G, 4-15 yards)
Interceptions: Rashad Grimsley (1 G, 1-5 yards)
Delaware (1-0, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 130-43-1 (14 years)
School: 42-22 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (1 G, 30-244 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (1 G, 19-23-0-202 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Kervin Michaud (1 G, 5-75 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Aaron Hicks (1 G, 5 assisted, 6 solo, 11 total)
Sacks: Julian James (1 G, 1.5-6 yards)
#9/9 FURMAN AT HOFSTRA
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 7:00 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstead, N.Y.
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 24, 2005, Furman 44-41 (2OT) in Greenville, S.C.
Coach: Bobby Lamb (Furman, 1986)
Career: 44-19 (6 years)
School: 44-19 (6 years)
Rushing: Jerome Felton (1 G, 12-56 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Renaldo Gray (1 G, 19-22-0-261 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: R.J. Webb (1 G, 7-143 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Andrew Jones (1 G, 3 assisted, 3 solo, 6 total)
Sacks: Justin Brown (1 G, 1.5-10 yards)
Interceptions: William Middleton (1 G, 1-9 yards)
Hofstra (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 2-9 (2 years)
School: 2-9 (2 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (11 G, 136-572 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Dennis Davis (5 G, 22-54-1-216 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (11 G, 52-526 yards, 1 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Luke Bonus (11 G, 60 assisted, 37 solo, 97 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (11 G, 6.5-49 yards)
Interceptions: Stephen Tate (11 G, 1-1 yards)
MAINE AT CONNECTICUT
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 7:00 pm
Rentschler Field (40,000), Storrs, Conn.
Television: ESPN Regional Gameplan/ESPN 360 - Bob Picozzi (pbp), Doug Graber (analyst)
Series: Connecticut leads 38-31-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 25, 1999, Connecticut 34-20 in Storrs, Conn.
Maine (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-83 (15 years)
School: 77-83 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (1 G, 25-125 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Michael Brusko (1 G, 11-19-1-64 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (1 G, 3-33 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Jovan Belcher (1 G, 10 assisted, 3 solo, 13 total)
Sacks: Patrick McCrossan (1 G, 2.5-21 yards)
Coach: Randy Edsall (Syracuse, 1980)
Career: 42-51 (9 years)
School: 42-51 (9 years)
Rushing: Donald Brown (1 G, 19-99 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Tyler Lorenzen (1 G, 22-30-1-298 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Terence Jeffers (1 G, 8-92 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Lawrence Wilson (1 G, 6 assisted, 4 solo, 10 total)
Sacks: Cody Brown (1 G, 2-13 yards)
Interceptions: Darius Butler (1 G, 1-36 yards)