CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- SEPT. 10
CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Sept. 10, following the second weekend of the 2007 College Football season. Richmond running back Tim Hightower’s offensive explosion helped place him among the list of honorees, which also includes Hofstra linebacker Gian Villante, James Madison linebacker Justin Barnes, Hofstra placekicker Rob Zarrilli and Delaware running back Phillip Thaxton.
Hightower, this week’s Offensive Player of the Week, garnered 246 rushing yard on just 19 carries this past weekend helping the Spiders’ to a 49-14 win at Northeastern. The senior’s rushing total marked the second-most in school history, equalling a mark set back in 2001 by Cordell Roane. The Waldorf, Md., native also scored four touchdowns on runs of three yards, 90 yards, 67 yards and 12 yards which ties six others for second-most in Richmond’s single-game record book. Hightower, who averaged 12.9 yards per carry against the Huskies, spurred the Richmond offense to a record-breaking day as the Spiders racked up 642 yards of total offense, 443 of which were on the ground -- both marking single-game records.
Villante and Barnes were both named Co-Defensive Players of the Week after helping their respective squads to wins over nationally-ranked opponents. Villante led the Pride with 12 total tackles in an upset win over ninth-ranked Furman, 32-17, in Hempstead, N.Y. The Wantagh, N.Y., native, was part of a Hofstra defense which limited a potent Paladin running attack, led by All-American fullback Jerome Felton, to just 85 yards on the ground. The senior, whose squad allowed just 117 second-half yards, recorded a tackle for loss (three yards), forced a fumble, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble.
Barnes was also part of a stingy defensive effort as No. 10 James Madison garnered a 41-24 win over No. 5 New Hampshire in Harrisonburg, Va. The Columbia, Md., native recorded 19 total tackles on the day, including 10 solo stops and one for loss. The senior helped lead a Dukes’ defense which gave up just seven second-half points and garnered two second-half interceptions. Barnes and the James Madison defense finished the day limiting Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos and the New Hampshire offense to just 79 yards on the ground.
Zarrilli earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after scoring 14 points in the Pride’s 32-17 upset win over ninth-ranked Furman. The senior, who finished the night 4-for-6 in field goal tries, tied a Hofstra record for single-game field goals made and recorded the 10th-longest field goal in CAA Football annals. The Orlando, Fla., native connected on kicks of 52, 33, 22 and 26 while converting two PAT’s. The 52-yard boot, which helped knot the score at 3-3 with 8:40 left in the first quarter, equalled a mark set by six other CAA Football kickers including Zarrilli (vs. Maine, Oct. 21, 2006).
Thaxton, a true freshman for the Blue Hens, earned Rookie of the Week honors after racking up 177 yards on just 12 carries in Delaware’s 41-14 win over West Chester. The Yorktown, Va., native made the most of his first-career carry, rambling 62 yards for a touchdown. The rookie, who did not see action until the second half, also caught two passes for 16 yards. His 177 yards mark the highest single-game total ever by a Delaware player making his Blue Hen debut.
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 TEAM AMONG 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 55 of the last 59 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 29 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 six teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 17 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
2007 - (Week 2) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Towson
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
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).
CUFF KEEPS SNIFFING THE ENDZONE
Delaware’s Omar Cuff has a knack for finding the endzone. The Landover, Md., native has scored a total of 11 touchdowns in just two games thus far. His 33 points/game average is tops overall in the country. The next closest scorer is Butler’s Stuart Gray who is averaging 27 points/game. Heisman hopefuls Steve Slaton (West Virginia) and Ray Rice (Rutgers) trail Cuff by 15 points/game in scoring average.
MADE FOR TELEVISION
When the CAA kicked off it football season at Media Day, July 25, at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md., the conference announced a blockbuster television package which included 31 games, including a 20-game conference package on CN8 and Comcast SportsNet. As of Sept. 11 the conference is now slated to have as many as 36 games on TV. The most recent additions come thanks to a partnership of the ECAC and NESN. The outfit will carry three Northern Division contests late in the season which include Rhode Island at New Hampshire - Oct. 27, Massachusetts at Rhode Island - Nov. 3 and Maine at New Hampshire - Nov. 17. Check local listings for details on the broadcasts.
QUITE A WEEKEND
CAA Football is off to a tremendous start having won all its non-conference FCS games last weekend. Over the opening two weeks of the season, CAA Football squads are a combined 8-1 against non-conference FCS opponents. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results from this season check out page 16 of the notes.
GOING FOR THREE-STRAIGHT
No. 12/12 New Hampshire will be looking to make it three-straight this weekend. The Wildcats have won each of their last two games against BCS level opponents, and face Conference USA foe Marshall this weekend in Huntington, W.Va. UNH began its streak of wins over BCS opponents in 2004 when it beat Rutgers 35-24 (Sept. 11). The Wildcats did not face a BCS opponent in 2005, but went on the road to face the Big Ten’s Northwestern last season and won 34-17 (Sept. 9). For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 16 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE NFL
A total of 33 CAA Football alumni were part of NFL rosters on opening day (includes active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve/physically unable to perform). Below is a list of those players who had notable stats in week one of the NFL season.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - L 20-17, SF
Arizona Cardinals (14-14 rushing yards)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 14-3, SD
Chicago Bears (3 tackles)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - L 34-7, PIT
Cleveland Browns (1 tackle)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 36-21, OAK
Detroit Lions (11 tackles)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - W 20-3, KC
Houston Texans (2 tackles)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - W 24-3, ATL
Minnesota Vikings (7 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 41-10, IND
New Orleans Saints (6-47 receiving yards)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - L 16-13, GB
Philadelphia Eagles (20-85 rushing yards)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - W 14-3, CHI
San Diego Chargers (8 tackles, 1 force fumble)
NO MORAL VICTORIES
Rhode Island head coach Tim Stowers is not going to let his players or staff take joy in moral victories after his squad nearly came away with a win at Army (BCS level opponent) last weekend. The Rams had ample opportunities to walk out of West Point, N.Y., with a win, but eventually fell to the Black Knights 14-7 in overtime. On Monday’s CAA Football Coaches Media Teleconference Stowers estimated each player and member of the coaching staff (a total of 90) would each receive praise on their “moral victory” 25 times between last Saturday’s game and this weekend’s game at No. 11/10 Delaware. According to Stowers, simple arithmetic would indicate that is 2,250 forms of remembering a moral victory. He told his squad as of midnight Sunday (Sept. 9) they could no longer accept the moral victories.
PITCH AND CATCH
William and Mary’s offense, led by junior quarterback Jake Phillips, currently ranks atop the country in passing offense. The Tribe is averaging 354.0 yards/game through the air thus far this season. Phillips, who threw for a school record 433 yards against Delaware to open the season, leads the country in total passing yards with 675 over two games. Head Coach Jimmye Laycock’s offense is making good use of the “pitch and catch” technique as it also ranks fifth in the country in both total offense (533.0 yards/game) and scoring offense (47.0 points/game). For more on where each CAA Football squad rank in the conference and on the national level check out page 18 of the notes.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#11/10 DELAWARE (2-0, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Rhode Island (0-2, 0-0)
Next Week: at #RV/23 Towson (2-0, 0-0)
-- The Blue Hens played West Chester last weekend in front of a sellout crowd of 22,495 at Delaware Stadium, marking the fourth-straight season Delaware’s game against West Chester has been a sellout.
-- Delaware racked up 599 yards of total offense against West Chester thanks to 305 passing yards by Joe Flacco and 177 yards on the ground by CAA Football Rookie of the Week Phillip Thaxton.
-- Omar Cuff, who scored four touchdowns in the first half against West Chester, leads all levels of college football in scoring. The senior running back is averaging 33.0 points per game through two contests.
-- Cuff ranks second all-time on the Hens’ TD scoring list with 45. He needs just six more touchdowns to pass Darryl Brown (1991-94) for the all-time Delaware record.
#20/19 HOFSTRA (1-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Albany (1-1)
Next Week: at Rhode Island (0-2, 0-0)
-- Hofstra posted its first win over a Top-10 opponent last weekend, 32-17 over No. 9 Furman, since beating seventh-ranked Massachusetts, 21-10, in the final game of the 2005 season.
-- Last week’s win, which snapped a seven-game losing skid by the Pride, helped christen a new FieldTurf playing surface at Shuart Stadium.
-- Hofstra piled up 410 yards of total offense against the Paladins, marking the first 400-yard total offense game since the 2005 season.
-- Charles Sullivan hauled in 12 passes for 147 yards and one TD against Furman equalling a career best in single-game receptions. He now ranks fifth in the all-time receptions category at Hofstra, needing five to take over fourth place and 13 to place himself third.
#7/9 JAMES MADISON (1-1, 1-0)
This Week: hosts VMI (1-1)
Next Week: hosts Coastal Carolina (1-1)
-- James Madison scored the final 24 points of the game in its 41-24 win over previously-ranked No. 5 New Hampshire.
-- JMU quarterback Rodney Landers amassed 369 yards of total offense, marking the first time a Duke has gone over 300 yards in total offense since the 2005 season (Justin Rascati, 305 vs. Delaware State).
-- Part of Landers’ 305 yards of total offense came on the ground (128 yards), making him the first James Madison quarterback to run and throw for 100 yards in a game since Charles Berry threw for 105 and ran for 181 to help beat New Hampshire 24-13 in 2000.
-- Running back Eugene Holloman carried the ball 26 times for 98 yards and also caught a touchdown pass despite being limited by a shoulder injury.
MAINE (1-1, 0-0)
This Week: at Villanova (1-1, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts #2/3 Massachusetts (2-0, 0-0)
-- Maine, after its 38-0 loss at Connecticut, fell to 1-5 against BCS opponents having now lost three-straight.
-- The Black Bear defense recorded an interception and forced a missed field goal in the first quarter of the Connecticut game.
-- Maine’s first quarter interception was made by sophomore Steven Barker and was the first of his career.
-- Redshirt freshman Adam Farkes saw the first action of his career, replacing Michael Brusko at quarterback midway through the first quarter. Farkes ended the game going 8-for-15 for 64 yards. His longest pass of the evening was a 26-yard completion to tight end Matthew Mulligan.
-- Linebacker Andrew Downey posted a career-high 13 tackles in the game against UConn, marking the second double-digit tackle of his career.
#2/3 MASSACHUSETTS (2-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts #RV/23 Towson (2-0, 0-0)
Next Week: at Maine (1-1, 0-0)
-- JJ Moore redeemed himself after fumbling two punt returns in week one against Holy Cross. The senior returned a punt last week 58 yards for a touchdown in the Minutemen’s 35-17 win over Colgate. The return was the first for the Minutemen via punt return since Kory Blackwell did it in 1996.
-- Junior punter Brett Arnold is now leading the league with a punting average of 47.4. The UMass newcomer unleashed a 68-yard punt in last weekend’s game against Colgate equalling the 10th-longest punt in school history.
-- Moore hauled in four catches for 40 yards and a 15-yard touchdown against the Raiders. With the 40 receiving yards he moved past both Jimmy Moore and Tim Berra for sixth on the all-time list and now has 1,523 receiving yards in his career.
-- Matt Lawrence rushed for 100 yards for the second-straight game (153 yards).
#12/12 NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-1, 0-1)
This Week: at Marshall (0-2)
Next Week: hosts Dartmouth (0-0)
-- Ricky Santos’ 18-yard touchdown pass to Mike Boyle in the first quarter against James Madison marked his 100th career TD pass. The scoring toss gave Santos the CAA Football career record in passing touchdowns, as he finished the game with one more for a current career total of 101.
-- Santos completed 36 passes against the Dukes for 353 yards. His third pass completion of the game (6 yards to Chris Ward) gave him the CAA Football career pass completions record, passing up the mark of 868 set by Villanova’s Chris Boden (1996-99).
-- The Wildcats have topped two-straight BCS opponents going back to 2004. New Hampshire beat Rutgers 35-24 in 2004 and topped Northwestern 34-17 last season. Head Coach Sean McDonnell and his squad travel to Marshall (0-2) this weekend looking to extend the win streak over BCS opponents to three-straight.
NORTHEASTERN (0-2, 0-1)
This Week: hosts Northwestern St. (2-0)
Next Week: at UC Davis (1-1)
-- Running back Maurice Murray rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Murray surpassed Brian Vaughan (1993-96) for third place on the Huskies’ all-time rushing yards list. He career total of 2,516 is just 344 yards shy of second place and Tim Gale (1999-2003).
-- Murray is also just five rushing touchdowns shy of knotting Gale for first on the all-time Husky rushing TD list with 36.
-- Anthony Orio threw an interception in the third quarter against Richmond last weekend snapping a 12-quarter streak in which the Huskies did not commit a turnover.
-- Mike Lukenda intercepted a pass by Richmond’s Will Healy in the fourth quarter and returned it 59 yards. The return marked the longest interception return for Northeastern since Gavin Potter returned an INT 75 yards in 2004.
RHODE ISLAND (0-2, 0-0)
This Week: at #11/10 Delaware (2-0, 1-0)
Next Week: hosts #20/19 Hofstra (1-0, 0-0)
-- The Rams are now 0-2 for the first time since opening the 2003 season with two-straight losses.
-- Rhode Island lost to Army in overtime last weekend, 14-7, marking the first overtime game for the Rams since 2005. Rhode Island last won an overtime game in 2002 against Delaware (17-14, 2ot).
-- Running back Joe Casey’s 108 yards on the road against Army last weekend marked Casey’s 10th career game over the 100-yard plateau.
-- URI quarterback Derek Cassidy was an impressive 11-for-13 against the Black Knights last weekend amassing 145 yards through the air. His completion percetange of .846 against Army ranks as the second-best single-game passing percentage mark in school history. Jeff Weaver (current URI assistant coach) holds the record at .850 (17-for-20).
RICHMOND (1-1, 1-0)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: at Bucknell (1-1)
-- Richmond tallied 642 yards of total offense last weekend at Northeastern. The Spiders also rushed for 443 yards against the Huskies, as both totals mark school records for Richmond.
-- Tim Hightower, CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, rushed for 246 yards against Northeastern and scored four touchdowns. His 246 yards on the ground mark the most by a player in the conference this season, while his four touchdowns are the second-best single-game total in Richmond history.
-- Spider kicker Andrew Howard was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT tries against Northeastern, extending his streak of consecutive PATs to 43, setting a Spider record. The previous streak was 39.
-- Richmond is now 12-0 in games under head coach Dave Clawson when scoring 30 points or more.
#RV/23 TOWSON (2-0, 0-0)
This Week: at #2/3 Massachusetts (2-0, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts #11/10 Delaware (2-0, 1-0)
-- Towson extended their non-conference win streak to 13 games with a 28-21 victory over Morgan State last weekend.
-- Sean Schaefer threw for four touchdowns, marking the fourth time in his career he has thrown at least four touchdowns. The junior quarterback is also spreading it around -- completing those four TD passes to four different receivers.
-- Tailback Nick Williams rushed for 91 yards on 15 carries in the win over Morgan State. Williams now ranks 10th on the Tigers’ all-time career rushing list with 1,544 yards.
-- Towson special teams blocked two field goals last weekend againt Morgan State. Josh Root got his hand on a 29-yard attempt in the first quarter, while Brian Bradford blocked a 45-yard attempt in the third quarter.
VILLANOVA (1-1, 0-0)
This Week: hosts Maine (1-1, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts Penn (0-0)
-- With its 30-20 win over Lehigh this past weekend the Wildcats improve to 19-3 against the Patriot League since becoming an FCS program in 1985.
-- Since the 1997 season, Villanova is 24-4 against FCS opponents when playing in the month of September.
-- The Wildcats have picked off four passes if just two games this season. All four have come from different players, including a 42-yard return for TD by Salim Koroma. Villanova recorded just four interception during the entire 2006 season.
-- Villanova is 13-6 all-time in conference openers, as it prepares to host Maine at Villanova Stadium this week.
-- Antwon Young ranks third among the league’s most efficient passers. The sophomore has a rating of 159.1 and has thrown for 433 yards in two games.
WILLIAM & MARY (1-1, 0-1)
This Week: host Liberty (2-0)
Next Week: at Virginia Tech (1-1)
-- The Tribe posted 63 points in its win over VMI last weekend, marking a single-game high in head coach Jimmye Laycock’s 28-year tenure in Williamsburg.
-- William and Mary’s 63 points against the Keydets were the most for a Tribe squad since scoring 77 in a win over Bridgewater in 1932.
-- RJ Archer extended his streak of consecutive games with at least two catches to nine, as he hauled in a pair for 46 yards against VMI.
-- Jake Phillips has now thrown for 675 yards in two games for an average of 337.5 per game. His per-game average is second-best in the country to UNH quarterback Ricky Santos. Phillips, however, has the best total passing yard count in the country, while the Tribe leads the nation in passing offense.
-- Courtland Marriner’s 100-yard performance marked the first time a R-Fr. has rushed for more than 100-yards since Delmus Coley in 2003.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 3
#RV/23 TOWSON AT #2/3 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 12:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Television: CN8, CSS - Mark Brown (pbp), Bob Norton (analyst), John Carchedi (sideline), Bob Johnson (Director), Bob Allen (Producer)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Towson Broadcast)
Series: Massachusetts leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 2006, Massachusetts 35-0 in Towson, Md.
Towson (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 88-73 (16 years)
School: 88-73 (16 years)
Rushing: Rasheed McClaude (2 G, 29-157 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (2 G, 50-80-4-513 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Tommy Breaux (2 G, 11-166 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (2 G, 16 assisted, 10 solo, 26 total)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (2G, 1-68 yards)
Massachusetts (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 80-37 (11 years)
School: 28-11 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (2 G, 42-275 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (2 G, 36-58-2-476 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: J.J. Moore (2 G, 13-203 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (2 G, 10 assisted, 7 solo, 17 total)
Sacks: David Burris (2 G, 3-19 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (2 G, 1-20 yards)
RHODE ISLAND AT #11/10 DELAWARE
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 3:30 pm
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Television: CN8, CSS, COX-RI, SNY - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), John Anderson (Director), Bob Anderson (Producer)
Series: Delaware leads 17-7
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, Delaware 24-17 in Kingston, R.I.
Rhode Island (0-2, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 81-74 (14 years)
School: 30-51 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (2 G, 51-191 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (2 G, 17-27-1-213 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (2 G, 9-146 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Rob Damon (2 G, 10 assisted, 4 solo, 14 total),
LT Brantley (2 G, 9 assisted, 5 solo, 14 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (2 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Raji El-Amin (2 G, 2-22 yards)
Delaware (2-0, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 131-43-1 (14 years)
School: 43-22 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (2 G, 51-337 yards, 10 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (2 G, 36-45-1-507 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Mark Duncan (2 G, 5-121 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Walters (2 G, 5 assisted, 10 solo, 15 total)
Sacks: Julian James (2 G, 2.5-9 yards)
Interceptions: Anthony Walters (2 G, 1-13 yards)
MAINE AT VILLANOVA
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 6:00 pm
Villanova Stadium (12,000), Villanova, Pa.
Series: Maine leads 7-5
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 2006, Maine 20-7 in Orono, Maine
Maine (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-84 (15 years)
School: 77-84 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (2 G, 36-149 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Michael Brusko (2 G, 18-30-2-88 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (2 G, 4-42 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Andrew Downey (2 G, 8 assisted, 10 solo, 18 total)
Sacks: Patrick McCrossan (2 G, 2.5-21 yards)
Interceptions: Steven Barker (2 G, 1-0 yards)
Villanova (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 177-113-2 (28 years)
School: 149-95-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (2 G, 34-114 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (2 G, 32-50-2-433 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: Brandyn Harvey (2 G, 6-133 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Darrel Young (2 G, 13 assisted, 7 solo, 20 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (2 G, 1-2 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (2 G, 1-42 yards)
NORTHWESTERN STATE AT NORTHEASTERN
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 12:30 pm
Parsons Field (7,000), Brookline, Mass.
Series: Northwestern State leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 29, 2005, Northwestern State 14-12 in Natchitoches, La.
Northwestern State (2-0)
Coach: Scott Stoker (Northwestern State, 1991)
Career: 34-26 (6 years)
School: 34-26 (6 years)
Rushing: Byron Lawrence (2 G, 37-268 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Germayne Edmond (2 G, 23-41-3-352 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Dudley Guice (2 G, 9-139 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Mack Dampier (2 G, 11 assisted, 9 solo, 20 total)
Sacks: Ray Martin (2 G, 1.5-11 yards)
Interceptions: Gary Riggs (2 G, 2-0 yards)
Northeastern (0-2, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 103-48-1 (14 years)
School: 12-23 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (2 G 38-131 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (2 G, 21-40-1-172 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Alex Broomfield (2 G, 10-94 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Craig Kenney (2 G, 10 assisted, 6 solo, 16 total)
Sacks: Wil Colon (2 G, 1-9 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (2 G, 1-59 yards)
#12/12 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT MARSHALL
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 4:30 pm
Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,019), Huntington, W.Va.
Series: Marshall leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 11, 1991, Marshall 24-23 in Huntington, W.Va.
New Hampshire (0-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 53-43 (9 years)
School: 53-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Ricky Santos (1 G 8-37 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (1 G, 36-47-2-353 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Mike Boyle (1 G, 6-97 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Terrence Klein (1 G, 4 assisted, 8 solo, 12 total),
Jeff Pammer (1 G, 8 assisted, 4 solo, 12 total),
Husain Karim (1 G, 10 assisted, 2 solo, 12 total)
Sacks: Hugo Souza (1 G, 0.5-2 yards)
Coach: Mark Snyder (Marshall, 1988)
Career: 9-16 (4 years)
School: 9-16 (4 years)
Rushing: Darius Marshall (2 G, 14-94 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Bernard Morris (2 G, 35-55-3-418 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Darius Passmore (2 G, 7-118 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: CJ Spillman (2 G, 10 assisted, 10 solo, 20 total)
Sacks: Maurice Kitchens (2 G, 0.5-3 yards), Byron Tinker (2 G, 0.5-3 yards)
Interceptions: Maurice Kitchens (2 G, 1-19 yards)
#20/19 HOFSTRA AT ALBANY
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 6:00 pm
University Field (5,000), Albany, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable (N.Y.) - Mark Larson (pbp), Dale Drypolcher (analyst), Danny Liedka (sideline)
Series: Hofstra leads 10-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 10, 2005, Hofstra 36-7 in Albany, N.Y.
Hofstra (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 3-9 (2 years)
School: 3-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (1 G, 25-116 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (1 G, 24-36-0-285 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (1 G, 12-147 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Stanley Gutierrez (1 G, 10 assisted, 2 solo, 12 total),
Gian Villante (1 G, 8 assisted, 4 solo, 12 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (1 G, 1-4 yards)
Interceptions: DeWayne Whitaker (1 G, 1-2 yards)
Coach: Bob Ford (Springfield, 1959)
Career: 218-159-1 (39 years)
School: 209-137 (35 years)
Rushing: David McCarty (2 G, 33-150 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Vinny Esposito (2 G, 58-33-1-327 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Daniel Bocanegra (2 G, 7-93 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Mark Peretore (2 G, 4 assisted, 8 solo, 12 total)
Sacks: Mark Sheehan (2 G, 4-32 yards)
Interceptions: Dave West (2 G, 1-0 yards)
VMI AT #7/9 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 6:00 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Series: James Madison leads 8-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2006, James Madison 45-7 in Lexington, Va.
Coach: Jim Reid (Maine, 1973)
Career: 86-93-3 (17 years)
School: 2-11 (2 years)
Rushing: Howard Abegesah (2 G, 31-212 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Kyle Hughes (2 G, 3-4-0-39 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Nat Jackson (2 G, 2-29 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Levi Swindell (2 G, 20 assisted, 4 solo, 24 total)
Sacks: Josh Wine (2 G, 1-8 yards)
James Madison (1-1, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 57-41 (9 years)
School: 57-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (2 G, 34-202 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (2 G, 28-44-2-341 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Mike Caussin (2 G, 5-110 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (2 G, 9 assisted, 13 solo, 22 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (2 G, 1-1 yards)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (2 G, 2-7 yards)
LIBERTY AT WILLIAM AND MARY
Saturday, Sept. 15 - 7:00 pm
Cary Field at Walter J. Zable Stadium (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Series: William and Mary leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 2006, William and Mary 14-13 in Lynchburg, Va.
Coach: Danny Rocco (Wake Forest, 1984)
Career: 8-5 (2 years)
School: 8-5 (2 years)
Rushing: Zach Terrell (2 G, 45-282 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Brock Smith (2 G, 24-42-1-315 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Wynton Jackson (2 G, 6-119 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Nick Hursky (2 G, 12 assisted, 11 solo, 23 total)
Sacks: Vince Redd (2 G, 2-7 yards)
Interceptions: Patrick Calvary (2 G, 1-61 yards)
William and Mary (1-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 179-128-2 (28 years)
School: 179-128-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (2 G, 17-128 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (2 G, 39-56-0-675 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: D.J. McAulay (1 G, 7-162 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (2 G, 10 assisted, 10 solo, 20 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (2 G, 1-7 yards)