CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- OCT. 15
After a wild weekend of CAA Football, which included a four-overtime win by Massachusetts and two non-conference wins, the league announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 15. Four individuals earned honors after helping each of their squads to wins Saturday, including James Madison’s Rodney Landers, Hofstra’s Gian Villante, Richmond’s Derek Hatcher and William and Mary’s Cameron Dohse.
Landers, now a two-time CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, led No. 9 James Madison to a 44-27 road win over Rhode Island. The Virginia Beach, Va., native finished the day 11-of-15 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns. The junior also rushed 27 times for 173 yards, totalling an impressive 415 yards of offense. His 415 yards of total offense, more than 72 percent of James Madison’s 576 yards of total offense, rank as the best single-game total in Dukes history. His 176 rushing yards also rank as the second-best single-game rushing total for a JMU quarterback. Landers, who has now thrown for 200-or-more yards and rushed for 100-or-more yards on three occasions this season, also has completed 81-of-108 passes without throwing an interception -- a streak dating back to JMU’s game at North Carolina, Sept. 1. The quarterback needs just 77 yards to become the Dukes’ all-time rushing quarterback leader, passing Eriq Williams’ mark of 764 set in 1990.
Villante grabbed CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading No. 10 Hofstra and the Pride defense to a 20-3 win on the road against Towson. Villante led the Pride with eight tackles, including five solo stops, as Towson was held to just 70 yards on the ground. Hofstra’s defense has now held five of its six opponents this season below the 100-yard rushing mark. The Wantagh, N.Y., native also broke up two passes and recorded a tackle for loss in the win. The Pride limited a vaunted Towson passing attack, led by Sean Schaefer, to a season and career-low of 123 yards. Towson was averaging 320 total yards prior to playing Hofstra, but Villante and the Pride, allowed just 193 yards. Villante and the Hofstra defense also held the Tigers without a touchdown, marking the first time since Nov. 18, 2006 against James Madison, Towson had failed to reach the endzone.
Hatcher, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, helped No. 20 Richmond to a 42-0 win over Stony Brook in Richmond, Va. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native finished the day with 141 yards on five punt returns, including a 66-yarder for a touchdown. The sophomore returner became the first Spider to return a punt for a touchdown since Cordell Roane did it against Rhode Island, Oct. 9, 1999. His 141 punt return yards on five attempts gave him an average of 28.2 against Stony Brook, as he now leads the league with a 19.6 punt return yard average in 10 attempts.
Dohse logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after helping William and Mary garner a 21-20 win on the road against Maine. The Clifton, Va., native was Tribe quarterback Jake Phillips’ favorite target on the day hauling in a game-high seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie receiver became the first William and Mary player to touch the endzone twice in one game this season, and now has 15 catches for 240 yards in 2007. Dohse’s touchdown catches came on completions of 31 yards and 33 yards against the Black Bears.
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 60 of the last 64 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 34-straight 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 18 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL BREAKDOWN
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 4-7) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
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
2007 - (Week 3) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
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
CAA Football squads are a combined 21-2 (.913) against non-conference FCS opponents -- a better non-conference winning percentage than any other FCS league in the country. Last season, CAA Football (Atlantic 10) finished the regular season 15-5 against FCS non-conference opponents. Five of the six CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 33 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Gateway Conference comes within two teams of having as many squads ranked, but only three of its four ranked teams appear in the Top-15. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 18 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 19 of the notes.
MADE FOR TV
When the CAA kicked off its 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 Oct. 15 the conference is now slated to have as many as 40 games on TV (48 percent of the regular season). The most recent additions come thanks to a partnership of the ECAC and NESN which will carry three Northern Division contests late in the season. Time Warner Sports’ broadcast of this weekend’s Towson/Colgate game was recently added to the television schedule upping the total to 40 for the conference. Check local listings for details on all upcoming CAA Football broadcasts.
THAT MAKES IT 14 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall Sept. 15, CAA Football has now won 14 games versus BCS opponents in the last 10 years (11 different opponents). The league also boasts at least one win over the BCS level in each of the last five seasons. The league sports a 10-year record of 14-56 (.200) against BCS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 18 of the notes.
NATIONAL HONORS ALL AROUND
The Sports Network and College Sporting News, both publications which devote major coverage to the FCS level of college football, select National Player of the Week honorees following each week of competition, and CAA Football has garnered recognition in five of the first seven weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 10 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 12 National Player of the Week honorees. Checkout pages 16 & 17 of the notes for a complete rundown of every National Player of the Week, including those from the CAA.
CUFF KEEPS SNIFFING THE ENDZONE
Delaware’s Omar Cuff has a knack for finding the endzone. The Landover, Md., native has scored 24 of Delaware’s 33 total touchdowns over seven games this season (17-of-22 in five conference games). His 20.6 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 2.6 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 6.03 points better than the FBS rankings leader (Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech).
ONE-MAN WRECKING CREW
Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins is a “do-it-all” back for the Pride. The Irvington, N.J., native not only leads the CAA in all-purpose yards (219.5 yds/game), but he also ranks atop the countries’ all-purpose yard leaderboard. Huggins, who has also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season for Hofstra, has an average of more than 31 yards better than Tim Hightower’s mark of 187.7 this season (second in the CAA). Huggins has a 13-yard edge over Mike McLeod’s (Yale) second-place honor among FCS all-purpose runners. Huggins’ edge over the FBS all-purpose leader, Kevin Robinson (Utah State), is seven yards as Robinson also returns kickoff and punts.
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 score 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).
BUCHANAN WATCH IN THE CAA
There are a handful of CAA Football players who should be considered for the 2007 Buck Buchanan Award -- the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year honor. The Sports Network released its initial watch list prior to the 2007 season, and it included two players from CAA Football -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After seven weeks of play several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Buchanan Watch list including: Brian Bradford, Towson; Stanley Gutierrez, Hofstra; Jeff Pammer, New Hampshire, Gian Villante, Hofstra and Charles Walker, Massachusetts.
Below is a rundown of each of the seven players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- Brian Bradford, LB - 7 G, 33 solo, 51 assisted, 84 total, 10-36 TFL, 2-20 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 6 G, 17 solo, 37 assisted, 54 total, 2.5-7 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 3-10 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF
-- Jason Hatchell, LB - 6 G, 25 solo, 26 assisted, 51 total, 1-4 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF
-- Tony LeZotte, S - 7 G, 23 solo, 25 assisted, 48 total, 3-5 TFL, 2-15 INT, 4 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 6 G, 26 solo, 28 assisted, 54 total, 0.5-1 TFL, 1-0 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 6 G, 29 solo, 31 assisted, 60 total, 2.5-7 TFL, 0.5-4 sacks, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 6 G, 23 solo, 34 assisted, 57 total, 2-2 TFL, 2 FR, 1 FF
PAYTON WATCH IN THE CAA
Several CAA Football players should be considered for the 2007 Walter Payton Award -- the FCS National Player of the Year honor. The Sports Network released its initial watch list prior to the 2007 season, and it included four players from CAA Football -- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Ricky Santos, New Hampshire and Sean Schaefer, Towson.
After seven weeks of play several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Payton Watch list including: Joe Flacco, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond; Kareem Huggins, Hofstra; Rodney Landers, James Madison and Jake Phillips, William and Mary.
Below is a rundown of each of the nine players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- Liam Coen, QB - 100-153-5-1320 passing yds, 65.4%, 13 TD, 220.0 pass yds/game, (-64)-1320-1256 total yds, 209.3 total yds/game
-- Omar Cuff, RB - 169-863 rushing yds, 20 TD, 123.3 rushing yds/game, 23-233 receiving yds, 4 TD, 33.3 receiving yds/game, 156.6 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 155-213-3-1974 passing yds, 72.8%, 9 TD, 282.0 passing yds/game, 30-1974-2004 total yds, 286.3 total yds/game
-- Tim Hightower, RB - 124-1003 rushing yds, 14 TD, 167.2 rushing yds/game, 17-123 receiving yds, 2 TD, 20.5 receiving yds/game, 187.7 all-purpose yds/game
-- Kareem Huggins, RB - 141-783 rushing yds, 8 TD, 130.5 rushing yds/game, 7-54 receiving yds, 0 TD, 9.0 receiving yds/game, 219.5 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 91-126-2-1226 passing yds, 72.2%, 10 TD, 175.1 passing yds/game, 117-685 rushing yds, 7 TD, 97.9 rushing yds/game, 685-1226-1911 total yds, 273.0 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 125-214-4-1978 passing yds, 58.4%, 14 TD, 282.6 passing yds/game, 75-1978-2053 total yds, 293.3 total yds/game
-- Ricky Santos, QB - 115-159-2-1268 passing yds, 72.3%, 8 TD, 253.6 passing yds/game, 52-175 rushing yds, 7 TD, 35.0 rushing yds/game, 175-1268-1443 total yds, 288.6 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 152-242-13-1529 passing yds, 62.8%, 9 TD, 218.4 passing yds/game, (-105)-1529-1424 total yards, 203.4 total yds/game
CAA IN THE NFL
A total of 34 CAA Football alumni were part of NFL rosters on opening day. Below is a list of CAA Football alum who had notable stats in the most recent week of NFL action, as well as those still on rosters (includes active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve/physically unable to perform) as of Oct. 15.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - L 25-10, CAR
Arizona Cardinals (1 tackle)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 31-10, NYG
Atlanta Falcons (not active)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - W 22-3, STL
Baltimore Ravens (not active)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 34-31, MIN
Chicago Bears (6 tackles)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - L 34-31, MIN
Chicago Bears (1 tackle)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 41-31, MIA
Cleveland Browns (appeared in game)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - L 48-27, NE
Dallas Cowboys (1 tackle)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - BYE
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - BYE
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - L 37-17, JAC
Houston Texans (1 tackle)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 37-17, HOU
Jacksonville Jaguars (appeared in game)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - W 34-31, CHI
Minnesota Vikings (4 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - W 28-17, SEA
New Orleans Saints (1-2 rec yd, 1 rec TD)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - W 28-17, SEA
New Orleans Saints (not active)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 16-9, PHI
New York Jets (not active)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 16-9, PHI
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - W 16-9, NYJ
Philadelphia Eagles (20-120 rush yd, 6-36 rec yd)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - BYE
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - BYE
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - W 28-14, OAK
San Diego Chargers (7 tackles)
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (‘Nova) - New England Patriots (PS)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - Philadelphia Eagles (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- James Ihedigbo (UMass) - New York Jets (IR)
- Brian Finneran (Villanova) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Jamin Elliott (Delaware) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
PS - Practice Squad, PUP - Physically Unable to Perform, IR - Injured Reserve
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#13/14 DELAWARE (6-1, 4-1)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: at Navy (4-2)
--Delaware used its longest drive of the season (21 plays for 91 yards and 8:37 time used) to add some insurance late in the fourth quarter against Northeastern last weekend. The drive took place in the fourth quarter when the Blue Hens held onto the ball for more than 10 minutes.
-- Omar Cuff rushed 39 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 25-yard scoring pass against Northeastern. Cuff matched a career-high with 39 carries, had his second 200+ rushing game of the season and the 15th 100+ rushing game of his career. The running back also tied the UD record for single-season touchdowns at 24 (three on the day) equalling a mark set by Gardy Kahoe in 1971.
-- Jon Striefsky booted a school-record tying three field goals and set a Delaware record for consecutive field goals made (9). The placekicker remains perfect on the season connecting on 9-of-9 field goals and 32-of-32 PAT attempts.
#9/10 HOFSTRA (6-0, 3-0)
This Week: hosts #11/11 New Hampshire (4-2, 1-2)
Next Week: at Villanova (4-3, 2-2)
-- Huggins posted his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and sixth of his career in Hofstra’s win at Towson. Huggins rushed for a career-high 186 yards on 24 carries and scored twice. He also caught one pass for eight yards and returned two kickoffs for 27 yards. Huggins became the ninth player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career, climbing from 13th to ninth on the Hofstra career rushing list with 2,004 yards.
-- Hofstra is off to its first 6-0 start since 1999. The Pride has had nine 6-0 starts in the history of the program, but has not been been 7-0 since 1995. Hofstra won the first 10 games of its season in 1995, before falling at Marshall in the regular season finale.
-- The Pride defense, which recorded its fourth sub-300 yard game and first sub-200 yard contest of the season, held Towson to 193 yards including just 70 yards rushing on 34 attempts. Tiger quarterback Sean Schaefer was held to a career-low 123 yards passing.
#8/8 JAMES MADISON (6-1, 4-0)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts #18/18 Richmond (4-2, 2-1)
-- Quarterback Rodney Landers hit on 11-of-15 passes for 242 yards and three TDs, and ran 27 times for 173 yards against Rhode Island. The 415 yards of total offense rank as the best total offense output in team history. His 173 yards on the ground marks his third 100-yard rushing game of season. It also ranks as the second-best rushing total for a JMU quarterback, and the most since 1977.
-- The Dukes’ racked up a season-best total of 576 yards in offense against the Rhode Island Rams.
-- Jason Pritchard and Dave Stannard combined to tie a team single-game record with three field goals. Pritchard connected on a 50-yarder, the fifth-longest in school history, while Stannard hit on attempts of 25 and 24 yards.
-- Running Back Griff Yancey made his first career start and rushed 11 times for 95 yards and a score. The freshman also caught a seven-yard pass and had a career-long run of 56-yards.
MAINE (1-5, 0-4)
This Week: at Stony Brook (3-4)
Next Week: at Northeastern (1-5, 0-3)
-- Jhamal Fluellen rushed for a career-best 197 yards on 30 carries against William and Mary last weekend, marking his third 100-yard rushing yard game of the season and the fourth of his career.
-- Adam Farkes threw for a pair of touchdowns in last weekend’s game against William and Mary, as both were completions (20 and 31 yards) to receiver Landis Williams. Farkes, who was making just his third career start, threw for multiple TD passes in a game for the first time in his career, and has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in all three of his starts this season.
--John Wormuth made a game-high 14 tackles for the Black Bears against William and Mary. Wormuth’s total marked the second-straight week he has recorded a game-high in tackles, as he also recorded a game-best 14 against Hofstra two weeks ago. The senior captain is now averaging 15.0 tackles per game over the last two weeks.
#4/4 MASSACHUSETTS (5-1, 3-0)
This Week: hosts Northeastern (1-5, 0-3)
Next Week: at William and Mary (4-3, 2-2)
-- UMass and Villanova’s four-overtime game tied the longest game in UMass history, previously set Sept. 19, 1987 when the Minutemen fell at Richmond, 52-51. The game also equalled the longest game in terms of overtimes this season -- Boise State/Nevada also lasted four overtimes this past Sunday.
-- Rasheed Rancher set career highs in receptions and receiving yards in the game against Villanova. Rancher hauled in eight catches for 155 yards. His previous career-best was six receptions versus New Hampshire, Oct. 29, 2005.
-- UMass has now been held scoreless in the first half two-straight weeks. The drought marks the first time since Oct. 15, 2005 when UMass was scoreless vs. an FCS team at the half (JMU, 7-0). Massachusetts went on to win the game 10-7.
-- Liam Coen had his fifth career 300-yard game with 355 yards passing. It was his second 300-yard game against Villanova as he threw for 350 yards last season in Pennsylvania.
#11/11 NEW HAMPSHIRE (4-2, 1-2)
This Week: at #9/10 Hofstra (6-0, 3-0)
Next Week: hosts Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3)
-- The Wildcats are in the midst of a two-game winning streak and have now won four of their last five games.
-- In his first career start, redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman completed 15-of-19 passes (78.9) for 172 yards and one touchdown against Iona.
-- Ricky Santos, who injured his right shoulder on a running play (third-degree AC sprain) against Delaware two weeks ago, did not dress for the Iona game last weekend. It marked the first time in his career he missed a start at New Hampshire. Santos also never missed a game at Bellingham High School due to injury.
-- New Hampshire’s running game returned two running backs to its fold against Iona, in Sean Jellison and Chad Kackert. The Wildcats utilized nine different ball-carriers in the win over Iona as it rushed 49 times for 257 yards.
NORTHEASTERN (1-5, 0-3)
This Week: at #4/4 Massachusetts (5-1, 3-0)
Next Week: hosts Maine (1-5, 0-4)
-- Maurice Murray reached a milestone during the loss at Delaware last weekend. He became just the second Husky to reach the 3,000 rushing yard plateau. Murray has closed to within 637 yards of the all-time Husky record, and needs just one rushing touchdown to tie Tim Gale (1999-03) for the NU record.
-- The Northeastern defense struggled against Delaware, and has now allowed 400+ yards in four of its six games this season.
-- Quarterback Anthony Orio put up a season-high 198 yards while completing 78 percent (18-for-23) of his passes in the loss at Delaware. His 76-yard touchdown pass to Brian Mandeville marked a career long for both Orio and Mandeville.
-- Massachusetts head coach Don Brown previously coached at Northeastern. Brown, who was at the helm in Brookline from 2000-03, had a mark of 27-20 overall with the Huskies and led them to the NCAA Playoffs in 2002.
RHODE ISLAND (1-5, 0-3)
This Week: at #18/18 Richmond (4-2, 2-1)
Next Week: at #11/11 New Hampshire (4-2, 1-2)
-- Running Back Jerell Jones’ 84-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for Rhode Island against James Madison was the seventh-longest rush in team history. He finished the game with a career-high 117 yards, marking his second-consecutive 100-yard game.
-- Junior Jimmy Hughes caught his first-career touchdown pass against James Madison last weekend, an 11-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.
--Sophomore Shawn Leonard scored his first-career rushing touchdown on a fake field goal to end the first half against James Madison.
-- Quarterback Derek Cassidy passed for a career-high 184 yards against James Madison. His previous high was a 172 yard effort against Hofstra, Sept. 22, 2007.
#18/18 RICHMOND (4-2, 2-1)
This Week: hosts Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3)
Next Week: at #8/8 James Madison (6-1, 4-0)
-- Richmond is 23-for-23 in producing points on drives of 80-yards-or-longer since 2005. The Spiders had one such drive last weekend against Stony Brook, an 81-yarder for their second TD of the game. Of those 23 drives, 21 have resulted in touchdowns.
-- Tim Hightower surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the fifth-straight game and ninth time in his career. He collected 101 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown against Stony Brook. His 101 yards on the day also helped him to 1,003 yards this season on 124 carries.
-- Derek Hatcher’s 66-yard punt return for a TD against Stony Brook was Richmond’s first since Cordell Roane took a 68-yarder back versus Rhode Island in 1999.
-- Sophomore Eric Ward threw for a career-high three touchdowns - all in the third quarter against Stony Brook last weekend. He was lifted for backup QB Will Healy for the entire fourth quarter, after the Spiders had gone up 35-0.
TOWSON (3-4, 1-4)
This Week: at Colgate (3-3)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- One week after completing 29-of-33 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, Sean Schaefer was held to a career-low 123 yards in Towson’s 20-3 loss to Hofstra. The Pride defense sacked Schaefer four times and recorded two interceptions.
-- Linebacker Brian Bradford led the Tiger defensive effort against Hofstra with 13 tackles. The senior also forced two fumbles, recorded a sack for eight yards and had an interception. Bradford has made at least nine tackles in every game for the Tigers this season.
-- Linebacker John Webb made eight tackles in the loss to Hofstra last weekend. His single-game total moved him into fifth place on the Tigers’ all-time list of tackle leaders with 275 stops.
-- The Tigers will be seeking their 14th consecutive victory over a non-conference opponent when they visit Colgate this weekend. Towson has the second-longest non-conference winning streak in the nation behind Dayton (15).
VILLANOVA (4-3, 2-2)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts #9/10 Hofstra (6-0, 3-0)
-- UMass and Villanova’s four-overtime game was the second-longest game in Villanova history, as the longest was a 6OT win over Connecticut in 1989 (41-35). The game also equalled the longest game in terms of overtimes this season -- Boise State/Nevada also lasted four overtimes this past Sunday.
-- Villanova is now 8-4 all-time in overtime games, and Saturday’s contest against Massachusetts marked the second time this season the Wildcats have gone to extra periods.
-- The Wildcats started five true freshmen against Massachusetts last weekend, including quarterback Chris Whitney. Whitney, replacing Antwon Young who tore an ACL during the Wildcats’ game two weeks ago, completed 9-of-17 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown (18 yards). Whitney also ran 21 times for 48 yards and a nine-yard touchdown.
-- RB Matt Dicken recorded career highs in carries (35) and yards (172) last week.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-3, 2-2)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts #4/4 Massachusetts (5-1, 3-0)
-- William and Mary snapped a two-game losing streak in the all-time series with Maine following its 21-20 win last weekend. The Tribe also improved to 3-1 all-time when playing in Orono, Maine.
-- Quarterback Jake Phillips’ 31-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Dohse in the second quarter was the 30th of Phillips’ career. It tied him with Dan Darragh (1965-67) for eighth place on the school’s career touchdown passes list. Later, a third-quarter pass from Phillips to Dohse put the signal-caller in sole possession of the eighth position.
-- Cameron Dohse recorded career-highs for the second-straight week in receptions (7) and receiving yards (123). In his last two games, Dohse has 15 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The CAA Football Rookie of the Week also became the first Tribe receiver to haul in two touchdown catches in a game this season.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 8
NORTHEASTERN AT #4/4 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 12:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Television: CN8 - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), Bob Allen (producer), Bob Johnson (director)
Series: Massachusetts leads 27-8-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, Massachusetts 7-0 in Brookline, Mass.
Northeastern (1-5, 0-3 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-51-1 (14 years)
School: 13-26 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (6 G, 147-670 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (6 G, 76-133-3-780 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (6 G, 18-245 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Craig Kenney (6 G, 23 assisted, 18 solo, 41 total)
Sacks: AJ Lillie (6 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (6 G, 1-59 yards)
Massachusetts (5-1, 3-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 83-38 (11 years)
School: 31-12 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (6 G, 128-687 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (6 G, 100-153-5-1320 yards, 13 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (6 G, 37-525 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (6 G, 34 assisted, 23 solo, 57 total)
Sacks: David Burris (6 G, 6-37 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (6 G, 2-20 yards)
RHODE ISLAND AT #18/18 RICHMOND
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 3:30 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Series: Richmond leads 11-5
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 2006, Richmond 31-6 in Kingston, R.I.
Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 82-77 (14 years)
School: 31-54 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (6 G, 124-583 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (6 G, 52-102-5-725 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (6 G, 23-316 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (6 G, 22 assisted, 24 solo, 46 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (6 G, 3-22 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (6 G, 2-64 yards)
Richmond (4-2, 2-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 51-48 (9 years)
School: 22-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (6 G, 124-1003 yards, 14 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (6 G, 103-159-6-1078 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (6 G, 31-448 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (6 G, 29 assisted, 20 solo, 49 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (6 G, 5-42 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (5 G, 1-0 yards), Seth Williams (6 G, 1-0 yards)
#11/11 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT #9/10 HOFSTRA
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 4:00 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstead, N.Y.
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Hofstra Broadcast)
Series: Tied 5-5
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, New Hampshire 10-6 in Durham, N.H.
New Hampshire (4-2, 1-2 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 57-44 (9 years)
School: 57-44 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (6 G 51-226 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (5 G, 115-159-2-1268 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (6 G, 33-410 yards, 8 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (6 G, 28 assisted, 26 solo, 54 total)
Sacks: Matt Parent (6 G, 2-19 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (6 G, 2-46 yards)
Hofstra (6-0, 3-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 8-9 (2 years)
School: 8-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (6 G, 141-783 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (6 G, 129-197-9-1590 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (6 G, 51-677 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (6 G, 31 assisted, 29 solo, 60 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (6 G, 3.5-27 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (6 G, 3-19 yards)
TOWSON AT COLGATE
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 1:00 pm
Andy Kerr Stadium (10,221), Hamilton, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable - Mark Larson (pbp), Dale Drypolcher (analyst), Danny Liedka (sideline)
Series: Colgate leads 8-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 27, 2003, Colgate 26-7 in Hamilton, N.Y.
Towson (3-4, 1-4 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 89-77 (16 years)
School: 89-77 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (6 G, 94-365 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (7 G, 152-242-13-1529 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (7 G, 36-386 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (7 G, 51 assisted, 33 solo, 84 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (7 G, 3-31 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (7 G, 2-78 yards)
Coach: Dick Biddle (Duke, 1971)
Career: 91-45 (12 years)
School: 91-45 (12 years)
Rushing: Jordan Scott (6 G, 229-1048 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Alex Relph (6 G, 82-148-7-1062 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Erik Burke (6 G, 35-495 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Mike Gallihugh (6 G, 37 assisted, 34 solo, 71 total)
Sacks: Pat Nolan (6 G, 4.5-23 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Gallihugh (6 G, 2-30 yards)
MAINE AT STONY BROOK
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 3:00 pm
Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (8,136), Stony Brook, N.Y.
Series: First Meeting
Maine (1-5, 0-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-88 (15 years)
School: 77-88 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (6 G, 119-618 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (5 G, 53-105-2-497 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (5 G, 14-175 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (6 G, 31 assisted, 31 solo, 60 total)
Sacks: Patrick McCrossan (6 G, 3-26 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (5 G, 1-20 yards)
Stony Brook (3-4)
Coach: Chuck Priore (Albany, 1982)
Career: 47-19 (8 years)
School: 8-10 (2 years)
Rushing: Conte Cuttino (7 G 129-637 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Josh Dudash (7 G, 138-245-7-1483 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Lynell Suggs (7 G, 51-689 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Andre Jean-Pierre (7 G, 29 assisted, 22 solo, 51 total)
Sacks: Adam Soivilien (7 G, 2-11 yards)
Interceptions: Mike McCoy (7 G, 2-0 yards)