CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- OCT. 29
CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 29. Four individuals earned honors after helping their squads to victories Saturday, including Delaware’s Joe Flacco, Richmond’s Stephen Howell and Villanova’s Martel Moody and Angelo Babbaro.
Flacco helped Delaware become the second CAA Football squad this season to knockoff a Football Bowl Subdivision squad, as No. 9 Delaware toppled Navy, 59-52. This week’s CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week completed 30-of-41 passes on the day for a career-high total of 434 yards. The senior also recorded a career-best four touchdown passes and had four different receivers haul in five-or-more passes. The Blue Hens, who scored on seven-straight possessions at one point in the contest, piled up an impressive 581 yards of total offense -- just 18 yards off their season-best total of 599 against West Chester. Flacco has now thrown for more than 5,000 yards in his two-year career at Delaware, including more than 2,000 yards in each of his two seasons. The Audubon, N.J., native’s 434 yards passing are the most by a CAA Football quarterback this season, and mark the second time in 2007 he has gone over the 400-yard mark. CAA Football has now won at least two games over FBS foes in five of the last six seasons, and has a mark of 15-56 against FBS foes dating back to 1997.
Howell, the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, helped No. 14 Richmond secure a 17-16 upset-win on the road over No. 6 James Madison. The senior recorded a team-best nine stops on the day, holding a JMU offense which was averaging 428 yards a game, to just 256 total yards. The Richmond, Va., native recovered one of JMU’s three fumbles on the day at the Dukes’ 10-yardline, and on the ensuing play from scrimmage the Spiders completed a touchdown pass to take a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. Trailing 17-16, James Madison drove to the Richmond 47 before Rodney Landers heaved a pass down the sideline intended for Antoinne Bolton, only to have Howell pick it off at the Richmond 23 to preserve the Spiders’ win. Howell and the Spider defense have now allowed just one touchdown over its past three games, and are leading the league at just 19 points allowed per game.
Babbaro, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, finished with a total of 190 yards in kickoff returns and a touchdown as Villanova knocked off No. 15 Hofstra, 35-31, in Villanova, Pa. The Canfield, Ohio, native became the first Wildcat to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Moe Gibson, going 95 yards on a return to open the second half. Gibson accomplished the 95-yard TD-return feat against William and Mary, Nov. 6, 2004.
Moody logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after helping Villanova force four turnovers in a 35-31 win over No. 15 Hofstra at Villanova Stadium. The Tampa, Fla., native recorded two tackles, half a sack for three yards and picked off two passes in the victory. His first interception, late in the first quarter, resulted in a 43-yard return for a touchdown and helped the Wildcats take a 21-7 lead into the second quarter. Villanova now leads the league with a turnover margin of +13 (1.62 turnovers/game), while Moody leads the team with three interceptions on the year.
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 seven times, most recently happening in this week’s poll release.
CAA Football has also boasted at least two teams in the polls’ Top 10 in 62 of the last 66 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 36-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 seven teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week, the most since week three of the 2005 season. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 20 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL BREAKDOWN
2007 - (Week 9) - Delaware, James Madison, Hofstra, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova
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 4-8) - 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 NOTEBOOK
CAA Football squads are a combined 21-4 (.840) 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 the of the record-seven CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 33 percent of the poll’s Top-15. On the Southern and Gateway Conferences come withing three teams of having as many squads ranked. Combining the two conferences’ Top-15 rankings only equals the number of CAA Top-15 teams. 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.
NCAA RECORD WATCH
It is NCAA Record watch time with just three weeekends remaining in the regular season. New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos, Delaware’s Omar Cuff and Richmond’s Tim Hightower are lurking among some of the all-time NCAA marks. Santos is fourth on the all-time career TD pass list with 116 (Record: 140), sixth on the career pass yards list with 12,189 (Record: 14,496) and third on the all-time career total offense list with 13,560 (Record: 16,823). Cuff is fifth in career points-per-game with a 10.9 average (Record: 12.5) and currently holds the single-season points-per-game mark with a 21.0 average (Existing Record: 16.2). Cuff’s single-season rushing touchdown mark of 24 is just six off the all-time record of 30, while his single-season overall touchdown mark of 28 is just three off the all-time record of 31. Hightower’s 13.5 point-per-game average this season ranks 15th all-time (Record: 16.2).
THAT MAKES IT 15 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall Sept. 15 and Delaware’s most recent 59-52 win at Navy Oct. 27, CAA Football has now won 15 games versus BCS/FBS opponents in the last 10 years (11 different opponents). The league also boasts two wins over the BCS/FBS level in five of the last six seasons. CAA Football sports a 10-year record of 15-56 (.200) against BCS/FBS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 19 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. CAA Football has garnered recognition in seven of the nine weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 12 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 13 National Player of the Week honorees. Checkout pages 16-18 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 28 of Delaware’s 41 total touchdowns over eight games this season (17-of-22 in five conference games). His 21.0 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 3.0 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 8.3 points better than the FBS rankings leader (Kevin Smith, Central Florida).
THE CENTURY MEN
The proverbial number which determines greatness in a running back’s season is 1,000 yards. CAA Football already has two such backs in its fold, while four others are just footsteps away from reaching the honorable plateau. Richmond’s Tim Hightower was the first to cross the 1,000 yardline this season, and now with his 1,201 mark is pushing to the 1,500 yard mark. Delaware’s Omar Cuff crossed it Oct. 27, and takes a 1,004 yard total into the remaining three weeks of the regular season. Massachusetts’ Matt Lawrence (983), Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins (932), Northeastern’s Maurice Murray (886) and Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (873) all have aspirations of reaching the 1,000 mark as each have at least three contests remaining in 2007.
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 updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and two players from CAA Football remained from the preseason watch list -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After nine 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 - 8 G, 42 solo, 55 assisted, 97 total, 10-36 TFL, 2-20 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 8 G, 24 solo, 41 assisted, 65 total, 6.5-20 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 4-10 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF
-- *Jason Hatchell, LB - 8 G, 31 solo, 38 assisted, 69 total, 2-5 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF
-- *Tony LeZotte, S - 8 G, 32 solo, 33 assisted, 65 total, 3-5 TFL, 2-15 INT, 5 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 8 G, 34 solo, 42 assisted, 76 total, 0.5-1 TFL, 2-66 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 8 G, 41 solo, 39 assisted, 80 total, 5-19 TFL, 1.5-12 sacks, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 8 G, 29 solo, 46 assisted, 75 total, 4-9 TFL, 1 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF
* -- Buck Buchanan Watch List (Oct. 16)
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 updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and a total of five players from CAA Football were part of the roster-- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond; Kareem Huggins, Hofsta and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire.
After nine 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; Rodney Landers, James Madison Jake Phillips, William and Mary and Sean Schaefer, Towson.
Below is a rundown of each of the nine players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- *Liam Coen, QB - 130-197-7-1729 passing yds, 66.0%, 18 TD, 216.1 pass yds/game, 221-(-81)-1729-1648 total yds, 206.0 total yds/game
-- *Omar Cuff, RB - 197-1004 rushing yds, 24 TD, 125.5 rushing yds/game, 28-268 receiving yds, 4 TD, 33.5 receiving yds/game, 159.0 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 185-254-3-2408 passing yds, 72.8%, 13 TD, 301.0 passing yds/game, 278-16-2408-2424 total yds, 303.0 total yds/game
-- *Tim Hightower, RB - 171-1201 rushing yds, 15 TD, 150.1 rushing yds/game, 24-175 receiving yds, 3 TD, 21.9 receiving yds/game, 172.0 all-purpose yds/game
-- *Kareem Huggins, RB - 169-932 rushing yds, 9 TD, 116.5 rushing yds/game, 14-105 receiving yds, 0 TD, 13.1 receiving yds/game, 209.8 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 99-147-3-1355 passing yds, 67.3%, 11 TD, 169.4 passing yds/game, 134-757 rushing yds, 7 TD, 94.6 rushing yds/game, 281-757-1355-2112 total yds, 264.0 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 141-247-5-2148 passing yds, 57.1%, 15 TD, 268.5 passing yds/game, 312-124-2148-2272 total yds, 284.0 total yds/game
-- *Ricky Santos, QB - 158-212-2-1949 passing yds, 74.5%, 17 TD, 278.4 passing yds/game, 65-205 rushing yds, 9 TD, 29.3 rushing yds/game, 277-205-2949-2154 total yds, 307.7 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 168-277-16-1712 passing yds, 60.6%, 9 TD, 214.0 passing yds/game, 313-(-105)-1712-1607 total yards, 200.9 total yds/game
* -- Walter Payton Watch List (Oct. 16)
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. 30.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Ben Patrick - BYE
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - BYE
- Daren Stone (Maine) - BYE
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - BYE
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 16-7, DET
Chicago Bears (not active)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - L 16-7, DET
Chicago Bears (1 tackle)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 27-20, STL
Cleveland Browns (1 tackle)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - BYE
- Mike Leach (W&M) - L 19-13, GB
Denver Broncos (appeared in game)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 16-7, CHI
Detroit Lions (10 tackles)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - L 35-10, SD
Houston Texans (not active)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 24-23, TB
Jacksonville Jaguars (appeared in game)
- Lance Schulters (Hofstra) - L 13-10, NYG
Miami Dolphins (did not play)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 23-16, PHI
Minnesota Vikings (2 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - W 31-10, SF
New Orleans Saints (8-85 rec yd, 3 TD)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - W 31-10, SF
New Orleans Saints (not active)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 13-3, BUF
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 13-3, BUF
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - W 23-16, MIN
Philadelphia Eagles (not active)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - W 23-16, MIN
Philadelphia Eagles (21-46 rush yd, 1 TD, 4-46 rec yd, 1 TD)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 24-13, CIN
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at OL)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 24-13, CIN
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at FB)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - W 35-10, HOU
San Diego Chargers (7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass def)
- 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)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Ryan Gibbons (N’eastern) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (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
#7/7 DELAWARE (7-1, 4-1)
This Week: hosts #12/12 James Madison (6-2, 4-1)
Next Week: hosts #11/11 Richmond (6-2, 4-1)
--Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 30-of-41 passes for a career-high 434 yards and a career-high tying four touchdowns. Flacco has surpassed the 2,000 yards passing mark for the season and 5,000-yard mark for his two-year career at Delaware.
-- Omar Cuff ran 28 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns against Navy. The senior went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season and his four touchdowns gave him 28 on the year - a new Delaware record and one away from equalling the single-season league record of 29 by Brian Westbrook (Villanova) in 2001. His 24 rushing touchdowns ties the mark of 24 by Gardy Kahoe in 1971 as well as the league mark set by Marcel Shipp (UMass) in 1999.
-- Jon Striefsky scored 11 points in Delawares' 59-52 win over Navy. Striefsky was perfect on all eight extra point attempts and converted a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter which gave Delaware a 45-35 lead. The sophomore has now converted all 10 of his field goal attempts and all 40 of his extra point attempts this season.
#20/20 HOFSTRA (6-2, 3-2)
This Week: hosts William and Mary (4-4, 2-3)
Next Week: at Northeastern (1-7, 0-5)
-- The Pride has now dropped two consecutive games and suffered its first road loss of the season in a 35-31 loss at Villanova last weekend.
-- Running back Kareem Huggins, who rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries, went down early in the third quarter against Villanova and is listed as doubtful for this weekend. He ran one place into eighth on the Pride’s career rushing list, moving past Bob McKenna (2,073 from 1980-83) with 2,153 yards.
-- Charles Sullivan hauled in five passes for 68 yards to boost his Hofstra career receptions record. Sullivan now has 217 career catches for 2,697 yards, which moves him ahead of Charlie Adams (2,649 from 1998-2001) for second on the Hofstra career receiving yards chart. Sullivan’s 217 career receptions ties him for 10th on the CAA all-time receptions list with Northeastern’s Dave Klemic (1997-2000).
-- Hofstra’s rush defense (99.5 yds/game) leads the CAA and is just 22 yards shy of a Kansas Jayhawk rush defense (77.5 yds/game) -- sixth in the FBS statistics.
#12/12 JAMES MADISON (6-2, 4-1)
This Week: at #7/7 Delaware (7-1, 4-1)
Next Week: at William and Mary (4-4, 2-3)
-- Quarterback Rodney Landers’ 79 rushing yards against Richmond gave him 757 this season. Landers’ single-season total ranks second all-time among JMU quarterbacks, trailing only Eriq Williams' (1989-92) 764 yards in 1990. His 208 yards of total offense last weekend give him 2,112 for the year, which places him in eighth on the Dukes’ single-season mark with three games left on the schedule.
-- Kicker Dave Stannard tied JMU's individual game record of three field goals, accomplished 10 other times, hitting on kicks of 40, 39, and 36 yards against Richmond. For the year Stannard has now hit on nine of 10 field goal tries and on 33-straight PAT tries. He also leads JMU with 60 points.
-- James Madison lost at home for the first time in 2007 and had an 11-game home winning streak snapped at the hands of Richmond. The Dukes are now 39-12 at home in nine years under Mickey Matthews.
MAINE (2-6, 1-4)
This Week: hosts Towson (3-5, 1-4)
Next Week: hosts Rhode Island (1-7, 0-5)
-- Redshirt freshman quarterback Adam Farkes has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his five starts this season. Farkes threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Landis Williams in the second quarter in last Saturday’s 20-14 win at Northeastern.
-- The “Black Hole” defense boasts six players who rank among the top 50 in the CAA in tackles per game, including John Wormuth (10.0), Andrew Downey (9.8), Jovan Belcher (8.0), Brandon McLaughlin (6.4), Lamir Whetstone (6.0) and Jordan Stevens (5.9).
-- Jovan Belcher recorded two sacks at Northeastern, marking his second multiple-sack performance of the season. He also had three sacks at Villanova, which is tied for tops in the CAA for most sacks in a game this season. He ranks 36th nationally in sacks per game at 0.63.
#4/3 MASSACHUSETTS (7-1, 5-0)
This Week: at Rhode Island (1-7, 0-5)
Next Week: host #8/8 New Hampshire (6-2, 3-2)
-- UMass is now 20-1 against FCS teams over the last two seasons including 17 regular-season wins against FCS teams. UMass has won 13 conference games in a row, going 8-0 last season and is off to 5-0 start this year.
-- Liam Coen set the UMass career touchdown passes record with his 52nd on a 60-yard bomb to Rasheed Rancher, 16 seconds into the William and Mary game. It was the longest passing play of the season for UMass. Coen passed Todd Bankhead, who had 51 in 1998-99.
-- Matt Lawrence gained 100 yards on the ground for the sixth time this season (all six of his career) with a career-high 186 yards on a career-high 34 carries against the Tribe.
-- J.J. Moore had five catches for 79 yards against W&M, moving past 2,000 career receiving yards, the fourth UMass receiver with 2,000 career yards. He now ranks third in career receiving yards with 2,024, just passed Brandon London (2,022).
#8/8 NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-2, 3-2)
This Week: hosts Northeastern (1-7, 0-5)
Next Week: at #4/3 Massachusetts (7-1, 5-0)
-- New Hampshire is undefeated at home this season with a 4-0 mark, and has won four-straight including two against ranked opponents.
-- Ricky Santos has 116 career touchdown passes which ranks fourth on the FCS all-time career list. He needs just three touchdown passes to tie all-time great Steve McNair of Alcorn State for third place on the NCAA record list. Santos, who injured his right shoulder on a running play (third-degree AC sprain) against Delaware Oct. 6, tied a career-high with five touchdown passes against Rhode Island last weekend. He also ran for another in the rain against the Rams. The senior completed 24-of-30 passes for 419 yards on the day.
-- The Wildcats had five different defensive players record double-digit tackles against Rhode Island led by Husain Karim and his 21 stops. Redshirt freshman Hugo Souza also recorded a career-high 16 tackles.
NORTHEASTERN (1-7, 0-5)
This Week: at #8/8 New Hampshire (6-2, 3-2)
Next Week: hosts #20/20 Hofstra (6-2, 3-2)
-- Maurice Murray produced his 14th career 100-yard rushing game against Maine, going for 127 yards, while scoring his 36th career rushing touchdown. Murray is now tied with Tim Gale (1999-03) for first all-time on the Northeastern career touchdown list. Murray also had his best yards-per-rush output of the season, averaging 5.8 yards per rush. Murray needs just 421 rushing yards to set the all-time Northeastern rushing record.
-- Joe Mele had a career-high 16 tackles, including 10 solo, against Maine. The 16 stops rank as a season-high and are the most by a Husky since Liam Ezekiel made 19 tackles against Villanova in 2004.
-- Ron Conway boomed a career-long 65-yard punt in the first quarter against Maine. He went on to land a total of two inside the Black Bear 20-yardline. He also recorded two solo tackles on kickoffs. For the season, he has had 11 punts downed inside the 20.
RHODE ISLAND (1-7, 0-5)
This Week: hosts #4/3 Massachusetts (7-1, 5-0)
Next Week: at Maine (2-6, 1-4)
-- Joe Casey rushed for 105 yards against UNH before leaving late in the third quarter with an injury, marking his 12th-career 100-yard rushing contest. In the process, he moved past Jayson Davis (2002-05) into sole possession of fourth-place on URI's all-time rushing list with 2,905 career rushing yards.
-- Jimmy Hughes rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns against the Wildcats Saturday.
-- The Rams had two running backs - Joe Casey and Jimmy Hughes - rush for over 100 yards against New Hampshire, marking the second time URI has had two 100-yard backs in one game this season.
-- The Rams ran a total of 96 plays against UNH, 77 of them were rushing attempts, which is the second most in school history. The Rams gained 430 yards on those 77 rushing attempts, which is the seventh-highest single-game total in school history.
#11/11 RICHMOND (6-2, 4-1)
This Week: hosts #25/23 Villanova (5-3, 3-2)
Next Week: at #7/7 Delaware (7-1, 4-1)
-- Reaching six wins ensures the Spiders their third-consecutive winning season for the first time in more than 50 years. Richmond was 9-4 in 2005, 6-5 last season and can finish no worse than 6-5 this season. The team's last trio of consecutive winning seasons was 5-3-1 in 1953, 5-4 in 1954 and 4-3-2 in 1955.
-- The Richmond defense has allowed just one touchdown in its last three games.
-- The win over sixth-ranked James Madison is the Spiders' second win this season over a higher-ranked opponent (11th-ranked New Hampshire). It also marks the highest-ranked opponent Richmond has defeated in the regular season since beating No. 4 Rhode Island, 28-0, in 2001. The Spiders defeated No. 2 Hampton, 38-10, in the 2005 NCAA Playoffs First Round.
-- Tim Hightower's rushing touchdown against JMU was his 15th this season and 29th of his career, tying him with Uly Scott for the Richmond career record. He has now scored a TD in nine consecutive games.
TOWSON (3-5, 1-4)
This Week: at Maine (2-6, 1-4)
Next Week: hosts #25/23 Villanova (5-3, 3-2)
-- The loss to Colgate two weeks ago snapped the Tigers’ 13-game win streak over non-conference opponents. The loss marked the first non-league loss for Towson since falling 62-28 at Yale,Sept. 20, 2003.
-- Towson’s game at Colgate two weeks ago was a see-saw contest including two ties (7-7, 10-10) and five lead changes. After the Tigers took a 17-13 lead on an eight-yard run by Nick Williams with 14:33 remaining, the Raiders dominated the rest of the game. Colgate scored on a 60-yard drive and added an insurance score with 45 seconds left to complete an 86-yard drive.
-- Senior linebacker John Webb made three tackles at Colgate two weeks ago. Webb moved into fourth place on the Tigers’ all-time list of tackle leaders with 278 stops, passing Rodney Smith.
-- Junior wide receiver Marcus Lee caught six passes for 69 yards in the loss at Colgate two weeks ago.
#25/23 VILLANOVA (5-3, 3-2)
This Week: at #11/11 Richmond (6-2, 4-1)
Next Week: at Towson (3-5, 1-4)
-- Villanova now leads the CAA in turnovers with a +13 mark, while averaging 1.62 takeaways per game. The next closest squad in the CAA is New Hampshire’s +5 mark. Villanova’s +13 mark ranks seventh in the country behind Eastern Kentucky’s +20 margin.
-- Villanova leads the league and ranks tied for seventh in the country with 15 interceptions this season. The Wildcats are four off the pace of Eastern Kentucky’s 19 picks, and three less than Boston College and Connecticut’s 18 which lead the FBS stats.
-- Three of Villanova’s five touchdowns against Hofstra were scored without the offense being on the field. The Wildcats had a 43-yard interception return for touchdown by Martel Moody, a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Tim Kukucka and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Angelo Babbaro.
-- Villanova is 1-2 against Top-25 squads this season after its win over Hofstra.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-4, 2-3)
This Week: at #20/20 Hofstra (6-2, 3-2)
Next Week: hosts #12/12 James Madison (6-2, 4-1)
-- Quarterback Jake Phillips accumulated 244 all-purpose yards in the game against UMass, including 170 passing, 49 rushing and one reception for 25 yards. He accounted for a pair of scores, one pass and one rush, while his first career reception came on a third quarter scoring drive.
-- Mike Pigram’s 42-yard scoop and score against UMass was the Tribe’s second defensive touchdown of the season. True freshman Terrell Well’s fumble recovery for a touchdown vs. Delaware in season opener was the first.
-- The Tribe forced four UMass turnovers, which was a team season high for the Tribe defense and UMass offense.
-- Defensive end Adrian Tracy contributed his first career interception near the end of the first half against UMass. His pick was the second by a Tribe defensive lineman this season (Sean Lissemore had first vs. Towson).
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 10
#12/12 JAMES MADISON AT #7/7 DELAWARE
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 12:00 pm
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Television: CSN-MA, CSN-P, CSS, SNY - Michael Reghi (pbp), Sonny Randle (analyst), Jeff Halikman (producer), Ernie Baur (director)
Series: Delaware leads 10-6
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2006, James Madison 44-24 in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison (6-2, 4-1 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 62-42 (9 years)
School: 62-42 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (8 G, 134-757 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (8 G, 99-147-3-1355 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (7 G, 23-354 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (8 G, 43 assisted, 36 solo, 79 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (8 G, 4-17 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (8 G, 2-15 yards)
Delaware (7-1, 4-1 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 136-44-1 (14 years)
School: 48-23 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (8 G, 197-1004 yards, 24 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (8 G, 185-254-3-2408 yards, 13 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (7 G, 35-502 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Bratton (7 G, 20 assisted, 44 solo, 64 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (7 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (8 G, 2-78 yards)
TOWSON AT MAINE
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 12:00 pm
Morse Field at Alfond Stadium (10,000), Orono, Maine
Television: WABI-TV (Maine) - George Hale (pbp), Walter Abbott (analyst), Tim Throckmorton( sideline), Keith Allen (producer), Peter Hewitt (director)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Maine Broadcast)
Series: Maine leads 4-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, Maine 28-7 in Towson, Md.
Towson (3-5, 1-4 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 89-78 (16 years)
School: 89-78 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (7 G, 112-459 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (8 G, 168-277-16-1712 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (8 G, 42-455 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (8 G, 55 assisted, 42 solo, 97 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (8 G, 3-31 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (8 G, 2-78 yards)
Maine (2-6, 1-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 78-89 (15 years)
School: 78-89 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (8 G, 171-873 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (7 G, 74-148-4-793 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (7 G, 25-346 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (8 G, 42 assisted, 38 solo, 80 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (8 G, 5-34 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (5 G, 1-20 yards)
NORTHEASTERN AT #8/8 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Series: New Hampshire leads 39-13-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, Northeastern 36-35 (ot) in Brookline, Mass.
Northeastern (1-7, 0-5 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-53-1 (14 years)
School: 13-28 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (8 G, 192-886 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (8 G, 99-173-5-1052 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (8 G, 24-329 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Joe Mele (8 G, 27 assisted, 31 solo, 58 total)
Sacks: Jason Anzalone (8 G, 2-18 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (8 G, 1-59 yards)
New Hampshire (6-2, 3-2 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 59-44 (9 years)
School: 59-44 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (8 G 59-275 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (7 G, 158-212-2-1949 yards, 17 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (8 G, 47-624 yards, 10 TD)
Tackles: Husain Karim (8 G, 58 assisted, 20 solo, 78 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (8 G, 3-10 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer (8 G, 2-66 yards)
#4/3 MASSACHUSETTS AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 12:00 pm
Meade Stadium (5,180), Kingston, R.I.
Series: Massachusetts leads 45-34-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, Massachusetts 41-16 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts (7-1, 5-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 85-38 (11 years)
School: 33-12 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (8 G, 187-983 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (8 G, 130-197-7-1729 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (8 G, 49-701 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (8 G, 46 assisted, 29 solo, 75 total)
Sacks: David Burris (8 G, 9-54 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (8 G, 3-39 yards)
Rhode Island (1-7, 0-5 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 82-79 (14 years)
School: 31-56 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (8 G, 163-782 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (8 G, 63-122-5-854 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (8 G, 30-409 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Ki’Ameer Johnson (8 G, 20 assisted, 31 solo, 51 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (8 G, 4-27 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (8 G, 2-64 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT #20/20 HOFSTRA
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 1:00 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstead, N.Y.
Series: Tied 2-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2006, Hofstra 16-14 in Williamsburg, Va.
William and Mary (4-4, 2-3 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 182-131-2 (28 years)
School: 182-131-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (6 G, 80-348 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (8 G, 141-247-5-2148 yards, 15 TD)
Receiving: Elliott Mack (8 G, 27-472 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (8 G, 30 assisted, 42 solo, 72 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (7 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (8 G, 3-69 yards)
Hofstra (6-2, 3-2 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 8-11 (2 years)
School: 8-11 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (8 G, 169-932 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (8 G, 176-283-15-2121 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (8 G, 65-819 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (8 G, 39 assisted, 41 solo, 80 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (8 G, 4-32 yards)
Interceptions: Stanley Gutierrez (8 G, 4-10 yards)
#25/23 VILLANOVA AT #11/11 RICHMOND
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 3:30 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Television: CN8 - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), Bob Anderson (producer), John Anderson (director)
Series: Villanova leads 18-8
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2006, Villanova 31-21 in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova (5-3, 3-2 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 181-115-2 (28 years)
School: 153-97-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (8 G, 148-594 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (6 G, 99-153-4-1192 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (8 G, 31-403 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Osayi Osunde (8 G, 35 assisted, 24 solo, 59 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (8 G, 5-19 yards)
Interceptions: Martel Moody (7 G, 3-71 yards)
Richmond (6-2, 4-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 53-48 (9 years)
School: 24-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (8 G, 171-1201 yards, 15 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (8 G, 125-201-7-1283 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (6 G, 31-448 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (8 G, 44 assisted, 30 solo, 74 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (8 G, 6-50 yards)
Interceptions: Patrick Weldon (8 G, 1-44 yards)