CAA Football -- NCAA Championship Notebook
-- All four of CAA Football’s playoff teams earned wins over FBS foes this season -- the only FCS teams in 2009 with wins over FBS teams. Villanova (Temple), Richmond (Duke), William and Mary (Virginia) and New Hampshire (Ball State).
-- CAA Football had two Top-4 seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the first time since 1997. Villanova earned the No. 2 seed and Richmond was the fourth-seeded team this season. In 1997 Villanova earned the top-seed with an 11-0 mark, while Delaware was the No. 4 seed with a record of 10-1.
-- The league’s four first round wins marked the second-straight and third season all-time CAA Football teams made up four of the final eight playoff squads. The league advanced four past the first round last season, and saw four teams win first round games in 2004 (Atlantic 10).
-- CAA Football teams are a combined 4-3 (.571) in NCAA Division I Football Championship games. Friday’s contest will mark Villanova’s first-ever appearance in the National Championship game.
-- Villanova is 7-7 (.500) all-time in postseason play under the league banner. Four of the Wildcats’ seven wins in the postseason have come in the last two seasons.
-- CAA Football teams are 4-3 against Montana all-time in the playoffs. Friday’s contest will be the third time a CAA Football squad has faced the Griz in the Championship final -- James Madison topped Montana 31-21 in 2004. Richmond beat Montana 24-7 in 2008.
-- CAA Football has sent a program to the National Championship game six of the last seven years.
-- Villanova’s trip to the National Championship game marks the fifth different CAA Football team to compete in the National Championship game in the last seven seasons. Delaware won the title in 2003 and played in the championship game in 2007, James Madison won the title in 2004, Massachusetts played in the championship game in 2006 and Richmond won the title in 2008.
-- Villanova is the first CAA Football regular-season champion to play in the National Championship game since Massachusetts’ trip to Chattanooga in 2006. Each of CAA Football’s last two participants in Chattanooga finished third in the CAA Football South Division and fourth overall according league marks (2007-Delaware, 5-3) & (2008-Richmond, 6-2).
-- CAA Football teams are 2-1 against Montana when playing the Griz away from Grizzly Stadium in the playoffs.
FCS Non-Conference Domination
CAA Football schools are a combined 68-15 against non-conference FCS regular-season competition since 2007. League schools combined to go 21-4 against non-conference FCS regular-season foes in 2007, then compiled a 25-5 non-conference regular-season FCS mark in 2008. Five wins through the first two rounds in the NCAA playoffs pushed CAA Football’s non-conference record 22-6 in 2009.
Defense Wins Championships...
Or it at least gets you there. Take a look at how CAA Football has transformed itself into a defensive league.
Over the last six seasons CAA Football has been on a steady decline in terms of total defensive yards allowed. In 2004, when the league expanded to 12 teams, its defenses surrendered on average 356.7 yards a contest and 25.3 points/game.
Since 2007, when the league was at a six-year high of 25.8 points allowed and 362.9 yards allowed, the league’s defenses have improved dramatically. Last year CAA Football allowed 24.9 points/game and 345.7 yards/game. This season the league is giving up just 22.6 points/game -- 3.2 less points than its previous high in six seasons. In 2009 the league is allowing 323.3 yards/game -- nearly 40 yards less than its previous high in the last six years.
Compare all of those numbers with the league’s accomplishment of placing five different teams in six of the last seven National title games and it is evident that defense may win championships, but it will almost always put you in the title game.
For a complete breakdown of the league’s total offensive and total defensive statistical trends check out page 19 of the weekly release.
Bring On The BCS/FBS
CAA Football has logged a record-breaking total of four wins over BCS/FBS opponents in 2009. New Hampshire (Ball State), Richmond (Duke), Villanova (Temple) and William and Mary (Virginia) all have added BCS/FBS victories to the league’s current total of 23 non-conference wins in 2009.
The league has an all-time mark of 27-112 (.194) against BCS/FBS opponents dating back to the 1978 I-A/I-AA split by the NCAA. Prior to 2009, the league had not beaten more than three BCS/FBS squads in a single season.
CAA Football finished the 2009 season 2-1 against the Mid-American Conference and had a .500 (2-2) mark against the Atlantic Coast Conference (BCS). The only wins for FCS squads, as recognized by the NCAA, over BCS/FBS teams this season have come from CAA Football (4-86).
Note: Central Arkansas (Southland, FCS) beat Western Kentucky (Sun Belt, FBS), 28-7, Sept. 19, but is in its final year of NCAA Division I FCS transition and is not recognized as an FCS program in the NCAA statistics.
CAA Football has now won 18 games versus BCS/FBS opponents in the last 10 years. The league has garnered at least one win over BCS/FBS foes in seven of the last eight years, and multiple wins over BCS/FBS teams in six of the last eight years.
For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS/FBS opponents check out page 26 of the weekly release.
Villanova, Richmond and William and Mary’s spots at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, in the Sports Network’s Top-10 are among the nation’s longest active streaks for Top-10 rankings. New Hampshire had a string of 13-straight weeks in Top-10 snapped Nov. 16 after it fell to No. 11 (loss at then-No. 5 William and Mary). New Hampshire rebounded with a win over Maine, Nov. 21, and has jumped back into the Top-10 to start a new streak. The Spiders have been part of the Sports Network’s Top-10 for 31-straight weeks which trails only Appalachian State’s 61 consecutive weeks. Villanova’s 22-straight weeks in the Top-10 is right behind Richmond, while William and Mary’s mark of 12-straight ranks as the sixth-longest current streak.
Ranking, Team - Consecutive Weeks In The Sports Network Top-10
No. 5 Appalachian State - 61
No. 4 Richmond - 31
No. 2 Villanova - 22
No. 3 Montana - 21
No. 1 Southern Illinois - 16
No. 6 William and Mary - 12
No. 9 Elon - 8
No. 7 South Carolina State - 6
No. 8 McNeese State - 3
No. 10 New Hampshire - 1
Buck Buchanan & Eddie Robinson Ballots Include Nine CAA Football Names
The Sports Network will hand out its 2009 National Awards, Dec. 17, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Six CAA Football student-athletes were included on the ballot for the Buck Buchanan Award (Defensive) and three head coaches are up for the the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award. The league did not have one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Award (Overall).
Buck Buchanan Award Ballot
-- Charles Graves, DB, Delaware
-- Tim Kukucka, DL, Villanova
-- Jeromy Miles, DB, Massachusetts
-- Arthur Moats, DL, James Madison
-- Martin Parker, DL, Richmond
-- Adrian Tracy, DL, William and Mary
Eddie Robinson Award Ballot
-- Jimmye Laycock, William and Mary
-- Mike London, Richmond
-- Andy Talley, Villanova
2009 CAA Football All-Conference
CAA Football’s 2009 All-Conference teams, voted on by the 12 CAA Football head coaches, were handed out following an exciting 2009 season which included a record four wins over FBS foes and as many as eight squads were ranked among the FCS Coaches’ Top-25 poll.
Villanova junior wide receiver/running back Matt Szczur was chosen as the 2009 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Year. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor went to James Madison defensive lineman Arthur Moats, while Villanova head coach Andy Talley was named the league’s 2009 Coach of the Year. Talley guided the Wildcats to the No. 2 overall seed in this season’s NCAA Division I Football Championship. James Madison redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thorpe was named the league’s top Offensive Rookie, while William and Mary defensive back B.W. Webb picked up CAA Football’s 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year honor.
2009 CAA Football Champions Richmond and Villanova led the way by each garnering six selections to the All-CAA Football First Team. William and Mary was not far behind with five on the First Team, while both Massachusetts and Delaware logged four. James Madison and New Hampshire each had two First Team selections, while Hofstra, Maine and Northeastern also had one on the league’s First Team.
Szczur, who head coach Andy Talley called the best player he has had on the Mainline since Brian Westbrook, was a do-it-all threat for the Wildcats’ offense logging touches as a wide receiver, running back and quarterback. The junior was the only player in all of major college football (FBS and FCS) to log touchdowns as a receiver, rusher, returnman and quarterback. Szczur, who logged 68 carries for 467 yards and five touchdowns for Villanova, also caught 36 balls for 358 yards. Used as a Wildcat-formation quarterback, Szczur was perfect on three pass attempts during the regular season including two for touchdowns. The Erma, N.J., native ended the regular season ranked third in the league in scoring touchdowns with a 5.5 points/game average on a total of 10 touchdowns in 2009.
As a returnman, Szczur proved his capabilities by totalling 629 yards and a touchdown on 23 returns in the 2009 regular season. His average of 27.3 yards per return heading into the playoffs ranks second in CAA Football and fourth among the FCS national leaders. Szczur’s 1,454 all-purpose yards in 2009 is second-best in the league standings, while his average of 132.2 all-purpose yards per game ranks as a Top-20 national mark.
Moats received Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league in sacks, tackles for loss and defensive linemen tackles. The Portsmouth, Va., native made 90 tackles in 11 games this season for a mark of 8.2 per game. His 2.14 tackles for loss per game not only leads the league, but also ranks as the best regular-season mark in all of major college football (FBS and FCS). Moats, who is listed on the Buck Buchanan Award ballot, totalled a league-best 11 sacks on the year and is tied with William and Mary defensive end Adrian Tracy in the category.
Talley, now in his 25th season at Villanova, garnered his first Coach of the Year honor since earning the award in 1997. He guided the Wildcats to a share of the CAA Football title and the league’s automatic bid into the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Talley, who led Villanova to its first league title since 2001, ranks as CAA Football’s winningest league-game coach after notching his 107th conference win Saturday over Delaware. The 30-year coaching veteran also moved into esteemed company in 2009 when he garnered his 200th collegiate head coaching win. With the Wildcats’ win over Rhode Island (Oct. 24), Talley joined a group of just 55 other NCAA football head coaches which have reached the 200-win plateau.
Thorpe, who began the 2009 season as part of a two-quarterback system at James Madison, was called on midway through the season to be JMU’s starter after an injury ended Drew Dudzik’s season. Thorpe responded by finishing the season with 1,260 passing yards and six touchdowns to go with 654 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 148 carries. Thorpe, a Richmond, Va., native, finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference’s passing efficiency numbers with a mark of 130.8. The redshirt freshman also was ninth among CAA Football’s total offense leaders with 174.0 yards/game.
Webb, who began his redshirt-freshman campaign with a three-interception performance in a win at Virginia, is the first-ever William and Mary player to win the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honor. Webb, who was one pick shy of the league’s single-game interceptions mark against the Cavaliers, was given the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor following his standout performance. The Newport News, Va., native finished the regular season tied atop the league’s interception leaders with five, including 102 yards in interception returns and one touchdown.
CAA Football In The FCS Polls
For a complete rundown of both the Sports Network Top-25 and the FCS Coaches Poll visit page 27 of the weekly release. Below are highlights and notes about CAA Football in this week’s rankings.
The Sports Network Top-25
-- CAA Football shows four squads among the Top-25 this week, marking a new season-low total for the conference. The last time the league had as few as four appear in The Sports Network Poll was Sept. 3, 2007.
-- Prior to this week, CAA Football has not had fewer than five programs ranked, and had as many as seven ranked on four occasions earlier in 2009 (Preseason-Sept. 14 & Oct. 12).
-- The league fell from the No. 1 spot Nov. 9 after previously-top-ranked Richmond loss to Villanova, Nov. 7. That loss, and subsequent drop in the polls, snapped a nine-week streak in which Richmond (CAA Football) held the top-spot in 2009.
-- CAA Football teams make up half of the Top-6 in this week’s poll, while the remaining three teams are from three different conferences -- Big Sky (Montana), Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois) and Southern (Appalachian State).
-- The league has had at least three teams ranked every week since the poll’s inception and two teams among the poll’s Top-10 in 68-straight weeks and 94 of the last 98 editions.
FCS Coaches Top-25
-- CAA Football has now had two-straight weeks showing a season-low four ranked teams.
-- The league has had as many as eight ranked this season in the Coaches poll, while the league’s total of four equals the fewest dating back to the Sept. 3, 2007 edition of the FCS Coaches Top-25.
-- Richmond’s loss to Villanova, Nov. 7, caused the Spiders to fall from the No. 1 ranking Nov. 9 and snapped the league’s nine-week hold on the poll’s top-spot this season. CAA Football held No. 1 for 11-straight weeks in 2008 (James Madison).
-- The league holds four of the Top-10 spots in this week’s poll, marking 11-straight editions the league has had at least four in the Top-10.
-- Since the FCS Coaches Poll debuted in 2007 CAA Football has had at least four squads ranked in every edition (41 weeks).
DELAWARE (6-5, 4-4 CAA)
-- Delaware closed out its 2009 season with a 30-12 loss to Villanova. The loss to Villanova marks a four-game losing skid for the Blue Hens in the series dubbed The Battle of the Blue. The Blue Hens lost this season’s rivalry game to Villanova despite having more total yards (452-343) and more first downs (25-16).
-- Delaware finished the regular season with a mark of 6-5 and 4-4 in league play. The 6-5 record is the 19th .500-or-better record over the last 23 seasons of Blue Hen football. The .500 mark in league play marks the 17th time in the last 23 seasons.
-- Delaware earned seven All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior wide receiver Mark Duncan earned First Team offensive honors, while senior defensive linemen Brandon Gilbeaux, junior cornerback Anthony Walters and senior safety Charles Graves were on the First Team defense. Senior offensive lineman Corey Nicholson was part of the Second Team offense and junior safety Anthony Bratton was on the Second Team defense. Junior punter Ed Wagner logged a spot as the Third Team All-CAA Football punter.
HOFSTRA (5-6, 3-5 CAA)
-- Quarterback Cory Christopher, the final CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week in 2009, capped his Hofstra career by passing for a career-high 484 yards and three touchdowns in the win over UMass. The senior posted career-highs of 38 completions, 50 attempts and three touchdowns. Christopher’s passing total was the most since Bobby Seck threw for 560 yards against Rhode Island in 2004.
-- The Pride compiled 599 yards of total offense in the season-finale win over UMass. Hofstra also exceeded the 50-point mark for the first time since a 55-0 win over Stony Brook in the 2005 home opener. The 52-point outburst marked the most points by a Dave Cohen-coached Hofstra team during his four-year tenure.
-- Hofstra earned four All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior linebacker Luke Bonus earned First Team defensive honors. Junior fullback Everette Benjamin and junior wide receiver Aaron Weaver were part of the Second Team offense. Sophomore offensive lineman Derek Moore was a Third Team offensive honoree.
JAMES MADISON (6-5, 4-4 CAA)
-- Tight end Mike Caussin had a career-high seven catches for 75 yards in the season-finale win over Towson. The senior raised his career recptions total to 66 and his career receiving yards total to 1,009. Caussin became the eighth player in JMU history with 1,000 receiving yards and ranks No. 18 on Madison’s career receptions list.
-- James Madison earned 11 All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior offensive lineman Dorian Brooks and senior defensive lineman Arthur Moats were First Team picks. Senior cornerback/return specialist Scotty McGee earned Second Team honors as the punt returner, kick returner and at the cornerback position. Senior defensive lineman Sam Daniels also earned Second Team accolades. Senior wide receiver Rockeed McCarter, senior tight end Mike Caussin, junior offensive lineman Theo Sherman, junior defensive lineman Ronnell Brown and sophomore linebacker Pat Williams all earned Third Team spots.
-- In addition to the All-CAA Football honors, the Dukes’ Arthur Moats was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thorpe was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
MAINE (5-6, 4-4 CAA)
-- Quarterback Chris Treister, who completed a school record 40 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns in the Black Bears’ win over Rhode Island, had his second-consecutive 300 yard passing game against New Hampshire to end the season -- 303 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Wide receiver Mike Brusko made 13 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in the season-finale loss at New Hampshire. Brusko also served as Maine’s punter, landing three kicks inside the 20-yardline.
-- Maine earned five All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior wide receiver Landis Williams earned First Team offensive honors. Senior offensive lineman Tyler Eastman picked up Second Team offensive recognition. Senior defensive lineman Jordan Stevens, sophomore linebacker Donte Dennis and junior corner back Steven Barker all logged Third Team spots.
MASSACHUSETTS (5-6, 3-5 CAA)
-- Quarterback Scott Woodward drew the first start of his career in his final collegiate game -- at Hofstra. He had played 41 previous games, mostly as a holder. Woodward set new career-highs for completions (19), yards (277), attempts (30) and long pass (48 to Victor Cruz).
-- Running back Tony Nelson scored three rushing touchdowns in the Hofstra game to give him 25 in his career. Nelson is now alone in sixth place all-time in career rushing TDs at UMass. He entered the game tied with Greg Landry, who had 22.
-- Massachusetts earned nine All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior fullback Chris Zardas, senior wide receiver Victor Cruz, senior offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse and senior safety Jeromy Miles all picked up First Team honors. Senior running back Tony Nelson, senior defensive lineman Kyle Harrington and sophomore linebacker Tyler Holmes were part of the All-CAA Football second team. Senior placekicker Armando Cuko and senior defensive lineman Brandon Collier logged spots on the Third Team.
#10/10 NEW HAMPSHIRE (10-3, 6-2 CAA)
-- New Hampshire’s berth in the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship marked the sixth-straight season the Wildcats were part of the postseason field. The six-straight appearances equals that of nine other programs, but trails only Montana’s current streak of 17-straight postseason appearances when comparing active streaks.
-- New Hampshire earned eight All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior tight end Scott Sicko and senior placekicker Tom Manning were First Team honorees. Senior running back Chad Kackert, senior offensive lineman Tom Neill, senior linebacker Sean Ware, junior cornerback Dino Vasso and senior safety Terrence Klein were all part of the Second Team. Senior defensive lineman Kyle Maroney earned a spot on the Third Team.
-- The Wildcats’ football program has been rebuilt from the ground up and over the past six years has developed into a Top-10 program on a consistent basis. New Hampshire has made six-straight appearances in the NCAA Division I Football Championship, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in five of the last six years and has beaten five-straight FBS programs dating back to 2004.
NORTHEASTERN (3-8, 3-5 CAA)
-- Running back John Griffin logged his fourth 100-yard rushing game over the final five weeks of the 2009 season, tallying 154 yards and two touchdown on 28 carries in Northeastern’s 33-27 season-finale win at Rhode Island. Griffin finished the season with 1,009 yards, just the fifth rusher in Huskies’ history to crack the 1,000 yard mark on the ground. He was also the only running back in CAA Football to finish the regular season with over 1,000 rushing yards.
-- Defensive back Darryl Jones capped his 2009 season with a pair of takeaways in Northeastern’s 33-27 season-finale win at Rhode Island. The junior intercepted a Rhody pass and returned it 33 yards in the first quarter to set up a field goal. He later scooped up a fumble which led to another field goal in the third quarter. Jones ended the 2009 season with a team-best four interceptions and a team-best three fumble recoveries.
-- Northeastern earned two All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Junior running back John Griffin picked up First Team honors, while senior offensive lineman Kevin Newhall was part of the All-CAA Football second team.
RHODE ISLAND (1-10, 0-8 CAA)
-- Wide receiver Shawn Leonard tied a career-high with three touchdown receptions in the season-finale loss to Northeastern. Leonard led the way offensively for the Rams as he finished the game with five catches for 163 yards. Leonard’s three touchdowns came from 28, 55 and 31 yards out, respectively.
-- Quarterback Chris Paul-Etienne completed 8-of-16 passes for 191 yards in the loss to Northeastern. On the ground, Rhody finished with 147 yards rushing, while running back Ryan Lawrence led the Rams with a career-high 67 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Matt Hansen led the way as he registered 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Defensive lineman Steve Weedon and linebacker Rob Damon also finished with 10 tackles apiece in the loss to the Huskies.
-- Rhode Island earned two All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Sophomore punter Tim Edger was a Second Team selection and junior linebacker Rob Damon earned Third Team honors.
#4/4 RICHMOND (11-2, 7-1 CAA)
-- Richmond earned 16 All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Senior offensive lineman Matt McCracken, senior offensive lineman Michael Silva, senior punt returner Derek Hatcher, junior linebacker Eric McBride, senior linebacker Collin McConaghy and junior cornerback Justin Rogers were all First Team honorees. Junior wide receiver Kevin Grayson and junior defensive lineman Martin Parker earned Second Team honors. Senior quarterback Eric Ward, senior running back Justin Forte, freshman fullback Kendall Gaskins, sophomore wide receiver Tre Gray, junior offensive lineman Drew Lachenmayer, senior defensive lineman Parker Miles, junior linebacker Patrick Weldon and senior safety Michael Ireland all earned spots on the Third Team.
-- Richmond made its third-consecutive playoff appearance and the eighth in the program’s history in 2009. The Spiders were the 2008 National Champions, a 2007 semifinalist and advanced past the first round in their last four playoff appearances.
-- The Spiders’ 2009 league championship marked their third in five years and fourth in the last 10 seasons.
TOWSON (2-9, 1-7 CAA)
-- Towson intercepted three passes in the season-finale loss at James Madison. Ray White intercepted two passes and linebacker Darius Hill intercepted another pass. The Tigers had intercepted only three passes in their first 10 games going into the game at James Madison.
-- Quarterback Brian Potts, a redshirt freshman, made his first career start at quarterback for the Tigers against James Madison. Potts completed 20-of-34 passes for 168 yards in the season-finale.
-- Receiver Casey Cegles caught six passes for 49 yards in the final game of his career at Towson. Cegles’ 49 receiving yards in the season-finale at James Madison make him the 21st player in Towson history to finish his career with 1,000 receiving yards. In his Tiger career, Cegles caught 85 passes for 1,040 yards and six touchdowns.
-- The Tigers played without redshirt freshman linebacker Danzel White, their leading tackler, in the season-finale loss at James Madison. White finished the 2009 season with 105 tackles in 10 games.
#2/3 VILLANOVA (13-1, 7-1 CAA)
This Week: vs. #3/1 Montana (14-0)
-- Villanova is headed to the Division I Football National Championship game for the first time in program history. The Wildcats reached the semifinals this season for the second time in its history (2002). Villanova will face Montana in this weekend’s National Championship game marking the first-ever meeting with the Griz.
-- Villanova won its sixth-straight head-to-head meeting with William and Mary last Friday. Including the regular season and postseason, the Wildcats finished 9-1 against CAA Football teams this season.
-- Villanova established a new program record with its 13th win of the season last Friday. The previous record of 12 victories was set back in 1997.
-- Prior to going scoreless in the first quarter against William and Mary, Villanova had scored in all 12 quarters of it previous three games, as well as 16 of the last 17 quarters going back to the fourth quarter at Richmond (Nov. 7). The Wildcats, who trailed 10-0 at halftime against the Tribe last Friday, had not trailed in a game since the fourth quarter at Richmond, which ended in a 21-20 victory.
#6/6 WILLIAM AND MARY (11-3, 6-2 CAA)
-- Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock earned his 200th career win at Southern Illinois in the 2009 NCAA quarterfinals. The 30-year Tribe head coach became the 13th coach in FCS history to reach the 200-win plateau.
-- William and Mary earned 15 All-CAA Football honors following the regular season. Redshirt freshman B.W. Webb was named the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Sophomore running back Jonathan Grimes, senior defensive linemen Sean Lissemore and Adrian Tracy, senior safety David Caldwell and junior punter David Miller were all First Team honorees. Senior quarterback R.J. Archer, senior wide receiver D.J. McAulay, senior tight end Rob Varno, senior offensive lineman C.J. Muse, senior placekicker Brian Pate, sophomore linebacker Jake Trantin and Webb (cornerback) all earned Second Team honors. Grimes (kick returner) and Webb (punt returner) also earned spots on the Third Team.
-- W&M’s 2009 season ended with an 11-3 mark, equalling the school record for victories (2004). The squad set school records for fewest points allowed/contest (12.1), fewest rushing yards allowed/game (61.1), sacks (49) and TFL’s (112).
#3/1 MONTANA VS. #2/3 VILLANOVA
Friday, Dec. 18 - 8:00 pm
Finley Stadium (20,668), Chattanooga, Tenn.
Television: ESPN2, ESPN2HD, ESPN360.com
Series: First Meeting
Coach: Bobby Hauck
Career: 80-16 (7 years)
School: 80-16 (7 years)
Rushing: Chase Reynolds (14 G, 306-1438 yards, 22 TD)
Passing: Andrew Selle (14 G, 197-321-6-2692 yards, 25 TD)
Receiving: Marc Mariani (14 G, 71-1301 yards, 12 TD)
Tackles: Shawn Lebsock (14 G, 36 solo, 62 assisted, 98 total)
Sacks: Severin Campbell (14 G, 4.5-27 yards)
Interceptions: Trumaine Johnson (10 G, 5-14 yards)
Villanova (13-1, 7-1 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley
Career: 206-120-2 (30 years)
School: 178-102-1 (25 years)
Rushing: Chris Whitney (14 G, 187-885 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Chris Whitney (14 G, 149-233-3-1794 yards, 17 TD)
Receiving: Brandyn Harvey (14 G, 53-694 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Terence Thomas (14 G, 63 solo, 45 assisted, 108 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (14 G, 9.5-51 yards)
Interceptions: James Pitts (14 G, 4-16 yards)