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CAA Football Sunday Rundown

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          Release: 09/01/2013
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Catch up on the first week of CAA Football action with our Sunday Rundown. Featured below are links to postgame recaps, stats, photos, videos and more, offering you comprehensive coverage of this week's nine contests.

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#11/12 TOWSON 33, UCONN 18 (F)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior Terrance West ran for 156 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Tigers (1-0) earned their first-ever win over an NCAA FBS opponent, a 33-18 victory over the University of Connecticut (0-1) in the season opener for both teams at Rentschler Field on Thursday evening.

The win especially meaningful for Coach Rob Ambrose, who served as an assistant coach at UConn for seven years.

West, who recorded the 12th 100-yard game of his career, clinched the victory when he scored on a five-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining in the game. That thwarted a UConn comeback and gave Towson its first win in seven attempts against NCAA FBS opponents...

For more: Towson Recap | Boxscore | Photos

 

rv/rv DELAWARE 51, JACKSONVILLE 35 (F)

NEWARK, Del. – The Dave Brock Era at the University of Delaware got off to a roaring start Thursday night at Delaware Stadium as the Blue Hens scored 24 unanswered points to overcome an early two-touchdown deficit and cruised to a 51-35 victory over Jacksonville in the college football opener for both teams.

Brock, just the fifth head coach at Delaware since the 1940’s, saw his team start out rocky but finish strong as the Blue Hens (1-0) won their home opener for the ninth straight season and for the 22nd time in the last 24 years.

Delaware’s aggressive attack piled up a whopping 611 yards of total offense - the highest for a UD team since gaining 620 in a 30-17 NCAA playoff win over Portland State in 2000 - while the defense held the Dolphins (0-1) to just 224 total yards and negative 37 yards rushing, the third lowest total allowed in UD history. Jacksonville, which jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scored three of its touchdowns either directly off turnovers or from short distances several plays later...

For more: UD Recap | Boxscore | Video Recap | Photos

 

FORDHAM 51, RHODE ISLAND 26 (F)

BRONX, N.Y. – Rhode Island (0-1) fell behind 14-0 early in the first quarter and was not able to recover as it opened the season with a 51-26 loss at Fordham.

Fordham (1-0) hit on several big plays, scoring on touchdown plays of 61, 49, 32, and 29 yards, and adding a 61-yard interception return for a defensive score. Quarterback Mike Nebrich threw four touchdown passes, connecting twice with Brian Wetzel and once with Sam Ajala.

Rhody scored three second half touchdowns, but was unable to cut the deficit to single digits at any point. The loss was the 14th straight for the Rams...

For more: Rhody Recap | Boxscore | Photos

 

BOSTON COLLEGE 24, #5/9 VILLANOVA 14 (F)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.  Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman scored two touchdowns in the first quarter but Villanova (0-1) was stymied by the Boston College (1-0) defense the rest of the way in a 24-14 loss at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Abdur-Rahman rushed for 47 yards and a score on a fake punt during the game's first drive, and also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback John Robertson later in the opening period.

In between those two drives the Eagles got on the board with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Chase Rettig to Alex Amidon, but neither team could score in the second quarter and the Wildcats maintained a 14-7 lead at halftime. Boston College took over the game defensively in the second half and forced three turnovers to keep the Villanova offense from repeating the fireworks it started the game with. A pair of touchdowns seven minutes apart in the third quarter first tied the game and then gave Boston College the only lead it needed. A field goal with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter secured the win for the Eagles...

For more: Nova Recap | Boxscore | Video Recap | Photos | More Photos

 

WEST VIRGINIA 24, rv/- WILLIAM & MARY 17 (F)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The William and Mary football team owned a second half lead against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team for the fourth time in the last five years, but was edged at West Virginia, 24-17, in both teams’ season opener on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Tribe held a 10-point advantage midway through the third quarter, but WVU closed the contest with 17 unanswered points to rally back for the win. A 2-yard touchdown run by WVU running back Wendell Smallwood with 3:22 remaining in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning score. W&M nearly halted the game-winning drive inside the red zone when sophomore linebacker Luke Rhodes forced a fumble by wideout KJ Myers, but WVU wide receiver Dakiel Shorts recovered the loose ball at the 16-yard line.

W&M had a chance to answer the Mountaineers’ go-ahead touchdown, but senior quarterback Michael Grahamwas intercepted by Darwin Cook at the W&M 40-yard line on the first play of the ensuing possession...

For more: W&M Recap | Boxscore | Video Recap | Laycock Presser | Student-Athlete Presser | Photos

 

rv/- DUQUESNE 35, rv/rv UALBANY 24 (F)

PITTSBURGH – It was an uphill climb throughout Saturday afternoon’s season-opener at Rooney Field for the University at Albany football team, as the Great Danes fell to Duquesne University, 35-24. UAlbany never led in the non-conference clash, falling to 0-1 on the season.

“I think it’s one thing to not play well, its another thing to not play sharp,” said head coach Bob Ford. “Even very average athletes can play intelligently, and I don’t think we did that.

“At the same time, Jerry [Schmitt] and his staff and squad have always played us the same. They’ve always played us very, very hard and I take my hat off to them,” added Ford.

The Great Danes totaled 421 yards of offense, including 354 passing yards. Junior quarterback Will Fiacchicompleted a program record 27-of-45 passes with one interception and two touchdown tosses to senior Kevin Chillis. Chillis logged a team-high nine receptions, while Presley Beauvais (41 yards) and Cole King (31 yards) each had four. Jameel Gay (64 yards) and Omar Osbourne (16) had three apiece...

For more: UAlbany Recap | Boxscore | Ford Postgame

 

#19/15 JAMES MADISON 38, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 14 (F)

HARRISONBURG, Va.  Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman scored two touchdowns in the first quarter but Villanova (0-1) was stymied by the Boston College (1-0) defense the rest of the way in a 24-14 loss at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Abdur-Rahman rushed for 47 yards and a score on a fake punt during the game's first drive, and also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback John Robertson later in the opening period.

In between those two drives the Eagles got on the board with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Chase Rettig to Alex Amidon, but neither team could score in the second quarter and the Wildcats maintained a 14-7 lead at halftime. Boston College took over the game defensively in the second half and forced three turnovers to keep the Villanova offense from repeating the fireworks it started the game with. A pair of touchdowns seven minutes apart in the third quarter first tied the game and then gave Boston College the only lead it needed. A field goal with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter secured the win for the Eagles...

For more: JMU Recap | Boxscore | Matthews Presser | Student-Athlete Presser | Photos

 

-/rv MAINE 23, -/rv NORFOLK STATE 6 (F)

NORFOLK, Va. – Just when it felt like Norfolk St. was gaining some second half momentum, Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski rolled out off play-action and found a streaking Zedric Joseph for an 85-yard touchdown catch and run. The score gave Maine a 20-6 lead which it would not relinquish as it picked up its first win of the season, defeating Norfolk St. 23-6 on Saturday evening.

Wasilewski finished the Black Bear opener 15-for-28 with 209 yards and a touchdown. Fellow senior Derrick Johnson was a favorite target as he hauled in eight catches for 82 yards.

Maine's defense kept the Spartans in check all night as it allowed just six points on a touchdown while holding the Norfolk St. rushing attack to 80-yards. Cabrinni Goncalves led the defensive attack with career highs in both tackles (13) and sacks (2.0)...

For more: Maine Recap | Boxscore | Photos

 

#15/14 RICHMOND 34, VMI 0 (F)

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va.  The No. 14/15 Richmond Spiders football team shutout the VMI Keydets, 34-0, as both teams kicked off the 2013 season at a sold-out Robins Stadium. The defense shined as the Spiders registered their 33rd shutout in a season opener in program history.

Richmond (1-0) held the Keydets to just 174 total yards (39 rushing, 135 passing) and nine first downs. Five Spiders led Richmond with five total tackles and DB Justin Grant had a team-high three solos and a breakup, while DL Kerry Wynnled the team with two quarterback hurries and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Offensively, WR Ben Edwards and RB Jacobi Green led the Spiders as they both registered outstanding performances. Edwards led the receivers with 95 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions with a career-long 59-yard catch. Green registered a 95-yard day off of eight attempts with a career-long 53-yard run in addition to a 7-yard touchdown catch...

For more: Richmond Recap | Boxscore | Video RecapRocco Presser | Student-Athlete Presser | Photos | Postgame Notes

 

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