CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- OCT. 1
CAA Football, now 19-2 in non-conference games against FCS opponents, announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 1. Four individuals earned honors after helping each of their squads to wins Saturday, including James Madison’s Rodney Landers, William and Mary’s Derek Cox, Richmond’s Justin Rogers and Delaware’s Cody Cipalla.
Landers, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, helped the ninth-ranked Dukes to a 35-7 win over CAA-foe Villanova Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium. The JMU signal caller finished a career day with 300 yards passing, completing 25-of-32 attempts and racked up two passing touchdowns. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also rushed 18 times, leading the way on the ground for James Madison with 70 yards and two more touchdowns. After completing his first 11 passes of the game Landers went on to complete a pass to nine different receivers, and upped his season completion percentage to 71 percent. The Dukes’ offense compiled an impressive 507 yards of total offense, led by Landers’ who became the first 300-yard passer for James Madison since Matt LeZotte threw for 376 against Villanova in 2001. The junior’s 370 yards of total offense also marked a career-best, one yard better than his total output against New Hampshire earlier this season.
Cox grabbed CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after hauling in two interceptions in William and Mary’s 27-22 win over Towson in CAA conference play. The Greenville, N.C., native was an integral part of the Tribe’s second-half defensive effort which limited the Tigers to just six points. Cox, who also recorded six tackles and finished the game with three pass-breakups, recorded the first of his two interceptions on Towson’s first drive of the second-half. The pick, which happened at the Tiger 24-yardline, set the Tribe up for a 41-yard field goal to go ahead 20-16. His final interception of the day, which included a 69-yard return, came deep in Tribe territory halting a 10-play, 51-yard drive by Towson. William and Mary capitalized following the INT-return with a 25-yard scoring drive for a touchdown, proving to be the game-winner.
Rogers, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, helped No. 25 Richmond to an upset win over No. 11 New Hampshire, 45-38, at UR Stadium. The Baton Rouge, La., native garnered a school-record 222 yards on five kickoff returns against the Wildcats, including one for a touchdown. Rogers, who broke the old kickoff return yardage record of 215 set by Jesse Williams in 1980, opened the second-half with an 85-yarder for a touchdown which proved to be the margin in the Spiders’ victory. With the touchdown return, the redshirt-freshman becomes the first player in Richmond history to record two touchdowns on kickoff returns in one season. His 222 yards in returns were just 47 yards shy of equalling the CAA Football single-game record of 269 by Brian Westbrook. For the season Rogers has now returned 12 kicks for 476 yards (39.7 yds/return) and two TDs.
Cipalla logged the CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after helping the Blue Hens shutdown a Monmouth squad and preserve a 42-7 win in Newark, Del. The Girald, Pa., native logged a team-best seven stops, including four solo tackles, while limiting the Hawks to seven points and 234 yards of total offense. Cipalla, a backup safety, and the Delaware defense have now held three-straight opponents under 300 yards for the first time since 2000.
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 58 of the last 62 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 32-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 4-5) - 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 19-2 (.905) 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. All six CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 40 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Gateway Conference comes within one team of having as many squads ranked, but only three of its five 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 Sept. 24 the conference is now slated to have as many as 39 games on TV (46 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. ESPNU will tape-delay broadcast this weekend’s Maine at Hofstra contest at 10 p.m.Check local listings for details on all 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 four of the first five weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of nine national winners, while only the Southern Conference can boast more than five total National Players of the Week thus far in 2007. Checkout pages 16 & 17 of the notes for a complete rundown of every National Player of the Week, including those from the CAA.
Richmond’s Tim Hightower has been a workhorse over the last three games for the Spiders. Dating back to Richmond’s 49-14 win over Northeastern, Sept. 8, the Waldord, Md., native has rushed for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 65 carries (10.9 yards/carry) in three games. In a 45-14 win over Bucknell two weeks ago, Hightower carried for a school-record 295 yards and four touchdowns -- which stands as the best performance by a running back in all of FCS college football this season. Following the Bucknell game he also became the first running back in Spider history to surpass 200 yards in back-to-back contests, posting 246 yards and four TD's a week prior against Northeastern. Seven of his 11 TD runs in the last three games have come on rushes of 90, 72, 67, 57, 52, 37 and 36 yards. The senior now owns two of the Top-5 single-game rushing totals in all of major college football this season.
CUFF KEEPS SNIFFING THE ENDZONE
Delaware’s Omar Cuff has a knack for finding the endzone. The Landover, Md., native has scored 18 of Delaware’s 26 total touchdowns over five games this season (11-of-15 in three conference games). His 21.6 points/game average is just 2.4 points shy of the national leader in per game average. Cuff, who ranks second among the FCS scoring ranks, has a point-per game average that is four points better than Michael Crabtree’s (Texas Tech) 16.8 points/game average -- leading the FBS national rankings.
PITCH AND CATCH
William and Mary’s offense, led by junior quarterback Jake Phillips, currently ranks among the Top-10 nationally in passing. The Tribe is averaging 299.4 yards/game through the air. Phillips, who threw for a school record 433 yards against Delaware to open the season, ranks second in the country in total passing yards (1,432) and ranks among the Top-10 in the country in passing yards per game (286.4) through five games. Phillips, a native of Warm Springs, Va., is a combined 86-of-147 passing on the season with a passer rating of 157.3. For more on where each CAA Football squad ranks in the conference and on the national level check out page 20 of the notes.
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).
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 five 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; Rodney Landers, James Madison and Jake Phillips, William and Mary.
Below is a rundown of each of the eight players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- Liam Coen, QB - 79-119-4-965 passing yds, 66.4%, 11 TD, 193.0 pass yds/game
-- Omar Cuff, RB - 108-575 rushing yds, 16 TD, 115.0 rushing yds/game, 14-132 receiving yds, 2 TD, 26.4 receiving yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 98-136-2-1333 passing yds, 72.1%, 6 TD, 266.6 passing yds/game
-- Tim Hightower, RB - 79-782 rushing yds, 12 TD, 195.5 rushing yds/game, 12-94 receiving yds, 1 TD, 23.5 receiving yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 70-99-2-927 passing yds, 70.7%, 6 TD, 185.4 passing yds/game, 77-439 rushing yds, 6 TD, 87.8 rushing yds/game, 439-927-1366 total yds, 273.2 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 86-147-4-1432 passing yds, 58.5%, 10 TD, 286.4 passing yds/game
-- Ricky Santos, QB - 106-149-2-1160 passing yds, 71.1%, 8 TD, 290.0 passing yds/game, 44-124 rushing yds, 6 TD, 31.0 rushing yds/game, 124-1160-1284 total yds, 321 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 110-183-11-1119 passing yds, 60.1%, 7 TD, 223.8 passing yds/game
CAA IN THE NFL
A total of 34 CAA Football alumni were part of NFL rosters on opening day (includes active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve/physically unable to perform). Below is a list of those players who had notable stats in the most recent week of NFL action.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - W 21-14, PIT
- Daren Stone (Maine) - W 26-16, HOU
Atlanta Falcons (did not play)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - L 27-13, CLE
Baltimore Ravens (started game)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 37-27, DET
Chicago Bears (10 tackles)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - L 37-27, DET
Chicago Bears (2 tackles)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 27-13, BAL
Cleveland Browns (2 tackles)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 35-7, STL
Dallas Cowboys (1 tackle)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - L 38-20, IND
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 37-27, CHI
Detroit Lions (10 tackles)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - L 26-16, ATL
Houston Texans (1 tackle)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - BYE
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 23-16, GB
Minnesota Vikings (2 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - BYE
New Orleans Saints
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - BYE
New Orleans Saints
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 17-14, BUF
New York Jets (did not play)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 17-14, BUF
New York Jets
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - L 16-3, NYG
Philadelphia Eagles (did not play)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - L 21-4, ARI
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - L 21-4, ARI
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - L 30-16, KC
San Diego Chargers (7 tackles)
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Lang Campbell (W&M) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Kendrick Ballantyne (N’eastern) - Baltimore Ravens (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- David Ball (New Hampshire) - Chicago Bears (PS)
- Kevin McMahan (Maine) - New York Giants (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (Villanova) - New York Jets (PS)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - Philadelphia Eagles (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- 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
#11/11 DELAWARE (5-0, 3-0)
This Week: at #14/15 New Hampshire (2-2, 0-2)
Next Week: hosts Northeastern (1-3, 0-1)
-- Omar Cuff rushed for 73 yards, scored three TDs, and became Delaware's all-time leader for touchdowns and points during the Blue Hens’ win over Monmouth.
-- Cuff now has 52 touchdowns and 314 points in his career, surpassing marks held by Daryl Brown (1991-94). The running back now needs just six yards rushing to become the third player in UD history to reach 3,000 career yards. He has also caught a pass in 21-straight games.
-- Delaware’s defense allowed just 234 yards. Hens have now held three-straight opponents under 300 total yards for the first time since 2000.
-- Monmouth became the first team to score a TD in the first half against Delaware this season, but the Hens have still outscored opponents 79-0 in the second quarter and 135-12 in the first half. Delaware had held opponents scoreless on 24-straight possessions before a first quarter Monmouth score.
#12/12 HOFSTRA (4-0, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Maine (1-3, 0-2)
Next Week: at Towson (2-3, 0-3)
-- This is the Pride’s first 4-0 start since 1999 when Hofstra opened with sixth consecutive victories. Hofstra had four 4-0 starts in the 1990s (1990-99).
-- The Pride held Stony Brook to 273 yards including just 29 yards rushing on 32 attempts. Last season the Pride held Stony Brook to just 27 yards rushing.
-- Charles Sullivan posted four receptions for 45 yards against SBU. Sullivan now has 182 catches in his career, tied with current New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston (2001-05). He needs just 24 catches to equal Steven Jackson’s mark of 206. Both Colston, New Orleans Saints’ bye week, and Jackson, analyst for MSG Network, were in attendance at the game against Stony Brook.
-- All-American Rob Zarrilli went 1-1 in the field goal department against the Seawolves with a 22-yarder in the second quarter. Zarrilli was 1-of-4 in the previous week against Rhode Island (two misses and one blocked).
#9/9 JAMES MADISON (4-1, 2-0)
This Week: at Northeastern (1-3, 0-1)
Next Week: at Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2)
-- JMU had 507 total yards on 82 plays to Villanova’s 48 plays and 201 yards of offense. The Dukes controlled the clock, having 38:10 of possession time.
-- Villanova managed just 77 rushing yards against James Madison. That is now three JMU foes in the last four games that have finished with fewer than 100 rushing yards.
-- James Madison had its streak of three-straight 40-point games (first time in team history) snapped, but the Dukes have scored 35 or more points in four-straight games.
-- Tight end Mike Caussin finished last week’s game with three cathes for 46 yards, including a career-high two touchdowns.
-- L.C. Baker finished the contest with six receptions and a 37-yard run in just the first half. Ray Brown tallied career highs of six catches and 74 receiving yards.
MAINE (1-3, 0-2)
This Week: at #12/12 Hofstra (4-0, 1-0)
Next Week: hosts William and Mary (3-2, 1-1)
-- Maine’s 38-7 loss at the hands of Massachusetts two weeks ago marked its sixth-straight defeat at the hands of the Minutemen.
-- Redshirt freshman Adam Farkes made his first start at quarterback against UMass, and threw his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter -- an 18-yard toss to tight end Matthew Mulligan.
-- Fullback Anthony Cotrone garnered his first rushing statistics of the season against UMass by carrying the ball eight times for 55 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards.
-- Maine’s defense was paced by Andrew Downey who made a career-high 14 tackles against the Minutemen -- second time in the last three games he set a career high in tackles. Strong safety Brandon McLaughlin posted a career-best 11 stops, while linebacker John Wormuth picked off his second career pass in the second quarter against Massachusetts.
#3/4 MASSACHUSETTS (4-1, 2-0)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts Villanova (3-2, 1-1)
-- UMass played an FBS team for the eighth time in nine years, including last weekend’s game at Boston College. The Minutemen have now dropped all eight games.
-- Massachusetts held Boston College's quarterback Matt Ryan to just 204 yards passing, his lowest total this season.
-- UMass scored its first touchdown against Boston College in a 41-yard strike from Liam Coen to Rasheed Rancher with 10:00 left in the third quarter. It was Rancher's ninth career touchdown and Coen's 46th career TD pass, second all-time at UMass.
-- Scott Woodward saw the most action of his career replacing an injured Coen in the fourth quarter. Woodward completed 7-of-11 for 58 yards.
-- J.J. Moore moved to fourth in career receiving yards with 51 in the game. He now has 1,707 passing Chip Mitchell (1,680).
#14/15 NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-2, 0-2)
This Week: at #11/11 Delaware (5-0, 3-0)
Next Week: hosts Iona (4-1)
-- Ketih LeVan just missed a 100-yard receiving game in the loss at Richmond, making 11 catches for 99 yards and one TD. Mike Boyle topped 100 receiving yards with seven catches for 104 yards on the day against the Spiders.
-- Jeff Pammer now has 269 total career tackles at New Hampshire placing him ninth on the all-time list. He passed Brian O'Neill’s 262 career tackles mark for the ninth spot.
-- The Wildcats will battle its third Top-25 CAA team in five games when it entertains Delaware this weekend. New Hampshire might have played the toughest early season schedule in the conference after losing at James Madison and Richmond.
-- Ricky Santos continues to rack up big numbers in terms of touchdowns this season. He now has six rushing touchdowns and has thrown for eight scores this season.
NORTHEASTERN (1-3, 0-1)
This Week: hosts #9/9 James Madison (4-1, 2-0)
Next Week: at #11/11 Delaware (5-0, 3-0)
-- Maurice Murray scored Northeastern’s lone touchdown in the 28-10 loss at UC Davis two weekends ago as he grinded out 88 yards on 18 carries.
-- The Huskies were unable to keep up with UC Davis offense in their last game, garnering only 206 total yards while the Aggies racked up 440 yards of offense.
-- Maurice Murray moved to within 914 yards of the Northeastern all-time rushing record. His fourth quarter touchdown two weeks ago also brought him within three TDs of tying the all-time Husky rushing touchdown mark.
-- Northeastern continued to play turnover-free football. The Huskies only have one turnover this season and have not committed a giveaway in 21 of their last 22 quarters of play.
RHODE ISLAND (1-4, 0-2)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts #9/9 James Madison (4-1, 2-0)
-- Quarterback Derek Cassidy scored three times in Rhode Island’s 49-42 overtime win over Brown in the Governor's Cup game last weekend. He rushed for 119 yards and two TDs on 22 carries and threw for 116 yards and a score.
--The overtime win was the first for the Rams since 2003 (17-14 vs. Delaware). Rhode Island entered the season having never played two overtime games in the same season, and is now 1-1 in overtime this season -- 4-8 all-time.
--The Rams racked up 608 yards of total offense against Brown, marking the third-highest total in school history. The Rams piled up 622 yards against Maine on Oct. 19, 1991.
-- URI tallied 479 rushing yards last weekend, marking the second-highest single-game total in school history. (516 vs. Brooklyn, Nov. 8, 1952).
#15/14 RICHMOND (3-1, 2-0)
This Week: at Towson (2-3, 0-3)
Next Week: hosts Stony Brook (3-2)
-- Richmond is now 14-0 under head coach Dave Clawson when scoring 30 or more points in a game.
-- Freshman Justin Rogers set a school record with 222 yards in kickoff returns against New Hampshire. He returned two kickoffs 85 and 84 yards, respectively, with the 85-yarder going for his second kickoff return for touchdown this season. He is averaging 39.7 yards per return this year.
-- Tim Hightower has surpassed the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games after running for 168 yards on 22 carries against New Hampshire. He had 246 at Northeastern and a school-record 295 at Bucknell.
-- Hightower has scored 12 touchdowns in the last three games for Richmond and has 13 on the season. He ran for three and caught one against New Hampshire. The senior is Richmond’s leading scorer with 78 points and is one touchdown shy of matching the total for his career entering the season (14).
TOWSON (2-3, 0-3)
This Week: hosts #15/14 Richmond (3-1, 2-0)
Next Week: hosts #12/12 Hofstra (4-0, 1-0)
--Towson ran for a season-high 208 yards in the loss to William and Mary.
-- Making his first start of the season, senior Nick Williams ran for 139 yards on 34 carries and scored a touchdown. With 139 rushing yards, Williams moved into eighth place on Towson’s career rushing list and now has 1,709 career rushing yards. Williams passed Paul Cillo (1,618) and Dave Meggett (1,660) on the all-time list.
-- The Tigers allowed William and Mary to score 17 points off three turnovers last Saturday.
-- After being sacked 17 times in the first four games, Sean Schaefer was not sacked in last weekend’s game at William and Mary.
-- With nine catches for 69 yards against the Tribe, Marcus Lee moved into 12th place on the Tigers’ career receiving list with 128 receptions for 1,536 yards.
VILLANOVA (3-2, 1-1)
This Week: hosts William and Mary (3-2, 1-1)
Next Week: at #3/4 Massachusetts (4-1, 2-0)
-- The Wildcats tied a school record with seven interceptions against Penn two weekends ago. The feat had been recorded twice in school history, most recently against Georgetown in 1946. The mark also tied a CAA Football record, which had been attained three times prior and most recently in 1991 by Maine against Towson.
-- Villanova saw its streak of seven-straight wins over FCS opponents snapped with the loss at James Madison last weekend. The Wildcats had won its final four games of the 2006 season and the first three against FCS teams in 2007. Villanova had also won five-straight CAA games dating back to last year before the loss at JMU.
-- Antwon Young is 24 passing yards shy of 1,000 for the season. After five games, Young has thrown for 976 yards to go with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
-- The Wildcats have defeated William and Mary in three of the last four games played at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats are averaging 37.3 points per game in their last six games against the Tribe.
WILLIAM AND MARY (3-2, 1-1)
This Week: at Villanova (3-2, 1-1)
Next Week: at Maine (1-3, 0-2)
-- Saturday’s Tribe win over Towson stands as head coach Jimmye Laycock’s 100th win in the friendly confines of Zable Stadium (100-40-1).
-- The win snapped the Tribe’s three-game conference losing streak. It also snapped the College’s seven-game home conference losing streak -- the last home win by the Tribe came against Towson in 2005.
-- With his 38-yard touchdown catch and run, Joe Nicholas moved into a tie for fourth-place on the William and Mary all-time career TD receptions list, equalling current NFL head coach Mike Tomlin’s total of 20.
-- Derek Cox, the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, intercepted two passes against Towson. The last Tribe player to record two INTs in the same game was Jon Shaw, who recorded a pair of interceptions against Rhode Island in 2005.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 6
#11/11 DELAWARE AT #14/15 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Television: CN8, CSS - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), Bob Allen (director), Bob Johnson (producer)
Series: Delaware leads 19-9-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2006, New Hampshire 52-49 in Newark, Del.
Delaware (5-0, 3-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 134-43-1 (14 years)
School: 46-22 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (5 G, 108-575 yards, 16 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (5 G, 98-136-2-1333 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (5 G, 21-316 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Bratton (4 G, 10 assisted, 19 solo, 29 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (4 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (5 G, 2-78 yards)
New Hampshire (2-2, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 55-44 (9 years)
School: 55-44 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (4 G 34-169 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (4 G, 106-149-2-1160 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (4 G, 28-310 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (4 G, 23 assisted, 18 solo, 41 total)
Sacks: Hugo Souza (4 G, 1.5-8 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (4 G, 2-46 yards)
#15/14 RICHMOND AT TOWSON
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 12:00 pm
Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198), Towson, Md.
Television: CSN-MA - Bob Picozzi (pbp), Scott Brunner (analyst), Chris Grain (director), Mark Schumaker (producer)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Towson Broadcast)
Series: Richmond leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2006, Towson 31-7 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond (3-1, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 50-47 (9 years)
School: 21-18 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (4 G, 79-782 yards, 12 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (4 G, 67-101-5-765 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (4 G, 20-331 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (4 G, 17 assisted, 11 solo, 28 total), Seth Williams (4 G, 10 assisted, 18 solo, 28 total)
Sacks: Pierre Turner (4 G, 3.5-11 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (3 G, 1-0 yards), Seth Williams (4 G, 1-0 yards)
Towson (2-3, 0-3 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 88-76 (16 years)
School: 88-76 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (4 G, 62-256 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (5 G, 110-183-11-1119 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Paul Perry (5 G, 26-294 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (5 G, 32 assisted, 25 solo, 57 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (5 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (5 G, 1-68 yards)
#9/9 JAMES MADISON AT NORTHEASTERN
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 12:30 pm
Parsons Field (7,000), Brookline, Mass.
Series: James Madison leads 11-8
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, James Madison 52-14 in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison (4-1, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 60-41 (9 years)
School: 60-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (5 G, 77-439 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (5 G, 70-99-2-927 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (5 G, 21-286 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (5 G, 27 assisted, 20 solo, 47 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (5 G, 2-7 yards)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (5 G, 2-7 yards)
Northeastern (1-3, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-49-1 (14 years)
School: 13-24 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (4 G 89-393 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (4 G, 38-73-1-394 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (4 G, 9-142 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Kevin Brown (4 G, 9 assisted, 20 solo, 29 total)
Sacks: AJ Lillie (4 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (4 G, 1-59 yards)
MAINE AT #12/12 HOFSTRA
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 1:30 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstead, N.Y.
Television: ESPNU/tape delay (10 p.m.) - Charlie Neal (pbp), Eddie Robinson, Jr. (analyst), Major Howe (producer)
Series: Hofstra leads 9-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, Maine 21-10 in Orono, Maine
Maine (1-3, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-86 (15 years)
School: 77-86 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (4 G, 71-366 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (3 G, 21-46-1-178 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Mulligan (4 G, 7-79 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Andrew Downey (4 G, 22 assisted, 19 solo, 41 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (4 G, 3-16 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (4 G, 1-20 yards)
Hofstra (4-0, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 6-9 (2 years)
School: 6-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (4 G, 99-460 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (4 G, 89-139-7-1104 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (4 G, 30-409 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Stanley Gutierrez (4 G, 30 assisted, 15 solo, 45 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (4 G, 2.5-22 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (4 G, 2-19 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT VILLANOVA
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 6:00 pm
Villanova Stadium (12,000), Villanova, Pa.
Series: William and Mary leads 8-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, Villanova 35-31 in Williamsburg, Va.
William and Mary (3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 181-129-2 (28 years)
School: 181-129-2 (28 years)
Rushing: DeBrian Holmes (3 G, 49-191 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (5 G, 86-147-4-1432 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Drew Atchison (5 G, 19-328 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (5 G, 23 assisted, 29 solo, 52 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (5 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (5 G, 3-69 yards)
Villanova (3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 179-114-2 (28 years)
School: 151-96-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (5 G, 77-287 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (5 G, 79-127-4-976 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (5 G, 18-227 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Terrence Thomas (5 G, 22 assisted, 11 solo, 33 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (5 G, 4-13 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (5 G, 2-42 yards)