CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- SEPT. 17
CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Sept. 17, following and undefeated 5-0 weekend in non-conference action for the league. New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos, one of the four honorees, helped his squad garner the league’s 14th win over a BCS opponent in the last 10 years. The remaining three awards went to Hofstra linebacker Stanley Gutierrez, William and Mary placekicker Brian Pate and Delaware cornerback Anthony Walters.
Santos, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, garnered 334 yards of total offense and accounted for four of the 12th-ranked Wildcats’ six touchdowns in a 48-35 win over Marshall, a BCS opponent. The win, in front of 27,225 fans, marks the third-consecutive for UNH over a BCS opponent, and is also the 14th win for CAA Football over a BCS foe in the last 10 years. Santos finished the day against the Thundering Herd 23-of-33 for 289 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while also rushing 13 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. Santos, a native of Bellingham, Mass., is now 3-0 against BCS foes as New Hampshire’s starting quarterback, having helped the Wildcats beat Rutgers in 2004 (35-24), Northwestern in 2006 (34-17) and now Marshall in 2007.
Gutierrez earned CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading the 19th-ranked Hofstra Pride to a 28-13 win on the road over Albany. The Freeport, N.Y., native set a career-high with 15 tackles, including six solo stops. He also made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a total loss of four yards. Gutierrez capped off his evening with a six-yard interception in the fourth quarter, marking the third of his career. Gutierrez and the Pride defense, which leads the league and ranks 15th nationally in total defense, limited the Great Danes to just 225 yards on the evening and only 94 on the ground.
Pate’s performance in William and Mary’s 48-41 overtime win at home against Liberty earned him Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The Fredericksburg, Va., native was a perfect 6-for-6 in the Tribe’s PAT tries, including two in the overtime session. The former walk-on was also 2-for-2 in field goals, including a career-best 43-yarder as time ran out in the first half. Pate, a sophomore who made just his third appearance ever for the Tribe, finished Saturday evening with a game-best 12 points against the Flames.
Walters, a starting cornerback for the 10th-ranked Blue Hens, had a standout day as Delaware topped visiting CAA foe Rhode Island, 38-9. The Philadelphia, Pa., native helped get Delaware on the board in the first quarter by forcing a Ram fumble then falling on the loose ball for a touchdown. Walters, a redshirt-freshman, finished the day with five tackles, including four solo stops. He was also credited with a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for eight yards thanks to the forced fumble. Walters and the Delaware defense held the Ram offense without a touchdown until the final minutes of the contest, and forced URI into three turnovers on the day.
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 56 of the last 60 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 30-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 five teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 17 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 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
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 scored 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).
PITCH AND CATCH
William and Mary’s offense, led by junior quarterback Jake Phillips, currently ranks atop the country in passing and scoring. The Tribe is averaging 353.7 yards/game through the air and has put an average of 47.3 points on the board in each of three games. Phillips, who threw for a school record 433 yards against Delaware to open the season, leads the country in both total passing yards (1,010) and passing yards per game (336.7) through three games. Phillips, a native of Warm Springs, Va., is a combined 59-of-84 passing on the season with a passer rating of 202.7, and has yet to throw an interception. For more on where each CAA Football squad rank in the conference and on the national level check out page 19 of the notes.
CAA Football squads are a combined 12-1 (.923) 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. The five CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 33 percent of the polls’ Top-15. Only the Gateway Conference has as many squads ranked, but only four of their teams appear in the Top-15. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 17 and be sure to check out both national polls on page 18 of the notes.
MADE FOR TELEVISION
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. 18 the conference is now slated to have as many as 36 games on TV. The most recent additions come thanks to a partnership of the ECAC and NESN. The outfit will carry three Northern Division contests late in the season which include Rhode Island at New Hampshire - Oct. 27, Massachusetts at Rhode Island - Nov. 3 and Maine at New Hampshire - Nov. 17. Check local listings for details on the broadcasts.
THAT MAKES IT 14 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall last Saturday, 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 14-54 (.206) against BCS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 17 of the notes.
CAA Football has garnered a National Player of the Week in each of the first three weeks in 2007. The Sports Network and College Sporting News, both publications who devote major coverage to the FCS level of college football, have recognized at least one CAA Football player in each of their first three weeks of honorees. CAA Football boasts a total of seven National honorees, while only the Ohio Valley Conference can boast more than three total National Players of the Week thus far in 2007. Checkout page 16 of the notes for a complete rundown of every National Player of the Week, including those from the CAA.
Delaware and Towson student-athletes will take part in the second annual Pigskin Pass Saturday, a 58-mile relay run from the 50-yard line of Delaware Stadium to the 50-yard line of Johnny Unitas Stadium. The special game ball will be delivered prior to kick-off of the annual Towson-Delaware Football game, at 7 p.m.
Saturday morning, Delaware student-athletes will run the ball half the distance to Festival Park in Aberdeen, Md., where they will be welcomed by Aberdeen Mayor, S. Fred Simmons, and Towson student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Following a brief ceremony, Delaware’s “YoUDee”, will hand the ceremonial game ball off to Towson’s “Doc”, and the Towson student-athletes will run the ball the rest of the way to Unitas Stadium.
The students’ objective in taking on this challenge is to raise money for each school’s respective Special Olympics chapter. Once the Towson students reach their campus, everyone who participated in the run is invited to join Special Olympics Athletes in a pre-game celebration, and to run the final leg into Unitas Stadium prior to kick-off. Officers from both Towson and Delaware’s Student-Athlete Advisory Councils will present a check for the money raised to Maryland and Delaware Special Olympics Chapter representatives. Last year, close to $13,000 was raised between the two rival schools.
CAA IN THE NFL
A total of 33 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 23-20, SEA
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 23-17, JAC
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - W 20-13, NYJ
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - W 20-10, KC
Chicago Bears (1 tackle)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - W 20-10, KC
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 51-45, CIN
Cleveland Browns (5 tackles)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 37-20, MIA
Dallas Cowboys (1 tackle)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - W 23-20, OAK
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 20-17, MIN
Detroit Lions (11 tackles)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - W 34-21, CAR
Houston Texans (1 tackle)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 23-17, ATL
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 20-17, DET
Minnesota Vikings (8 tackles, 2 int)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 31-14, TB
New Orleans Saints (8-70 rec yd, 1 TD)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - L 31-14, TB
New Orleans Saints
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 20-13, BAL
New York Jets
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 20-13, BAL
New York Jets
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - L 20-12, WAS
Philadelphia Eagles (17-96 rush yd, 8-66 rec yd)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 26-3, BUF
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 26-3, BUF
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - L 38-14, NE
San Diego Chargers (12 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)
- 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 (3-0, 2-0)
This Week: at Towson (2-1, 0-1)
Next Week: hosts Monmouth (0-2)
-- Delaware is now off to a 3-0 start (2-0) for the third time in five years, and is looking to start 4-0 for first time since the 2003 NCAA I-AA National Title season.
-- Omar Cuff scored his 12th TD of the season and moved into No. 3 on the all-time UD rushing list past Vern Roberts (1972-74) with 2,812. Cuff recently moved into 10th on the CAA Football career rushing touchdown list with 41, and tied for 10th on the CAA career touchdowns scored list with 46.
-- Delaware Stadium had its second-straight sellout with a crowd of 22,064, and has now sold out 18 of their last 21 games.
-- Omar Cuff has caught at least one pass in 19-straight games while wide receiver Aaron Love has a 12-game pass reception streak.
#16/15 HOFSTRA (2-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Rhode Island (0-3, 0-1)
Next Week: hosts Stony Brook (2-1)
-- Hofstra’s 2-0 start is the first since 2005 and only the second 2-0 start in the last seven seasons dating back to 2001. The Pride had seven 2-0 starts in the 1990s.
-- The Pride held Albany to 225 total yards including just 94 on the ground. It was the lowest opponent total since New Hampshire had 140 yards in a storm-washed contest in 2006.
-- Senior receiver Charles Sullivan posted his second-straight 100-yard receiving game and the sixth of his career with six receptions for 125 yards. Sullivan, who now has 169 career catches and 2,149 yards, passed Isaac Irby’s (2002-04) career total of 168 for fourth place on the Pride’s all-time career reception list.
-- The Pride defense picked off two passes for the second consecutive game as senior David Darby recorded his second of the year and seventh of his career, and Stanley Gutierrez had his first of 2007 and the third of his career.
#9/8 JAMES MADISON (2-1, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Coastal Carolina (1-2)
Next Week: hosts Villanova (2-1, 1-0)
-- James Madison trailed VMI in first half time of possession by more than 14 minutes, however the Dukes led the game 21-0.
-- Tailback Antoinne Bolton, playing in place of Eugene Holloman (injury), rushed for 48 yards and scored two touchdowns for the second-straight week.
-- Quarterback Rodney Landers finished his limited playing time completing 8-of-10 passes for 123 yard and a touchdown. He also ran for 41 yards.
-- Placekicker Dave Stannard remained perfect on the season after knocking through a 24-yard field goal. The rookie is now 3-for-3 on field goal tries and 13-for-13 on PAT conversions.
-- A total of eight players hauled in passes on the evening against VMI for a total of 184 yards in the air.
MAINE (1-2, 0-1)
This Week: hosts #3/3 Massachusetts (3-0, 1-0)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- Maine’s 24-17 loss to Villanova in overtime snapped a four-game win streak over the Wildcats -- the Black Bears' longest winning streak over a conference foe.
-- Jhamal Fluellen rushed for a career-best 167 yards and two scores, including a 50-yard scoring jaunt midway through the fourth quarter which gave Maine a 17-10 advantage over Villanova.
-- John Wormuth, Jonathan Pirruccello and Andrew Downey each led Maine with nine tackles, while Downey has now led Maine in tackles two-straight weeks after a 13-tackle effort in last week's contest versus Connecticut.
-- Jovan Belcher recorded a game and career-high three sacks for minus-16 yards.
#3/3 MASSACHUSETTS (3-0, 1-0)
This Week: at Maine (1-2, 0-1)
Next Week: at Boston College (3-0)
-- Sean Smalls 90-yard INT return for a touchdown was the longest at UMass since Tehran Hunter had a 100-yard interception return for a score at Buffalo Oct. 18, 1997.
-- Jason Hatchell recorded his first career interception, playing in his 37th career game. Hatchell returned the INT, which happened in the fourth quarter, 11 yards.
-- Liam Coen moved into a tie for second in career touchdown passes with 44. He is now knotted with Jeff Krohn (2002-03).
-- David Burris moved into a tie for ninth in career sacks at Massachusetts with 1.5 in the first quarter against Towson. He now has 18 overall, tied with Mike Ziccardi (2001-03).
-- After hitting a 40-yard FG and a 21-yard FG, Chris Koepplin is now alone in fifth on UMass’ career field goal list with 20.
#10/10 NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-1, 0-1)
This Week: hosts Dartmouth (0-1)
Next Week: at Richmond (1-1, 1-0)
-- New Hampshire’s 48-35 win over Marshall marked the third-straight win over a BCS opponent. The Wildcats previously beat Rutgers in 2004 (35-24), Northwestern in 2006 (34-17). New Hampshire’s win also marked the 14th for CAA Football over a BCS opponent dating back to 1997 -- the conference is now 14-54 in 10 years against BCS level opponents.
-- New Hampshire tallied 502 yards in total offense against the Thundering Herd, after racking up 432 yards in its first game of the season against James Madison.
-- New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, is now undefeated against BCS opponents. The Bellingham, Mass., native completed 23-of-33 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns against Marshall. He also rushed 13 times for 45 yards and one touchdown.
-- Terrence Klein recorded his second-career double-digit tackle game with 11 against Marshall.
NORTHEASTERN (1-2, 0-1)
This Week: at UC Davis (1-2)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- The Huskies got superb performances from senior running back Maurice Murray and junior quarterback Anthony Orio, who combined to have 354 of the team’s 391 yards of total offense. Murray gained 174 on the ground with one touchdown while Orio threw for two TDs and ran for two more.
-- Murray now stands at 2,690 yards, just 170 yards away from second place all-time in NU history.
-- The Huskies rebounded defensively, limiting Northwestern State to just 103 yards on the ground as opposed to 443 against Richmond the prior week. The Huskies forced three turnovers on the day, all in the fourth quarter, leading to 14 points.
-- Northeastern did not turn the ball over, making it 15 of the last 16 quarters played it has not given away the ball.
RHODE ISLAND (0-3, 0-1)
This Week: hosts #16/15 Hofstra (2-0, 0-0)
Next Week: at Brown (1-0)
-- With its 38-9 loss at Delaware last week Rhode Island dropped to 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2000. The loss also dropped the Rams to 8-43 all-time against ranked foes.
-- Fullback Joe Casey narrowly missed his 11th career 100-yard game against Delaware, rushing 18 times for a total of 97 yards.
--Following up one of his finest games as a Rhode Island quarterback, junior Derek Cassidy was just 4-of-13 passing and had two interceptions and one fumble. In the Rams previous week -- an overtime loss at Army -- Cassidy completed 11-of-13 passes for 145 yards.
RICHMOND (1-1, 1-0)
This Week: at Bucknell (1-2)
Next Week: hosts #10/10 New Hampshire (1-1, 0-1)
-- Richmond tallied 642 yards of total offense two weeks ago at Northeastern. The Spiders also rushed for 443 yards against the Huskies, as both totals mark school records for Richmond.
-- Tim Hightower rushed for 246 yards against Northeastern and scored four touchdowns. His 246 yards on the ground mark the most by a player in the conference this season, while his four touchdowns are the second-best single-game total in Richmond history.
-- Spider kicker Andrew Howard was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT tries against Northeastern, extending his streak of consecutive PATs to 43, setting a Spider record. The previous streak was 39.
-- Richmond is now 12-0 in games under head coach Dave Clawson when scoring 30 points or more.
TOWSON (2-1, 0-1)
This Week: hosts #11/11 Delaware (3-0, 2-0)
Next Week: at William and Mary (2-1, 0-1)
--Towson had its six-game road winning streak, the longest in school history, snapped when the Tigers lost to Massachusetts, 36-13. It was the Tigers’ first road loss since falling to JMU in 2005.
-- The Tigers’ 36-13 loss to UMass was a deceptive score -- Towson had more first downs and controlled the time of possession with 32:17 over UMass. Three turnovers, a bad long snap, a blocked field goal and a dropped long snap hurt Towson’s cause.
-- Towson’s run defense held UMass well below its rushing average last week. The Minutemen came into the game averaging 171.5 rushing yards per game, but were held to 81 rushing yards by the Tigers, including just 33 in the second half.
-- Towson is the only CAA Football squad which doesn’t have an all-time losing record against Delaware (Towson leads all-time series, 2-1).
VILLANOVA (2-1, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Penn (0-1)
Next Week: at #9/8 James Madison (2-1, 1-0)
-- With its 24-17 overtime win over Maine, Villanova head coach Andy Talley won his 150th game with the Wildcats. Talley is now 150-95-1 in his 23-year career at Villanova. The veteran head coach now has a 28-year career mark of 178-113-2.
-- The win over Maine snapped a five-game losing skid against the Black Bears.
-- Villanova is now 8-3 all-time in overtime games and have won six of the last seven games which have advanced to overtime.
-- The win gave the Wildcats a record of 14-6 in conference openers.
-- Since 1997, Villanova is 25-4 when playing FCS level opponents in the month of September.
WILLIAM AND MARY (2-1, 0-1)
This Week: at Virginia Tech (2-1)
Next Week: hosts Towson (2-1, 0-1)
-- The Tribe’s wins over VMI and most recently Liberty stand as the first set of back-to-back wins since the 2005 season.
-- William and Mary has now scored 142 points over the first three games (47.3 pts./game), which leads the country at the FCS level, ranks ninth among all divisions and is the most to start a season in school history.
-- Senior tight end Drew Atchison continued his solid play, as he contributed his second 100-yard receiving evening of the season, making six-catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
--Jake Phillips turned in a tremendous performance against the Flames, completing 20 of 28 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Fifteen of his 20 completions against Liberty went for 10-plus yards, and he averaged a gaudy 16.75 yards per completion. Phillips has now completed 70.2 percent of his passes 59-of-84 for 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns (with no interceptions).
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 4
#16/15 HOFSTRA AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 12:00 pm
Meade Stadium (5,180), Kingston, R.I.
Series: Series Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2006, Rhode Island 20-13 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Hofstra (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 4-9 (2 years)
School: 4-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (2 G, 51-189 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (2 G, 43-64-0-547 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (2 G, 18-272 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Stanley Gutierrez (2 G, 19 assisted, 8 solo, 27 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (2 G, 1.5-8 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (2 G, 2-19 yards)
Rhode Island (0-3, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 81-75 (14 years)
School: 30-52 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (3 G, 69-288 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (3 G, 21-40-3-253 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (3 G, 11-166 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Ki’Ameer Johnson (3 G, 11 assisted, 8 solo, 19 total), LT Brantley (3 G, 6 assisted, 13 solo, 19 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (3 G, 3-22 yards)
Interceptions: Raji El-Amin (2 G, 2-22 yards)
#3/3 MASSACHUSETTS AT MAINE
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 2:30 pm
Morse Field at Alfond Stadium (10,000), Orono, Maine
Television: CN8, SNY, WABI (ME) - Mark Brown (pbp), Bob Norton (analyst), Joe Carchedi (sideline), Bob Allen (Director), Bob Johnson (Producer)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Maine Broadcast)
Series: Massachusetts leads 35-14
Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2006, Massachusetts 10-9 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts (3-0, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 81-37 (11 years)
School: 29-11 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (3 G, 62-341 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (3 G, 52-79-3-672 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (3 G, 18-265 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (3 G, 15 assisted, 12 solo, 27 total)
Sacks: David Burris (3 G, 4.5-32 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (3 G, 2-20 yards)
Maine (1-2, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-85 (15 years)
School: 77-85 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (3 G, 60-319 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (3 G, 15-31-1-111 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Manzi Pierre (3 G, 7-67 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Andrew Downey (3 G, 11 assisted, 16 solo, 27 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (3 G, 3-16 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (3 G, 1-20 yards)
#11/11 DELAWARE AT TOWSON
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 7:00 pm
Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198), Towson, Md.
Television: CSN-MA - Joe Beninati (pbp), Sonny Randle (analyst), Bill Bell (Director), Chris Grain (Producer)
Series: Towson leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, Towson 49-35 in Newark, Del.
Delaware (3-0, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 132-43-1 (14 years)
School: 44-22 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (3 G, 65-393 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (3 G, 61-84-1-844 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: Mark Duncan (3 G, 11-230 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Bratton (3 G, 7 assisted, 17 solo, 24 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (3 G, 2.5-19 yards)
Interceptions: Walter Blair (3 G, 1-16 yards)
Towson (2-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 88-74 (16 years)
School: 88-74 (16 years)
Rushing: Rasheed McClaude (3 G, 45-196 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (3 G, 77-124-7-775 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Paul Perry (3 G, 19-188 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (3 G, 21 assisted, 14 solo, 35 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (3 G, 1-8 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (3 G, 1-68 yards)
DARTMOUTH AT #10/10 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Television: WMUR (NH) - Jason King (pbp), Tony Johnson (analyst), Naoko Funayama (sideline)
Series: Dartmouth leads 17-15-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, New Hampshire 56-14 in Hanover, N.H.
Coach: Buddy Teevens (Dartmouth, 1979)
Career: 64-116-2 (18 years)
School: 30-39-2 (7 years)
Rushing: Milan Williams (1 G, 30-179 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Tom Bennewitz (1 G, 16-29-1-178 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Brian Evans (1 G, 5-105 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Ian Wilson (1 G, 6 assisted, 7 solo, 13 total)
Interceptions: Ian Wilson (1 G, 2-9 yards)
New Hampshire (1-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 54-43 (9 years)
School: 54-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Chris Ward (2 G 23-99 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (2 G, 59-80-2-642 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Mike Boyle (2 G, 12-172 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Husain Karim (2 G, 21 assisted, 4 solo, 25 total)
Sacks: TJ Taylor (2 G, 1-4 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (2 G, 1-30 yards)
RICHMOND AT BUCKNELL
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 1:00 pm
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (13,100), Lewisburg, Pa.
Series: Richmond leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, Richmond 48-21 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond (1-1, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 48-47 (9 years)
School: 19-18 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (2 G, 33-319 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (2 G, 29-45-3-341 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Arman Shields (2 G, 13-110 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Stephen Howell (2 G, 3 assisted, 10 solo, 13 total), Eric McBride (2 G, 8 assisted, 5 solo, 13 total)
Sacks: Parker Miles (2 G, 1-6 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (1 G, 1-0 yards)
Coach: Tim Landis (Randolph Macon, 1986)
Career: 21-27 (15 years)
School: 74-79-1 (5 years)
Rushing: AJ Kizekai (3 G, 25-138 yards, 0 TD)
Passing: Marcello Trigg (3 G, 18-42-1-283 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: AJ Kizekai (3 G, 6-129 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Jason Davis (3 G, 7 assisted, 14 solo, 21 total)
Sacks: Ryan Walsh (3 G, 2-9 yards)
Interceptions: Ahkiel White (3 G, 1-0 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT VIRGINIA TECH
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 1:30 pm
Lane Stadium (65,115), Blacksburg, Va.
Series: Virginia Tech leads 39-28-4
Last Meeting: Oct. 12, 1985, Virginia Tech 40-10 in Blacksburg, Va.
William and Mary (2-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 180-128-2 (28 years)
School: 180-128-2 (28 years)
Rushing: DeBrian Holmes (3 G, 49-191 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (3 G, 59-84-0-1010 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Drew Atchison (3 G, 13-244 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Josh Rutter (3 G, 24 assisted, 10 solo, 34 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (3 G, 1-7 yards)
Interceptions: David Caldwell (3 G, 1-9 yards)
Virginia Tech (2-1)
Coach: Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech, 1969)
Career: 200-106-4 (27 years)
School: 158-83-2 (21 years)
Rushing: Brandon Ore (3 G, 55-180 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Tyrod Taylor (2 G, 25-49-0-349 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Josh Morgan (3 G, 14-179 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Vince Hall (3 G, 23 assisted, 12 solo, 35 total)
Sacks: Vince Hall (3 G, 2-17 yards)
Interceptions: Victor Harris (3 G, 1-17 yards)
NORTHEASTERN AT UC DAVIS
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 4:30 pm (Eastern)
Aggie Stadium (9,000), Davis, Calif.
Series: First Meeting
Northeastern (1-2, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-48-1 (14 years)
School: 13-23 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (3 G 71-305 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (3 G, 28-52-1-302 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (3 G, 8-132 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Kevin Brown (3 G, 6 assisted, 16 solo, 22 total)
Sacks: AJ Lillie (3 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (2 G, 1-59 yards)
UC Davis (1-2)
Coach: Bob Biggs (UC Davis, 1973)
Career: 115-50-1 (15 years)
School: 115-50-1 (15 years)
Rushing: Joe Trombetta (3 G, 57-345 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Tim Plough (3 G, 66-108-2-823 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Joe Trombetta (3 G, 19-227 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Nero Evero (3 G, 12 assisted, 11 solo, 23 total)
Sacks: John Faletoese (3 G, 3-21 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Griffin (3 G, 1-0 yards)
COASTAL CAROLINA AT #9/8 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 6:00 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 10, 2005, Coastal Carolina 31-27 in Conway, S.C.
Coastal Carolina (1-2)
Coach: David Bennett (Presbyterian, 1984)
Career: 98-30 (12 years)
School: 35-13 (5 years)
Rushing: Jamie Fordham (3 G, 35-172 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: William Richardson (3 G, 50-89-2-653 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Jerome Simpson (3 G, 9-207 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Phillip Oboh (3 G, 7 assisted, 16 solo, 23 total)
Sacks: Phillip Oboh (3 G, 3-18 yards)
Interceptions: Keon Cunningham (3 G, 1-29 yards)
James Madison (2-1, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 58-41 (9 years)
School: 58-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (3 G, 40-240 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (3 G, 36-54-2-464 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (3 G, 11-140 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (3 G, 21 assisted, 18 solo, 39 total)
Sacks: DJ Brandon (3 G, 1-9 yards)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (3 G, 2-7 yards)
PENN AT VILLANOVA
Saturday, Sept. 22 - 6:00 pm
Villanova Stadium (12,000), Villanova, Pa.
Television: CN8 - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), John Anderson (Director), Bob Anderson (Producer)
Series: Villanova leads 6-5
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, Villanova 27-20 at Penn’s Franklin Field
Coach: Al Bagnoli (Central Connecticut State, 1975)
Career: 190-64 (26 years)
School: 103-45 (16 years)
Rushing: Joe Sandberg (1 G, 17-85 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Robert Irvin (1 G, 12-26-2-97 yards, 0 TD)
Receiving: Braden Lepisto (1 G, 7-84 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Joe Anastasio (1 G, 10 assisted, 4 solo, 14 total)
Sacks: Tyson Maugle (1 G, 1-15 yards)
Interceptions: Chris Wynn (1 G, 2-0 yards)
Villanova (2-1, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 178-113-2 (28 years)
School: 150-95-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (3 G, 59-226 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (3 G, 48-72-2-611 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Brandyn Harvey (3 G, 9-162 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Darrel Young (3 G, 15 assisted, 10 solo, 25 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (3 G, 2-3 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (3 G, 1-42 yards)