CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- SEPT. 24
CAA Football, following another superb weekend in out of conference matchups (4-1), announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Sept. 24. Richmond running back Tim Hightower became the first two-time weekly honoree in CAA Football history, garnering the Offensive Player of the Week nod. Hightower, who racked up the league’s seventh-best single-game rushing total Saturday, was joined in earning weekly honors by Delaware’s Matt Marcorelle, New Hampshire’s Mike Boyle and Villanova’s John Dempsey.
Hightower, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, rushed for a Richmond record 295 yards and four touchdowns helping his team to a 45-14 win at Bucknell. The senior’s single-game total, also the seventh-best single-game rushing mark in league annals, came on just 24 carries and ranks as the highest single-game total this season among all FCS level teams. The Waldorf, Md., native, who scored four TD’s on runs of 57, 52, 37 and 36, now owns two of the top-five single-game national (FCS and BCS) rushing marks this season (246 at Northeastern, Sept. 8). Hightower, who broke the Spider single-game record of 280 yards on 51 carries set by Barry Redden against Penn, Nov. 26, 1981, now ranks second in the country with a 204.7 yard/game average. The Spider workhorse has also amassed 541 yards on 43 carries (12.6 yd/carry) over the last two games, while six of his nine total touchdowns this season have come on rushes longer than 36 yards.
Marcorelle picked up CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after guiding No. 11 Delaware to a 27-7 win over league-rival Towson. Marcorelle, who garnered a remarkable total of three sacks for 27 yards, paced a Blue Hen defense which surrendered just 157 total yards to an explosive Towson offense. The Ft. Pierce, Fla., native also collected a total of six tackles while Delaware limited the Tigers to a total of negative-16 yards on the ground. Marcorelle’s three sacks rank as the most by a UD player since Denis Hulme recorded three against West Chester in 1995, while Towson’s 157 total yards are the fewest allowed by a Delaware defense since the 2004 season (152 by Towson).
Boyle’s 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 10th-ranked New Hampshire’s 52-31 win over Dartmouth earned him the Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The Plymouth, N.H., native took the game’s opening kickoff the distance helping push the Wildcats on top early, and finished the game with 112 yards and a touchdown on three kickoff returns. The junior also tallied two rushes for 11 yards, including a three-yard touchdown scamper, and a pair of catches for 19 yards to give him 142 all-purpose yards in the game.
Dempsey logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after hauling in two interceptions in Villanova’s 34-14 win over cross-town rival Penn. The Secane, Pa., native’s two picks were part of seven total interceptions for the Wildcats, equalling a single-game league record previously set three times, and most recently by Maine in 1991 (vs. Towson). The freshman posted six total tackles including four solo stops, and also recorded a sack for a loss of five yards in the win. Both of Dempsey’s interceptions led to 10 of the Wildcat’s 24 unanswered second-half points.
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 57 of the last 61 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 31-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) - 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 16-2 (.889) against non-conference FCS opponents -- a better non-conference winning percentage than any other FCS league in the country. Last season, CAA Football (Atlantic 10) finished the regular season 15-5 against FCS non-conference opponents. Five of the six CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 33 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Gateway Conference comes within one team of having as many squad 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 17 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 18 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 also recently made plans to tape-delay the Maine at Hofstra contest at 10 p.m., Oct. 6, the same night the Northern Division league contest is played. 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 14-55 (.203) 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.
NATIONAL HONORS ALL AROUND
CAA Football has garnered a National Player of the Week in each of the first four 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 four weeks of honorees. CAA Football boasts a total of nine National honorees, while only the Southern Conference can boast more than five 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.
Richmond’s Tim Hightower has been a workhorse over the last two games for the Spiders. Dating back to Richmond’s 49-14 win over Northeastern, Sept. 8, the Waldord, Md., native has rushed for 541 yards and eight touchdowns on just 43 carries (12 yards/carry) in two games. In a 45-14 win over Bucknell last weekend, 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. Six of his eight TD runs in the last two games have come on rushes of 90, 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 15 of Delaware’s 20 total touchdowns over four games this season. His 22.5 points/game average is just 1.5 points shy of the national leader in per game average. Cuff and Georgia Southern’s Jayson Foster have a point-per game average more than four points better than Heisman hopeful Ray Rice’s (Rutgers) 18 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-3 nationally in passing. The Tribe is averaging 329.5 yards/game through the air. Phillips, who threw for a school record 433 yards against Delaware to open the season, leads the country in total passing yards (1,253) and ranks second in the country in passing yards per game (313.3) through four games. Phillips, a native of Warm Springs, Va., is a combined 76-of-124 passing on the season with a passer rating of 162.6. For more on where each CAA Football squad rank in the conference and on the national level check out page 19 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 four 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 - 67-98-4-814 passing yds, 68.4%, 9 TD, 203.5 pass yds/game
-- Omar Cuff, RB - 92-502 rushing yds, 14 TD, 125.5 rushing yds/game, 11-109 receiving yds, 1 TD, 9.9 receiving yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 83-117-2-1118 passing yds, 70.9%, 4 TD, 279.5 passing yds/game
-- Tim Hightower, RB - 57-614 rushing yds, 9 TD, 204.7 rushing yds/game, 5-53 receiving yds, 10.6 receiving yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 45-67-2-627 passing yds, 67.2%, 4 TD, 156.8 passing yds/game, 59-369 rushing yds, 4 TD, 92.2 rushing yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 76-124-3-1253 passing yds, 61.3%, 8 TD, 313.2 passing yds/game
-- Ricky Santos, QB - 76-103-2-841 passing yds, 73.8%, 7 TD, 280.3 passing yds/game, 28-104 rushing yds, 3 TD, 34.7 rushing yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 89-143-8-911 passing yds, 62.2%, 6 TD, 227.8 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) - L 26-23, BAL
Arizona Cardinals (1-(-1) rush yd; 1-9 rec yd)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 27-20, CAR
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - W 26-23, ARI
Baltimore Ravens (started game)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 34-10, DAL
Chicago Bears (2 tackles)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - L 34-10, DAL
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - L 26-24, OAK
Cleveland Browns (1 tackle)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 34-10, CHI
Dallas Cowboys (1 tackle)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - L 23-14, JAC
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - L 56-21, PHI
Detroit Lions (1 tackle)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - L 3-24, IND
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 23-14, DEN
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 13-10, KC
Minnesota Vikings (4 tackles, 1 pass def)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 31-14, TEN
New Orleans Saints (4-68 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - L 31-14, TEN
New Orleans Saints
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - W 31-28, MIA
New York Jets
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - W 31-28, MIA
New York Jets
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - W 56-21, DET
Philadelphia Eagles (14-110 rush yd, 2TD; 5-111 rec yd, 1TD)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 37-16, SF
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 37-16, SF
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - L 31-24, GB
San Diego Chargers (6 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
#12/12 DELAWARE (4-0, 3-0)
This Week: hosts Monmouth (0-2)
Next Week: at #11/11 New Hampshire (2-1, 0-1)
-- The Blue Hens are off to their best start since 2003 when the team started out 9-0 on the way to winning the NCAA I-AA National Title.
-- Delaware already has recorded 15 sacks this season after posting just 13 the entire 2006 season. The Hens’ defense have also surrendered just 300 yards to its last three opponents, the first time such a streak has happened since 2004.
-- Omar Cuff, who rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries against Towson, posted his 14th career 100-yard rushing game and increased his career total to 2,921 yards. Cuff now has 15 touchdowns through four games this season.
-- CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week Matt Marcorelle garnered three sacks against Towson for a total of 27 yards, marking Delaware’s most single-game sacks since Denis Hulme had three vs. West Chester in 1995.
#14/14 HOFSTRA (3-0, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Stony Brook (3-1)
Next Week: hosts Maine (1-3, 0-2)
-- Hofstra is off to its first 3-0 start since 1999, as the Pride had five 3-0 starts in the 1990s from 1990-99.
-- The Pride’s rally from a 17-point halftime deficit to win at Rhode Island last week is the largest deficit overcome since it rallied from a 26-14 halftime deficit to down Villanova 34-32 in 2003.
-- Senior running back Kareem Huggins rushed for a career-high 130 yards on 28 carries and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Pride’s 37-24 victory at Rhode Island. He continues to climb the Hofstra career rushing chart and is in 15th place with 1,540 yards on 329 carries.
-- Senior receiver Charles Sullivan posted eight receptions for 92 yards and added his third and fourth TD grabs of the season in the Pride’s win at URI. Sullivan now has 178 catches for 2,241 yards and is four catches from equalling current New Orleans Saints standout Marques Colston (182 from 2001-05) for second place.
#9/9 JAMES MADISON (3-1, 1-0)
This Week: hosts Villanova (3-1, 1-0)
Next Week: at Northeastern (1-3, 0-1)
-- True freshman Scott Noble was moved into the running back rotation against Coastal Carolina with senior tailback Eugene Holloman out indefinitely with knee surgery (scope) scheduled for this week. Noble responded by carrying the ball nine times for 55 yards and two TDs. He also caught a 31-yard pass which setup a score.
-- L.C. Baker had a team high of 97 receiving yards on four catches against the Chanticleers. Baker also turned in a 35-yard TD catch after setting up the scoring drive with a 43-yard punt return.
-- Mickey Matthews coached in the 100th-game of his career against Coastal Carolina. Matthews is now 59-41 in his career and 32-10 since the 2004 season at JMU.
-- James Madison’s mascot “Duke Dog” was escorted out of the Dukes’ win over Coastal Carolina after getting into a sideline altercation with the Coastal’s mascot “Chauncey”.
MAINE (1-3, 0-2)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: at #14/14 Hofstra (3-0, 1-0)
-- Maine’s 38-7 loss at the hands of Massachusetts marked its sixth-straight defeat at the hands of the Minutemen.
-- Redshirt freshman Adam Farkes made his first start at quarterback 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 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 -- 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.
#2/2 MASSACHUSETTS (4-0, 2-0)
This Week: at Boston College (4-0)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- The Minutemen are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1986. The Minutemen lost their fifth game that season, 41-13 to Delaware.
-- The last time UMass was 5-0 to start the year was 1975, when the Minutemen began 8-0.
-- Jason Hatchell has 10 or more tackles in two of the four games this season (Holy Cross and Maine). He has led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 18 of the last 30 games. In 2006, he racked up 134 tackles, second in the conference. He ranked fifth in the league in tackles per game at 8.93 and 44th in the nation.
-- Matt Lawrence has piled up 517 yards in his first four games as the starting tailback with more than 100 in three of the first four games. He is second in the CAA in rushing and eighth in the nation with 129.3 per game. Lawrence had a career-best 176 yards at Maine (9/22) as he scored a career-high three touchdowns.
#11/11 NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-1, 0-1)
This Week: at #25/25 Richmond (2-1, 1-0)
Next Week: at #12/12 Delaware (4-0, 3-0)
-- Jeff Pammer now has 258 career tackles and needs just five more to move into ninth on UNH's all-time career tackles listing.
-- Sophomore tight end Scott Sicko continues to lead UNH in receptions this season.In three games played he has made 20 catches for 223 yds (74 yds/game).
-- In limited action, quarterback Ricky Santos continues to rack up touchdowns with passes of four and 15 yards against Dartmouth. He also scrambled for a five yard touchdown in the game against the Big Green. For the season, he now has seven touchdown passes and has run for three -- 10 in just three games.
-- Junior Mike Boyle, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, took the game’s opening kickoff the distance helping push the Wildcats on top of Dartmouth early, and finished the game with 112 yards and a touchdown on three kickoff returns.
NORTHEASTERN (1-3, 0-1)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts #9/9 James Madison (3-1, 1-0)
-- Maurice Murray scored Northeastern’s lone touchdown in the 28-10 loss at UC Davis as he grinded out 88 yards on 18 carries.
-- The Huskies were unable to keep up with UC Davis offense last weekend, 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 also brought him within three TDs of tying the all-time Husky rushing touchdown mark.
-- Northeastern continued to play turnover-free football. The Huskies have only one turnover this season and hasn't committed a giveaway in 21 of their last 22 quarters played.
RHODE ISLAND (0-4, 0-2)
This Week: at Brown (1-1)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- The four interceptions against Hofstra last Saturday was the most for Rhody since picking off four passes against UMass on November 14, 1998.
-- The 27 first-half points scored by Rhode Island against Hofstra was its highest-scoring output in a half since Rhody dropped 28 on Brown on September 30, 2006.
-- Junior Joe Casey tallied 130 rushing yards against the Pride last Saturday, giving him 11 career games of over 100 rushing yards.
-- Junior Derek Cassidy tied a career-high with 172 passing yards against Hofstra. He also threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 52-yard strike to Tolbert Evans.
#25/25 RICHMOND (2-1, 1-0)
This Week: hosts #11/11 New Hampshire (2-1, 0-1)
Next Week: at Towson (2-2, 0-2)
-- Tim Hightower's 295-yard rushing performance moves him into sole possession of fourth-place on the Spiders' career rushing list with 2,402 yards - he entered Saturday’s game in ninth on the list. Next up on the list is the 2,603 by TyRonne Turner. Barry Redden is second at Richmond with 3,324. Uly Scott's 3,520 is the record.
-- With 612 yards of total offense against Bucknell, the Spiders have posted the school’s No. 1 and 2 top total-offense games in back-to-back outings. The Spiders tacked 642 yards of total offense on Northeastern Sept. 8 to set a school record. Richmond’s performance at Bucknell, Sept. 8, is the second-most. Five of Richmond’s Top 10 total-offense games have come since 2005.
-- Richmond improved to a perfect 13-0 under Clawson when scoring 30+ points in a game. The Spiders' last loss when reaching the 30-point plateau was Sept. 29, 2001 - a 31-30 setback to 14th-ranked Villanova.
TOWSON (2-2, 0-2)
This Week: at William and Mary (2-2, 0-1)
Next Week: hosts #25/25 Richmond (2-1, 1-0)
-- In last weekend’s game Delaware sacked the Tiger quarterbacks six times and held Towson to minus-16 yards rushing, marking the seventh time in school history the Tigers were held to minus-rushing yards in a game.
-- Senior linebacker Brian Bradford made 10 tackles in last week’s loss to Delaware, and also had a sack and two pass breakups. His 10 tackles moved Bradford into 20th place on Towson’s career tackle list with 224 stops.
-- The Tigers will be seeking their first-ever win over William and Mary when they travel to Williamsburg this week. William and Mary has averaged 39.2 points per game in the series against the Tigers.
-- Last season, William and Mary came from behind to edge the Tigers, 29-28, on a 34-yard field goal by Blair Pritchard with five seconds left in the game.
VILLANOVA (3-1, 1-0)
This Week: at #9/9 James Madison (3-1, 1-0)
Next Week: host William and Mary (2-2, 0-1)
-- The Wildcats tied a school record with seven interceptions against Penn last weekend. 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 is now 8-0 versus Ivy League opponents under head coach Andy Talley, a mark which also includes a 6-0 record against the Penn Quakers.
-- Freshman John Dempsey logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after hauling in two interceptions in Villanova’s 34-14 win over cross-town rival Penn. The Secane, Pa., native also posted six tackles including four solo stops, and recorded a sack for a loss of five yards. Both of Dempsey’s interceptions led to 10 of the Wildcat’s 24 unanswered second-half points.
-- Villanova has now won seven-straight games against FCS opponents dating back to last season.
WILLIAM AND MARY (2-2, 0-1)
This Week: hosts Towson (2-2, 0-2)
Next Week: at Villanova (3-1, 1-0)
-- Virginia Tech gained only 94 total yards and just four first downs against the Tribe in the second half of its 44-3 loss in Blacksburg. The Hokies finished with 287 total yards while the Tribe turned in 262 yards of offense.
-- William and Mary’s 94-yard scoring drive in the second quarter matched the longest drive allowed by Virginia Tech this season (LSU).
-- Quarterback Jake Phillips’ 243-yard effort against the Hokies last Saturday moved him into ninth place on the school’s career passing list (3,580), and also moved into 10th place on the career total offense chart (3,847).
--Virginia Tech’s total offensive output of 287 yards was the lowest the Tribe allowed to a BCS opponent since 2002, when Indiana managed 268.
-- Sophomore R.J. Archer extended his streak of games with at least two catches to 11, finishing with three grabs for 39 yards.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 5
VILLANOVA AT #9/9 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 12:00 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Television: CSN-MA, CSN-P, CSS - Bob Picozzi (pbp), Scott Brunner (analyst), Bill Bell (Director), Rich Wolff (Producer)
Series: Series Tied 7-7
Last Meeting: Nov.11, 2006, Villanova 21-20 in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova (3-1, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 179-113-2 (28 years)
School: 151-95-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (4 G, 70-263 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (4 G, 64-104-3-852 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Phil Atkinson (4 G, 13-186 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Darrel Young (4 G, 17 assisted, 11 solo, 28 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (4 G, 3-9 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (4 G, 2-42 yards)
James Madison (3-1, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 59-41 (9 years)
School: 59-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (4 G, 59-369 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (4 G, 45-67-2-627 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (4 G, 15-237 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (4 G, 26 assisted, 19 solo, 45 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (4 G, 2-7 yards)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (4 G, 2-7 yards)
TOWSON AT WILLIAM AND MARY
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 1:00 pm
Cary Field at Walter J. Zable Stadium (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Series: William and Mary leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2006, William and Mary 29-28 in Towson, Md.
Towson (2-2, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 88-75 (16 years)
School: 88-75 (16 years)
Rushing: Rasheed McClaude (4 G, 55-235 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (4 G, 89-143-8-911 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Paul Perry (4 G, 24-264 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Maurice Wilkins (4 G, 28 assisted, 19 solo, 47 total)
Sacks: Brian Bradford (4 G, 1-12 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (4 G, 1-68 yards)
William and Mary (2-2, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 180-129-2 (28 years)
School: 180-129-2 (28 years)
Rushing: DeBrian Holmes (3 G, 49-191 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (4 G, 76-124-3-1253 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Drew Atchison (4 G, 18-325 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Josh Rutter (4 G, 27 assisted, 12 solo, 39 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (4 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: David Caldwell (4 G, 1-9 yards)
#11/11 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT #25/25 RICHMOND
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 3:30 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Television: CN8 - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), John Anderson (Director), Bob Anderson (Producer)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Richmond Broadcast)
Series: Richmond leads 10-7
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, New Hampshire 27-17 in Durham, N.H.
New Hampshire (2-1, 0-1 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 55-43 (9 years)
School: 55-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (3 G 28-145 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (3 G, 76-103-2-841 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Scott Sicko (3 G, 20-223 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (3 G, 18 assisted, 11 solo, 29 total), Husain Karim (3 G, 24 assisted, 5 solo, 29 total)
Sacks: TJ Taylor (3 G, 1-4 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (3 G, 2-46 yards)
Richmond (2-1, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 49-47 (9 years)
School: 20-18 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (3 G, 57-614 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (3 G, 42-66-4-548 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (3 G, 10-220 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (3 G, 15 assisted, 8 solo, 23 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (3 G, 2-19 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (2 G, 1-0 yards), Seth Williams (3 G, 1-0 yards)
RHODE ISLAND AT BROWN
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 12:30 pm
Brown Stadium (20,000), Providence, R.I.
Series: Brown leads 66-22-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2006, Rhode Island 28-21 in Kingston, R.I.
Rhode Island (0-4, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 81-76 (14 years)
School: 30-53 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (4 G, 91-418 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (4 G, 30-64-3-425 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (4 G, 15-216 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (4 G, 15 assisted, 14 solo, 29 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (4 G, 3-22 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (4 G, 2-64 yards)
Coach: Phil Estes (New Hampshire, 1981)
Career: 52-29 (9 years)
School: 52-29 (9 years)
Rushing: Dereck Knight (2 G 36-219 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Michael Dougherty (2 G, 35-75-4-497 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Colin Cloherty (2 G, 8-171 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Frank Nuzzo (2 G, 9 assisted, 8 solo, 17 total)
Sacks: Oludare Adedokun (2 G, 2-10 yards)
Interceptions: Darrell Harrison (2 G, 1-19 yards)
#2/2 MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 1:00 pm
Alumni Stadium (44,500), Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Television: ESPN 360 - Frank Giardina (pbp), John Gregory (analyst), David Tasca (Director/Producer)
Series: Boston College leads 16-5
Last Meeting: Oct. 2, 2004, Boston College 29-7 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Massachusetts (4-0, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 82-37 (11 years)
School: 30-11 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (4 G, 82-517 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (4 G, 67-98-4-814 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (4 G, 25-336 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (4 G, 18 assisted, 16 solo, 34 total)
Sacks: David Burris (4 G, 5-33 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (4 G, 2-20 yards)
Boston College (4-0)
Coach: Jeff Jagodzinski (Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1984)
Career: 4-0 (1 year)
School: 4-0 (1 year)
Rushing: Andre Callender (4 G, 58-348 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Matt Ryan (4 G, 112-181-5-10 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Brandon Robinson (2 G, 25-353 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Jolonn Dunbar (4 G, 18 assisted, 20 solo, 38 total)
Sacks: Nick Larkin (2 G, 2-13 yards)
Interceptions: DeJuan Tribble (4 G, 3-42 yards)
MONMOUTH AT #12/12 DELAWARE
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 7:00 pm
Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Series: First Meeting
Coach: Kevin Callahan (Rochester, 1977)
Career: 85-59 (15 years)
School: 85-59 (15 years)
Rushing: David Sinisi (3 G, 54-302 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Brett Burke (3 G, 55-94-1-524 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Adam San Miguel (3 G, 15-150 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Matt Sterner (3 G, 16 assisted, 12 solo, 28 total)
Sacks: Kevin Walsh (3 G, 1-9 yards)
Interceptions: Chris Reed (3 G, 1-9 yards), Derek Bischoff (3 G, 1-9 yards)
Delaware (4-0, 3-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 133-43-1 (14 years)
School: 45-22 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (4 G, 92-502 yards, 14 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (4 G, 83-117-2-1118 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (4 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: Walter Blair (4 G, 1-16 yards)
STONY BROOK AT #14/14 HOFSTRA
Saturday, Sept. 29 - 7:00 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstea, N.Y.
Television: MSG - Carl Reuter (pbp), Steven Jackson (analyst), Eric Singer (Producer)
Series: Hofstra leads 10-0
Last Meeting: Aug. 31, 2006, Hofstra 17-8 in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Stony Brook (3-1)
Coach: Chuck Priore (Albany, 1982)
Career: 47-16 (8 years)
School: 8-7 (2 years)
Rushing: Brandon Mason (4 G 70-303 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Josh Dudash (4 G, 70-117-5-784 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Lynell Suggs (4 G, 23-317 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Adam Soivilien (4 G, 20 assisted, 10 solo, 30 total)
Sacks: Dominic Chevalier (3 G, 1.5-3 yards)
Interceptions: Stephen Schwicke (4 G, 1-43 yards)
Hofstra (3-0, 1-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 5-9 (2 years)
School: 5-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (3 G, 79-319 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (3 G, 69-106-4-838 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (3 G, 26-364 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (3 G, 17 assisted, 17 solo, 34 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (3 G, 1.5-8 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (3 G, 2-19 yards)