CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- OCT. 8
CAA Football, which has now reached the midway point in the 12-week regular season, announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 8. Four individuals earned honors after helping each of their squads to wins Saturday, including Towson’s Sean Schaefer, Villanova’s Greg Miller, Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins and New Hampshire’s R.J. Toman.
Schaefer, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, had a standout day in Towson’s come-from-behind shocker over No. 14 Richmond, 23-21. The junior finished the day completing 29-of-33 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. His completion percentage of .879 broke a single-game school mark, as the Dunkirk, Md., native missed only four times and did not throw an interception. In the third quarter Schaefer hit on 15-straight passes, also a school record, and helped the Tigers take a 14-6 lead on a 17-yard pass to Casey Cegles with 9:54 left in the quarter. The third-year signal caller was a perfect 18-of-18 passing for 208 yards in Towson’s three touchdown drives on the day. His most impressive stat of the day came in the game’s final drive as Schaefer was 4-of-4 passing for 67 yards on a drive which lasted just 22 seconds. Towson’s game-winning drive ended on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Schaefer to Demetrius Harrison as time expired.
Miller grabbed CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a total of five tackles, four of which came behind the line of scrimmage, in Villanova’s 63-24 victory over William and Mary. The Willow Grove, Pa., native garnered a total of 17 yards in stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a game-high three sacks for 16 yards. The junior also forced one of three Tribe fumbles and recovered a William and Mary miscue for two yards of return. William and Mary came into the Villanova contest having allowed just six sacks to a total of four FCS opponents. The Tribe ended the evening surrendering five total sacks to the Wildcats, including three by Miller.
Huggins, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, helped No. 12 Hofstra stay perfect with a 38-13 win over Maine in Hempstead, N.Y. The Irvington, N.J., native racked up 111 yards on just two kickoff returns, including a 92-yard scamper for a touchdown late in the second quarter. The senior has now recorded two touchdowns on kickoff returns this season, equalling a Pride record set by Robert Thomas in 1998. Huggins’ first kickoff return for a touchdown this season came Sept. 15, against Albany, when he returned a kick 98 yards for a score.
Toman logged the CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after leading No. 15 New Hampshire to a 35-30 win over No. 11 Delaware at Cowell Stadium. Toman, stepping in for Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, completed 5-of-9 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. After Santos left the game in the second quarter with a right-shoulder injury, Toman continued what was already a 57-yard drive and turned it into a 77-yard scoring drive. The redshirt freshman completed a 21-yard pass to Delaware’s one-yard line on the seventh play of the drive, which allowed the Wildcats to plunge into the endzone for a 14-3 lead. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native later completed touchdown passes of 28 and 36 yards to Keith LeVan, and finished the game with seven rushes for 47 yards -- just four yards shy of Santos’ team-high 51 yards on eight carries in the game.
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 59 of the last 63 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 33-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 4-6) - 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. 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 two teams 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 Oct. 9 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 was recently added to the package when it tape-delayed a broadcast of last weekend’s Maine at Hofstra contest. Check local listings for details on all upcoming 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 five of the first six weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 10 national winners, while only the Southern and Southland 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.
CUFF KEEPS SNIFFING THE ENDZONE
Delaware’s Omar Cuff has a knack for finding the endzone. The Landover, Md., native has scored 21 of Delaware’s 30 total touchdowns over six games this season (14-of-19 in three conference games). His 21.0 points/game, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 1.5 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks, and 4.0 points better than the FBS rankings leader.
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIALISTS
After six weeks of football, CAA teams have garnered a total of eight touchdowns thanks to kickoff and punt returns. Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins (98 yds - Albany, 92 yds - Maine) and Richmond’s Justin Rogers (93 yds - Vanderbilt, 85 yds - New Hampshire) have accounted for four of the six coming on kickoff returns. New Hampshire’s Mike Boyle also took one back 91 yards against Dartmouth, while Massachusetts’ Courtney Robinson owns the league’s longest kickoff return of the season at 100 yards against Holy Cross.
Maine’s Mark Masterson (50 yds - Monmouth) was responsible for one of the two punt returns for a touchdown. Massachusetts’ J.J. Moore recorded the second by returning a punt 58 yards for a touchdown against Colgate.
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).
BUCHANAN WATCH IN THE CAA
There are a handful of CAA Football players who should be considered for the 2007 Buck Buchanan Award -- the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year honor. The Sports Network released its initial watch list prior to the 2007 season, and it included two players from CAA Football -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After six weeks of play several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Buchanan Watch list including: Brian Bradford, Towson; Stanley Gutierrez, Hofstra; Jeff Pammer, New Hampshire, Gian Villante, Hofstra and Charles Walker, Massachusetts.
Below is a rundown of each of the seven players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- Brian Bradford, LB - 6 G, 27 solo, 44 assisted, 71 total, 8.5-28 TFL, 1-12 sack, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 5 G, 15 solo, 33 assisted, 48 total, 4-9 TFL, 0.5-2 sacks, 2-10 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF
-- Jason Hatchell, LB - 5 G, 22 solo, 20 assisted, 42 total, 1-11 INT, 5 PBU
-- Tony LeZotte, S - 6 G, 18 solo, 24 assisted, 42 total, 2-3 TFL, 1-18 INT, 4 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 5 G, 25 solo, 27 assisted, 52 total, 0.5-1 TFL, 1-0 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 5 G, 24 solo, 28 assisted, 52 total, 2-7 TFL, 0.5-4 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 5 G, 20 solo, 23 assisted, 43 total, 2-2 TFL, 2 FR, 1 FF
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 six 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, (-45)-965-920 total yds, 184.0 total yds/game
-- Omar Cuff, RB - 130-663 rushing yds, 18 TD, 110.5 rushing yds/game, 21-200 receiving yds, 3 TD, 33.3 receiving yds/game, 143.8 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 138-187-2-1752 passing yds, 73.8%, 8 TD, 292.0 passing yds/game, 15-1752-1767 total yds, 294.5 total yds/game
-- Tim Hightower, RB - 105-902 rushing yds, 13 TD, 180.4 rushing yds/game, 15-112 receiving yds, 1 TD, 22.4 receiving yds/game , 202.8 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 80-111-2-984 passing yds, 72.1%, 7 TD, 164.0 passing yds/game, 90-512 rushing yds, 7 TD, 85.3 rushing yds/game, 512-984-1496 total yds, 249.3 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 102-177-4-1723 passing yds, 57.6%, 12 TD, 287.2 passing yds/game, 50-1723-1773 total yds, 295.5 total yds/game
-- Ricky Santos, QB - 115-159-2-1268 passing yds, 72.3%, 8 TD, 253.6 passing yds/game, 52-175 rushing yds, 7 TD, 35.0 rushing yds/game, 175-1268-1443 total yds, 288.6 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 139-216-11-1406 passing yds, 64.4%, 9 TD, 234.3 passing yds/game, (-89)-1406-1317 total yards, 219.5 total yds/game
CAA IN THE NFL
A total of 34 CAA Football alumni were part of NFL rosters on opening day. Below is a list of CAA Football alum who had notable stats in the most recent week of NFL action, as well as those still on rosters (includes active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve/physically unable to perform) as of Oct. 9.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - W 34-14, STL
Arizona Cardinals (1-10 rush yd)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 20-13, TEN
Atlanta Falcons (not active)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - W 9-7, SF
Baltimore Ravens (started game)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - W 27-20, GB
Chicago Bears (5 tackles, 1 interception)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - W 27-20, GB
Chicago Bears (appeared in game)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - L 34-17, NE
Cleveland Browns (3 tackles)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 25-24, BUF
Dallas Cowboys (appeared in game)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - L 41-3, SD
Denver Broncos (1 tackle)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - L 34-3, WAS
Detroit Lions (8 tackles)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - W 22-19, MIA
Houston Texans (appeared in game)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 17-7, KC
Jacksonville Jaguars (1 tackle)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - BYE
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 16-13, CAR
New Orleans Saints (4-31 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - L 16-13, CAR
New Orleans Saints (not active)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 35-24, NYG
New York Jets (not active)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 35-24, NYG
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - BYE
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 21-0, SEA
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 21-0, SEA
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2 rush yd)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - W 41-3, DEN
San Diego Chargers (5 tackles, 1-8 sack yd)
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Lang Campbell (W&M) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (‘Nova) - New England Patriots (PS)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - Philadelphia Eagles (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- James Ihedigbo (UMass) - New York Jets (IR)
- 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
#15/15 DELAWARE (5-1, 3-1)
This Week: hosts Northeastern (1-4, 0-2)
Next Week: Bye Week
--Delaware was one of only 10 FCS teams who entered last weekend unbeaten, as now just seven teams remain undefeated nationally.
-- Joe Flacco completed 40-of-51 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns against New Hampshire, setting Delaware marks for completions and attempts in a game. His passing yard mark against New Hampshire ranks as the third highest in school history.
-- Omar Cuff became only the third player in Blue Hen history to surpass 3,000 yards and set a career record for rushing touchdowns with 48 against New Hampshire. He now has 55 career touchdowns (21 in 2007)-- three shy of the Delaware record.
-- Delaware has now outscored opponents 82-21 in the second quarter this season. The Blue Hens had stopped opponents on 28 of 30 first half possessions before New Hampshire scored on three-straight to finish last weekend’s first half.
#10/10 HOFSTRA (5-0, 2-0)
This Week: at Towson (3-3, 1-3)
Next Week: hosts #11/13 New Hampshire (3-2, 1-2)
-- Kareem Huggins rushed for 137 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 71-yard TD run just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter against Maine. The CAA Special Teams Player of the Week also returned two kickoffs for 111 yards including a 92-yard KOR for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
-- The 5-0 start is Hofstra’s first since 1999 when it opened with six consecutive victories. The Pride has had four 5-0 starts in the 1990s (90-99) and 12 in the history of the program.
-- The Pride defense held the Black Bears to 290 yards, including just 90 yards rushing on 29 attempts. The Black Bears were 0-8 passing in the first quarter.
-- Charles Sullivan caught nine passes for 84 yards including a 28-yard touchdown catch. He took over sole possession of second on Hofstra’s career receptions list, and now has 191 catches for 2,371 yards.
#9/9 JAMES MADISON (5-1, 3-0)
This Week: at Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- Tony LeZotte upped his career tackles total to 363 during the Northeastern game last weekend, and became JMU's all-time leader among defensive backs, passing Eupton Jackson's total of 362 (1987-90). LeZotte now ranks seventh all-time among James Madison tacklers.
-- The Dukes’ defense shut Northeastern out in the second half after a 14-14 halftime tie.
-- James Madison’s Antoinne Bolton finished with 108 rushing yards on a career-high 18 carries against Northeastern. It marked his second career 100-yard game and was a career high for rushing yards.
-- The Dukes had a 209-207 rushing edge over Northeastern despite losing 27 on a bad punt-snap. James Madison has now out-rushed each of its foes this season and 13-straight overall dating back to last season's game against Rhode Island (Oct. 7).
MAINE (1-4, 0-3)
This Week: hosts William and Mary (3-3, 1-2)
Next Week: at Stony Brook (3-3)
-- Redshirt freshman Adam Farkes, in just his second career start, completed 21-of-40 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown against Hofstra.
-- Maine receivers Landis Williams (6), Kenneth Fersner (6), Tyrell Jones (2) and Desmond Randall (2) each set career highs for receptions in the contest at Hofstra.
-- Maine’s loss to Villanova on Sept. 15 snapped Maine’s four-game win streak over CAA South Division foes. The streak had dated back to the 2005 season when the Black Bears knocked off Delaware, 25-15, Oct. 29. Maine won all three of its games against South Division foes last season, including a 20-17 win over William and Mary.
-- A win over William and Mary would mark the seventh-straight season Maine has earned a win over a CAA South Division opponent.
#4/4 MASSACHUSETTS (4-1, 2-0)
This Week: hosts Villanova (4-2, 2-1)
Next Week: hosts Northeastern (1-4, 0-2)
-- UMass played an FBS team for the eighth time in nine years, including the game at Boston College two weeks ago. The Minutemen have now dropped all eight games.
-- Massachusetts held Boston College's quarterback Matt Ryan to just 204 yards passing, his lowest total of the season. Last weekend against Bowling Green, Ryan threw for 312 yards.
-- 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).
#11/13 NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-2, 1-2)
This Week: hosts Iona (5-1)
Next Week: at #10/10 Hofstra (5-0, 2-0)
-- Jeff Pammer led New Hampshire with 11 tackles against Delaware and moved up two spots to seventh on the Wildcats’ all-time career tackles list. The senior now has 281 career tackles, passing Czar Wiley and Scott Curtis each with 278 in their careers.
-- New Hampshire had a pair of wide receiver just miss 100 yards in receiving against Delaware. Junior Mike Boyle had four catches for 96 yds and Keith LeVan had four catches for 90 yards.
-- Ricky Santos did not return to the game after he injured his right shoulder on a running play (third-degree AC sprain). Head Coach Sean McDonnell said Monday Santos will not practice early in the week, and will be re-evaluated Thursday.
-- Keith LeVan caught four passes for 90 yards and a pair of TDs against Delaware. He also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Mike Boyle against the Blue Hens, the first of his career.
NORTHEASTERN (1-4, 0-2)
This Week: at #15/15 Delaware (5-1, 3-1)
Next Week: at #4/4 Massachusetts (4-1, 2-0)
-- Anthony Orio tied a career high for pass attempts with 37 against James Madison. He last accomplished the feat against Youngstown State in 2005. He also tied his career high for touchdown passes in a game with two against the Dukes. He has accomplished that feat four times in his career.
-- Maurice Murray led Northeastern, rushing for 182 yards against James Madison last week. Murray now has 13 career 100-yard games and his 182 yards last week was the second-highest total of his career. He rushed for 226 yards against Rhode Island in 2006.
-- Murray has a chance to break four Northeastern career records this season. The running back is only nine TDs away from Northeastern’s total touchdowns record, three TDs away from the rushing touchdowns record, 732 yards away from the rushing yards record and 123 attempts away from the rushing attempts mark.
RHODE ISLAND (1-4, 0-2)
This Week: hosts #9/9 James Madison (5-1, 3-0)
Next Week: at #20/20 Richmond (3-2, 2-1)
-- Quarterback Derek Cassidy scored three times in Rhode Island’s 49-42 overtime win over Brown in the Governor's Cup game two weekends ago. He rushed for 119 yards and two TDs on 22 carries and threw for 116 yards and a score.
--The overtime win over Brown 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 two weekends ago, marking the second-highest single-game total in school history. (516 vs. Brooklyn, Nov. 8, 1952).
#20/20 RICHMOND (3-2, 2-1)
This Week: hosts Stony Brook (3-3)
Next Week: hosts Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2)
-- Tim Hightower carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards against Towson, surpassing the 100-yard plateau for the fourth-consecutive game. It marked the first time since 1992 the feat has happened at Richmond (Uly Scott). With 120 yards, Hightower moved into third place all-time at Richmond in career rushing, with 2,690.
-- Richmond is now 5-3 when playing as a ranked team on the road under head coach Dave Clawson and 10-7 overall.
-- The Spiders did not punt in the Towson game, converted all five of its fourth-down conversions and was five-of-15 on third downs.
-- Richmond attempted a school-record five field goals against Towson, and made just two. Andrew Howard had tied the single-game record with his four first-half field goal attempts. His miss from 26-yards (blocked) on Richmond's first possession of the game was his first career miss inside 33 yards.
TOWSON (3-3, 1-3)
This Week: hosts #10/10 Hofstra (5-0, 2-0)
Next Week: at Colgate (3-2)
-- Towson snapped a three-game losing streak with a 23-21 come-from-behind win Saturday against Richmond. Trailing 21-17 with 22 seconds left, quarterback Sean Schaefer drove the Tigers 67 yards in four plays, completing four-straight passes. On the final play of the game, he threw a 14-yard TD pass to Demetrius Harrison which gave Towson the win.
-- Schaefer completed 29-of-33 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He broke two school records in the win including completing 15 consecutive passes, bettering a mark set by Ron Meehan (currently the Tigers’ quarterback coach) in 1979. His .879 completion percentage also broke the school record of .864 set by Bret Rogers against Mansfield in 1983.
-- Brian Bradford, John Webb and the Tiger defense held Richmond’s Tim Hightower to 120 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown. Bradford, the CAA’s leader in tackles, made a game high 14 tackles, including two tackles for lost yardage.
VILLANOVA (4-2, 2-1)
This Week: at #4/4 Massachusetts (4-1, 2-0)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- The 63 points scored by Villanova is the third most points scored in the program's history. The Wildcats tallied 65 against Buffalo (1998) and 64 against West Chester in 1997.
-- Villanova has scored 287 points in the last seven games against William and Mary for an average of 41.0 points per game during the span.
-- Antwon Young surpassed the 1,000 yard passing mark with 216 against the Tribe. After six games, Young has thrown for 1,192 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
-- The Wildcats have now defeated William and Mary three-straight times and in four of the last five games.
-- Senior tight end Matt Sherry had his first career 100-yard receiving game with seven catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns against William and Mary.
WILLIAM AND MARY (3-3, 1-2)
This Week: at Maine (1-4, 0-2)
Next Week: Bye Week
-- Villanova’s 63 points were the most scored against the Tribe in a conference game since it joined the league in 1993. The Wildcats’ total also marked the most points scored by an FCS team against the Tribe.
-- With 291 yards passing against Villanova, Jake Phillips eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for his career and moved into eighth place on the school’s career passing list with 4,050 yards. Phillips passed Tom Rozantz (1975-78, 4019) for eighth.
-- Redshirt freshman receiver Cameron Dohse recorded career-highs in receptions (6) and yards receiving (177) in the contest at Villanova. He also caught his second career touchdown, a 24-yard strike from Phillips.
-- Elliott Mack recorded his second-career 100-yard receiving game, finishing with 105 yards on three receptions. With Mack and Dohse over 100 yards, it marked the second time this season the Tribe had two receivers eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 7
NORTHEASTERN AT #15/15 DELAWARE
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:00 pm
Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Series: Delaware leads 9-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, Northeastern 27-24 in Brookline, Mass.
Northeastern (1-4, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-50-1 (14 years)
School: 13-25 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (5 G, 121-575 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (5 G, 58-110-3-582 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (5 G, 16-224 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Craig Kenney (5 G, 19 assisted, 16 solo, 35 total)
Sacks: AJ Lillie (5 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (5 G, 1-59 yards)
Delaware (5-1, 3-1 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 134-44-1 (14 years)
School: 46-23 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (6 G, 130-663 yards, 18 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (6 G, 138-187-2-1752 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (5 G, 31-423 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Bratton (5 G, 15 assisted, 27 solo, 42 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (5 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (6 G, 2-78 yards)
VILLANOVA AT #4/4 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 1:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Series: Tied 11-11
Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2006, Massachusetts 31-21 in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova (4-2, 2-1 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 180-114-2 (28 years)
School: 152-96-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (6 G, 95-367 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (6 G, 99-153-4-1192 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (6 G, 25-332 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Osayi Osunde (6 G, 23 assisted, 14 solo, 37 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (6 G, 5-19 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (6 G, 2-42 yards)
Massachusetts (4-1, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 82-38 (11 years)
School: 30-12 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (5 G, 102-581 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (5 G, 79-119-4-965 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (5 G, 30-387 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (5 G, 23 assisted, 20 solo, 43 total)
Sacks: David Burris (5 G, 6-37 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (5 G, 2-20 yards)
#9/9 JAMES MADISON AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 1:00 pm
Meade Stadium (5,180), Kingston, R.I.
Series: James Madison leads 5-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, James Madison 35-23 in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison (5-1, 3-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 61-41 (9 years)
School: 61-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (6 G, 90-512 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (6 G, 80-111-2-984 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (5 G, 21-286 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (6 G, 30 assisted, 24 solo, 54 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (6 G, 2-7 yards)
Interceptions: Darrieus Ramsey (6 G, 2-7 yards)
Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 82-76 (14 years)
School: 31-53 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (5 G, 108-512 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (5 G, 38-81-4-541 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (5 G, 19-259 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (5 G, 18 assisted, 20 solo, 38 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (5 G, 3-22 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (5 G, 2-64 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT MAINE
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 3:00 pm
Morse Field at Alfond Stadium (10,000), Orono, Maine
Television: WABI-TV (Maine) - George Hale (pbp), Walter Abbott (analyst), Tim Throckmorton( sideline), Keith Allen (producer), Peter Hewitt (director)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Maine Broadcast)
Series: William and Mary leads 5-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2006, Maine 20-17 in Williamsburg, Va.
William and Mary (3-3, 1-2 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 181-130-2 (28 years)
School: 181-130-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (4 G, 44-229 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (6 G, 102-177-4-1723 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Elliott Mack (6 G, 19-393 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (6 G, 23 assisted, 33 solo, 56 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (6 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (6 G, 3-69 yards)
Maine (1-4, 0-3 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-87 (15 years)
School: 77-87 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (5 G, 89-421 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (4 G, 42-86-2-372 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Mulligan (5 G, 9-112 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (5 G, 22 assisted, 24 solo, 46 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (5 G, 3-16 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (5 G, 1-20 yards)
#10/10 HOFSTRA AT TOWSON
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 3:30 pm
Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198), Towson, Md.
Television: CSNHD (where available), CSN-MA, CSS, SNY - Bob Picozzi (pbp), Jay Walker (analyst), Joel Kitay (producer), Bill Bell (director)
Series: Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2006, Towson 33-30 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Hofstra (5-0, 2-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 7-9 (2 years)
School: 7-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (5 G, 117-597 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (5 G, 105-159-7-1289 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (5 G, 39-493 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (5 G, 28 assisted, 1245 solo, 52 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (5 G, 2.5-22 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (5 G, 2-19 yards)
Towson (3-3, 1-3 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 89-76 (16 years)
School: 89-76 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (5 G, 77-296 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (6 G, 139-216-11-1406 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (6 G, 32-340 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (6 G, 44 assisted, 27 solo, 71 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (6 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Raymond White (6 G, 2-61 yards)
IONA AT #11/13 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Series: New Hampshire leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 12, 2005, New Hampshire 56-0 in Durham, N.H.
Coach: Fred Mariani (St. Joseph’s College - Indiana, 1974)
Career: 41-57 (10 years)
School: 41-57 (10 years)
Rushing: Dane Samuels (6 G, 102-661 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Nick Rossetti (6 G, 86-135-6-1167 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: DeMarcus White (6 G, 28-385 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Adam Lipski (6 G, 32 assisted, 22 solo, 54 total)
Sacks: Dan Walters (6 G, 4-21 yards)
Interceptions: Reggie Dorsainvil (6 G, 2-(-4) yards)
New Hampshire (3-2, 1-2 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 56-44 (9 years)
School: 56-44 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (5 G 45-193 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (5 G, 115-159-2-1268 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (5 G, 32-400 yards, 7 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (5 G, 27 assisted, 25 solo, 52 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (5 G, 2-9 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (5 G, 2-46 yards)
STONY BROOK AT #20/20 RICHMOND
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 3:30 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Series: First Meeting
Stony Brook (3-3)
Coach: Chuck Priore (Albany, 1982)
Career: 47-18 (8 years)
School: 8-9 (2 years)
Rushing: Conte Cuttino (6 G 107-561 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Josh Dudash (6 G, 112-198-7-1283 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Lynell Suggs (6 G, 46-649 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Adam Soivilien (6 G, 32 assisted, 16 solo, 48 total)
Sacks: Adam Soivilien (6 G, 2-11 yards)
Interceptions: Mike McCoy (6 G, 2-0 yards)
Richmond (3-2, 2-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 50-48 (9 years)
School: 21-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (5 G, 105-902 yards, 13 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (5 G, 90-135-6-953 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (5 G, 26-400 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (5 G, 23 assisted, 16 solo, 39 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (5 G, 3-24 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (4 G, 1-0 yards), Seth Williams (5 G, 1-0 yards)