CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- NOV. 5
CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Nov. 5. Four individuals earned honors after impressive performances in their respective teams’ contests Saturday, including Northeastern’s Maurice Murray, Maine’s Jovan Belcher, James Madison’s Griff Yancey and Delaware’s Jon Striefsky.
Murray helped Northeastern record its second-straight win over a nationally ranked New Hampshire squad, 31-13, on the road. This week’s CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week carried the ball a CAA Football record 55 times and gained 206 yards including three touchdowns. The Mamaroneck, N.Y., native also set numerous school records on the day as he became the Huskies’ all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 39. His 55 carries, which broke the CAA Football record held by New Hampshire’s Jerry Azumah (53 vs. Connecticut, 1998), also marked a school record and moved him into sole possession of first-place on the all-time carries list at Northeastern with 764. The senior eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight season, and is just 215 yards shy of holding the Huskies’ record for career rushing yards which stands at 3,692 (L.J. McKanas, 1998-01).
Belcher, the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, helped a homestanding Maine squad earn its second-straight win on the season topping Towson 16-13. The junior made seven total tackles in the win, which included a tackle-for-loss for a game-best 13 yards. The West Babylon, N.Y., native also forced a fumble and tallied a sack for a game-best total of 11 yards. Belcher was part of a defense which intercepted Towson quarterback Sean Schaefer twice and held the Tiger ground game to just 46 yards.
Striefsky, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, remained perfect on the season by scoring 13 of No. 7 Delaware’s 37 points in it 37-34 win over No. 12 James Madison. The Landsdale, Pa., native connected on first-half field goals of 24, 31 and 37 yards to match his own single-game school record. His 37-yarder with three ticks left on the clock in the first half tied a career-long and helped put the Blue Hens in front 16-6 at halftime. The sophomore, who also was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT’s, has now connected on 13-of-13 (Delaware record) field goals this season and 44-of-44 extra-point tries. No other placekicker in the country remains perfect on as many attempts (57).
Yancey logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after garnering a career day in No. 12 James Madison’s 37-34 loss at No. 7 Delaware. The Glen Allen, Va., native tallied 323 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the loss -- more than doubling his all-purpose yardage totals coming into the Delaware game. The redshirt freshman rushed a career-best 17 times, gaining 171 yards and two touchdowns, including an 86-yard carry which marked the third-longest in Dukes’ history. His 323 all-purpose yards (171 rushing, 152 kickoff returns) rank as the second-most ever by a JMU player, and are the most since Jay Jones accumulated 339 yards in 1996. Yancey’s 171 rushing yards rank second all-time by a Dukes’ freshman, while his 152 yards in kickoff returns are seventh-best ever at James Madison.
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 seven times.
CAA Football has also boasted at least two teams in the polls’ Top 10 in 63 of the last 67 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 37-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 20 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL BREAKDOWN
2007 - (Week 9) - Delaware, James Madison, Hofstra, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova
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 4-8, 10) - 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 NOTEBOOK
CAA Football squads are a combined 21-4 (.840) 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. Four of the six CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up more than 25 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Southern and Gateway Conferences come within two teams of having as many squads ranked, but each do not have as many among the Top-15 as the CAA -- Southern (3) and Gateway (2).For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 19 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 20 of the notes.
NCAA RECORDS WATCH
It is NCAA Record watch time with just two weeekends remaining in the regular season. New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos, Delaware’s Omar Cuff and Richmond’s Tim Hightower are lurking among some of the all-time NCAA marks. Santos is fourth on the all-time career TD pass list with 117 (Record: 140), fifth on the career pass yards list with 12,385 (Record: 14,496) and third on the all-time career total offense list with 13,785 (Record: 16,823). Cuff is fourth in career points-per-game with a 11.1 average (Record: 12.5) and currently holds the single-season points-per-game mark with a 20.7 average (Existing Record: 16.2). Cuff’s single-season rushing touchdown mark of 27 is just three off the all-time record of 30, while his single-season overall touchdown mark of 31 ties the all-time record of 31. Hightower’s 12.7 point-per-game average this season ranks 19th all-time (Record: 16.2).
THAT MAKES IT 15 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall Sept. 15 and Delaware’s most recent 59-52 win at Navy Oct. 27, CAA Football has now won 15 games versus BCS/FBS opponents in the last 10 years (11 different opponents). The league also boasts two wins over the BCS/FBS level in five of the last six seasons. CAA Football sports a 10-year record of 15-56 (.211) against BCS/FBS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 19 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. CAA Football has garnered recognition in eight of the 10 weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 13 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 15 National Player of the Week honorees. Checkout pages 16-18 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 31 of Delaware’s 45 total touchdowns over nine games this season (20-of-26 in six conference games). His 20.7 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 4.2 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 8.0 points better than the FBS rankings leader (Kevin Smith, Central Florida).
THE CENTURY MEN
The proverbial number which determines greatness in a running back’s season is 1,000 yards. CAA Football has four such backs in its fold, while two others are just footsteps away from reaching the honorable plateau. Richmond’s Tim Hightower was the first to cross the 1,000 yardline this season, and now with his 1,388 mark, is pushing to the 1,500 yard level. Delaware’s Omar Cuff crossed it Oct. 27, and takes a 1,105 yard total into the remaining two weeks of the regular season. Northeastern’s Maurice Murray used a 206-yard efford, Nov. 3, to place himself among the CAA 1,000-yard rushers and is currently sitting at 1,092 this season. Massachusetts’ Matt Lawrence also passed the 1,000-yard barrier on a wet and windy track, Nov. 3. The Bloomfield, Conn., native now has 1,066 going into the final two weeks of the regular season. Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (937) and Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins (932) each have aspirations of reaching the 1,000 mark as both have at least two contests remaining in 2007.
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 updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and two players from CAA Football remained from the preseason watch list -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After 10 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 - 9 G, 50 solo, 65 assisted, 115 total, 12-45 TFL, 3-25 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 4 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 9 G, 25 solo, 46 assisted, 71 total, 6.5-20 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 4-10 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF
-- *Jason Hatchell, LB - 9 G, 39 solo, 46 assisted, 85 total, 4.5-12 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF
-- *Tony LeZotte, S - 9 G, 36 solo, 36 assisted, 72 total, 3-5 TFL, 2-15 INT, 7 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 9 G, 38 solo, 59 assisted, 97 total, 1.5-3 TFL, 0.5-1 sacks, 2-66 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 9 G, 44 solo, 45 assisted, 89 total, 5-19 TFL, 1.5-12 sacks, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 9 G, 33 solo, 50 assisted, 83 total, 5-12 TFL, 1 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF
* -- Buck Buchanan Watch List (Oct. 16)
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 updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and a total of five players from CAA Football were part of the roster-- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond; Kareem Huggins, Hofsta and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire.
After 10 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; Rodney Landers, James Madison Jake Phillips, William and Mary and Sean Schaefer, Towson.
Below is a rundown of each of the nine players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- *Liam Coen, QB - 137-219-9-1751 passing yds, 62.6%, 18 TD, 194.6 pass yds/game, 245-(-87)-1751-1664 total yds, 184.9 total yds/game
-- *Omar Cuff, RB - 225-1105 rushing yds, 27 TD, 122.8 rushing yds/game, 35-334 receiving yds, 4 TD, 37.1 receiving yds/game, 159.9 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 208-295-3-2665 passing yds, 70.5%, 13 TD, 296.1 passing yds/game, 324-51-2665-2716 total yds, 301.8 total yds/game
-- *Tim Hightower, RB - 207-1388 rushing yds, 16 TD, 154.2 rushing yds/game, 27-194 receiving yds, 3 TD, 21.6 receiving yds/game, 175.8 all-purpose yds/game
-- *Kareem Huggins, RB - 169-932 rushing yds, 9 TD, 116.5 rushing yds/game, 14-105 receiving yds, 0 TD, 13.1 receiving yds/game, 209.8 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 104-163-4-1394 passing yds, 63.8%, 11 TD, 154.9 passing yds/game, 149-823 rushing yds, 8 TD, 91.4 rushing yds/game, 312-823-1394-2217 total yds, 246.3 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 153-269-6-2240 passing yds, 56.9%, 15 TD, 248.9 passing yds/game, 346-178-2240-2418 total yds, 268.7 total yds/game
-- *Ricky Santos, QB - 178-243-4-2145 passing yds, 73.3%, 18 TD, 268.1 passing yds/game, 70-234 rushing yds, 9 TD, 29.2 rushing yds/game, 313-234-2145-2379 total yds, 297.4 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 193-322-18-1962 passing yds, 59.9%, 10 TD, 218.0 passing yds/game, 364-(-94)-1962-1868 total yards, 207.6 total yds/game
* -- Walter Payton Watch List (Oct. 16)
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 Nov. 6.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - L 17-10, TB
Arizona Cardinals (not active)
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - L 17-10, TB
Arizona Cardinals (1-1 rush yd)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - W 20-16, SF
Atlanta Falcons (2 tackles)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - L 38-7, PIT
Baltimore Ravens (started game at OL)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - BYE
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - BYE
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 33-30, SEA
Cleveland Browns (appeared in game)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 38-17, PHI
Dallas Cowboys (1 tackle)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - L 44-7, DET
Denver Broncos (appeared in game)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 44-7, DEN
Detroit Lions (5 tackles, 1 QB hurry)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - L 41-24, NO
Jacksonville Jaguars (appeared in game)
- Lance Schulters (Hofstra) - BYE
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - W 35-17, SD
Minnesota Vikings (1 tackle)
- Raymond Ventrone (Villanova) - W 24-20, IND
New England Patriots (appeared in game)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - W 41-24, JAC
New Orleans Saints (10-159 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - W 41-24, JAC
New Orleans Saints (did not appear in game)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 23-20, WAS
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 2330, WAS
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - L 38-17, DAL
Philadelphia Eagles (appeared in game)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - L 38-17, DAL
Philadelphia Eagles (16-65 rush yd, 1 TD, 14-90 rec yd)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 38-7, BAL
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at OL)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 38-7, BAL
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at FB)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - L 35-17, MIN
San Diego Chargers (6 tackles, 1 pass def, 1 force fumble)
- Jeremy Cain (Massachusetts) - W 20-7, CAR
Tennessee Titans (appeared in game)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Ryan Gibbons (N’eastern) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - Houston Texans (IR)
- 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
#6/6 DELAWARE (8-1, 5-1)
This Week: hosts #8/9 Richmond (7-2, 5-1)
Next Week: at Villanova (5-4, 3-3)
-- Omar Cuff surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the 17th time in his career and also caught seven passes for 66 yards, surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving yardage mark for his career against James Madison last weekend.
-- Omar Cuff improved his rushing touchdown season total to 27 and his overall touchdown mark to 31 in the game against James Madison. The marks both set CAA records for rushing touchdowns and overall touchdowns in a season, passing the standards set by Marcel Shipp (Massachusetts) and Brian Westbrook (Villanova), respectively. Cuff’s 31 total touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS single-season mark established by Kevin Richardson of Appalachian State in 2006.
-- Delaware's defense allowed 403 rushing yards against JMU, the fourth highest total ever allowed by the Hens and the second-straight week it has allowed over 340 yards rushing. It marked the first time in school history UD has allowed over 300 yards rushing in consecutive games. Delaware also allowed two runners to run for over 150 or more yards in the same game for the first time in school history.
#18/18 HOFSTRA (7-2, 4-2)
This Week: at Northeastern (2-7, 1-5)
Next Week: hosts #9/8 Massachusetts (7-2, 5-1)
-- Bryan Savage completed 15-of-17 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed 13 times for 57 yards and three touchdowns in the Pride’s 38-14 victory over William and Mary Saturday. He was a combined 11-for-12 passing in the first half for a total of 165 yards and touchdown.
-- Charles Sullivan hauled in three passes for 37 yards to boost his Hofstra career receptions record. Sullivan now has 220 career catches for 2,734 yards, He needs 101 receiving yards to pass Marques Colston (2,834) for the career record.
-- Red-shirt freshman Everette Benjamin, starting for the injured Kareem Huggins, rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries against William and Mary. True freshman Jeff Aime also rushed 23 time for 81 yards, and caught one pass for one yard in Huggins’ absence.
-- The Pride held the Tribe to just 263 yards, 150.9 yards below their season average, as Hofstra recorded its sixth sub-300 yard defensive game of the season.
#15/16 JAMES MADISON (6-3, 4-2)
This Week: at William and Mary (4-5, 2-4)
Next Week: hosts Towson (3-6, 1-5)
-- Antoinne Bolton carried the ball a career-best 19 times for a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns against Delaware last weekend. Bolton, along with Griff Yancey’s 171 yards on the ground, combined to mark the first-ever game in JMU history two backs have rushed for more than 150 yards.
-- The Dukes have turned the ball over 10 times in the last three games, and are 1-2 in those games. JMU had three fumbles in the win at Rhode Island, two fumbles and an interception in the loss to Richmond and three fumbles and an interception in the loss at Delaware.
-- Rodney Landers set James Madison’s season record for rushing yards by a quarterback in the Delaware game. Landers, who was also returning punts during the game, has 823 yards and eight touchdowns this season, breaking Eriq Williams’ mark of 764 in 1990. His 1,257 career rushing yards rank second for a JMU signal-caller behind Williams' 2,322 (1989-92).
MAINE (3-6, 2-4)
This Week: hosts Rhode Island (2-7, 1-5)
Next Week: at #14/14 New Hampshire (6-3, 3-3)
-- Maine’s victory over Towson marked the 79th win in Jack Cosgrove's career, moving him into a tie with Fred Brice (1921-40) for the second most wins in program history. Cosgrove now stands just one win shy of the all-time mark in program history, set by Harold Westerman, who had 80 from 1951-66.
-- The Black Bears rushed for 207 yards, including 82 from Jhamal Fluellen. Fluellen, who is just 63 yards shy of the 1,000 yard mark for the season, also scored the first touchdown of the game against Towson on a four-yard dash in the third quarter.
-- Towson pulled to within one point , 14-13, with a little just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Tigers elected to go for two and the win, but Maine’s Troy Harris intercepted Sean Schaeffer's pass in the endzone and returned it 100 yards for the two points to seal the Maine win.
-- Jovan Belcher finished the Towson game with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, while Derrick Harris (Troy's younger brother) made a team-high 10 tackles.
#9/8 MASSACHUSETTS (7-2, 5-1)
This Week: host #14/14 New Hampshire (6-3, 3-3)
Next Week: at #18/18 Hofstra (7-2, 4-2)
-- UMass is now 20-2 against FCS teams over the last two seasons including 17 regular-season wins against FCS teams in the last 18 tries.
-- Liam Coen is just 77 yards from breaking the all-time Massachusetts’ passing yards mark of 7,018 set by Tod Bankhead (1998-99). Coen’s current total is 6,942 in just under three seasons.
-- J.J. Moore ranks second in career catches at UMass with 155, he also ranks third in career yards with 2,030. Moore is only the four receiver in UMass history to pass the 2,000 yard receiving mark. Adrian Zullo holds both records after hauling in 187 career catches for 2,892 yards from 1998-2002.
-- Matt Lawrence passed the 1,000-yard plateau with 83 yards in the Rhode Island loss. The milestone marks the first-ever for Lawrence, but is the sixth-straight season the Minutemen have had a back over the 1,000-yard barrier.
#14/14 NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-3, 3-3)
This Week: at #9/8 Massachusetts (7-2, 5-1)
Next Week: hosts Maine (3-6, 2-4)
-- Ricky Santos is now ranked fifth on the all-time NCAA FCS passing yardage list with 12,385 career passing yards. He passed Jamie Martin, who finished his career with 12,207. Santos also needs just two more touchdown passes to reach 119, a mark held by Alcorn State's Steve McNair.
-- Jeff Pammer recorded a game-high 21 tackles against Northeastern, moving him up to No. 3 on New Hampshire’s all-time career tackles list. He now has 326 career tackles and passed the mark of 322 by Chris McGrath back in 1987-91.
-- Chad Kackert recorded eight rushes for 38 yards and hauled in six catches for 50 yards and a TD. The sophomore also was back to return kicks, including six returns for 126 yards against Northeastern.
-- New Hampshire trailed drastically in time of possession in last weekend’s game against Northeastern. The Wildcats had the ball just 11:47 in the loss the Huskies, while Northeastern controlled the pigskin 48:13 of the 60-minute contest.
NORTHEASTERN (2-7, 1-5)
This Week: hosts #18/18 Hofstra (7-2, 4-2)
Next Week: at Rhode Island (2-7, 1-5)
-- Maurice Murray rushed a school-record 55 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns against New Hampshire. His first touchdown marked the school record for career rushing TD’s, while his three total touchdowns marked a career-high. The 206 yards is the ninth-best single-game in Huskies’ history. His 55 attempts, also a league record, gave him 764 for his career which is the most in school history.
-- Murray now has 1,092 yards on the season -- third-most in single-season Northeastern history. The senior is just 215 yards away from L.J. McKanas’ all-time record of 3,692 yards in a career.
-- Northeastern did not punt in the UNH game, marking the first time since 1973 the Huskies did not punt in a game. (Nov. 10, 1973 - S. Connecticut).
-- Anthony Orio finished the game 11-for-12 in passing for 153 yards and a touchdown. His 91.7 percent completion rate is the highest ever single-game percentage by a Northeastern quarterback.
RHODE ISLAND (2-7, 1-5)
This Week: at Maine (3-6, 2-4)
Next Week: hosts Northeastern (2-7, 1-5)
-- The Rams’ win over Massachusetts marked the first over a ranked opponent this season (1-5), the first since defeating No. 15 Maine 3-0 on Oct. 28, 2006, and their first over a Top-10 opponent since knocking off No. 7 William and Mary Sept. 17, 2005.
-- The win last weekend was Rhode Island's 35th over UMass - the most against any all-time opponent - as well as the Rams first-ever CAA Football win.
-- Rhode Island improved to 5-7 all-time in overtime contests, including a 2-1 mark this season. The Rams entered 2007 having never played more than two overtimes in one season.
-- The Rams are just one of three NCAA FCS teams who have played three overtime games in the one season dating back to the 2001 season. Only Penn (2006) and Coastal Carolina (2005) have been in more than two overtime games in the same season.
#8/9 RICHMOND (7-2, 5-1)
This Week: at #6/6 Delaware (8-1, 5-1)
Next Week: hosts William and Mary (4-5, 2-4)
--With the win over Villanova last weekend Richmond now has 22 wins from 2005-2007, marking the second-most wins in a three-year span in school history. The Spiders won 25 between 1998 and 2000.
-- Walter Payton candidate Tim Hightower has now scored a touchdown in 10 consecutive games and rushed for his 30th career TD to set a new Richmond record, breaking the previous record of 29 held by Uly Scott. Hightower's 187 yards against Villanova was his third-best rushing performance of the season, while his 36 attempts were a season high and one off his career-high. Hightower became just the third Richmond back in history to rush for 3,000 yards in his career and with 3,176 is 345 shy of the Spiders' career mark of 3,520 held by Uly Scott.
-- Under Dave Clawson, the Spiders are now 14-7 when playing as a ranked team (9-4 at home). Richmond also improved to 22-2 when leading at the half, 17-0 when surpassing 30-points and 18-4 when scoring first under Clawson following the Villanova win.
TOWSON (3-6, 1-5)
This Week: hosts Villanova (5-4, 3-3)
Next Week: at #15/16 James Madison (6-3, 4-2)
-- Brian Bradford made a career high 18 tackles in the Tigers’ 16-13 loss at Maine. Bradford, the CAA leader with 115 tackles, now has 294 tackles in his career and is tied for fourth place on the Tigers’ career tackle list with fellow-senior John Webb.
-- Sean Schaefer completed 25-of-45 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown at Maine. His 250 yards passing, moved into third place on the Tigers’ career list of passing leaders with 7,767 yards passing Kevin Smith’s total of 7,746. Schaefer needs just 116 yards to move into second place on the list. The junior also currently has 49 career TD passes.
-- The high winds and steady rains (remnants of Hurrican Noel) nearly kept the team in Bangor, Maine, last Saturday night. Towson’s charter flight left Bangor Airport at 8:00 p.m., more than two hours late due to the weather delay.
-- Marcus Lee matched his career-high with nine receptions for 79 yards against the Black Bears.
VILLANOVA (5-4, 3-3)
This Week: at Towson (3-6, 1-5)
Next Week: hosts #6/6 Delaware (8-1, 5-1)
-- Wide receiver Phil Atkinson caught two touchdown passes and threw for another in the 35-27 loss last weekend at Richmond.
-- Wide receiver Brandyn Harvey tallied his second 100-yard receiving game of his career - five catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.
-- The Wildcats are now 1-3 against Top-25 opponents this season. Villanova has lost to a ninth-ranked JMU squad (35-7), a fourth-ranked UMass team in overtime (32-24) and an 11th-ranked Richmond team (35-27). The Wildcats topped a then-ranked No. 15 Hofstra team at home 35-31.
-- Osayi Osunde recorded 12 tackles in the loss at Richmond. Osunde now has recorded double-figure tackle games in four of the last five games. He made 11 stops in the loss at James Madison, just five against William and Mary, but has had 11 or more against Massachusetts, Hofstra and Richmond.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-5, 2-4)
This Week: hosts #15/16 James Madison (6-3, 4-2)
Next Week: at #8/9 Richmond (7-2, 5-1)
-- Quarterback Jake Phillips was held to a season-low 92 yards on 12-for-22 passing against Hofstra. Phillips failed to throw a touchdown pass for just the second time this season (loss at Virginia Tech).
-- William and Mary dropped its second-straight game and fell to 4-5 on the year and 2-4 in conference play. The loss marked the first time this season the Tribe dropped back-to-back games.
-- True freshman running back Terrence Riggins made his collegiate debut at Hofstra and scored on a 2-yard run on the Tribe’s second possession Riggins is now the third true freshman to see playing time this season for the Tribe, joining defensive back Terrell Wells and defensive lineman Michael Stover.
-- Courtland Marriner recorded his first career touchdown reception, a 16-yard catch-and-run from Mike Potts. The play also stood as Potts’ first touchdown pass of the season.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 11
RHODE ISLAND AT MAINE
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 12:00 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)
Series: Maine leads 48-34-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, Rhode Island 3-0 in Kingston, R.I.
Rhode Island (2-7, 1-5 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 83-79 (14 years)
School: 32-56 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (8 G, 163-782 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (8 G, 63-122-5-854 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (9 G, 30-409 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (8 G, 32 assisted, 28 solo, 60 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (9 G, 4-27 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (9 G, 3-64 yards)
Maine (3-6, 2-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 79-89 (15 years)
School: 79-89 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (9 G, 189-937 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (8 G, 78-154-4-836 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (8 G, 27-369 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (9 G, 44 assisted, 43 solo, 87 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (9 G, 6-45 yards)
Interceptions: Jonathan Calderon (8 G, 2-34 yards)
#14/14 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT #9/8 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 12:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Television: CN8, SNY - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), John Carchedi (sideline), Bob Allen (producer), Bob Johnson (director)
Series: Massachusetts leads 41-25-3
Last Meeting: Dec. 2, 2006, Massachusetts 24-17 in Amherst, Mass.
New Hampshire (6-3, 3-3 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 59-45 (9 years)
School: 59-45 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (9 G 61-272 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (8 G, 178-243-4-2145 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (9 G, 51-665 yards, 10 TD)
Tackles: Husain Karim (9 G, 74 assisted, 23 solo, 97 total) and
Jeff Pammer (9 G, 59 assisted, 38 solo, 97 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (9 G, 4-13 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer (9 G, 2-66 yards)
Massachusetts (7-2, 5-1 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 85-39 (11 years)
School: 33-13 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (9 G, 211-1066 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (9 G, 137-219-9-1751 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (9 G, 50-707 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Jason Hatchell (9 G, 46 assisted, 39 solo, 85 total)
Sacks: David Burris (9 G, 9-54 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (9 G, 3-39 yards)
#18/18 HOFSTRA AT NORTHEASTERN
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 12:00 pm
Parsons Field (7,000), Brookline, Mass.
Series: Northeastern leads 8-5
Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2006, Northeastern 34-24 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Hofstra (7-2, 4-2 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 9-11 (2 years)
School: 9-11 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (8 G, 169-932 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (9 G, 191-300-15-2317 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (9 G, 68-856 yards, 6 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (9 G, 45 assisted, 44 solo, 89 total)
Sacks: Thomas Massey (9 G, 4-32 yards)
Interceptions: Stanley Gutierrez (9 G, 4-10 yards)
Northeastern (2-7, 1-5 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 105-53-1 (14 years)
School: 14-28 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (9 G, 247-1092 yards, 10 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (9 G, 110-185-5-1205 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (9 G, 24-329 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Joe Mele (9 G, 29 assisted, 35 solo, 64 total)
Sacks: Jason Anzalone (9 G, 2-18 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (8 G, 1-59 yards)
VILLANOVA AT TOWSON
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 12:00 pm
Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198), Towson, Md.
Television: CSN-MA, CSN-P - Michael Reghi (pbp), Jay Walker(analyst), Ken Neal (producer), Ernie Baur (director)
Series: Towson leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, Towson 21-13 in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova (5-4, 3-3 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 181-116-2 (28 years)
School: 153-98-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (9 G, 165-655 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (6 G, 99-153-4-1192 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (9 G, 31-403 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Osayi Osunde (9 G, 43 assisted, 28 solo, 71 total)
Sacks: Greg Miller (9 G, 5.5-30 yards)
Interceptions: Martel Moody (8 G, 3-71 yards)
Towson (3-6, 1-5 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 89-79 (16 years)
School: 89-79 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (8 G, 121-479 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (9 G, 193-322-18-1962 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (9 G, 51-534 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (9 G, 65 assisted, 50 solo, 115 total)
Sacks: Richard Lee (9 G, 3-31 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (9 G, 2-78 yards)
#8/9 RICHMOND AT #6/6 DELAWARE
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 1:00 pm
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Richmond Broadcast)
Series: Delaware leads 1805
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, Delaware 28-24 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond (7-2, 5-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 54-48 (9 years)
School: 25-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (9 G, 207-1388 yards, 16 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (9 G, 142-225-7-1461 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (7 G, 35-519 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (9 G, 52 assisted, 36 solo, 88 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (9 G, 6-50 yards)
Interceptions: Stephen Howell (9 G, 2-11 yards)
Delaware (8-1, 5-1 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 137-44-1 (14 years)
School: 49-23 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (9 G, 225-1105 yards, 27 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (9 G, 208-295-3-2665 yards, 13 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (8 G, 44-596 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Erik Johnson (9 G, 36 assisted, 35 solo, 71 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (8 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (9 G, 2-78 yards)
#15/16 JAMES MADISON AT WILLIAM AND MARY
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 7:00 pm
Cary Field at Walter J. Zable Stadium (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Series: James Madison leads 15-14
Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2006, James Madison 31-17 in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison (6-3, 4-2 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 62-43 (9 years)
School: 62-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (9 G, 149-823 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (9 G, 104-163-4-1394 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (7 G, 23-354 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (9 G, 45 assisted, 43 solo, 88 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (9 G, 4-17 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (9 G, 2-15 yards)
William and Mary (4-5, 2-4 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 182-132-2 (28 years)
School: 182-132-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (7 G, 94-408 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (9 G, 153-269-6-2240 yards, 15 TD)
Receiving: Elliott Mack (9 G, 31-520 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (9 G, 40 assisted, 44 solo, 84 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (8 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (9 G, 3-69 yards)