CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- NOV. 12
CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Nov. 12. Five individuals earned honors after helping each of their teams to victories Saturday, including Richmond’s Eric Ward, Maine’s Jovan Belcher, Villanova’s Tim Kukucka, James Madison’s Griff Yancey and Massachusetts’ Chris Koepplin.
Ward turned in a flawless performance in No. 9 Richmond’s 62-56 five-overtime win on the road at No. 6 Delaware. This week’s CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week completed 16-of-29 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns. The Atlanta, Ga., native also carried the ball 12 times for 81 yards, second-best on the game for the Spiders. Ward accounted for 14 of Richmond’s 22 first downs during the game and played his second-straight game without throwing an interception. During the five overtimes, Ward was 5-of-10 for 52 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion toss. After the first three overtimes, one of which included Ward’s third touchdown-pass of the game, Delaware punched it in on the first play of the game’s fourth overtime session. Ward answered the Blue Hen strike with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Mitchell on the Spiders’ first play of their fourth overtime possession. The sophomore backed up the TD-pass with a two-point conversion toss to Kevin Grayson, knotting the game at 56-56 and forcing the decisive fifth overtime.
Belcher, one of two CAA Football Defensive Players of the Week, helped a homestanding Maine squad earn its third-straight win on the season topping Rhode Island 35-0. The junior, who helped limit the Rams to 91 yards -- a CAA Football season-low mark in total offense, recorded a team-best five tackles. The West Babylon, N.Y., native recorded two of his five stops behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of six yards, while also forcing a fumble and knocking down a pass. The Black Bear defense limited Rhode Island to just over 19 minutes of possession, while forcing six punts, four turnovers and one loss on downs in 13 total possessions.
Kukucka, the second of two CAA Football Defensive Players of the Week, made a total of five tackles in Villanova’s 14-12 win over Towson. Three of the sophomore’s five total tackles came behind the line of scrimmage (loss of 19 yards), including two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. The Wall, N.J., native forced two fumbles on the day as the Wildcats limited the Tigers to just 27 yards on the ground, the fewest rushing yards allowed this season by Villanova. The defensive end now leads Villanova with a total of seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss on the season.
Koepplin earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after scoring nine of eighth-ranked Massachusetts points in a 27-7 victory over No. 14 New Hampshire. Koepplin boomed a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter to open the game’s scoring. Koepplin’s boot marked the second-longest field goal ever made at UMass, just behind two kicks of 52 yards. Later in the fourth quarter, the Kings Park, N.Y., native added a 29-yard kick to book-end the scoring on the day and make the final, 27-7. On the year, the senior is 9-of-13 in field goal attempts and has yet to miss a PAT, connecting on 35-straight including three in the win over New Hampshire.
Yancey logged his second CAA Football Rookie of the Week honor in as many weeks after garnering another career day in No. 16 James Madison’s 55-34 win at William and Mary. The Glen Allen, Va., native carried the ball a career-high 25 times for a total of 132 yards and three touchdowns. Yancey accounted for all three of James Madison’s touchdowns in the first quarter, which began a string of eight-straight scoring drives for the Dukes. The redshirt-freshman hauled in four catches for 45 yards and also returned a kickoff 13 yards. Yancey finished the game with 190 all-purpose yards, and has now carried the ball for 100-or-more yards in each of the last two games for the Dukes.
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 64 of the last 68 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 38-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 21 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, 10-11) - 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 Conference comes within two teams of having as many squads ranked, but only two of its four squads are among the Top-15. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 20 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 21 of the notes.
NCAA RECORDS WATCH
It is NCAA Record watch time with just one weeekend remaining in the regular season. New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos and Delaware’s Omar Cuff 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), fourth on the career pass yards list with 12,606 (Record: 14,496) and third on the all-time career total offense list with 13,981 (Record: 16,823). Cuff is fourth in career points-per-game with a 11.2 average (Record: 12.5) and currently holds the single-season points-per-game mark with a 19.8 average (Existing Record: 16.2). Cuff’s single-season rushing touchdown mark of 29 is just one off the all-time record of 30, while his single-season overall touchdown mark of 33 breaks the all-time record of 31 set last season.
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 20 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 11 weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 13 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 16 National Player of the Week honorees. Check out pages 17-19 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 33 of Delaware’s 52 total touchdowns over 10 games this season (22-of-33 in seven conference games). His 19.8 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 4.5 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 6.0 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 five 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 1,501 mark, is pushing to the 1,750 yard level. Delaware’s Omar Cuff crossed it Oct. 27, and takes a 1,294 yard total into the final week of the regular season. Northeastern’s Maurice Murray used a 206-yard effort, Nov. 3, to place himself among the CAA 1,000-yard rushers and is currently sitting at 1,239 this season. Massachusetts’ Matt Lawrence also passed the 1,000-yard barrier on a wet and windy track, Nov. 3, and has upped his mark to 1,205. Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen crossed into the promise land against Rhode Island, Nov. 10, and has one more game this season he can use to add to his total of 1,021. Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins (932) and James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers (994) each have aspirations of reaching the 1,000 mark as both have at least one contest 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 11 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 - 10 G, 55 solo, 79 assisted, 134 total, 13.5-50 TFL, 3.5-27 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 4 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 10 G, 30 solo, 49 assisted, 79 total, 6.5-20 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 4-10 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF
-- *Jason Hatchell, LB - 10 G, 40 solo, 53 assisted, 93 total, 4.5-12 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF
-- *Tony LeZotte, S - 10 G, 41 solo, 38 assisted, 79 total, 3-5 TFL, 2-15 INT, 8 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 10 G, 40 solo, 69 assisted, 109 total, 2-4 TFL, 0.5-1 sacks, 2-66 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 10 G, 48 solo, 46 assisted, 94 total, 5-19 TFL, 1.5-12 sacks, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 10 G, 37 solo, 56 assisted, 93 total, 6-15 TFL, 1-3 sacks, 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 released its Final Watch List, Nov. 12, and a total of four players from CAA Football were part of the roster-- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire.
After 11 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; Kareem Huggins, Hofstra; 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 - 158-247-9-1942 passing yds, 64.0%, 19 TD, 194.2 pass yds/game, 273-(-87)-1942-1855 total yds, 185.5 total yds/game
-- *Omar Cuff, RB - 273-1294 rushing yds, 29 TD, 129.4 rushing yds/game, 39-378 receiving yds, 4 TD, 37.8 receiving yds/game, 167.2 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 234-333-4-3040 passing yds, 70.3%, 16 TD, 304.0 passing yds/game, 368-49-3040-3089 total yds, 308.9 total yds/game
-- *Tim Hightower, RB - 236-1501 rushing yds, 17 TD, 150.1 rushing yds/game, 27-194 receiving yds, 3 TD, 19.4 receiving yds/game, 169.5 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 - 113-178-4-1483 passing yds, 63.5%, 12 TD, 148.3 passing yds/game, 167-994 rushing yds, 10 TD, 99.4 rushing yds/game, 345-994-1483-2477 total yds, 247.7 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 167-293-6-2459 passing yds, 57.0%, 18 TD, 245.9 passing yds/game, 380-200-2459-2659 total yds, 265.9 total yds/game
-- *Ricky Santos, QB - 205-283-6-2366 passing yds, 72.4%, 18 TD, 262.9 passing yds/game, 88-209 rushing yds, 9 TD, 23.2 rushing yds/game, 371-209-2366-2575 total yds, 286.1 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 215-358-19-2204 passing yds, 60.1%, 11 TD, 220.4 passing yds/game, 405-(-108)-2204-2096 total yards, 209.6 total yds/game
* -- Walter Payton Final Watch List (Nov. 12)
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. 13.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - W 31-21, DET
Arizona Cardinals (appeared in game)
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - W 31-21, DET
Arizona Cardinals (3-0 rush yd, 1-8 rec yd, 1 tackle)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - W 20-13, CAR
Atlanta Falcons (appeared in game)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - W 21-7, CIN
Baltimore Ravens (started game at OL)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - W 17-6, OAK
Chicago Bears (not active)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - W 17-6, OAK
Chicago Bears (3 tackles)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - L 31-28, PIT
Cleveland Browns (3 tackles)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 31-20, NYG
Dallas Cowboys (1 QB hurry)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - W 27-11, KC
Denver Broncos (appeared in game)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - L 31-21, ARI
Detroit Lions (6 tackles, 1 QB hurry)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 28-13, TEN
Jacksonville Jaguars (1 tackle)
- Lance Schulters (Hofstra) - L 13-10, BUF
Miami Dolphins (1 tackle)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 34-0, GB
Minnesota Vikings (2 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 37-29, STL
New Orleans Saints (8-129 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - L 37-29, STL
New Orleans Saints (not active)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - BYE
New York Jets
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - BYE
New York Jets
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - W 33-25, WAS
Philadelphia Eagles (2 tackles)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - W 33-25, WAS
Philadelphia Eagles (29-100 rush yd, 1 TD, 5-83 rec yd, 2 TD)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - W 31-28, CLE
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at OL)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - W 31-28, CLE
Pittsburgh Steelers (not active)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - W 23-21, IND
San Diego Chargers (8 tackles, 1 pass def)
- Jeremy Cain (Massachusetts) - L 28-13, JAC
Tennessee Titans (appeared in game)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (‘Nova) - New England Patriots (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Ryan Gibbons (N’eastern) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- Brian Finneran (Villanova) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Jamin Elliott (Delaware) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - Houston Texans (IR)
- James Ihedigbo (UMass) - New York Jets (IR)
PS - Practice Squad, PUP - Physically Unable to Perform, IR - Injured Reserve
CAA Football NCAA Division I Football Championships Automatic Bid & Conference Championship Scenarios -- Nov. 12, 2007
Four teams (Massachusetts, Richmond, Delaware and James Madison) remain in contention for the CAA Football automatic bid into the NCAA Division I National Championship.
The Richmond-William and Mary game kicks off at noon on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic from Richmond, Va. The Massachusetts-Hofstra game kicks off at noon on ESPNU from Hempstead, N.Y. The James Madison-Towson game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va. The Delaware-Villanova game kicks off live at 3:30 p.m. on CN8 from Villanova, Pa.
Listed below are the three possible scenarios for Massachusetts, Richmond, Delaware and James Madison this weekend:
(1) If either Massachusetts or Richmond wins and the other team loses, the team which wins will be CAA Football Champion by virtue of its 7-1 conference record.
(2) If both Massachusetts and Richmond win: The two teams are recognized as 2007 CAA Football Champions. The fourth outside-of-division tiebreaker -- a majority vote by the conference’s Athletics Directors (excluding the Athletics Directors of Richmond and Massachusetts) – will determine which team receives the conference’s automatic bid.
-- Outside-of-Division tiebreaker:
1. Head-to-Head matchup: Massachusetts and Richmond did not face each other this season.
2. Record versus common CAA Football opponents: Massachusetts is 5-1 with wins over Towson, Villanova, Northeastern, William and Mary, New Hampshire and a loss to Rhode Island. Richmond is 5-1 with wins over Northeastern, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Villanova, William and Mary and a loss to Towson.
3. Point system for non-conference games: Massachusetts earns one (1) point each for wins over Holy Cross (Patriot), Colgate (Patriot) and no points for a loss to Boston College (FBS) -- a total of two points. Richmond earns one (1) point each for wins over Bucknell (Patriot), Stony Brook (Scholarship Independent) and no points for a loss to Vanderbilt (FBS) -- a total of two points.
4. If the above tie-breakers fail to determine an automatic qualifier, a majority vote by the Directors of Athletics would then declare the Conference’s automatic qualifier.
(3) If both Massachusetts and Richmond lose and either (or both) Delaware and James Madison win: The three/four teams are recognized as 2007 CAA Football Champions and the automatic qualifier will be determined applying the scenarios listed below:
a. If James Madison wins (regardless of the Delaware outcome) it will receive the automatic qualifier by virtue of a 6-0 mark against common CAA Football opponents.
NOTE: Record versus common CAA Football opponents in scenario (3a): James Madison is 6-0 with wins over New Hampshire, Villanova, Northeastern, Rhode Island, William and Mary and Towson. Delaware is 5-1 with wins over William and Mary, Rhode Island, Towson, Northeastern, Villanova and a loss to New Hampshire. Massachusetts is 5-1 with wins over Towson, Villanova, Northeastern, William and Mary, New Hampshire and a loss to Rhode Island. Richmond is 4-2 with wins over Northeastern, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Villanova and losses to Towson and William and Mary.
b. If Delaware wins and James Madison loses, Delaware and Massachusetts will be tied at 5-1 against common CAA Football opponents, while Richmond will be 4-2. Delaware will be the automatic qualifier according to the point system for non-conference games as a result of its victory over Navy (FBS opponent).
NOTE: Point system for non-conference games in the scenario (3b): Delaware earns one (1) point for a win over Monmouth (Northeast) and two (2) points for a win over Navy (FBS) -- a total of three points. Massachusetts earns one (1) point each for wins over Holy Cross (Patriot), Colgate (Patriot) and no points for a loss to Boston College (FBS) -- a total of two points.
The CAA Football Tie-breaker can be found on page seven of the 2007 CAA Football Media Guide, which can be found on the football page at CAASports.com or by clicking here.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#9/9 DELAWARE (8-2, 5-2)
This Week: at Villanova (6-4, 4-3)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Delaware’s five-overtime loss to Richmond last weekend was the longest contest in Delaware history, the second longest game in CAA history, the highest scoring game in Delaware history, and the second highest scoring game in CAA history.
-- Omar Cuff rushed a school record 48 times and picked up 189 yards and two touchdowns. His 33 total touchdowns this season breaks the NCAA I-AA record, while his 29 rushing touchdowns this season is one shy of the NCAA record set last season.
-- If Delaware wins this weekend at Villanova, coupled with losses by both Massachusetts and Richmond, the Blue Hens will be involved in a multiple-team tiebreaker that would lead to the Blue Hens earning the automatic bid if James Madison loses its game to Towson.
-- Delaware Head Coach K.C. Keeler will be gunning for his 50th career victory this weekend.
#22/22 HOFSTRA (7-3, 4-3)
This Week: host #7/8 Massachusetts (8-2, 6-1)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Senior Charles Sullivan hauled in seven passes for 45 yards to boost his Hofstra career receptions record. Sullivan now has 227 career catches for 2,779 yards, He needs 56 receiving yards to pass Marques Colston (2,834) for the career record.
-- Tight End Bryant Carpenter, who recorded a season-high five catches for 57 yards against William and Mary two weeks ago, added three receptions for 19 yards against Northeastern. He now has nine catches in the last three games.
-- Red-shirt freshman Everette Benjamin, playing for the injured Kareem Huggins, rushed for a season-high 93 yards on 20 carries. He also had a two-yard TD run in the first quarter against Northeastern.
-- Hofstra is in a must-win situation against Massachusetts to have any hope of an FCS Championship berth. In 1998, UMass’ National Championship season, the Minutemen defeated Hofstra to get into the playoffs. In 2005, the Pride team knocked off the Minutemen to keep them out of the playoffs.
#13/14 JAMES MADISON (7-3, 5-2)
This Week: host Towson (3-7, 1-6)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Freshman Griff Yancey caught four passes for 45 yards (both career highs) and returned a kickoff 13 yards to finish with 190 all-purpose yards against William and Mary. The rookie recorded his second-straight 100-yard rushing game (171 at Delaware) and has had 95-or-more rushing yards in three of JMU's last four games.
-- The Dukes committed only one turnover against the Tribe -- during a kickoff return in the third quarter. In the three games prior to the William and Mary contest, JMU had turned the ball over 10 times.
-- If James Madison wins this weekend against Towson, coupled with losses by both Massachusetts and Richmond, the Dukes will be involved in a multiple-team tiebreaker that would lead to James Madison earning the automatic bid regardless of the Delaware-Villanova outcome.
-- Yancey scored each of his three touchdowns in the first quarter, as the Dukes tallied scores on their first eight possessions of the game.
MAINE (4-6, 3-4)
This Week: at #19/20 New Hampshire (6-4, 3-4)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Maine’s win was the 80th in the career for Head Coach Jack Cosgrove, which moved him into a tie for first place in school history for career wins. Cosgrove is now tied with Harold Westerman (1951-66), who also compiled 80 wins. Maine's next win will give Cosgrove the outright record in program history.
-- Quarterback Michael Brusko rushed for 146 yards and three scores, while also totalling 164 yards passing (11-of-20) and two scoring tosses in last weekend’s win against Rhode Island.
-- Tailback Jhamal Fluellen rushed for 84 yards against the Rhode Island Rams last weekend, and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Fluellen became the eighth running back in school history to pass the 1,000 yard mark.
-- The Black Bear defense limited Rhode Island to 91 yards of offense, and also forced five fumbles while recovering four in last weekend’s win.
#7/8 MASSACHUSETTS (8-2, 6-1)
This Week: at #22/22 Hofstra (7-3, 4-3)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Liam Coen became UMass' career passing yardage leader with an eight-yard pass to Ian Jorgensen early in the third quarter against New Hampshire. He passed Todd Bankhead's mark of 7,018 (1998-99). Coen now has 7,133 yards in his three-year career.
-- CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week Chris Koepplin recorded a career-long 51-yard field goal late in the first quarter against New Hampshire, marking the second-longest kick in UMass history and second-longest at McGuirk Stadium. Denis Gagnon set the record with a 52-yard kick against New Hampshire in 1971. Sandro Vitiello equalled the mark against Boston College in 1978 - which was at McGuirk Stadium.
-- Should Massachusetts win this weekend against Hofstra and Richmond falls to William and Mary, the Minutemen will be declared the first-ever CAA Football Champions and earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championship. It will also mark UMass’ second-straight league title.
#19/20 NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-4, 3-4)
This Week: host Maine (4-6, 3-4)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- After recording 12 tackles in the loss at Massachusetts, Jeff Pammer is now ranked third on New Hampshire’s all-time career tackles listing with 338 career tackles.
-- Ricky Santos, last season’s Walter Payton Award winner and a member of this season’s Payton Watch List, now has 12,605 career passing yards moving him up to fourth on the FCS all-time NCAA career list. He passed Marcus Brady of Cal State Northridge who finished his career with 12,479 yards.
-- Senior wide receiver Keith LeVan had exactly 100 receiving yards on nine catches in last weekend’s game at Massachusetts. He now stands at 2,156 career receiving yards which places him sixth on New Hampshire’s all-time list. He also has 190 catches placing him fourth on New Hampshire’s all-time list, passing former Wildcat great David Gamble (182 career catches).
-- Pammer’s total of 12 tackles marked the third-straight game he has garnered double-digit tackles.
NORTHEASTERN (3-7, 2-5)
This Week: at Rhode Island (2-8, 1-6)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Northeastern has won two-straight games on the season, as both opponents have been nationally ranked -- New Hampshire and Hofstra.
-- Maurice Murray continued his assault on the Northeastern record book during the Huskies’ win over Hofstra. The running back tied the career total touchdown record with his 39th career score. He also is now just 68 yards shy of L.J. McKanas and his 3,692 career yards record.
-- Murray has rushed for 100-or-more yards in each of the last three games and has 480 yards and seven touchdowns in the span. Last weekend’s performance by Murray was his 16th career 100-yard rushing game, one shy of the Northeastern record, also held by McKanas.
-- Anthony Orio completed 83 percent of his passes for 249 yards and a touchdown against Hofstra. Orio now has 1,454 yards and eight touchdowns this season, breaking and tying his career highs, respectively.
RHODE ISLAND (2-8, 1-6)
This Week: host Northeastern (3-7, 2-5)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Rhode Island’s Damien Gresko and Bryan Giannecchini were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team. Giannecchini, a landscape architecture major, holds a 3.69 GPA. Gresko, also a 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team selection, started four games on the offensive line in 2007 before suffering a season-ending injury. Gresko, an accounting and finance major, holds a 3.98 GPA.
-- Rhode Island was shutout in last weekend’s loss at Maine marking the first time since Oct. 26, 2002, when it suffered a 26-0 defeat at Richmond.
-- Rams running back Jimmy Hughes led Rhode Island in rushing for the third-straight contest after garnering a total of 46 yards on 13 carries.
-- Senior running back Jerell Jones returned four kickoffs for a total of 85 yards in the loss at Maine last weekend.
#8/7 RICHMOND (8-2, 6-1)
This Week: host William and Mary (4-6, 2-5)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Under head coach Dave Clawson, Richmond is now 18-0 when scoring 30 points or more, 23-2 when leading at the half and 15-7 when playing as a ranked team. Since 2005, Richmond is 8-4 versus ranked opponents (4-0 this season).
-- Richmond’s five-overtime win against Delaware by the numbers: 10 lead changes, six ties, 118 combined points, five overtime periods, 1,044 yards of total offense, 174 plays from scrimmage, 52 first downs, one turnover, six total penalties, 15 touchdowns, five punts, four field goals, 25 combined incomplete passes, 21,187 in attendance.
-- Should Richmond win this weekend against William and Mary and Massachusetts falls to Hofstra, the Spiders will be declared the first-ever CAA Football Champions and earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championship. It will also mark Richmond’s second league title in two seasons.
TOWSON (3-7, 1-6)
This Week: at #13/14 James Madison (7-3, 5-2)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- The Tigers will be aiming to beat James Madison for the first time since 1992. The Dukes have beaten the Tigers three times in a row, posting a 31-17 win in 2004, a 55-14 victory in 2005 and a 38-3 win last year.
-- For the second weekend in a row, Towson’s game was decided by a two-point conversion in the final minutes. With 52 seconds remaining against Villanova, Sean Schaefer threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Harrison to cut the lead to 14-12. However, Harrison couldn’t hold on to a two-point conversion pass and the Wildcats pulled out the win.
-- In last weekend’s loss to Villanova, senior linebacker Brian Bradford had a career high 19 tackles. The CAA leader in tackles, Bradford now ranks third on Towson’s all-time list with 313 tackles. In the last two games, Bradford has made 37 tackles.
-- John Webb made six tackles in the Tigers’ loss to Villanova last weekend to become the fifth player in Towson history to record 300 career tackles.
VILLANOVA (6-4, 4-3)
This Week: host #9/9 Delaware (8-2, 5-2)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Villanova’s win over Towson last weekend guarantees the Wildcats a winning season. 2007 will mark the 17th winning season in head coach Andy Talley's 23-year Villanova career and six in the last seven seasons.
-- Running Back Matt Dicken had 30 carries for 133 yards in the win over Towson, marking his third 100-yard game of the season and the fourth of his career.
-- Villanova leads the CAA in turnover margin at +12. The Wildcats have forced eight fumbles lost and intercepted 16 passes, while giving up just five fumbles and seven interceptions.
-- Sophomore defensive end Tim Kukucka, this week’s CAA Football Co-Defensive Player of the Week, leads Villanova in sacks with seven and tackles for loss with 12.5. Kukucka made three tackles for loss (19) and two sacks (15) in the Wildcats win last weekend over Towson.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-6, 2-5)
This Week: at #8/7 Richmond (8-2, 6-1)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- With an announced sellout crowd of 12,259, the last three games between William and Mary and James Madison at Zable Stadium have been sell outs.
-- With three touchdown passes against James Madison last weekend, quarterback Jake Phillips brought his career total to 35, one shy of Buddy Lex’s seventh-place total of 36 on the William and Mary career list.
-- Wide receiver Elliott Mack posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season against James Madison with 128 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.
-- Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Archer had a team-high and career-high tying six receptions for 74 yards and recorded his first career touchdown catch on a 24-yard pass from Mike Potts in the fourth quarter against James Madison. The touchdown came on Archer’s 65th career reception.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 12
MAINE AT #19/20 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Series: Tied 43-43-8
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, New Hampshire 19-13 (OT) in Orono, Maine
Maine (4-6, 3-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 80-89 (15 years)
School: 80-89 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (10 G, 210-1023 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (8 G, 78-154-4-836 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (9 G, 31-414 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (9 G, 44 assisted, 43 solo, 87 total)
Sacks: Jovan Belcher (10 G, 6-45 yards)
Interceptions: Jonathan Calderon (9 G, 2-34 yards)
New Hampshire (6-4, 3-4 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 59-46 (9 years)
School: 59-46 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (10 G, 61-272 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (9 G, 205-283-6-2366 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (10 G, 60-765 yards, 10 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (10 G, 69 assisted, 40 solo, 109 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (10 G, 4-13 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer (10 G, 2-66 yards)
NORTHEASTERN AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 12:00 pm
Meade Stadium (5,180), Kingston, R.I.
Series: Northeastern leads 27-24-2
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, Northeastern 45-31 in Brookline, Mass.
Northeastern (3-7, 2-5 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 106-53-1 (14 years)
School: 15-28 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (10 G, 278-1239 yards, 13 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (10 G, 129-208-5-1454 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Brian Mandeville (10 G, 28-396 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Joe Mele (10 G, 31 assisted, 42 solo, 73 total)
Sacks: Wil Colon (10 G, 4.5-29 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (9 G, 1-59 yards)
Rhode Island (2-8, 1-6 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 83-80 (14 years)
School: 32-57 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (8 G, 163-782 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (9 G, 68-136-5-902 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (10 G, 32-432 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (9 G, 33 assisted, 38 solo, 71 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (10 G, 4-27 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (10 G, 3-64 yards)
WILLIAM AND MARY AT #8/7 RICHMOND
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 12:00 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Television: CSN-MA - John Castleberry (pbp), Ray Brown (analyst), Rich Wolff (producer), Mark Schumaker (director)
Series: William and Mary leads 59-52-5
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, Richmond 31-14 in Williamsburg, Va.
William and Mary (4-6, 2-5 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 182-133-2 (28 years)
School: 182-133-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (8 G, 104-440 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (10 G, 167-293-6-2459 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: Elliott Mack (10 G, 36-648 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (10 G, 43 assisted, 52 solo, 95 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (9 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (10 G, 3-69 yards)
Richmond (8-2, 6-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 55-48 (9 years)
School: 26-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (10 G, 236-1501 yards, 17 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (10 G, 158-254-7-1660 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (8 G, 46-630 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (10 G, 56 assisted, 45 solo, 101 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (10 G, 6-50 yards)
Interceptions: Seth Williams (10 G, 2-44 yards)
#7/8 MASSACHUSETTS AT #22/22 HOFSTRA
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 12:00 pm
James M. Shuart Stadium (15,000), Hempstead, N.Y.
Television: ESPNU - Clay Matvick (pbp), Larry Coker (analyst), Todd Jones (producer), Anthony DeMarco (director)
Series: Hofstra leads 6-4
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, Massachusetts 22-16 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts (8-2, 6-1 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 86-39 (11 years)
School: 34-13 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (10 G, 238-1205 yards, 13 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (10 G, 158-247-9-1942 yards, 19 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (10 G, 54-736 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Jason Hatchell (10 G, 53 assisted, 40 solo, 93 total) and
Charles Walker (10 G, 56 assisted, 37 solo, 93 total)
Sacks: David Burris (10 G, 9-54 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (10 G, 3-39 yards)
Hofstra (7-3, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 9-12 (2 years)
School: 9-12 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (8 G, 169-932 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (10 G, 211-333-15-2539 yards, 13 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (10 G, 75-901 yards, 7 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (10 G, 46 assisted, 48 solo, 94 total)
Sacks: Ken Sussman (10 G, 4.5-34 yards)
Interceptions: Stanley Gutierrez (10 G, 4-10 yards)
TOWSON AT #13/14 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 1:30 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Series: James Madison leads 13-5-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, James Madison 38-3 in Towson, Md.
Towson (3-7, 1-6 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 89-80 (16 years)
School: 89-80 (16 years)
Rushing: Nick Williams (9 G, 127-507 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (10 G, 215-358-19-2204 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (10 G, 60-629 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Brian Bradford (10 G, 79 assisted, 55 solo, 134 total)
Sacks: Brian Bradford (10 G, 3.5-27 yards)
Interceptions: Kenny Scott (10 G, 2-78 yards)
James Madison (7-3, 5-2 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 63-43 (9 years)
School: 63-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (10 G, 167-994 yards, 10 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (10 G, 113-178-4-1483 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (7 G, 23-354 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (10 G, 45 assisted, 44 solo, 89 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (10 G, 5-24 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (10 G, 2-15 yards)
#9/9 DELAWARE AT VILLANOVA
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 3:30 pm
Villanova Stadium (12,000), Villanova, Pa.
Television: CN8, SNY - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), Bob Anderson (producer), John Anderson (director)
Series: Delaware leads 20-19-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 18, 2006, Villanova 28-27 in Newark, Del.
Delaware (8-2, 5-2 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 137-45-1 (14 years)
School: 49-24 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (10 G, 273-1294 yards, 29 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (10 G, 234-333-4-3040 yards, 16 TD)
Receiving: Mark Duncan (10 G, 46-670 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Erik Johnson (10 G, 38 assisted, 41 solo, 79 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (9 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (10 G, 2-78 yards)
Villanova (6-4, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 182-116-2 (28 years)
School: 154-98-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (10 G, 195-788 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (6 G, 99-153-4-1192 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (10 G, 35-434 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Osayi Osunde (10 G, 44 assisted, 31 solo, 75 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (10 G, 7-34 yards)
Interceptions: Martel Moody (9 G, 3-71 yards)