Dec 5, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT
Three advance…one falls. That was how it went down yesterday in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championships. Delaware got the league started off on the right foot with a home-win over Lehigh. New Hampshire raced out to a lead, let Bethune-Cookman back in it, then outscored the host Wildcats in the second half for the league’s second win of the day. William and Mary struggled to stop the Georgia Southern ground game and fell at Zable Stadium. Villanova fell behind by 14 points early to the high-powered offense at Stephen F. Austin, but the Wildcats didn’t panic and came back to score 47 of the games final 50 points in the last three quarters and advanced.
We will await word from the NCAA Division I Football Committee on official quarterfinal game times. Schedules indicate one of the four quarterfinal games will kickoff Friday, Dec. 10, while the remaining three will be played Saturday, Dec. 11. Kickoff times should be determined by midday today (Sunday).
CAA Football allowed a combined 95 points in its four second round game (23.8 points/game). A bit higher than its league average going in, but the note in this is that the four opponents came in averaging 32.2 points/game. The league’s four teams held its second-round opponents to more than a touchdown (8.4 points/game) under their average!
Thanks to the 27 voters in our fan poll, and congrats to the nine voters who correctly predicted that three league squads would advance past the second round. Keep an eye out here at the blog and we will have a new poll posted later this week.
Click here to go to CAA Football’s Gameday Central page where you will find final recaps from Saturday as well as boxscores and a handful of links to video highlights provided by the NCAA. Due to NCAA regulations teams are limited in what can be shot and used on websites in the way of video…thus we are limited in the video content we provide here on the blog. Please accept our apologies. Feel free to hit up The CAA Football Pressbox for updated stats and more.
Delaware advanced past Lehigh…click here for the recap from bluehens.com. The Blue Hens will host New Hampshire in the quarterfinal round. The Blue Hens and Wildcats haven’t faced each other since 2007, when R.J. Toman replaced an injured Ricky Santos to help UNH win at home over Joe Flacco and the Blue Hens. It hasn’t been since 2006 that the Wildcats have travelled to Newark.
Villanova scored 47 of the games final 50 points over three quarters to race past high-powered Stephen F. Austin. Norman White scored 18 points for Villanova, Chris Whitney accounted for four touchdowns, Mark Hamilton scored 18 points kicking, Matt Szczur hauled in 11 catches and Villanova’s defense picked off three passes. Click here for the recap from villanova.com.
We will post Quarterfinal kickoff times as soon as possible….We are blogging from the Houston’s Intercontinental Airport now and are due to be back in Richmond later this afternoon.
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