Sep 5, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT
In a way to keep pumping information out to our faithful fans we will attempt to post weekly “News & Notes” on an annual basis.
We added several Record Book updates on our Twitter feed (notably our official hastag: #CAAFB) Tuesday morning. James Madison and Old Dominion had some tremendous offensive performances, some of which were close to setting league records. Of those that did reach “CAA Football record status” include JMU’s first down mark of 38 which broke Connecticut’s record of 37 set against Yale on Sept. 26, 1998. Also of note, Old Dominion actually may have shared UConn’s first down record (not sure if JMU’s game or ODU’s game finished first last Saturday) as it tallied 37 first downs against Duquesne.
ODU’s Taylor Heinicke passed for 492 yards against Duquesne, which ranked him ninth on the league’s single-game passing list. Heinicke was close to a couple other league records: seven more plays and he would have broke the single-game play mark and 37 more yards of total offense and he would have broke that mark. Old Dominion was 23 yards shy of breaking the league’s single-game mark and eight plays short of setting the league’s all-time mark.
Also of note in terms of records was Georgia State’s punter Matt Hubbard. The sophomore logged a 62.2 average over five punts against South Carolina State. That average is the best-ever single-game mark in all of major college football. We named our special teams player of the week as did The Sports Network nationally. The only glaring omission in his recognition this week will be the fact he will not be listed in the NCAA record books due to Georgia State’s reclassification status.
Hubbard’s National Player of the Week honor was one of two for the league this week. The aforementioned Heinicke also logged Sports Network recognition as the national offensive player of the week.
We have a few more opportunities this weekend to register a win against an FBS foe. New Hampshire, which won five-straight FBS matchups between 2004-09, travels to Minnesota. Maine opens its season at Boston College and Georgia State goes to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Volunteers. CAA Football has topped at least one FBS opponent each of the last six seasons.
We will release the first Blitz episode later today so be sure to check back for that. Until then don’t be afraid to let us know what you want to see on the blog, CAAFootball.com, Twitter and Facebook.
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