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#CAAFB Week 1 Worthwhile Numbers

Sep 3, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

With Week 1 of CAA Football officially in the books, we bring you some worthwhile numbers from a weekend in which the league went 5-4  in non-conference play. Find more on this weekend’s action on our weekly Sunday Rundown page,  featuring our weekly recap video along with stats, video, photos and more.

  • In Delaware’s 51-35 victory over Jacksonville, the Blue Hens racked up 611 yards of total offense — the highest total for the program since a 2000 FCS Playoff victory over Portland State in which the team amassed 620 yards. UD’s defense also allowed an impressive negative 37 yards rushing, good for third lowest total allowed in program history.
  • Towson defeated UConn, 33-18, on Thursday for the school’s first victory over an FBS opponent. Junior RB Terrance West rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns and now has scored a total of 46 touchdowns over 22 career games. The Tigers added to a strong first weekend for the FCS, which saw a total of eight teams take down FBS foes.
  • William & Mary fell to FBS West Virginia, 24-17, in both teams’ opener on Saturday. The Tribe led, 17-7, at halftime and allowed a total of five yards alone in the second quarter. Jerome Couplin tallied a game-high 14 tackles (10 solo), while defensive end Mike Reilly registered two sacks and a forced fumble.
  • In Richmond’s 34-0 victory over VMI, the Spiders’ defense allowed just 174 yards of total offense. QB Michael Strauss threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while UR added to its own streak of remaining unbeaten in its last 17 nonconference FCS regular-season games dating back to 2005.
  • Rhode Island fell on the road to Fordham, 51-26, in its opener on Thursday, but the offense’s 26 points scored were the most by the Rams since defeating Delaware, 38-34, on Oct. 22, 2011. Rhody also scored 13 points in the third quarter after recording 10 points in the third quarter alone for the entire 2012 season.
  • Villanova out-rushed Boston College 197-128 in its 24-14 loss on Saturday. Junior LB Joey Harmon registered a career-high 15 tackles, while the Wildcats jumped out to a 14-7 lead at the break thanks to a superb fake punt in the first quarter which has been named ESPN’s No. 1 college football play for the opening weekend. 2012 CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year QB John Robertson passed for 158 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 94 yards.
  • UAlbany, playing in its first game as a member of CAA Football, totaled 421 yards of offense in a 35-24 loss at Duquesne. Junior QB Will Fiacchi set a single-game school record by completing 27-of-45 passes and finished with two touchdowns for 354 yards. It was also his first-career 300-plus yard passing game.
  • James Madison opened up its season with a 38-14 victory at home over Central Connecticut State on Saturday night. Senior RB Dae’Quan Scott led all players with 120 rushing yards and now owns 13 career 100-yard rushing games. Sophomore QB Michael Birdsong rushed for a pair of touchdowns and passed for another, while head coach Mickey Matthews improved to 14-1 all-time in home-openers for the Dukes.
  • Maine’s “Black Hole” defense limited Norfolk State to just 80 rushing yards and six points on the night. Sophomore LB Cabrinni Goncalves led the defensive attack with career highs in both tackles (13) and sacks (2.0).

Written by @CAAFootball‘s @timmcd_123