Sep 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
Week 2 of CAA Football saw plenty of excitement and solid efforts from around the league. Conference newcomers Stony Brook and UAlbany earned victories this past weekend, with the Seawolves beginning inaugural league play with a win at Rhode Island in the season’s first conference tilt and the Great Danes picking up a hard-fought non-conference road win at Colgate.
Delaware, Maine, Towson and William & Mary cruised to nonconference victories over Delaware State, UMass, Holy Cross and Hampton, respectively. Meanwhile, James Madison, New Hampshire and Richmond all battled hard against FBS foes before ultimately falling by a combined seven points. Villanova lost in nonconference FCS action to Fordham in the Bronx, 27-24.
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- Maine defeated former CAA Football foe UMass of the FBS on Saturday, 24-14, at Gillette Stadium. It was the Black Bears’ second-ever win over an FBS school, the last coming in 2004 over Mississippi State. QB Marcus Wasilewski passed for 267 yards en route to moving up to No. 9 on Maine’s all-time passing yards list with 2,850 career passing yards. That puts him one spot ahead of head coach Jack Cosgrove in the program annals.
- Stony Brook opened up its first-ever CAA Football contest with a 24-0 victory over Rhody in Kingston. SBU racked up 339 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers on the afternoon. Senior DB Reuben Johnson recovered a pair of fumbles in the victory and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Senior P Nick Ferrara recorded a 68-yard boot in the game — good for the longest in the program’s Division I history.
- In Towson’s 49-7 victory over Holy Cross, junior RB Terrance West added to his illustrious Tiger career by rushing for 121 yards and two TDs. He now ranks third on Towson’s all-time rushing list with 2,617 career yards and first in total touchdowns with 48 over 23 games played. Senior QB Peter Athens passed for a career-high 232 yards and also chucked two TDs in the win.
- Delaware defeated in-state rival Delaware State, 42-21 on Saturday, while QB Trent Hurley, who earned the game’s Most Valuable Player award, passed for a career-high 328 yards and finished with four TDs. Senior WR Rob Jones had a 62-yard punt return TD, giving the Blue Hens their first punt return TD since Sidney Haugabrook did so versus Navy in 2004.
- UAlbany running back Omar Osbourne turned in a career game in the Great Danes’ 37-34 victory over Colgate on Saturday night. Osbourne rushed for an impressive 252 yards on 35 carries and scored twice on the ground. It was the third-best rushing performance in UAlbany history. Defensively for the Danes, Christian Dorsey collected a career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, and forced a fumble to help his team improve to 1-1 on the season.
- William & Mary dominated the line of scrimmage in its 31-7 victory over Hampton Saturday evening. The Tribe outgained the Pirates, 383-185, in total yards and held the visitors to just 24 rushing yards, including negative 5 rushing yards in the first half alone. Sophomore RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor tallied a career-high 111 rushing yards with a touchdown, while redshirt freshman RB Kendell Anderson tacked on 97 rushing yards with two TDs.
- New Hampshire limited Central Michigan to 98 total yards in the first half and held a 13-0 lead at the break before falling on a 27-yard field goal as time expired, 24-21. The ‘Cats outrushed the Chippewas 158-104, while WR Justin Mello registered 117 receiving yards and one TD in the loss.
- In JMU’s 35-33 loss at Akron, sophomore QB Michael Birdsong notched his first career 300-yard passing game with 310 yards and three TDs, with RB Dae’Quan Scott adding 107 rushing yards and one score as well as six catches for 18 yards and one TD in defeat. The Dukes had 26 first downs and totaled 498 yards of offense on 94 plays.
- Richmond led FBS NC State for the majority of the contest before the Wolfpack nailed a 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining to stake a 23-21 come-from-behind victory. QB Michael Strauss set career-highs in passing yards (300) and attempts (45) and tossed two TDs in the setback. On defense, the Spiders impressed with Aaron Roane and Kerry Wynn each totaling 11 tackles and Eric Wright securing 12 stops, including 2.5 for loss.
- In Villanova’s 27-24 loss at Fordham, junior safety Jerry Miles picked off a first-half Rams pass 46 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore QB John Roberston rushed for two TDs and now has 16 over his young career. Despite the loss, the Wildcats are 25-4 versus Patriot League teams since 1985.
- In Rhody’s 24-0 loss versus Stony Brook, junior WR Robbie Jackson caught eight passes for 53 yards and now has 15 receptions through two games. He had 18 catches in seven games last season. Freshman WR Andrew Matos finished with 116 all-purpose yards, including 68 receiving and 48 on kick returns. QB Bob Bentsen now has 3,070 career passing yards, becoming just the 10th player in program history to reach 3,000 career yards through the air.
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