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#CAAFB Week 3 Storylines

Sep 12, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

As one of the nation’s premier FCS conferences, CAA Football certainly has no shortage of news and notes from around the league. See below for some of the latest storylines coming out of our 11 programs heading into this weekend’s nine matchups.

Follow all of these storylines and more on Twitter @CAAFootball and via our official hashtag #CAAFB. For more on CAA Football Week 3, check out our weekly notes.


  • Two CAA Football teams have claimed victories over FBS opponents so far this season (Towson 33, UConn 18; Maine 24, UMass 14)
  • The league has earned at least one FBS win in seven of the last eight seasons.
  • CAA Football again leads the nation with six teams ranked in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top 25. Towson leads the league with its program-best No. 4/4 ranking. The five other teams are comprised of No. 12/9 New Hampshire, No. 15/11 Richmond, No. 17/13 Stony Brook, No. 19/20 Villanova and No. 20/17 James Madison.
  • Another three schools in Delaware, Maine and William & Mary are receiving votes in both polls, while UAlbany received votes in the TSN poll.
  • All nine CAA Football games this weekend feature league squads that are either ranked or receiving votes.
  • CAA Football is the only FCS conference to have ever had six or more teams ranked in either national poll in a single week.

-/rv COLGATE (0-2, 0-0 Patriot) at 12/9 NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-1, 0-0 CAAFB)

  • UNH dropped a heartbreaker to Central Michigan last week after a final-second Chippewa field goal.
  • The Wildcats gave up just 98 yards of total offense to shut out CMU in the first half on Saturday.
  • Wildcats senior WR Justin Mello hauled in five catches for 117 yards, including a 17-yard TD reception.
  • Colgate allowed 17 points on four turnovers in the first half alone against UAlbany last week.
  • The Raiders converted eight of 12 third-down attempts in the loss to the Great Danes.
  • Colgate senior QB Gavin McCarney had his second-ever 300-yard passing game, going 25-of-31 for 303 yards.

rv/rv DELAWARE (2-0, 0-0 CAAFB) at NAVY (1-0, Independent)

  • Delaware will display a balanced offense that averages 283.0 yards passing and 250.5 yards rushing.
  • Blue Hens junior QB Trent Hurley threw for a career-high 328 yards and four scores against the Hornets.
  • UD junior WR Michael Johnson had four catches for 100 yards, marking his second-straight 100-yard game.
  • Navy is 8-3 in home-openers during the “triple option era” (since 2002) and 5-0 under Ken Niumatalolo.
  • The Midshipmen opened the season with a 41-35 victory over Indiana in Bloomington.
  • Navy sophomore QB Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three scores in the win over the Hoosiers.

BRYANT (2-0, 0-0 NEC) at MAINE (2-0, 0-0 CAAFB)

  • Maine won its second-ever game over an FBS opponent with a 24-14 victory over UMass last week.
  • Senior QB Marcus Wasilewski is now ninth all-time at Maine with 2,850 passing yards, one spot ahead of head coach Jack Cosgrove on the list.
  • The Black Bears limited the Minutemen to just 64 yards rushing in the win.
  • Bryant blocked three punts against Assumption on Saturday, two of which resulted in touchdowns.
  • Junior RB Ricardo McCray had his second-straight 100-yard game for the Bulldogs with 114 yards on 18 carries.
  • Bryant senior Jordan Harris had 69 yards and is now second all-time in the NEC with 2,900 career receiving yards.

17/13 STONY BROOK (1-0, 1-0 CAAFB) at BUFFALO (0-2, 0-0 MAC)

  • While Buffalo boasts a 2011 win (35-7) over Stony Brook, the Seawolves are coming off a 2012 season that saw them beat FBS foe Army, 23-3, on the road.
  • The Seawolves are coming off a 24-0 victory over Rhode Island in their first-ever league contest.
  • Seawolves senior DB Reuben Johnson recovered two fumbles and forced another in the win over Rhody.
  • Buffalo opened the season with a pair of road losses to nationally-ranked Ohio State and Baylor.
  • Bulls senior WR Alex Neutz had a career-high 197 yards receiving on just six catches against the Bears. He currently has 149 career receptions and will be the fourth Bull to reach the 150 plateau.
  • Senior LB Khalil Mack is 3.5 sacks shy of Buffalo’s school record of 24 set by two players in the 1990s.

ST. FRANCIS (Pa.) (0-1, 0-0 NEC) at 20/17 JAMES MADISON (1-1, 0-0 CAAFB)

  • James Madison piled up 498 yards of total offense on 94 plays in its 35-33 loss to Akron.
  • The Dukes possessed the ball for 38:20 against the Zips on Saturday.
  • JMU sophomore QB Michael Birdsong went 29-for-42 with 310 yards to turn in his first career 300-yard passing game.
  • St. Francis opened 2013 with a 59-17 road loss at Georgia Southern on Saturday.
  • Sophomore RB Khairi Dickson matched a career high in scoring both Red Flash touchdowns.
  • Freshman LB Wesley Nagaseu led St. Francis with seven tackles in the loss to the Eagles.

15/11 RICHMOND (1-1, 0-0 CAAFB) at GARDNER-WEBB (1-1, 0-0 Big South)

  • Richmond has not suffered a nonconfernece FCS loss in the regular season since 2005 (17-0 since).
  • Junior QB Michael Strauss set career highs with 300 yards passing and 45 attempts in the Spiders’ loss to NC State last week.
  • Through two games, Richmond leads the league in passing yards per game (306.5), completions  (58), attempts (90) and passing touchdowns (6). The Spiders rank 11th nationally in pass offense.
  • Gardner-Webb’s 55-0 loss at Marshall last week was the team’s worst since the 2002 season.
  • Runnin’ Bulldogs senior DE Preston Pemasa ranks third in Big South history in career TFL and eighth in career sacks.
  • 4 of junior WR Kenny Cook’s 61 career catches have resulted in first downs or touchdowns for Gardner-Webb.

rv/rv WILLIAM & MARY (1-1, 0-0 CAAFB) at LAFAYETTE (0-1, 0-0 Patriot)

  • W&M will look for its second-straight win and some vengeance after a 17-14 loss to Lafeyette in 2012.
  • Tribe junior WR Tre McBride leads the league with 27.4 ypc and ranks fourth with 147 all-puprose ypg.
  • Classmate DE Mike Reilly leads CAA Football and ranks third nationally with 3.0 sacks this season.
  • Lafayette dropped its season-opener against Sacred Heart, 26-24, on a last-second field goal.
  • Leopards senior WR Mark Ross owns a school record 20 receiving touchdowns and ranks among the team’s all-time top 10 with 1,889 career receiving yards and 135 career receptions.
  • Lafayette sophomore CB Matt Smalley returned the season’s opening kickoff for a 98-yard touchdown.

RHODE ISLAND (0-2, 0-1 CAAFB) at rv/- UALBANY (1-1, 0-0 CAAFB)

  • Rhody has more first downs, rushing yardage and time of possession than its opponents in 2013.
  • Senior Bob Bentsen is now the 10th player in Rams history to reach 3,000 career passing yards (3,070).
  • Rhody senior James Timmins was named the CFPA DL Performer of the Week after finishing with seven tackles, including 3.5 for loss, last week.
  • Saturday’s contest will be the first held at UAlbany’s new Bob Ford Field.
  • The Great Danes will host Rhode Island in their first conference game as a member of CAA Football.
  • UAlbany junior LB Christian Dorsey had a career-high 12 tackles to lead a stalwart Danes’ defense down the stretch against Colgate last week.

DELAWARE STATE (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) at 4/4 TOWSON (2-0, 0-0 CAAFB)

  • Towson owns the FCS Football’s second-longest winning streak at six games dating back to 2012.
  • The Tigers converted 5-of-5 fourth down plays in last week’s 49-7 win over Holy Cross.
  • Junior RB Terrance West is now Towson’s all-time TDs leader with 48 scores in 23 career games.
  • Delaware State dropped its 2013-opener and fifth in five meetings to Delaware, 42-21, on Saturday.
  • Senior QB Cory Murphy finished 30-of-45 with 302 yards and two scores in his Hornets debut.
  • DSU junior WR Milton Williams had a game-high 112 yards receiving on 10 catches against the Hens.