Sep 18, 2013, 1:12 PM EST
Week 3 of CAA Football featured eight nonconference matchups, with the league earning a 5-3 mark overall. New Hampshire and Towson easily took care of business in their home-openers against Colgate and Delaware State, respectively. Maine also had its first home game of the 2013 season, with the Black Bears defeating Bryant to improve to 3-0. William & Mary took to the road at Lafayette and dealt the Leopards a convincing 34-6 loss, while James Madison played well enough to earn a 24-20 home win over Saint Francis (Pa.). Delaware and Stony Brook fell to FBS foes Navy and Buffalo in Week 3, with the Seawolves falling in heartbreaking fashion, 26-23, in five overtimes. Rhody, meanwhile, spoiled UAlbany’s first game at its new Bob Ford Field with a 19-13 overtime victory. This was the only conference contest of the week.
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- New Hampshire utilized an impressive first half that saw the Wildcats pile up 336 yards of offense, five scoring drives and 40 points en route to a 53-23 victory over Colgate. RB Nico Steriti scored two touchdowns — both coming in the second quarter — and rushed for 88 yards, while TE Harold Spears caught two TDs in the win.
- Maine QB Marcus Wasilewski continued to show why he’s one of CAA Football’s top signal-callers after tying a career-high with four TD passes and adding another score on the ground in a 35-22 win over Bryant. The 3-0 Black Bears are off to their best start since 2002. All four of Wasilewski’s TD tosses were to different receivers.
- In James Madison’s 24-20 win over Saint Francis, junior DE Sage Harold tallied seven tackles, including three sacks and a forced fumble. Senior LB Stephon Robertson recorded 14 tackles and two sacks in the win. The Dukes trailed 7-3 at halftime, but fed the ball to senior RB Dae’Quan Scott in the second half, a frame in which he totaled 137 of his 190 rushing yards to go with two scores on the ground.
- William & Mary’s defense stepped up big again in its 34-6 road victory over Lafayette. The Tribe allowed just 73 rushing yards, failed to give up a touchdown and returned two interceptions for TDs. Airek Green and Marcus Harvey each had the pick-sixes, with Green adding a sack and a forced fumble in the win.
- Rhode Island earned its first win since Nov. 5, 2011, after holding on versus UAlbany, 19-13, in overtime on Saturday at the new Bob Ford Field. Junior LB and current CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week Andrew Bose played a large part in the victory, finishing with a career-high 17 tackles — including two for a loss — a half-sack and two pass breakups. Senior DL Josh Moody had a sack and forced a fumble versus the Great Danes. Moody also blocked a field goal and an extra point in the win, helping the Rams snap a 15-game losing streak and improve to 1-2 (1-1 CAA) on the season.
- In Towson’s 49-7 victory over Delaware State, its second-straight win by that score, stud junior RB Terrance West tied a program record with five rushing TDs and totaled 82 yards on the ground. Tony Vinson was the last Towson player to record five TDs in one game, accomplishing the feat versus Morgan State in 1993. West has now scored nine total TDs through the team’s first three games. The Tigers’ defense forced four turnovers and allowed just 15 rushing yards.
- Delaware fell to Navy, 51-7, Saturday to pick up its first loss of the 2013 season. The Blue Hens were led offensively by RB Andrew Pierce, who rushed for 83 yards. TE Ryan Cobb hauled in UD’s lone TD, a 17-yard reception from QB Trent Hurley.
- Stony Brook fell to FBS Buffalo, 26-23, in a five-overtime barnburner on Saturday. It was the longest game in program history. SBU trailed, 10-3, with less than two minutes to play before QB Lyle Negron found Malcolm Eugene for a 5-yard TD with 29 seconds remaining, forcing the game into overtime. Negron threw for 300 yards, becoming the first SBU QB to reach 300 yards since T.J. Moriarty tossed for 301 yards against UAlbany in 2004. Two receivers, Eugene and Adrian Coxson, both eclipsed 100 yards receiving in the contest.
- Richmond fell to Gardner-Webb, 12-10, despite allowing just 297 yards of offense and four field goals. WR Stephen Barnette hauled in a career- and game-high 182 yards, while QB Michael Strauss set a career-high with 305 yards and one score. Amazingly, it was the Spiders’ first loss in an FCS nonconference regular-season game since 2005, ending a streak of 17 straight victories in such contests that dated back to 2005.
- UAlbany opened its new Stadium on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 8,500. Students were reportedly turned away because the stadium had met its capacity. Junior LB Christian Dorsey registered 14 tackles, including eight solo in the setback. WR Kevin Chillis had three carries for 77 yards and also caught four passes for 22 yards.
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