Sep 25, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT
With September coming to a close, it’s hard to believe that the 2013 season is already headed into Week 5. On that note, CAA Football had plenty of Week 4 worthwhile numbers.
Overall, the league posted a 4-2 mark in nonconference play this past weekend, with Towson — the only remaining unbeaten league team — Delaware, James Madison and Richmond all earning victories. Maine played toe-to-toe with FBS Northwestern before falling, 35-21, while UD and JMU took care of Charlotte and Wagner, respectively, at home. Richmond earned a quality 31-20 win over Big South foe Liberty, while UAlbany rounded out last week’s nonconference slate with another tough contest at its new Bob Ford Field, falling to Central Connecticut State, 20-17.
In CAA Football’s only two conference clashes, Villanova and William & Mary opened up league play with convincing home wins over Stony Brook (35-6) and Rhode Island (20-0), respectively.
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- Towson was tested but took care of North Carolina Central on the road, 35-17, to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Tigers, who are ranked No. 3 in the most recent TSN Top 25 FCS poll, have won eight straight games dating back to last season. It’s also the first time since 1986 that the team has opened 4-0. NCCU managed just two yards rushing for an average of 0.1 yards per carry on Saturday.
- Villanova picked up a much-needed 35-6 victory over SBU on Saturday for its first victory of the fall. QB John Robertson ran for 119 yards and one TD to go with another through the air en route to registering his fourth career 100-plus yard rushing game. The Wildcats finished with a season-high 266 yards on the ground compared to 87 yards for the Seawolves.
- JMU defeated Charlotte, 34-7, with the Dukes’ defense forcing four fumbles. CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week Stephon Robertson had 12 tackles along with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. RB Dae’Quan Scott, who ranks fifth in the FCS in rushing yards per game (148.3), carried the ball for a career-high 35 times for 176 yards and two TDs.
- In Delaware’s 49-9 victory over Wagner, WR Michael Johnson hauled in six catches for 168 yards and three TDs — all of which amazingly came in the first half. It was the most reception yards by a UD player since 2004. Johnson also added 14 rushing yards and 41 return yards for a total of 223 all-purpose yards to pick up CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors. QB Trent Hurley completed 10-of-12 passes and finished with four TDs in the first half alone.
- Richmond defeated Liberty, 31-20, in a matchup that featured current head coach Danny Rocco against his former Flames program. RB Jacobi Green rushed for 181 yards on 24 carries, while All-America WR Ben Edwards returned from a near two-game absence due to injury to haul in nine catches for 101 yards. DB Wayne Pettus had a solid game, blocking two field goals, breaking up two passes and registering an interception. It was the second-straight week that a league player blocked two kicks, with Rhody’s Josh Moody also blocking a pair last week at UAlbany.
- William & Mary defeated Rhode Island, 20-0, in its league opener. The Tribe’s defense has not allowed a touchdown over its last two games and has given up just 37 total points through four games this season — good for the fewest total over the same stretch of games since the 1948 season. Three defenders finished with at least 10 tackles: LB Airek Green (11) safety Jerome Couplin (10) and LB Luke Rhodes (10).
- In Stony Brook’s 35-6 loss to Nova, WR Malcolm Eugene set career-highs for catches (12) and yards (184). His yardage total was the sixth-most in SBU history, while his receptions total was the second best mark in the program’s Division I history. QB Lyle Negron has thrown for 579 yards and three TDs over his last two games.
- Maine fell for the first time of the fall on Saturday on the road, 35-21, to FBS No. 18/16 Northwestern. The Black Bears outgained the Wildcats, 379-373, in their second contest against an FBS opponent this year. TE Justin Perillo surpassed 1,000 receiving yards and 100 catches for his career in the loss, while LB Cabrinni Goncalves had 11 tackles and one sack in the setback.
- In Rhody’s 20-0 loss at William & Mary, punter Anthony DiPaula punted the ball nine times for 329 yards. WR Robbie Jackson had a career-high 11 catches for 97 yards and now has 29 receptions through four games this season.
- UAlbany lost at home for the second straight week, though RB Omar Osbourne rushed for 119 yards and two scores. The junior has rushed for 100-plus yards twice this season and ranks fourth in the FCS in total rushing yards with 550 through the team’s first four games.
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