Oct 2, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT
Week 5 is officially in the books and though it’s only October, plenty of league teams are starting to determine their respective identities. For most, conference play has begun and the implications for those early games are proving just how important it is to get off on the right foot.
CAA Football went 2-2 in nonconference action this past weekend, with Rhode Island earning a much-needed 42-7 victory over Central Connecticut State and Villanova taking care of Penn at home, 35-6. UAlbany and New Hampshire both took to the road and came home empty-handed, falling to Old Dominion and Lehigh, respectively. In league play, Towson battled back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Stony Brook, 35-21; Delaware rallied past James Madison, 29-22, on the heels of a huge second half; and Maine traveled to Richmond and came away with a 28-21 win following Lamar Fitzgerald’s late-game interception that sealed the win for the now 4-1 Black Bears.
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- Rhody enjoyed a breakout offensive performance in its 42-7 victory over Central Connecticut State on Saturday. The Rams’ 42 points were the team’s most scored since it registered the same total in 2009 (a 55-42 loss to UNH) and the highest total scored in a victory since 2007 versus Brown (49-42). RB Justin Semmes had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, totaling 118 yards and two TDs. Rhody’s defense shut down CCSU, forcing six turnovers and totaling 28 points off the Blue Devils’ miscues.
- In Maine’s 28-21 road win over Richmond, RB Nigel Jones accounted for three TDs – two rushing, one receiving – and ran for 115 yards. Maine picked off UR QB Michael Strauss three times, with Lamar Fitzgerald, Kendall James and Christophe Mulumba each recording an interception. Through fives games this season, Maine’s defense ranks first in the CAA in pass efficiency defense, holding opposing QBs to a mere 49.4 percent completion rate.
- Villanova defeated crosstown rival Penn, 35-6, at home on Saturday. The victory marked the 200th win of head coach Andy Talley’s Villanova tenure and the 228th of his collegiate coaching career. Talley became just the 37th college football coach across all divisions to record 200 wins at one school. The Wildcats finished with 546 yards of offense versus the Quakers, with QB John Robertson recording 132 of those on the ground – his second straight 100-yard rushing game – and RB Kevin Monangai racked up 101 yards.
- Towson defeated Stony Brook, 35-21, on Saturday for its fourth road win of the season and fifth win overall. The No. 3/2 Tigers have won nine straight games dating back to last season and haven’t lost since Oct. 20, 2012, versus former league foe Old Dominion. RB Terrance West continued his strong start to the season, rushing for 150 yards and one TD against SBU. West leads the FCS in rushing TDs (12) and ranks sixth in rushing yards with 658 through five games this year.
- Delaware rallied for a 29-22 victory in its league-opener against James Madison after outscoring the Dukes, 22-3, in the second half. It was the Blue Hens’ fourth-straight league-opening victory. Defensively, UD was led by Patrick Calloway, who not only registered a game-high 13 tackles, but also picked off JMU QB Michael Birdsong with 1:58 remaining to allow the Hens to run out the clock and secure the win. The victory also snapped a five-game losing skid for Delaware against Top 20-ranked foes.
- New Hampshire’s 34-27 loss at Lehigh was the first defeat for the Wildcats versus a Patriot League member since head coach Sean McDonnell took over the helm in 1999. The ‘Cats had been 6-0 versus the Patriot League. UNH averaged 6.9 yards per carry against the Mountain Hawks and totaled 289 yards on the ground. Punter Brad Prasky earned CAA Football Special Teams honors this week after averaging 51.0 yards per boot in defeat and currently leads the nation in that category.
- In Richmond’s 28-21 setback to Maine, All-America WR Ben Edwards hauled in a career-high 14 catches for 126 yards. He also rushed for a team-high 56 yards. Edwards leads CAA Football in receptions per game (8.75) through four contests this season. Fellow WR Stephen Barnette finished with 126 yards receiving against the Black Bears, marking the first time since 2009 that UR had two receivers haul in over 100 yards.
- UAlbany was dealt a tough road loss by Old Dominion this past weekend, though TJ Idowu and Michael Nicastro led the defense with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively. The Great Danes, who head back to Virginia this week to face James Madison, totaled 325 yards of offense and WR King Cole had five catches for 73 yards.
- Stony Brook’s 142 yards rushing in Saturday’s 35-21 loss to Towson were the most allowed by the Tigers this season. The Seawolves utilized the efficient one-two backfield punch of James Kenner and Jameel Poteat, who rushed for 82 and 72 yards, respectively, and each scored one rushing TD. SBU hosts Bryant for Homecoming this week and looks to improve its perfect 7-0 all-time Homecoming record under coach Chuck Priore.
- In James Madison’s 29-22 loss at Delaware, senior LB Stephon Robertson registered career highs of 16 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss en route to earning his second-straight CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honor. Robertson ranks sixth in the FCS with 61 total tackles and averages 12.2 per game over five contests this season.
EYE-POPPING STATS OF THE WEEK
- Villanova ranks fifth in the FCS in fewest penalties per game (4.00).
- Rhody ranks eighth in the FCS in offensive first downs with 121 this season.
- William & Mary averages 36 yards per kick return, good for No. 2 in the FCS.
- Towson’s red zone defense ranks first in the FCS, holding opponents to a .545 success rate. Rhody No. 2 (.571), Richmond No. 10 (.643), Delaware No. 19 (.684) and Villanova No. 23 (.692), all rank in the Top-25 in the FCS for that same category.
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