Oct 9, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
Week 6 worthwhile numbers had plenty of references to the past, as several records fell and new standards were set by individuals and teams across the CAA Football. Of course, there were also numbers and trends that some teams would rather forget.
James Madison, Maine, Towson and Villanova all battled at home to come away with important conference wins that will certainly impact where they stand at the end of the season. Interestingly, three of the team’s on the other side of those games — Delaware, New Hampshire William & Mary — all suffered just their first CAA Football defeats of the year. Give credit to UAlbany, which played its second-straight road tilt in the state of Virginia (at JMU) this past weekend, but fell, 40-13. The Great Danes end a tough three-game road stretch at Delaware this coming Saturday. In the league’s only two nonconference matchups last weekend, Stony Brook took care of business against Bryant before a record-setting home crowd, while Rhode Island played its 1,000th game in which it fell to in-state rival Brown.
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UAlbany made its second-straight trip to the state of Virginia and once again came up empty-handed after a 40-13 setback to JMU. RB Omar Osbourne, who ranks third in CAA Football with 109.7 rushing yards per game, totaled 59 yards on the day. TE Brian Parker had one of his best games as a Great Dane, finishing with eight catches for 71 yards.
In Delaware’s 62-28 loss at Maine, redshirt freshman RB Jalen Randolph ran for a career-high 137 yards and a TD. The Blue Hens finished with 219 yards on the ground. Senior RB Andrew Pierce registered 62 rushing yards en route to becoming just the third player in UD history to reach 4,000 career yards (4,041). While UD has lost its last three games against Maine, it has won its next contest following that loss two years running now.
James Madison bounced back from a defeat at Delaware with a convincing 40-13 victory over UAlbany in Harrisonburg. Junior WR Daniel Brown tied a program record with three TD receptions, while RB Dae’Quan Scott ran for 87 yards and scored twice. Scott also became JMU’s all-time leading scorer with his 240 career points, passing David Rabil’s previous mark of 231 points set from 2003-06.
Maine’s offense exploded for 62 points and 602 yards of offense in its win over Delaware on Saturday. The Black Bears, who improved to 5-1 on the season, accumulated 337 rushing yards, including 107 from RB Nigel Jones and 86 yards from the ever-versatile John Ebeling. Both Jones and Ebeling found the end zone twice in the win. It was also the most points allowed by UD in a regulation contest since the 1921 season. In the first quarter alone, Maine scored two defensive TDs, as Mike Mangiarelli returned an interception for a score and Sherrod Baltimore returned a fumble for a TD.
In the loss at Towson, New Hampshire WR R.J. Harris hauled in eight passes for 77 yards to move into 10th on the Wildcats’ all-time career receptions chart. He now has 156 catches for 1,992 yards over his three-year career. Safety Nick Cefalo secured seven tackles, one pass breakup and recovered two fumbles that both came in the first quarter. UNH’s first three possessions versus the Tigers lasted a combined 1:19 and involved just seven plays for 20 points. Nevertheless, the ‘Cats managed just eight points for the rest of the game.
Rhode Island dropped a 31-14 contest versus Brown last Saturday in the program’s 1,000th contest. QB Bob Bentsen passed for 115 yards and one TD and now has thrown for 20 career TD passes, making him just the sixth Rhody player all-time to accomplish that feat.
Stony Brook earned a hard-fought 21-13 victory over Bryant in front of 11,224 spectators — the largest football crowd to ever fill the stands at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. RB Tyler Fredericks and WR Devante Wheeler both recorded their first-ever TDs as Seawolves in the victory, which snapped a three-game SBU losing skid. Fredericks rushed for 45 yards and Wheeler had three catches for 77 yards.
Towson defeated New Hampshire, 44-28, on Saturday to win its 10th-straight game dating back to last season. RB Terrance West rushed for 238 yards and three TDs, while the Tigers set a new program record with 731 yards of total offense. Oddly enough, Towson trailed, 20-3, after the first quarter before ripping off 41 consecutive points. Only a junior, West has upped his individual performances over three career games against the Wildcats, piling up an impressive 735 rushing yards with nine TDs on the ground.
Villanova utilized a late rushing TD from sophomore QB John Robertson with 28 seconds remaining to defeat William & Mary, 20-16, in the friendly confines of Villanova Stadium on Saturday. Robertson rushed for 70 yards and RB Kevin Monangai came away with another 93 yards of his own. Wildcats PK Mark Hamilton nailed two key field goals en route to moving into 10th place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 188 career points. The last time both teams played each other came on Oct. 1, 2011, also at Villanova, though the Tribe won that game by the same score, 20-16.
William & Mary limited Villanova to just 97 total yards in the first half of its 20-16 loss. The Wildcats’ first TD came in the third quarter and was the first allowed by the Tribe since hosting Hampton on Sept. 7. W&M ranks second in the FCS and first in CAA Football in scoring defense, allowing a stingy 11.4 points per game.
EYE-POPPING STATS OF THE WEEK
- Towson (.518) and Maine (.506) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the FCS in third-down conversion percentage.
- Towson has allowed just three sacks all season long, with all three sacks coming in a Week 4 win over North Carolina Central.
- Four CAA Football teams rank in the FCS’ Top 25 in total defense: William & Mary (293.6 YPG, No. 7), James Madison (297.5YPG, No. 8), Towson (301.8 YPG, No. 12) and Stony Brook (324.8 YPG, No. 17).
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