Oct 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
While Week 8 saw just four contests take place across CAA Football, it was a telling Saturday around the conference.
Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Towson all earned victories, with the Tigers bouncing back with a convincing win at UAlbany, their eighth straight road victory dating back to last season. Maine defeated William & Mary, 34-20, for its seventh-straight win over an FCS opponent; UNH held off Villanova for its 25th win in its last 27 tries in “The Dungeon”; and Rhody defeated Richmond, 12-10, for its first home league win since Nov. 5, 2011.
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- UAlbany fell to Towson, 44-17, on Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd of 8,500. It was the team’s third home contest of the season and the first game at its new Bob Ford Field in a month – the last coming on Sept. 21 against CCSU. RB Jake Meek rushed for 44 yards and one TD, while fellow back Omar Osbourne had 50 yards rushing. Defensively, DT Andrew Smith finished with three tackles for loss.
- Maine defeated William & Mary, 34-20, on Saturday at home thanks in part to scoring the game’s first 24 points. The Black Bears have won seven straight versus FCS foes dating back to last season, with two of those victories coming over ranked opponents. Senior QB Marcus Wasilewski surpassed 4,000 yards passing for his career, while classmate Rickey Stevens returned from an early-season injury to rush for 99 yards and one TD in the win. In the first half, Maine held the Tribe to 94 total yards, including just 23 passing. The Black Bears rank third in the FCS this season in third-down conversion percentage with a .526 mark.
- New Hampshire RB Chris Setian played a pivotal role in the Wildcats’ 29-28 victory over Villanova on Saturday, registering a career-high 88 rushing yards and three catches for 28 yards. His biggest play of the game came on UNH’s final offensive snap, as he converted the game-winning two-point try on a three-yard score with 13 seconds remaining. ‘Cats QB Sean Goldrich passed for 236 yards and one TD and also ran for two TDs, while senior Mike MacArthur became the program’s all-time field goals leader and now ranks 10th in league history with 41 for his career.
- Rhode Island K Dylan Smith tied a school record with four made field goals in the Rams’ 12-10 victory over Richmond. Smith, who was named National Special Teams Player of the Week by multiple outlets, made kicks from 24, 47, 23 and 19 yards, tying the Rhody record that was set in 1988. The Rams rushed for a season-high 191 yards, though it was their defense which impressed. Senior DT Josh Moody blocked his fourth kick of the season – a 47-yard attempt in the fourth quarter – senior DE James Timmins had sack, including 1.5 for loss, and two pass breakups, while junior DB Tim Wienclaw had a sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to go along with two pass breakups. Overall, the Rhody defense had 15 pass breakups against the Spiders after entering the game with only 20 through their first seven games.
- Richmond’s loss on Saturday was its third road setback of the season. The Spiders’ five losses this fall have come by a combined 20 points. They also allowed four field goals in a similar 12-10 defeat at Gardner-Webb in Week 3. UR’s defense intercepted the Rams three times, including two by DB Wayne Pettus, who is now tied for the FCS lead with five in 2013. The Spiders, who have had at least one INT in 17 straight games, rank third in the nation with 13 picks this season.
- Towson outgained UAlbany, 573-267, in its 44-17 road win. It was the Tigers’ fifth road game of the season and its eighth straight road victory dating back to 2012. WR Spencer Wilkins had six catches for 129 yards and one TD and has now eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in four consecutive games. Donnell Lewis added to the defensive effort with a 38-yard INT return for a TD and also turned in seven tackles (five solo, two for loss) and one pass breakup in the win. RB Terrance West quietly rushed for 183 yards and two scores to become the first Tiger to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive campaigns (1,130 in 2013). He also continues to lead the FCS with 19 TDs.
- Villanova QB John Robertson has amassed a total of 710 yards of offense over the last two games. On Saturday at New Hampshire, he set a new career-high with 256 rushing yards, scoring three TDs on 27 carries and also passing for 122 yards on 15-of-17 attempts. It was the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history behind legend Brian Westbrook’s 287-yard performance set on Nov. 10, 2001. Nova had won four straight overall and five straight CAA Football road contests entering the weekend. The ‘Cats last fell to a league foe on the road on Oct. 15, 2011 (34-10 loss at JMU).
- William & Mary S Jared Velasquez totaled a career-high 18 tackles in the Tribe’s 34-20 loss at Maine. W&M ranks third in the FCS in scoring defense (15.0) and came into the game leading the country in allowing just 11 points per game. The Tribe was led offensively by Keith McBride and Kendell Anderson, who both recorded one rushing TD.
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