Oct 30, 2013, 4:20 PM EST
There seems to be a common theme around CAA Football, and the FCS in general, that teams must win road games in order to have any type of success. Never was that more evident across the conference than in Week 9.
Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Towson were prime examples, as all four came away with road wins in impressive fashion. The Black Bears and Tigers, who sit 1-2 in the league standings, defeated Villanova and Richmond, respectively. It was Towson’s ninth-consecutive road win, while Maine has now won seven straight on the road dating back to last season. UD and UNH both won on the road for the first time in 2013, knocking off Rhody and Stony Brook, respectively. William & Mary was the lone team to buck the trend last week, blanking James Madison in the second half for a 17-7 win to improve to 4-0 at Zable Stadium this season.
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- Delaware outgained Rhody, 500-273, in its 35-13 victory on Saturday. It was also the Blue Hens’ first road win of the season and their sixth in last seven games over the Rams. UD utilized the run game – rushing for 332 yards – while RB Andrew Pierce and WR Michael Johnson both had solid performances with a combined 240 yards on the ground. Pierce rushed for 117 yards and three TDs to register his 21st career 100-yard rushing contest, just one shy of the program record. Johnson made the most of his three carries, totaling 123 yards and a TD to become the first receiver in school history to surpass 100-yards rushing. Johnson and Pierce also had long runs of 78 and 75 yards, respectively, representing just the second time that a pair of UD players had runs of 70-plus yards in the same game.
- James Madison senior LB Stephon Robertson recorded a game-high 15 tackles, including five for loss and one sack, one forced fumble and a pass breakup in the Dukes’ 17-7 loss to the Tribe on Saturday. Robertson ranks second in the FCS with 95 total tackles, averaging 11.9 per game. JMU allowed just 71 rushing yards on the day and has not yielded 100 yards rushing since a Sept. 28 setback to Delaware.
- Maine QB Marcus Wasilewski accounted for 423 of his team’s 523 yards in the Black Bears’ 37-35 win over Villanova. He completed 28-of-34 passes for 337 yards and two TDs and also led Maine with 86 rushing yards and one TD. Seven different Maine receivers hauled in at least one catch in the victory, with TE Justin Perillo leading the way with seven catches for 94 yards. The Black Bears also held a 36:46-23:14 advantage in time of possession, a category in which they rank eighth in the FCS (33:20 minutes per game).
- New Hampshire limited Stony Brook to 286 yards of total offense in its 31-13 win. It was the team’s first road victory of the season and its first since Oct. 27, 2012. The Wildcats committed three penalties against the Seawolves and have committed just four over their last three games for a total of 45 yards. WR Justin Mello had career-highs of eight receptions and three TDs in the win. He currently leads CAA Football with six receiving TDs this season.
- Rhode Island DE James Timmins had another solid day for the Rams defensively against UD. Timmins finished with six tackles, including three for loss and the 11th sack of his career. He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass. QB Bob Bensten passed for 148 yards and one TD en route to becoming just the fourth player in school history to surpass 4,000 passing yards for his career. His top receiver, Robbie Jackson, hauled in nine passes for 85 yards and one score.
- Richmond signal-caller Michael Strauss completed 28-of-38 passes for 281 yards and two TDs in the Saturday’s 48-32 setback to Towson. Strauss leads CAA Football in passing with 2,372 yards and 296.5 passing yards per game through eight games. DB Reggie Barnette had one interception against the Tigers, allowing UR to stretch its streak of recording at least one pick to 18 straight games. The Spiders are tied for third in the FCS with 14 interceptions this season.
- Stony Brook’s 31-13 home loss to UNH snapped the squad’s impressive 13-game winning streak in the month of October. The Seawolves’ last October loss came on Oct. 23, 2010. QB Lyle Negron has attempted 192 passes through seven games this season, just 13 fewer than 2012 starter Kyle Essington attempted over 12 games last fall. RB James Kenner rushed for 113 yards versus the Wildcats, becoming the first SBU player to cross 100 yards on the ground since Marcus Coker 115-yard showing at Buffalo on Sept. 14.
- Towson’s win over Richmond was its ninth-straight on the road dating back to last season. Stud RB Terrance West tied a single-game school record with five total TDs – four rushing, one receiving – for the second time this season (also scored five TDs in the Delaware State win on Sept. 14). West’s 272 yards rushing set a new career-high. As if his performance wasn’t impressive enough, he is now Towson’s all-time leading rusher with 3,742 career yards to go with 67 touchdowns in just 30 games.
- Villanova QB John Robertson was impressive in defeat for the second straight week, becoming the first player in program history to rush for over 200 yards in consecutive games. Robertson racked up 214 yards against Maine and set a career-high with four TDs en route to eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight season. The sophomore ranks sixth in the FCS with 1,063 rushing yards this season and is one of just two second-year players ranked in the top 30 for rushing yards. Defensively, the Wildcats were led by Don Cherry and Joey Harmon, who turned in 12 and 10 tackles, respectively. Both players also had two tackles for loss and a sack.
- William & Mary allowed only 120 yards in the second half in its 17-7 win over JMU. S Jared Velasquez had a 90-yard INT return – the second-longest in school history – with 7:33 remaining to ultimately seal the victory. The W&M defense added 11 tackles for loss in the win, which helped the Tribe remain unbeaten at home (4-0) this season. WR Tre McBride set a new career-high with 10 receptions and also had 84 receiving yards and one TD.
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