Sep 11, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT
Week 2 featured nine games across the conference, including four against FBS competition, and even one contest that was played on Sunday. The only losses of the week came from the FBS contests — UConn 19, Stony Brook 16 | Virginia 45, Richmond 13 | Marshall 48, Rhode Island 7 | West Virginia 54, Towson 0 — while the rest of the #CAAFB teams went a perfect 5-0 in non-conference play. Overall, the league now sits at 8-2 on the season versus FCS non-conference opponents. Elon, Maine and New Hampshire all had an open week, while the Black Bears and Wildcats (fittingly) each have one more bye week later this season because the two are the only CAA Football schools to play 11-game schedules.
James Madison hit the road for the second-straight week and picked up a nice win at Lehigh, 31-28, despite trailing by 11 at halftime. It was also head coach Everett Withers’ first victory with the program. Villanova turned heads with its convincing 50-6 whooping of then-No. 11 Fordham, William & Mary took care of business at Hampton (42-14), UAlbany blanked Central Connecticut State (19-0) for its second-straight win, and Delaware beat Delaware State, 27-9, in a game that had to be played on Sunday due to weather delays that occurred on Saturday night.
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- UAlbany: Coach Greg Gattuso continues to remain humble as his team now sits at 2-0 and enjoys a bye week in Week 3 before starting conference play at Rhode Island on Sept. 20. The Great Danes impressed at CCSU on Saturday, battling through two lightning delays, limiting the Blue Devils to just 195 yards of offense. CCSU RB Rob Holloman, who won national FCS Player of the Week honors the previous weekend after rushing for 161 and two TDs in a win at Towson, managed just 33 yards on nine attempts. UAlbany, which won its 100th game as an FCS program and registered its 12th shutout as a D-I squad, last won back-to-back games at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
- Delaware: The Blue Hens picked up their first win of the season on Sunday and racked up 278 yards on the ground. It was the first time a UD team played on a Sunday since the 1954 ‘Hens defeated Kent State, 19-7, in the Refrigerator Bowl. Junior DL Vince Hollerman recorded three sacks in the victory, becoming the first Delaware player to accomplish such a feat since 2007. The Blue Hens have now won 10 straight home openers and 21 consecutive out of conference home contests.
- James Madison: The Dukes finished with 606 yards of total offense in their thrilling, three-point win at Lehigh. 310 of the team’s total yards came in the second half, though both the Mountain Hawks and Dukes entered the break with 296 yards of total offense. Impressively, JMU had scoring drives of 66, 99 and 98 yards, respectively, in the second half to makeup for its 21-10 halftime deficit. True freshman Jimmy Moreland blocked Lehigh’s potential game-tying field goal with 51 seconds to spare, helping the Dukes capture their first road win since Nov. 3 of 2012 (at Maine). Lehigh had won 11 straight games versus non-league foes.
- Rhode Island: The Rams opened their season with a tough, 48-7 loss at FBS foe Marshall. Rhody forced five Marshall fumbles, recovering three of them, and did not allow the Thundering Herd to convert a fourth down on two attempts. Sr. LB Andrew Bose notched 14 tackles and forced a fumble, while S Tim Wienclaw had two forced fumbles and 11 tackles in defeat.
- Richmond: UR outgained Virginia 422-330 in total yards in its 45-13 loss in Charlottesville on Saturday. The Spiders turned the ball over seven times, but held UVA to 173 passing yards. WR Stephen Barnette led all players in the game with 124 receiving yards and 10 catches. It was his eighth career 100-yard receiving game.
- Stony Brook: SBU certainly did enough defensively in its difficult, 19-16 loss at UConn, allowing just 223 yards of offense in defeat. The Seawolves fell to 1-6 all-time against FBS foes, but has now held a lead in six of those seven games. The SBU D totaled 11 tackles for loss versus the Huskies, while senior DB Christian Ricard accounted for 3.5 of those, including two sacks. Stony Brook ranks No. 7 in the FCS in total dense, allowing 228 yards per game through two contests.
- Towson: Towson fell to 0-2 on the season after its defeat at West Virginia. Amazingly, the loss away from home snapped the Tigers’ 12-game road winning streak dating back to 2012 (Oct. 6). Defensively, TU was led by Donnell Lewis (career-high 15 tackles) and Christian Carpenter (12 tackles). The Tigers, who beat UConn to open the 2013 season, now own a 1-7 all-time record against teams from the FBS.
- Villanova: QB John Robertson seemed to steal the show versus Fordham, throwing for three TDs and rushing for another, but it was the VU defense which stifled the Rams’ prolific offense in the team’s 50-6 win on Saturday. Nova did not allow a TD score, while limiting Fordham to 219 yards of total offense. The defense also got a pick-six for a TD, six sacks and 12 tackles for loss overall. DE Austin Calitro returned that interception 35 yards for a TD late in the second quarter, while it was the first turnover caused by Villanova’s defense since Oct. 12 of last season versus Towson — a span of 447 total plays by the opposition.
- William & Mary: The Tribe stuck to their run game to outlast Hampton, 42-14, in a short road trip on Saturday. RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor tied a career-high with three rushing TDs (scampering for 107 yards) and now ranks second in CAA football with 96.0 yards per game on the ground. His three rushing TDs currently leads the league as well. The Tribe’s 42 points scored are the most for the program since 2010, when the College beat VMI, 45-0. In fact, since 2010, William & Mary owns a 9-1 record versus FCS opponents in non-conference play. LB Airek Green recorded six tackles — four for loss — two sacks, once forced fumble and blocked punt in the win against the Pirates.
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