Sep 18, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT
CAA Football enjoyed success in non-conference play yet again in Week 3, as the league went a combined 7-3 and pushed its season record versus non-FBS out-of-conference foes to 15-5.
Towson earned its first win of 2014, downing Delaware State on the road, 21-7, for the team’s fourth straight win over a MEAC school. The Tigers will try to extend that mark to five straight with a home contest against North Carolina Central on Saturday night. New Hampshire, James Madison and Richmond all took care of business at home last weekend. The Wildcats got payback from a 2013 loss to Lehigh by cruising past the Mountain Hawks, 45-27, JMU opened its home slate with a 38-22 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and the Spiders convincingly downed Hampton, 42-17, en route to improving to 2-1 on the year.
Delaware scored a TD with 41 seconds to spare to defeat Colgate at home (28-25), while William & Mary outlasted Norfolk State (29-14). Stony Brook earned its first victory of the season by downing American International, 20-3.
Maine and Rhode Island each dropped away games at Bryant (13-10) and Fordham (54-7), respectively, while Elon fell at home (17-12) to North Carolina A&T.
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-In Maine’s loss at Bryant, the Black bears allowed 29 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Maine now ranks No. 3 in the FCS, allowing a mere 48.0 yards per game.
-James Madison drew 23,577 fans for the team’s home opener versus SFU on Saturday. That attendance figure currently ranks second in the FCS for single-game average, behind Montana, which has played two home games and averages 25,500 fans per game.
-Delaware’s victory over Colgate in Newark assured the ‘Hens to keep two impressive streaks alive. The first? UD has now scored a point in 206 consecutive home games dating back to 1983. The second? The Blue Hens have now won 16 straight home games in the months of August and September.
-New Hampshire totaled 646 yards of offense in its win over Lehigh, including 422 yards through the air, all by the arm of QB Sean Goldrich. That’s a new career-high for the junior, who also matched a career-high with four TD passes.
-UNH impressively led at the break, 29-0, and outgained Lehigh 401-88 in total yards. The Wildcats have not lost a regular season home non-conference game since Nov. 11, 2000, when they lost to Gardner-Webb.
-Richmond rushed for 234 yards in its solid win over Hampton last Saturday. RB Jacobi Green carried the ball 15 times for 133 yards and scored twice. That was his second career 100-yard rushing game.
-UR currently leads the FCS with an absurd 66 percent third-down conversion rate, while Villanova (63%) and New Hampshire (60%) rank No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
-Elon PK John Gallagher went 4-of-5 on field goals last weekend (20, 23, 32, 22) in the Phoenix’s 17-12 loss to NC A&T. Gallagher now ranks first in the FCS with 3.00 field goals per game.
-William & Mary scored on both defense and special teams in the win over NSU. Jr. S Jared Velasquez returned a pass 39 yards to the house for a score, while Jr. CB DeAndre Houston-Carson blocked a field goal attempt that was returned by Ivan Tagoe 66 yards for another TD.
-The Tribe, who host Lafayette this weekend to close out their non-conference slate, are now 10-1 in non-league play since 2010. The only loss the team has had since that time? The Lafayette Leopards defeated W&M in 2012, (17-14).
-In SBU’s victory over Division II American International, the Seawolves had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2012 — a span of 14 games. RB Stacey Bedell totaled 130 yards and two scores and RB James Kenner, playing in his first game of the season, rushed for 102 yards and one TD. It was the also the first time since 2012 that the team finished with over 200 yards on the ground.
-Did you know? Stony Brook has allowed just two offensive TDs through the team’s first three games and ranks No. 9 in the FCS in scoring defense (11.7).
-UAlbany and Maine have played two games this season, but the Great Danes rank No. 1 in the FCS in scoring D (6.5 points per game) and the Black Bears rank fourth (9.5 points per game).
-Towson has not turned the ball over yet this season through three games. Last week at DSU, the Tigers outrushed the Hornets 221-71, earned their 13th road win in the team’s last 14 tries, and avoided their first 0-3 start since 1991.
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