Sep 25, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT
September is almost over and conference play has already commenced for half of the league’s teams. Pretty hard to believe, right?
On that note, let’s take a quick look back at Week 4 with the best, and most important, worthwhile numbers.
The league had just five out-of-conference games and earned a 3-2 record. Maine fell to Boston College in the final CAA Football vs. FBS matchup, and Stony Brook struggled offensively on the road versus North Dakota to account for the two losses.
Towson controlled the line of scrimmage in dominating fashion at home to earn a 30-21 win over North Carolina Central, William & Mary erupted for 24 second half points to beat Lafayette, 33-19, and Elon won the program’s first game as member of the conference, outlasting Charlotte, 20-13, at Rhodes Stadium last Saturday night.
UAlbany coach Greg Gattuso added another milestone to his career when the Danes won their third straight game at Rhody (37-20). Not only was it the first CAA Football win for the program, but it was Gattuso’s 100th as a head coach at the FCS level. New Hampshire scored with 19.1 seconds left at Richmond to escape with a win. The ‘Cats accomplished that with the team’s capable backup QB, Andy Vailas, who directed the offense during a clutch 15-play drive for the game-winning score. Finally, Villanova pulled away in the second half against James Madison at home, winning 49-31. QB John Robertson rushed for less than 20 yards (a rarity) but proved he can beat teams with his arm, throwing for a career-high 337 yards.
Everything you need to know from Week 4 games can be found below, including video highlights, photos, recaps etc.
-Villanova scored 28 unanswered points in the second half in its eventual 49-21 win over James Madison in Philly last weekend. The Wildcats have now scored 99 points over their last two games — matching the team’s highest output through two games in 17 years.
-Nova QB John Robertson ranks first in CAA Football for pass efficiency (185.3) and No. 4 in the FCS for completion percentage (70.5). Robertson went 22-of-27 versus JMU — after starting the game completing 15 consecutive passes — and tossed for four TDs. He now has eight TDs and no INTs this season.
-Richmond QB Michael Strauss ranks No. 3 in the FCS for completion percentage (70.6)
-UAlbany HC Greg Gattuso won his 100th career game on Saturday. He is now one of five active CAA Football head coaches to record 100 career victories and has an overall head coaching record of 100-32.
-The Great Danes are 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and one of just 11 FCS teams that are still unbeaten. *Keep in mind that the IVY League started Week 1 play last weekend.
-Did you know? UAlbany paces CAA Football in scoring D (11.0 PPG) and rush D (72.3 YPG). Those numbers are also good for No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the FCS.
-Towson outrushed North Carolina Central 261-82 in its 31-20 win at home last Saturday. So. RB Darius Victor set a career-high with 194 yards and also scored three times on the ground. Victor is the only CAA Football player to have three 100-yard rushing games this season.
-Towson’s Derrick Joseph leads the FCS in punt return average (24.4 yards per return). He also has one punt return for a TD this season, an 81-yarder in Week 3 at Delaware State.
-Maine plays at Towson this Saturday in both teams’ CAA Football opener. Towson has won its last three league openers and owns a 19-5 conference record over the last three seasons. Maine, which won the 2013 CAA Football title, is looking to avoid a 1-3 start.
-William & Mary wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with the win over Lafayette, but the Tribe had to earn the W in the second half. W&M allowed a total of 54 yards over the final two quarters and outscored the Leopards, 24-0.
-The Tribe ranks fourth in the FCS in fewest penalty yards per game with a 26.50 yard average.
-Stony Brook allowed a mere 145 yards in the team’s loss at North Dakota. The Seawolves rank second in the league in scoring D (12.0 PPG) and rush D (85.8 YPG).
North Dakota had one play — a TD pass — that went for 68 yards, but averaged just 1.75 yards per play for the game. ND also managed to get to just five total first downs.
-SBU failed to score a TD offensive, defensive or special teams, for the first time since 2008 against Liberty.
-Elon won its first official football game as a member of #CAAFB last weekend at home versus Charlotte. The Phoenix were led offensively by Kierre Brown, who caught two TDs. Brown ranks No. 11 in the FCS in all purpose yards per game with 176.67.
-The Phoenix, who are 1-2 on the year, play a game outside of their home state of North Carolina for the first time this season when they head to Conway, South Carolina, to face No. 3 Coastal Carolina.
-New Hampshire WR R.J. Harris is now the Wildcats’ second all-time leading receiver. The Sr. hauled in eight catches for 119 yards in UNH’s win at Richmond and now has 3,154 career receiving yards — far behind New Hampshire’s all-time leader, David Ball, who owns 4,655 yards — good for No. 2 all-time in FCS history behind Jerry Rice.
-Harris leads CAA Football in receptions per game (7.67) and receiving yards per game (125.7). Among the rest of the FCS, Harris ranks third in receiving yards per game and sixth in receptions per game.
-Did you know? Richmond and UNH have two of the league’s (statistically) highest rated QBs, though neither Sean Goldrich or Michael Strauss threw for a TD in the contest at Robins Stadium last weekend. Goldrich, who left the game late with a knee injury, ended up scoring three rushing TDs, though, while Strauss threw for a season-high 339 yards.
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