Oct 2, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT
Non-conference play continued to wrap up in Week 5 as league teams went 3-2, with all three wins coming in convincing fashion over opponents from the Ivy League. CAA Football’s season record in non-conference, FCS matchups is now 20-8 (.714). There are still six out-of-conference games remaining this season.
Villanova, New Hampshire and UAlbany all earned the aforementioned impressive victories in non-conference play last Saturday. The VU Wildcats scored all of the team’s 41 points in the first half to roll past Penn, 41-7, New Hampshire generated over 500 yards of offense in the first-ever night game at Cowell Stadium and rolled past Dartmouth, 52-19, while UAlbany’s stingy defense held Columbia scoreless in the first half before running away with a 42-7 win at home to move to 4-0 on the year.
Elon and Rhode Island both fell in OOC play. The Phoenix held tough for the first half at No. 3 Coastal Carolina, but lost 31-3, while the Rams also competed well, but gave up a few big rushing plays in the fourth quarter before losing to Central Connecticut State, 38-14.
Couldn’t have asked for a better week in CAA Football play, as three games — JMU-Delaware, Stony Brook-William & Mary and Towson-Maine — were decided by six points or less, including two which went to OT. Delaware saw JMU fight back from a 16-6 fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game and send it to OT, but the Blue Hens’ D came up huge with a fourth down, goal line stop to escape Harrisonburg with a win. William & Mary utilized a nifty 52-yard TD pass with 25 seconds left in regulation to tie the game versus the Seawolves and then took over in OT following a blocked field goal and a 13-yard game-winning score from RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor. Maine, meanwhile, converted three fourth downs — highlighted by a 37-yard TD pass with 52 seconds remaining — on its final drive of the game to stun Towson on the road, 27-24.
As always, click the link below for all game recaps and stats from Week 5.
-Maine’s win over Towson not only snapped a two-game losing skid, but it allowed the Black Bears to avoid losing three straight games, which last happened in 2007. QB Dan Collins was a perfect 5-of-5 passing on Maine’s game-winning, 75-yard scoring drive which also saw the offense convert three fourth downs.
-Towson only passed for 126 yards, but out-rushed Maine handily, 254-46.
-Villanova QB John Robertson has thrown for 11 TDs and zero interceptions over his last three games. In Saturday’s win over Penn, the junior threw four TDs to four different players, but there was still 11:03 left in the contest by that point.
-The Wildcats, who have won three straight, tied a program record for points scored over a three-game stint with 140 total.
-Robertson trails Richmond QB Michael Strauss for the current lead in the FCS for completion percentage. Robertson ranks No. 2, completing 70.7 % percent of his throws compared to Strauss’ 70.8 %.
-Delaware’s OT victory was the team’s first extra-period win since 2005 (Lehigh) and the first road OT win since 1999 (Northeastern).
-Stony Brook ranks ninth in the FCS in both scoring D (15.0 PPG) and rush D (88.0 YPG). UAlbany leads the CAA and ranks second in the FCS in rush D, allowing 72.0 yards per game in 2014.
-UAlbany RB Omar Osbourne leads CAA Football in rushing with 135.2 yards per game. That number ranks 11th in the FCS.
-Osbourne rushed for 193 yards and scored his first two TDs of the year last weekend in the win over Columbia.
-Towson RB Darius Victor leads CAA Football in total rush yards (588).
-Did you know? Delaware, UAlbany and Elon are three of just eight teams in the FCS who have not yet lost a fumble this season.
-New Hampshire’s win over Dartmouth at home was the team’s 27th in its last 29 contests in the “Dungeon.” The Wildcats, who do not have any remaining non-conference games, have not lost an out-of-conference regular season game at home since November of 2000.
-Richmond (.639), Villanova (.603) and New Hampshire (.582) all rank No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in third down conversion percentage for the FCS.
-Three players in CAA Football average over 10 tackles per game: Maine’s Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (11.2), Towson’s James Simms (10.6) and Rhody’s Andrew Bose (10.2).
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