Oct 16, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
After taking last week off with an open date (sorry, had to do it), Worthwhile Numbers returns to recap Week 7 action. Hold your excitement.
There’s no doubt that statements were made last week — most notably: JMU beating Towson, 62-7, and UNH downing William & Mary, 32-3. I don’t think anyone saw either of those scores coming. Then we saw Stony Brook (2-1 in CAA Football) and Delaware (2-0 in CAA Football) both grab quiet wins over Maine, 19-7, and Elon, 34-24, respectively. Finally, Villanova continued its winning ways with an easy home win over Rhody and Richmond downed UAlbany on the road, 41-28, but it came with a price. On Monday morning, it was announced that stud QB Michael Strauss fractured his ankle in that game and will be out at least a month.
Six weeks remain in the regular season with the large majority of contests taking place in league play. Just three non-conference games are left, all occurring next week (Oct. 25) — UAlbany versus Colgate, JMU at Charlotte and Villanova versus Morgan State.
-JMU’s 62 points scored were the most for the Dukes since scoring 65 points versus Delaware State in 2005. It was also the most points ever scored by JMU in a CAA Football contest. The Dukes registered two scores on D — one off a pick-six and another off a fumble recovery — forced three TU fumbles (all credited to DL Brandon Lee) and had a blocked kick in the win.
-Did you know? James Madison ranks first in the FCS along with William & Mary in blocked kicks with five this season.
-Delaware, New Hampshire and Maine are among 33 remaining teams in the FCS who have not allowed a kick to be blocked this year.
-Villanova QB John Robertson totaled four passing TDs in the first half versus Rhody. He’s thrown for four TD passes in each of the last four games for the Wildcats and has 20 TDs total versus one interception this season.
-Nova is currently riding a five-game winning streak since dropping the opener at Syracuse. During that stretch, VU has outscored foes 225-85 and is averaging over 500 yards of offense per game. For the first time ever, the Wildcats have exceeded 40 points in five straight contests.
-Richmond led UAlbany after one quarter, 13-0, on Saturday and now owns an impressive 62-10 advantage over all of its foes in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.
-The victory over the Great Danes was also Richmond’s second-straight road win. The last time that occurred was during the 2012 season, when UR beat VMI and Georgia State away from home.
-Richmond leads the FCS in both third down conversion percentage (.663) and fourth down conversion percentage (1.000) — 3-of-3 on the season. UR also paces the FCS in completion percentage (.704), while Villanova (.703) and New Hampshire (.680) follow in the No. 2 and 6 spots.
-UAlbany ranks second in CAA Football in scoring D (18.7 PPG). The Danes have allowed 14 total TDs scored this season which is tied with Villanova for the second-best mark in the league behind Stony Brook (9 TDs allowed).
-Delaware downed Elon in front of a season-high 19,476 fans last Saturday.
-Likewise, UNH played in front of a season-high 18,774 fans versus William & Mary — good for second all-time in total home attendance.
-UD Fr. DB Malcolm Brown had an interception returned for a TD versus Elon, becoming the first Hens rookie to return an INT for a score since 1993.
-Did you know? The Blue Hens, Phoenix and UAlbany Great Danes are the only FCS teams who have not lost a fumble this season.
-New Hampshire has held its last three opponents to under 300 yards of total offense. The Tribe totaled 217 last Saturday.
-UNH’s defense has also given up fewer points per game in each of its contests this season. The unit allowed 52 to Toledo, 27 to Lehigh, 26 to Richmond, 19 to Dartmouth, 14 to Elon and 3 to W&M.
-UNH, which has its second open week of the season this week, leads CAA Football in punting this season (39.00 yards per boot), a number which ranks No. 8 in the FCS.
-Stony Brook leads the FCS in total defense this season, allowing a mere 216.3 yards per game. The Seawolves also rank No. 4 in scoring D (12.1 PPG), No. 5 in rush D (80.4 YPG) and No. 2 in passing yards allowed (135.9 YPG).
-SBU outgained Maine, 153-13 in the third quarter during the team’s win on Saturday. Even more eye opening? RB Stacey Bedell scored a rushing TD in that third quarter to account for the team’s first points scored in the third period this season.
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