Oct 23, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
Week 9 is already upon us. Let that sink in for a little bit.
Week 8 saw the five league contests take place, though home teams went a combined 1-4 in those games. Richmond was the only squad to win at home, blanking Rhody, 37-0, thanks in part to picking off the Rams five times. Towson scored 14 points in the final five-plus minutes to escape Newark with a 24-17 win, while UAlbany outlasted Maine, 20-7, in Orono. Stony Brook won its third straight game to move to 3-1 in league play, beating Elon, 20-3, and lastly, Villanova scored a game-winning TD with 52 seconds left to spare to defeat William & Mary, 35-31.
*Sidenote: On Monday, Richmond and the league took a hit after it was announced that QB Michael Strauss and WR Stephen Barnette will miss the remainder of the season due to injuries. Both redshirt seniors were preseason All-CAA selections.
Just five weeks are left the regular season, while non-conference play officially concludes this Saturday. The three remaining out-of-conference games feature UAlbany versus Colgate, JMU at Charlotte and Villanova versus Morgan State.
-Towson’s victory at Delaware was the team’s 14th road win in its last 16 tries.
-The Tigers trailed Delaware by seven points in the contest on Saturday until the 5:23 mark, when QB Connor Frazier found WR Spencer Wilkins for a 39-yard TD pass. That was TU’s longest pass play this season.
-UD So. P Eric Enderson leads CAA Football in punting (45.9 yard per kick) this season. In the loss to Towson, Enderson averaged 55.5 yards punt on four kicks and also booted a season-high 65 yarder.
-UAlbany RB Omar Osbourne rushed for 108 yards in the Danes’ win at Maine. He’s had five games this season with 100 yards or more on the ground and leads CAA Football in rushing, averaging 115.7 yards per game.
-Stony Brook ran the ball 47 times versus Elon compared to just 13 pass plays. The Seawolves started the game with 17 consecutive run plays on offense.
-The Seawolves’ D currently ranks first in CAA Football scoring D (11 PPG), rush D (74 YPG), pass D (146.5 YPG), total D (220.5 YPG) and interceptions (nine). As a team, SBU has not allowed an opponent to reach double-figures in three straight games.
-The game at Elon was HC Chuck Priore’s 100th of his career. He owns a career record of 56-44.
-Villanova extended its winning streak to six straight games following the victory at William & Mary last Saturday. During that streak, QB John Robertson has thrown for 21 interceptions and just one interception. He’s also completed 71 percent of his passes during that stretch.
-Nova LB Don Cherry set a new career-high with 16 total tackles versus the Tribe. The last time a VU player had that many tackles came in 2005, when Allyn Bacchus also had 16 stops.
-Cherry also forced a fumble in the win and was added to the Sport’s Network’s Buch Buchanan Award watch list earlier this week.
-Tribe WR Tre McBride recorded a single-game program record of 359 all-purpose yards in the setback. He caught a career-high 11 passes for 209 yards and two TDs. It was the most catches by a William & Mary player since 2004.
-Richmond forced six turnovers in its win over Rhode Island, while four different players recorded an interception, including two from DB David Jones.
-Did you know? Richmond has outscored opponents 75-10 this season in the first quarter. The Spiders led the Rams, 13-0, after one frame last weekend.
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