Nov 28, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT
The 2014 FCS football season officially continues for four CAA Football teams in postseason play. New Hampshire (10-1), which earned the No. 1 overall seed for the FCS Playoffs for the second time in program history, became the second CAA Football squad to go undefeated in league play, joining the 2008 JMU squad. Villanova (10-2) grabbed the No. 6 seed overall, while James Madison (9-3) and Richmond (8-4) also made the field of 24 teams as at-large participants.
Check out the complete 2014 FCS Playoff Bracket.
Did you know? This year marks the sixth year in which CAA Football had four league teams earn spots into the FCS Playoffs. The conference has had five teams make the postseason three times — 2007, 2008, 2011 — while 2014 marks the ninth-straight year that CAA Football has placed at least three teams in the FCS Championship.
Let’s take a quick look back at the final week of the regular season to see how we got here.
-Maine limited New Hampshire to 287 total yards and forced six turnovers in its 20-12 loss last Saturday. The Black Bears, however, only totaled 179 yards of total offense.
-With the win at Maine, UNH set a new program record with 10 consecutive victories. The Wildcats also won their first outright league title since 1994.
-UNH leads the FCS with 11 consecutive playoff appearances dating back to 2004.
-Villanova QB John Robertson had 23 carries for 117 yards in his team’s come-from-behind, 35-28 win over Delaware. His season total sits at 978 rushing yards and he is just 22 yards away from his third straight season with over 1,000 yards on the ground.
-Delaware senior WR Michael Johnson became just the fourth player in Blue Hens history to record 5,000 all-purpose yards (5,008) and finished his career ranking No. 5 all-time at UD in both receptions (183) and receiving yards (2,325).
-Richmond is a perfect 7-0 this season when scoring 30 points or more and when it leads at halftime.
-Richmond PK Peter Yoder made two field goals in the Spiders’ 34-20 win over William & Mary on Saturday night. He’s now made 18 field goals this year, which is tied for the all-time UR single-season record and tied for the CAA Football lead with Tribe senior John Carpenter.
-Rhody’s 13-7 win over Towson on Saturday was the first victory under head coach Jim Fleming. It’s also the team’s first win since Oct. 19 of 2013.
-Rams PK Dylan Smith made the team’s only field goals of the year, from 44 and 41 yards out, in the win. The last time a team didn’t have a field goal at the FCS level came in 2009.
-Rhody Jr. DB Tim Wienclaw recovered his fourth fumble of the year in the win over TU. He’s now tied for the program lead with seven career recovered fumbles.
-JMU QB Vad Lee set a new single-game program record by completing 23-of-25 passes for a 92 percent completion percentage rating.
-The Dukes reach the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2011 and will play host to Liberty on Saturday at 4 p.m. It’s the first home playoff game at Bridgeforth Stadium since 2008.
-Lee currently ranks second in CAA Football and sixth in the FCS for total passing TDs (29). He ranks first in CAA Football in total passing yards (3,323) and ranks fifth in the FCS for the same category.
-UAlbany, a team which won one contest in 2013, ended 2014 on high note by defeating Stony Brook, 27-17 last weekend. The Danes finished 2014 with a 7-5 record.
-Great Danes senior QB Will Fiacchi capped his career as the program’s all-time leader in passing yards (7,150) and also became the school’s all-time single-season passing leader (2,636) after throwing for 135 yards in the win. Senior RB Omar Osbourne had a career-high 68-yard run late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
-SBU RB Stacey Bedell finished the year with 1,070 rushing yards. He’s the sixth different player under Seawolves HC Chuck Priore to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
-UNH (5) and Villanova (4) rank No. 10 and No. 11 in CAA Football through the regular season for field goals made this year.
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