Sep 19, 2015, 9:55 AM EDT
You’re reading Worthwhile Numbers, a weekly digest of the most eye-opening and important statistics, trends and numbers in CAA Football.
A little late to the party with the third year of “Worthwhile Numbers”, but better late than never, right? Let’s dive in and see what’s ahead, plus what’s already occurred so far this season in #CAAFB.
-Through the first two weeks of the season, James Madison senior QB Vad Lee ranks second in the FCS with a .750 completion percentage, third in passing efficiency (186.1) and third in total offense per game with an average of 393 yards.
-Last week, CAA Football went a perfect 8-0 in non-conference contests against FCS foes. Already this season, the league owns a 10-1 record against FCS opponents and that is the best mark among all FCS conferences.
-New Hampshire (1-1) and Stony Brook (1-0) square off in Long Island this weekend in a highly anticipated conference opener for both squads. That game can be watched on the American Sports Network as well as CAA.tv. Interestingly, UNH is 4-4 all-time in CAA Football openers and begins league play on the road for the ninth consecutive year. Stony Brook is 5-5 in conference openers all-time under coach Chuck Priore.
-Villanova and Delaware square off in the ninth annual “Battle of the Blue” in Philly on Saturday. Did you know, though, that Villanova has won the Battle of the Blue Trophy in seven of the eight years that it has been presented. In his career against Delaware, Nova QB John Robertson has thrown for seven TDs and rushed for two scores and 419 total yards on the ground.
-Due to a scheduling issue with the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, this is the first time since 2001 that the VU-UD game has not been the final regular season contest of the year for both programs.
-William & Mary (1-0) faces FBS foe Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon in a game that can be watched on ESPN3. In all, this will be the 35th meeting between the two schools. UVA holds a 27-6-1 advantage in the all-time series. In the last meeting (2011), the Cavaliers earned a 40-3 win, though in 2009, W&M opened the year with a 26-14 win over the Hoos.
-Elon punter David Petroni has averaged 46.7 yards per punt through two games. Eight of his 21 punts have pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line and he has seven punts of 50 or more yards, including three that went 60-plus yards.
-Towson junior RB Darius Victor ranks sixth in the FCS with 235 total rushing yards.
-Richmond welcomes VMI to Robins Stadium on Saturday for its home opener and the Spiders’ final non-conference game of the regular season. It’s the 90th all-time meeting between the two schools, although Richmond has won 11 straight and 15 of the last 16 meetings.
-Did you know? UR has lost just one game in non-conference FCS play during the regular season since 2005. The lone defeat occurred at Gardner-Webb in 2013.
-The last time UAlbany played at James Madison, a 40-13 loss in 2013, the crowd of 25,201 was the largest attendance figure the Great Danes had ever played in front of up to that point.
-Maine travels to Tulane on Saturday for the team’s second contest of the season (and it’s second consecutive FBS foe as well) after the Black Bears lost at Boston College on Sept. 5, 24-3. All-time, Maine has two wins over FBS programs with previous victories over Mississippi State (2004) and UMass (2013).
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