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Worthwhile Numbers – Sept. 25

Sep 25, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT

You’re reading Worthwhile Numbers, a weekly digest of the most eye-opening and important statistics, trends and numbers in CAA Football.


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-Through two games played this season, Stony Brook currently leads the FCS in both third down conversion percentage defense (.200) and total defense (186.5 yards per game). The Seawolves also rank third in rush D (51.0 yards per game) and second in scoring D (7.5 points per game).

-SBU also owns the best FCS mark for time of possession with an average of 38:37.

-James Madison (3-0) leads the FCS in total offense (652 yards per game), scoring offense (51.0 points per game) and first downs with 100. The next closest team in CAA Football for total first downs in Towson, which has 67.

-Richmond paces the FCS in fewest penalties per game with 2.67 and ranks second with 22.0 penalty yards per game.

-Did you know? UAlbany leads CAA Football and the FCS (tied with 21 teams) with a perfect red zone offense. Through three games, the Great Danes have scored nine touchdowns inside the red zone and have not yet attempted a field goal.

-Three juniors – Stony Brook’s Stacey Bedell, Towson’s Darius Victor and James Madison’s Khalid Abdullah – all lead the conference in rushing yards per game. Bedell averages an FCS-best 163.0 yards per game, Victor averages 147.3 yards per game and Abdullah turns out 113.3 yards per game.

-The order of those RBs is reversed, however, for total rushing TDs among FCS leaders, as Abdullah paces the nation with six, Victor ranks second with five, and Bedell, who has played one fewer game, ranks eighth with four.

-Richmond returned two interceptions for touchdowns in its 42-10 win over VMI last Saturday. That’s the fourth time in program history that the team had two “pick-6’s” with the last occurrence taking place in 2008 versus Towson.

-New Hampshire opened CAA Football conference play for the ninth straight season on the road with a 31-6 defeat at Stony Brook last weekend. The Wildcats have lost their conference opener five times during that span – 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

-Stony Brook’s victory over then-No. 13 UNH was its highest victory over a ranked opponent in program history.

-Towson rushed for a team total of 276 yards in its win over Holy Cross. That’s the most rushing yards in a game for the Tigers since the 2013 team rushed for 471 yards against Eastern Illinois in the FCS Quarterfinals.

-Through two games, and just six total punts, William & Mary junior Hunter Windmuller leads CAA Football with a 54.5 yards per boot average.

-Maine and Rhody meet on Saturday in Orono. Did you know? This is the 94th all-time meeting between the two programs, though Maine has won eight straight against the Rams. Scoring could be the story, however, as Rhody enters the game ranking 11th in CAA Football in scoring average (5.7 points per game) and Maine sits in 12th with a 5.0 average.

-Elon leads the conference with 13 sacks through three games played this season. Each of the last two games, in fact, the Phoenix have notched five sacks.

-UNH plays host to Central Connecticut State on Saturday with chance to win its 19th straight regular-season home game against a non-conference foe. The Wildcats have not lost a regular-season home game to a non-conference opponent since Nov. 11, 2000 (38-35 to Gardner-Webb).

-There are currently nine place-kickers in CAA Football who have not missed an extra point this season.