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Worthwhile Numbers – Oct. 9

Oct 8, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT

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-As announced via Monday’s CAA Football coaches teleconference, Villanova senior QB John Robertson will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. For historical perspective, Robertson’s career included 10,933 total yards (7,290 passing, 3,643 rushing) and 113 touchdowns (65 passing, 48 rushing) over four-plus seasons. He and former VU great Brian Westbrook are the only players in program history to run for 1,000 yards in a season three times.

-In addition to becoming the school’s third different FCS Player of the Year as a junior, joining Westbrook and WR Brian Finneran, Robertson won national Freshman Player of the Year honors in 2012.

-James Madison’s offense currently leads CAA Football and the FCS in third down conversion percent (.563), total first downs (164), scoring offense (47.8 PPG) and total offense (640.8 YPG). The Dukes also rank second in the FCS for rush yards per game with 343.8.

-The Dukes’ RB tandem of Khalid Abdullah (8) and Cardon Johnson (6) rank first and seventh, respectively, in the FCS for total rushing TDs.

-JMU has two players currently averaging over 100 yards rushing per game. QB Vad Lee averages 118.8 and Abdullah averaged 105.2. Cardon, meanwhile, averages 97.6 yards per game on the ground.

-Madison’s 5-0 start is its best mark in the 44-year history of the program.

-Saturday’s matchup between William & Mary and Villanova is the 33rd all-time meeting between the two programs. All-time, W&M owns a 16-15-1 record in the series, while the last five games have been decided by one touchdown or less.

-The game on Saturday in Philly also is just the 39th all-time meeting featuring two Division I coaches – Jimmye Laycock and Andy Talley – who own over 200 career wins. Talley has 245 career wins compared to Laycock’s 231.

-Did you know? In William & Mary’s 24-23 loss at Delaware last weekend, the Tribe allowed just 71 passing yards. In fact, W&M was the fourth straight UD opponent to hold the Blue Hens to under 100 yards through the air. Still, Delaware rushed for 353 total yards rushing in the win.

-Delaware finished last week’s win with a 41:12-18:48 advantage in time of possession, its highest time of possession in a game since 1986 (41:45 vs. UMass).

-Through five games this season, the Blue Hens have attempted 260 total rushes versus 92 total passes. UD actually gains more yards per rush (4.8) than per pass (4.1).

-Richmond averaged 18.76 yards per completion in its 48-17 win over Maine last weekend. The Spiders, led by QB Kyle Lauletta’s four TDs passing and one rushing, ended a three-game losing skid to the Black Bears and evened the all-time series at 13-13.

-Lauletta ranks 10th in the FCS and first in the conference with a passing efficiency rating of 162.9. He’s thrown for nine TDs and just one interception this season, his first as a starter.

-There are currently eight kickers in CAA Football who have yet to miss an extra point this season. JMU’s Ryan Maglio leads the pack (28-for-28) while Richmond’s Peter Yoder has the next-best mark (17-for-17).

-UNH RB Dalton Crossan rushed for 140 yards and scored four TDs – all in the first half – in the Wildcats’ 37-14 win over Elon last Saturday. Before that contest, Crossan had not scored more than one rushing touchdown in a game in his career.

-Interestingly, UNH leads CAA Football with 20 sacks this season. Entering Saturday’s game against the Phoenix, the UNH defense had not recorded an interception on the year, but picked off Elon five times in all.

-New Hampshire has its lone bye week of the season this week before heading to Williamsburg to face the Tribe. Did you know? Sean McDonnell has not won as a head coach at William & Mary. UNH’s last win in Williamsburg came in 1998, 31-19.

-Rhody RB Harold Cooper was named CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. The sophomore averaged 61.0 yards per return on three tries, including a 92-yard TD return in the loss to Brown. Cooper, who also rushed for 109 yards and one score, finished the day with 305 all-purpose yards.