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CAA Football Week 1 Round Up and Results

Here’s a rundown of the results from this weekend. Villanova fell in double overtime to Syracuse 26-27. Recap can be found here. Here’s how everyone else in the CAA did: 

Bryant 13, Stony Brook 7
Delaware 0, Pittsburgh 62
James Madison 7, Maryland 52
William & Mary 9, Virginia Tech 34
Morehead State 10, Richmond 55
Central Connecticut State 31, Towson 27
Holy Cross 13, Albany 14
Norfolk State 6, Maine 10
Elon 13, Duke 52
New Hampshire 20, Toledo 54

Bryant 13, Stony Brook 7: It was a tight defensive showdown. The score was 7-6 in Stony Brook’s favor going into the half. Bryant scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter. Dalton Easton found Chad Ward for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Bryant’s defense was able to hold for the rest of the game. Adrian Coxson scored the only touchdown for Stony Brook off of a 61-yard touchdown reception. 

Delaware 0, Pittsburgh 62: The Fighting Blue Hens had a rough outing at Pittsburgh. The score was 42-0 by halftime. Delaware’s Trent Hurley completed only six passes off of 13 attempts and threw three interceptions. Pittsburgh outgained Delaware in total yardage, 501-57.  Pittsburgh did most of the damage on the ground with 409 rushing yards. Pittsburgh’s sophomore running back James Conner ran for 153 yards and four touchdowns off of 14 carries. Chris James added another pair of touchdowns on the ground.

James Madison 7, Maryland 52: The Dukes featured a new quarterback under center. Vad Lee, a transfer from Georgia Tech, completed 16 of 37 passes for 141 yards in his debut. He didn’t have any touchdown passes and threw two interceptions. John Miller punched in the lone touchdown for James Madison, doing so on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown got it done through the air and on the ground. Brown had one passing touchdown and three rushing touchdowns.

William & Mary 9, Virginia Tech 34: The Tribe struggled to get their offense going against their FBS foes. All of their points were scored off of field goals. Kicker John Carpenter converted three out of four field goal attempts. Steve Cluley completed eight out of 21 pass attempts for 108 yards. Mikal Abdul-Saboor carried the ball 10 times for 85 yards. For the Hokies, Michael Brewer had an efficient game at quarterback. Brewer went 23 for 30, good for 251 yards and two touchdown passes. His one blunder was an interception that came in the first quarter. Shai McKenzie added 106 rushing yards and a touchdown off of nine carries.

Morehead State 10, Richmond 55: Quarterback Michael Strauss was dominant in the Spiders’ season opener. He was named on the preseason Walter Payton Award watch list and he certainly made a case tonight. Strauss completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 259 yards. He picked up three touchdowns and threw no interceptions. Richmond doubled Morehead State’s total yardage production, 643-309. In the fourth quarter, Jeremiah Hamlin added a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Morehead State’s Austin Gahafer went 23 for 37, good for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Central Connecticut State 31, Towson 27: The runner-ups in last year’s FCS National Championship game opened the year with a close loss to Central Connecticut State. Both teams were off to a slow start, with the score being 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. From that point on, both teams traded the lead. The crushing blow came late in the fourth quarter. Towson was leading 27-24 until Rob Hollomon punched it in from one yard out to give Central Connecticut the lead with only 36 seconds left in the game.

Holy Cross 13, Albany 14: Holy Cross built a 13-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Albany was finally able score their first touchdown early in the fourth, thanks to a touchdown pass to Brian Parker. Both offenses stalled until Holy Cross started driving deep into Albany territory late in the game. It appeared to be pretty much over until Albany was able to force a fumble and return it all the way for a touchdown. The point after was good and Albany held onto the lead for the win. Holy Cross missed two field goal attempts in the second half, and they certainly wished they made at least one of them.

Norfolk State 6, Maine 10: Norfolk State scored on two field goals in their first two possessions in the game. However, for the most part, Norfolk State’s offense was shut down. Norfolk State was held to just 100 total yards for the whole game. Maine’s defense forced six three-and-out situations. Maine took a 7-6 lead into halftime. They were able to add a little cushioning to their lead, with a field goal by Sean Decloux.

Elon 13, Duke 52: After giving up a field goal to Elon, Duke came bursting through the scene. The Blue Devils took a 28-6 lead into the half and they never looked back. Duke outscored Elon 24-7 in the second half, adding to the blowout win. Duke gave Elon more than they could handle through the air. Anthony Boone completed 66% of his pass attempts for 247 yards and four touchdowns. It was a near perfect performance. B.J. Bennett scored the lone touchdown for Elon. Bennett carried the ball 13 times for 87 yards.

New Hampshire 20, Toledo 54: Toledo used a balanced approach in order to take down New Hampshire. They had 306 rushing yards and another 360 yards were obtained through the air. Both quarterbacks in today’s game did pretty well for their respective teams. New Hampshire’s Sean Goldrich threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Philip Ely led Toledo with his 337 passing yard performance. Ely had four touchdown passes for the game. The CAA was winless in this year’s matchups against FBS opponents.

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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