The college football season is starting to wind down and every game slowly becomes more and more important as we come closer to the homestretch. There are a few teams that are possibly in the playoff hunt, Villanova did their job by beating Morgan State 48-28 to improve to 7-1. As for the rest of the CAA? Here are the scores and quick recaps from an interesting weekend:
Maine 20, Rhode Island 14
Delaware 17, William & Mary 31
Richmond 30, Elon 10
James Madison 48, Charlotte 40
Stony Brook 20, New Hampshire 28
Colgate 17, Albany 24
Maine 20, Rhode Island 14: Rhode Island was knocking on the door for their first win of the season. The Rams took a 7-6 lead into halftime and came back from the break fired up. Myles Holmes took the second half opening kickoff end to end for a 100 yard kick return touchdown. Holmes found an opening and weaved right through the seams for the score. However, the Black Bears would respond late in the third quarter. Nigel Beckford would run it in from six yards out, but Maine would be unsuccessful in their two point conversion. The score was 14-12 in Rhode Island’s favor going into the fourth quarter. Both teams came up with unsuccessful drives, including a missed field goal by Maine that would have given them the lead. However, there was no need to worry. With less than two minutes to go, Maine’s Jerickson Fedrick ran it in for the go-ahead game winning touchdown. Nigel Beckford finished with 25 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Rhode Island’s James Caparell provided the lone touchdown for the Rams.
Delaware 17, William & Mary 31: After a scoreless first quarter, both teams started to turn it up in the second quarter before the Tribe broke away in the second half. Both teams posted similar total yardage, with Delaware taking the slight edge, 364-362. The difference maker was William & Mary’s Mikal Abdul-Saboor, who posted a career high 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns off of 37 carries to lead their offense. Delaware’s Jalen Rudolph had a long 49-yard touchdown run as time expired in the third quarter, cutting the deficit down to 24-14. William & Mary would open up the fourth quarter by taking off more than five and a half minutes before capping it off with an Abdul-Saboor touchdown to pad their lead. Delaware would respond with a Garrett Greenway 28-yard field goal, providing the last few points of the game. Delaware’s Trent Hurley finished 24-of-36 with 236 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Richmond 30, Elon 10: Richmond’s suffocating defense paved the way to victory, holding Elon to 141 total yards. After a Elon field goal by John Gallagher to make it 10-3, Richmond would pile on a 20 point swing to put the game out of reach. Richmond quarterback Michael Rocco was not stellar in his second start, completing 21-of-33 pass attempts for 296 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Their offense has been different due to the absence of Michael Strauss, who was on the Walter Payton watch list before going down with a season-ending injury. The Spiders looked to their ground game and they delivered, with three different running backs scored a touchdown each. Kelly Brooks-Muse provided the lone Phoenix touchdown, running it in for the score with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Richmond’s Jacobi Green finished with 13 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Reggie Diggs led the Spiders’ receiving corps with seven receptions for 93 yards.
James Madison 48, Charlotte 40: The Dukes survive an offensive shootout in an out-of-conference matchup on the road. James Madison blew a 21-0 lead to start off the game, giving away touchdowns to allow Charlotte to close in. Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson went down late in the first half and would not return for the rest of the game. Johnson was doing well leading up to that point, completing 10-of-19 pass attempts for 171 yards and two passing touchdowns. His replacement, Lee McNeill, did not have the same success but was decent under center. Charlotte would bring the game to within five points twice in the third quarter, but would never claim the lead. James Madison capitalized on a couple of second half Charlotte turnovers and put the game just out of reach to escape with a victory. James Madison’s Vad Lee was phenomenal, getting involved with every touchdown-scoring play. Lee would end the game with 333 passing yards and four touchdowns. He would also add 12 carries on the ground for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Charlotte’s Kalif Phillips finished with 168 yards and two touchdowns off of 22 carries. Austin Duke would lead the 49ers aerial assault with seven receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Stony Brook 20, New Hampshire 28: Ranked in the top-5 of FCS rankings, New Hampshire found themselves down 14-0 going into the second quarter. The Wildcats would quickly buckle down, responding with two touchdowns and a two point conversion to take a 15-14 lead going into the break. In the third quarter, New Hampshire gave themselves some breathing room with a little trickery. A pass by halfback Nico Steriti to R.J. Harris would go all the way to the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown. However, Christian Breda would miss the PAT, making it 21-14. A pass by Stony Brook’s Conor Bednarski was intercepted by Keith Parkinson, who would return it for 48 yards into opposing territory. On the ensuing New Hampshire drive, Breda’s field goal attempt was blocked by Stony Brook and they would take over. Bednarski would find Adrian Coxson for a 31-yard touchdown, but the PAT to tie it up would be blocked. New Hampshire would expand on their 21-20 lead with a long 51-yard touchdown by Jimmy Owens. A sack and a forced fumble by the Wildcat defense would seal the deal.
Colgate 17, Albany 24: Despite the fact Albany outgained Colgate 371-201, the Great Danes found themselves having a hard time holding onto the ball. Three ill-timed turnovers hindered Albany’s offense and allowed Colgate to hang around. The game was tied 10-10 going into the half. The Great Danes would be the first to break the tie; Will Fiacchi connected with Nic Ketter for a touchdown to take the lead. However, Colgate would respond with a touchdown of their own, John Wilkins punched it in to tie it up early in the fourth quarter. After a couple of stalled drives, Albany fielded a punt with 3:03 left in the game. They began to methodically march into Colgate territory. Omar Osborne converted a key third-and-one to set up a big scramble by Fiacchi on the following play. Fiacchi called his own number on the next play, with a two yard touchdown run to ice the game.