Villanova wasn’t the only one to suffer a close loss in CAA action this past weekend. Two of the four other conference match ups were decided by a touchdown or less. Here’s how they all did:
Rhode Island 13, Delaware 28
William & Mary 24, James Madison 31
Elon 19, Towson 21
Albany 24, New Hampshire 49
Rhode Island 13, Delaware 28: The battered Rams of Rhode Island continued their struggles on Saturday. Outside of a lone interception that proved to be the one blunder of Trent Hurley’s day, the Delaware quarterback completed 15-of-19 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Delaware started the game with a 21-0 lead. However, a Rhode Island touchdown just before halftime, cut the lead to 14. In the first minute of the second half, Rhode Island’s Tim Wienclaw recovered a fumble and ran it back into the end zone. The Fightin’ Blue Hens would snuff out the two point conversion and added another touchdown late in the third quarter to help preserve their lead. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter and the Rams remain winless. Wes Hills carried the ball 22 times for Delaware and finished with 111 rushing yards. Diante Cherry led the aerial assault with seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Harold Cooper had 17 carries for 83 yards to lead the Rams’ ground attack, as their passing game was ineffective. Quarterback James Caparell only completed six of his 21 pass attempts for 64 yards. Caparell had one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
William & Mary 24, James Madison 31: James Madison’s Vad Lee had another excellent game at quarterback. With the Dukes down 24-13 early in the fourth quarter, Lee helped orchestrate an 18-point comeback to put James Madison on top. A field goal by Ryan Maglio cut the deficit down to a manageable eight points. After forcing a three-and-out on the next drive, the Dukes regained possession of the ball. Lee connected with Daniel Brown for a 20-yard touchdown. Interestingly enough, the Dukes opted to kick the point after as opposed to attempt a two point conversion that would tie the game. Now down by one point, the Tribe felt the increasing pressure to fend off James Madison. With 4:39 remaining, William & Mary’s William Dorka Jr. missed a 38-yard field goal. It was now up to James Madison to score. A couple of offside penalties by the Tribe helped keep their drive alive. Finally, with 47 seconds left in the game, Vad Lee found DeAndre Smith for the go-ahead score. On the two point conversion, Lee would run it in himself, capping off a clutch game winning drive. He would finish 26-for-40 with 324 passing yards and three touchdowns. William & Mary’s Mikal Abdul-Saboor had 124 rushing yards and a touchdown off of 29 carries. The Dukes outgained the Tribe 445-274, with 206 of their total yards coming from the fourth quarter alone.
Elon 19, Towson 21: By halftime, Towson had built a nice 21-6 lead going into the break. However, they were not able to find the same success on offense for the rest of the game. Excluding the final drive where Towson kneeled the clock away, Elon’s defense stepped up their game. The Phoenix forced Towson to punt the ball away in three of their five second half drives. As for the other two drives? Elon was able to pick off Towson’s Connor Frazier and block a field goal attempt. The defense paved the way for its offense, who was able to score 13 unanswered points to bring them back into the game. Andre Davis scored late in the third quarter. Then with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, Mike Quinn‘s pass found its way into the end zone when it landed in the hands of Kierre Brown. Quinn would finish with 184 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. Now down 21-19, the Phoenix had to go for two in order to keep their hopes alive. Towson was able to shutdown the two point attempt and hang on for the victory. The Tigers’ Darius Victor had 153 rushing yards and a touchdown off of 28 carries. Quarterback Connor Frazier finished the game completing 17-of-24 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. Both touchdown passes went to Andre Dessenberg who had five receptions for 59 yards.
Albany 24, New Hampshire 49: New Hampshire rolled right through the Albany Great Danes. The Wildcats had built such an insurmountable lead that the 21 fourth quarter points scored by the Great Danes were meaningless. New Hampshire took a 42-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. At this point in the game, it would require a herculean Albany effort and a historic terrible collapse by New Hampshire to let the game slip away. New Hampshire’s Andy Vallas completed 75% of his passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. R.J. Harris had 10 receptions for 108 yards and caught both of Vallas’ touchdown passes. Nico Steriti added 13 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Three other running backs would each score a touchdown, in a ground effort that totaled 237 rushing yards for the Wildcats. Albany’s Will Fiacchi finished with 215 passing yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.