Villanova had a nice bounce back win against Towson in a showdown that took place under the lights of Villanova Stadium. Robertson had four touchdowns; throwing for three and running for another. As for the rest of the CAA?
New Hampshire 41, Rhode Island 14
Richmond 20, Maine 33
James Madison 27, Stony Brook 24
Elon 7, William & Mary 17
Delaware 31, Albany 28
New Hampshire 41, Rhode Island 14: The New Hampshire Wildcats now rest at the top of the FCS, ranked at #1 in this week’s polls. New Hampshire held a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter, until they put 20 unanswered points on the board. Sean Goldrich was dominant, throwing for 330 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was the quarterback’s first game back from injury, since he went down back in September. He threw no picks, but he did add another touchdown on the ground. A bulk of the passes went to R.J. Harris, who had a wonderful game, with 11 receptions for 210 yard and two touchdowns. Harris caught a pass for 80 yards and provided the first touchdown of the game. The Wildcats outgained the Rams by a margin of 534-352. Nico Steriti added 15 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns in the winning effort. As for the Rams – they remain winless. However, they can find comfort in the solid performance by running back Lyle McCombs. McCombs led the Rhode Island offense with 115 yards and two touchdowns off of 14 carries.
Richmond 20, Maine 33: After a big win against Villanova, Richmond found themselves struggling to find the same rhythm for success at Maine. The Spiders scored first, but had a hard time solving the Black Bear defense after that. Maine would respond with a 23-yard pick six by Trevor Bates to tie the game, before going on a scoring spree that was sparked by great defensive play. Maine would take a 23-6 lead into halftime, highlighted with a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown. Richmond would score in the third quarter to cut the lead to within ten, but offensive miscues and turnovers prevented them from getting the offensive momentum they needed. Michael Rocco threw three of his four interceptions in the fourth quarter alone. Maine capitalized on the free gifts, scoring the necessary points to put the game out of reach. For Maine, Drew Belcher threw for 119 yards and ran for another 92 yards and a touchdown. Nigel Beckford scored the other offensive touchdown for the Black Bears.
James Madison 27, Stony Brook 24: James Madison quarterback Vad Lee had another magical performance to lead the Dukes to victory. Lee completed 20-of-33 pass attempts for 314 yards and three touchdowns en route to James Madison’s fifth straight win. The Dukes trailed the Seawolves 24-13 at the half, but came out of the locker room with improved play on both sides of the ball. Daniel Brown caught the short pass from Lee for a touchdown to cut the lead down to four points. In the fourth quarter, Stony Brook tried to pull the ace out of their sleeves by going for it on fourth-and-goal with a fake field goal. James Madison snuffed out the play, tackling James Kenner for a loss of seven yards. On the following drive, the Dukes made them pay with a long Brandon Ravenel 76-yard reception good for a touchdown. James Madison’s defense would hold the line, forcing and recovering a fumble on Stony Brook’s last chance to score. The Dukes completed the second half shutout and got the win. In this game, Vad Lee set the school record for most passing touchdowns in a single season, with 24. For Stony Brook, Conor Bednarski finished the game with 260 passing yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Coker led the ground attack with 145 yards and a touchdown off of 18 carries.
Elon 7, William & Mary 17: The Tribe built a 17-0 lead for themselves going into the intermission. The Phoenix squandered a few scoring opportunities, as they were picked off in back-to-back drives. One of the interceptions occurred in the red zone, Mike Quinn was picked off by Ivan Tagoe on third-and-two from the William & Mary 12-yard line. The second half was a defensive showdown, until the Phoenix broke through for the first and only touchdown in the second half. Quinn connected with Demitri Allison for a 26-yard touchdown reception to make it 17-7. The two teams would then trade a blocked field goal, before the clock ran down with neither team being able to score again. Elon’s Mike Quinn ended the game with 161 passing yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Tracey Coppedge had 21 carries for 120 yards. The Tribe’s offense was led by Mikal Abdul-Saboor, who carried the ball 30 times for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Delaware 31, Albany 28: Both teams started off the game scoreless in the first quarter. Delaware would score first and early in the second quarter, but Albany would respond with two touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead into the break. Delaware would emerge from the locker room and score on all three of their third quarter drives. The Fightin’ Blue Hens posted 21 unanswered points in the third and it would add more pressure for Albany going into the fourth quarter. The Great Danes would provide an answer to start off the the fourth, making it 28-21. However, after trading empty-handed drives, Delaware had a long time-wasting drive that was capped off by a Garrett Greenway field goal to make it a two possession game. Albany scored a quick touchdown make it a three point game. On the onside kick, Albany recovered it, but a number of personal fouls warranted a re-kick. On the second attempt, Delaware was able to recover and put the game away permanently. Delaware’s Trent Hurley completed 18-of-24 pass attempts for 173 yards and a touchdown. Jalen Randolph and Wes Hills combined for 31 carries and 183 yards, providing one touchdown each. Albany’s Will Fiacchi had a brilliant performance, with 335 passing yards and four touchdowns. However, he would definitely rather have the win.