Harrisonburg was the center of the CAA football world as conference heavyweights
Quarterback Justin Thorpe’s two-minute drill was the difference as JMU bounced the
Towson dice roller Rob Ambrose, who went for it on 4th-and-1 from his own 17 on the go-ahead scoring drive earlier in the fourth quarter, told reporters afterward: "I don't want to slight the previous team we just played, but given the choice between the two, I don't want to play the Dukes again – at least until later."
A bit of gamesmanship and conference respect, to be sure, since Towson had lost at
Told of Ambrose's remark, JMU coach Mickey Matthews responded that he'd like to be paid what Les Miles makes.
Elsewhere around the league, Maine stuffed
New Hampshire predictably dismantled the Fighting Currys in Atlanta, a game punctuated by a $10,000 cash voucher drop for students at halftime on the floor of the
In an era of spread offenses and pitching it around, JMU and Towson engaged in some old school, smashmouth, defensive football. Towson had the ball for 11 more minutes and ran 16 more plays, which were offset in part by three turnovers.
Much like a
Dean Marlowe's second interception clinched the win in the final seconds. Towson totaled 317 yards, JMU just 256. The two teams combined for just 402 yards of offense in the first 50 minutes, before the back-to-back TD drives.
William and Mary found some offensive traction and made just enough plays in the second half to hold off Penn 34-28. Quarterback Brent Caprio, the Game One starter and the latest call-up on the Tribe QB carousel, was 18-for-28 for 228 yards and two touchdowns, with zero picks.
Tre McBride continued his emergence, with seven catches for 128 yards and a TD. The Tribe defense was better in the first half than the second. Linebacker Jabrel Mines forced and recovered a fumble that led to a short-field TD drive in the first half, then stuffed Penn QB Billy Ragone on 4th-and-goal at the 2 to snuff out a second-half drive.
Cornerback B.W. Webb knocked down a pass in the end zone on the game's final play to preserve the Tribe's second win. W&M has scored 69 points in its last two games, after totaling 58 in its first four.
Richmond was aided by four Villanova turnovers in a 28-17 win on the Main Line. One of 'Nova QB John Robertson's three interceptions was in the red zone late in the first half with the score tied. A second came deep in his own territory in the fourth quarter, leading to a 9-yard Spiders' TD drive and a 28-17 lead.
Spiders' QB John Laub accounted for 312 yards passing and running, and two touchdowns.
Maine bounced Delaware 26-3 as defensive end Michael Cole and the Black Bears' defense treated Hens' QB Trent Hurley like a chew toy, sacking him nine times. Cole registered five sacks, and Maine QB Marcus Wasilewski was 12-for-18 for 176 yards and three scores.
Delaware netted only 47 yards rushing, a misleading stat given that the Hens had 111 yards in losses, due to sacks and assorted botchery. The bigger issue is nagging injuries to top backs Andrew Pierce and David Hayes.
Going back to last week's loss to New Hampshire, in its past seven quarters, Delaware was outscored by UNH and Maine 60-10.
UNH compiled 624 yards and built a 38-7 lead on the way to a 44-21 win against the Currys. Nico Steriti and Jimmy Owens combined for 246 yards rushing, and QB Andy Valais threw for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
Brown topped winless Rhode Island 17-7 at Kingston in front of 3,300 hearty souls who weren't interested in peak fall foliage. Rhody is dead last in FCS in scoring (7.6 ppg) and total offense (208.6 ypg).
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