Atmospheric conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region led to lightning and blowouts in the second week of CAA football.
Six games were affected by lightning – delayed starts, interruptions, or in the case of Old Dominion-Hampton, a mercifully shortened affair.
Delaware, Richmond, James Madison and ODU cruised. Villanova found its footing after halftime, while William and Mary's offensive mojo appears stranded at a rest stop on I-64.
The Tribe's 17-14 loss to Lafayette was delayed for an hour and 19 minutes. The opportunity to reboot didn't help the offense. W&M managed fewer yards against Lafayette (197) than against FBS Maryland (229) the week before.
"I thought the offense played terrible," Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said in the postgame. "We couldn't get any rhythm. … We dropped passes, overthrown passes, missed blocks. You name it, we were doing it."
A few offensive lowlights: Of W&M's 14 possessions, 11 were five players or fewer, and six were three-and-out; the Tribe was 3-for-14 on third-down conversions; Lafayette controlled the ball for 20 of 30 minutes in the second half; starting QB Michael Graham and relief pitcher Raphael Ortiz were a combined 11-for-28 for 113 yards and a pick, with two TDs.
ODU has no quarterback issues. Taylor Heinicke was typically efficient, throwing for 213 yards and three scores in the Monarchs' 45-7 win at Hampton, stopped with nine minutes remaining after a lightning strike. Six different players scored TDs in ODU's spread-the-wealth attack, which is scoring at a clip of roughly one point every minute and six seconds.
The 'Narchs have scored 102 points in almost 63 minutes of possession time, approximately 1.6 points for every minute they have the ball. Figure on that pace to continue this week as they face Campbell before the usual sellout crowd at Ballard Stadium.
JMU dusted outmanned Alcorn State 42-3, as Dae'Quan Scott and Justin Thorpe combined for 208 yards rushing. Scott scored three touchdowns and averaged 13.4 yards per carry before tweaking an ankle.
The Dukes had 295 of their 416 yards in the first half, jumping out to a 28-0 halftime lead in a game delayed an hour by weather.
Kendall Gaskins scored four touchdowns as Richmond won its first game since last September, dominating Gardner-Webb 41-8 in a game delayed 83 minutes by weather.
John Laub passed for 267 yards and two TDs on just 14 completions, and the Spiders turned three G-W turnovers into 17 points.
Delaware dispatched Delaware State 38-14, dominating the score, if not the stats, around a one-hour weather delay.
Ricky Tunstall's 91-yard pick-six got the Blue Hens started in the first quarter. They scored on their next three possessions to take a 28-7 lead into halftime, effectively clinching it. Quarterback Trent Hurley threw for two TDs and dove in for another in a statistically "meh" day.
Delaware linebacker Paul Worrilow was stout, with 18 tackles and a pass break-up. The Hornets outgained the Hens 353-282 and had a 12-minute advantage in time of possession, which counted for little.
Villanova did almost all of its damage in the second half of a 28-13 win against Fordham. The Wildcats ran only 23 plays in the first half, yet trailed only 13-7 at the break. 'Nova compiled 272 yards, with three scores in the second half – one a 62-yard play on which receiver Clay Horne scooped up a John Robertson fumble after a 35-yard gain and ran the last 27 yards for a TD.
New Hampshire and Minnesota reversed recent trends in the Gophers' 44-7 win. UNH had made a habit of beating FBS teams – five since 2004 – while Minnesota had lost three of its last five games to FCS opponents.
The Wildcats lost quarterback Sean Goldrich early in the game, which nuked their offense. Meanwhile, Gophers' QB MarQueis Gray, spotty in last week's triple-OT win against UNLV, ran for 109 yards and completed 6 of 8 passes for 100 yards.
Maine couldn't catch a guy named Chase and had trouble with another guy named Spiffy. Boston College's Chase Rettig threw for three touchdowns, and Spiffy Evans scored twice, including an 82-yard punt return, as the Eagles dumped the Black Bears 34-3.
Maine averaged just 2.6 yards per play as BC pulled away, scoring 17 points in the last seven minutes of the second quarter. The hockey matchup between the two will be much more competitive.
Rhode Island may want to reconsider its decision to reconsider staying in the CAA. Monmouth, of the Northeast Conference, played as if it took personally the Rams' decision not to join the NEC, waxing the Rams 41-6. Not exactly confirmation of a bold decision.
The Fighting Currys didn't get Savannah Stated, but they were no match for Tennessee, which rolled 51-13 over Georgia State.
Vols' QB Tyler Bray was 18-for-20 for 310 yards and four touchdowns, exhibiting similar accuracy to an incident last summer in which he and a friend tossed beer bottles and golf balls from a Knoxville apartment balcony onto a woman's car in a parking lot, causing hundreds of dollars in damages.