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CAA Roundup: Towson-William & Mary Thriller

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On the "opening weekend" of conference action, there were just 2 matchups to follow for die-hard CAA fans. While Villanova made things quite uninteresting in the second half against Rhode Island, the Towson-W&M matchup was the complete opposite, with the game coming down to the final play.

The good news: Villanova sits atop the CAA standings. How long that lasts remains to be seen.

After The Jump you'll find the current standings, links, and quick recaps of all the action from this past weekend.



Team Record Pct Home Away Streak Record Pct Home Away Streak
Villanova 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 W1 2-1 .667 2-0 0-1 W2
Towson 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 W1 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 W1
Delaware 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 3-0 1.000 3-0 0-0 W3
@Old Dominion 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 W3
James Madison 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 2-1 .667 2-0 0-0 L1
New Hampshire 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 2-1 .667 1-0 1-1 W1
Richmond 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 2-1 .667 1-0 1-1 W2
Maine 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 1-1 .500 0-0 1-1 W1
@%Georgia State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 - 0-3 .000 0-2 0-1 L3
Rhode Island 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 L1 0-2 .000 0-0 0-2 L2
William & Mary 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 L1 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 L3
@ = team is Ineligible for Conference Championship
% = team is not Eligible for Post Season Play

Note: All teams were in action.

Towson 20, William & Mary 17
The Tigers opened their Colonial Athletic Association title defense with a 20-17 victory over William & Mary on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium. QB Grant Enders orchestrated an 84-yard drive that ended in a touchdown pass with just over 8 minutes - but the Tribe would respond with a touchdown drive of their own to get back within 3 points. W&M would get one last chance, and thought they had won the game when Raphael Ortiz found Tre McBride in the end zone, only for the play to be nullified for an illegal forward pass. Towson would stop W&M on 4th down from the Towson 28-yard line to secure the win.

Delaware 19, Bucknell 3
K Sean Baner, the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week kicked 4 field goals to tie his own school record and the Hens' defense would stand tall against Bucknell, holding them to just 267 yards of offense on the day. Delaware has a 6-game winning streak dating back to last season, which currently ranks 3rd best in the FCS.

Old Dominion 70, Campbell 14
Not that they're really playing anybody worth a damn right now, but ODU is a friggan machine. QB Taylor Heinicke threw for 468 yards and a school-record 7 touchdowns (which begs the question - why was he throwing touchdowns number 6 and 7 considering he also ran for a touchdown early in the game?) en route to another blowout for ODU.

West Virginia 42, James Madison 12
Tough week for JMU as they ran into a buzzsaw in West Virginia. Geno Smith and the WVU offense are for real at the FBS level, so JMU stood little chance in this one. JMU gets a nice reprieve next week though when they travel to CAA whipping boys Rhode Island.

New Hampshire 43, Central Connecticut State 10
Nico Steriti led the way for UNH, rushing for 104 yards while 4 other Wildcats would score touchdowns on the ground in an easy romp over CCSU. The victory was the 8th straight home opening win for UNH. QB Andy Vailas made his first career start and went 14-20 for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Richmond 47, VMI 6
More record days in the CAA! WR Ben Edwards tallied a career-high 11 catches for 122 yards while K Remington Hinshaw set a school record by kicking 4 FGs on the day. Richmond set the tone early in this one by returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, putting the Spiders on top just 11 seconds into the game.

Maine 51, Bryant 7
David Hood and Rickey Stevens both rushed for over 100 yards and the Maine defense tallied 2 pick-sixes on the day as Bryant was completely overmatched at their home stadium.

UTSA 38, Georgia State 14
Things aren't getting any better for the Panthers as they fell to UTSA. The lone bright spot was WR Albert Wilson, who recorded 150 yards receiving and both touchdowns. Otherwise, chalk up another loss.


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