Towson 33 – Connecticut 18
So… you may have heard about this one. Towson scored one of several FBS upsets by defeating UConn, who was playing their first game as a member of the AAC. But they were all backwards in their loss to a CAA team (Get it?!? Try the veal.), as the Tigers look to be yet another force that Rhody needs to reckon with this season. Towson running back Terrance West tallied 156 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the win.
Delaware 51 – Jacksonville 35
This game wasn’t as headline-making as the Towson one, but Joe Flacco’s alma mater certainly looked good. The Fightin’ Blue Hens racked up 373 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as they were able to climb out of a 14-0 first quarter hole.
Boston College 24 – Villanova 14
The Wildcats gave their ACC foe all they could handle, but the Eagles proved too much for ‘Nova in the season opener. Jamal Abdur-Rahman rushed for one touchdown and caught another, but Boston College was able to battle back from 7-0 and 14-7 deficits.
West Virginia 24 – William and Mary 17
Only Towson was able to finish off the upset, but both Villanova and William and Mary came damn close. The Mountaineers needed a clutch touchdown with 3:22 to play to hold off the Tribe in Morgantown. William and Mary wide receiver Tre McBride caught three passes for 108 yards in the loss.
Duquesne 35 – Albany 24
CAA teams suffered four losses over the weekend, but only URI and Albany fell to fellow FCS teams. The Dukes took advantage of several mistakes by the Great Danes to come away with a win. Albany wide out Kevin Chillis had a monster game, going for 135 yards receiving and two touchdowns. But Duquesne wide receiver Sean Brady made perhaps the best catch you’ll see in a while. Check it out here.
James Madison 38 – Central Connecticut State 14
James Madison was all over future Rhody opponent Central Connecticut State on Saturday, jumping out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back. Dukes QB Michael Birdsong threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in the blowout victory.
Richmond 34 – VMI 0
We’ve praised Richmond’s defense in this space before, and the Spiders are backing up our claims as one of the best D’s in the entire FCS. They held the Keydettes to just nine first downs, 39 yards rushing, and a dismal 1-12 third down conversion rate for a dominating win.
Maine 23 – Norfolk State 6
The Black Bears aren’t expected to be all that good this season, but that’s why they play the games. Maine wasn’t exactly perfect, but it was more than enough to top the Spartans. Marcus Wasilewski threw for 263 yards, 85 of them coming on a huge third-quarter bomb to Zedric Joseph to put the game out of reach.