Sep 7, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Matt Dayes (21) is tackled by Richmond Spiders defensive back Justin Grant (21) and defensive tackle Kerry Wynn (56) during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

CAA Football: News and Notes From This Weekend’s Games


North Carolina State 23 – Richmond 21

Another CAA football team almost came up with an upset this week, but the Richmond Spiders fell just short. The NC State Wolfpack put together a clutch drive with under two minutes to play to pull out the 23-21 victory. NC State stared on their own 21 with 1:59 left in regulation when quarterback Pete Thomas led the Wolfpack 48 yards in just 1:26 to set up the game-winning 48-yard field goal. The NC State also held the Spiders scoreless in the second half to complete the comeback.

Maine 24 – Massachusetts 14

If you’re going to move up from the FCS to the FBS, you’d better make sure that you can beat some FBS teams. Hell, if you still can’t beat FCS teams, then perhaps you’ve made a huge mistake. Of course we’re talking about UMass, who fell to the mighty Maine Black Bears this weekend by the score of 24-14. And the game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated. Maine tallied three rushing touchdowns, the final one coming from quarterback Marcus Wasilewski, who also threw for 267 yards. It’s probably too early to tell, but UMass’s move to the MAC is looking like a colossal failure thus far.

Towson 49 – Holy Cross 7

Coming off their big win over UConn, the Towson Tigers didn’t let up at all in week two. Quarterback Peter Athens threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, moving his team to 2-0 with an absolute rout of the Crusaders.

Central Michigan 24 – New Hampshire 21

Another FBS upset was in sight, but another furious comeback in the final seconds spoiled New Hampshire’s chances for picking up a big win in their season opener. Central Michigan running back Saylor Lavallii was Mr. Clutch, picking up 59 yards on the ground in the final drive alone, setting up a 27-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. UNH saw a 21-7 fourth quarter evaporate in a tough defeat on the road.

Delaware 42 – Delaware State 21

The Fightin’ Blue Hens dismantled their in-state rivals on Saturday to move to 2-0 on the season. Trent Hurley (no relation to Dan, that we know of) was an absolute beast, throwing for 328 yards and four touchdown passes in a very convincing win.

Akron 35 – James Madison 33

The James Madison Dukes fell just short in a valiant comeback effort when a game-tying two-point conversion failed in a 35-33 loss to the Akron Zips. The game saw five lead changes in an absolute thriller, but the Dukes finished on the losing end, dropping them to 1-1. Sophomore quarterback Michael Birdsong threw three touchdown passes in the defeat.

Albany 37 – Colgate 34

The Albany Great Danes, who just happen to be Rhody’s upcoming opponent, looked very impressive in a 37-34 win over the Colgate Raiders in a game that was not as close as the final score showed. If there’s one name URI fans need to learn for next weekend, it’s Omar Osbourne. The Albany running back rushed for 252 yards (!!!) and a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Fordham 27 – Villanova 24

Rhode Island fans may have been skeptical, but the Fordham Rams are for real. Michael Nebrich ran for two touchdowns as he rallied his team out of a 24-17 hole for the win against the nationally ranked Wildcats. Villanova quarterback John Robertson ran for two TDs of his own, but his team was shut out in the fourth quarter as Fordham completed the comeback.

William and Mary 31 – Hampton 7

The William & Mary Tribe picked up their first win of the season in very convincing fashion with a 31-7 stomping of the Hampton Pirates. The Tribe tallied 277 yards and three combined touchdowns on the ground as they improved to 1-1 on the year.

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