CAA: Week 2 Review and Power Rankings

In week two the CAA continues to show itself as one of the premier FCS conferences. Going 8-3 over the weekend with two of the losses coming from FBS opponents, and the last one from an inter-conference game.

Temple 38 Stony Brook 0

Stony Brook put up 133 total yards of offense, and gave the ball over 4 times in their shutout loss to FBS Temple. Stony Brook Quarterback Joe Carbone went 8/17 for a total of 84 yards, and RB Jordan Gowins had the most yards on the ground for Stony Brook with 36 total yards coming from 11 carries. In the end, Temples 301 total yards of offense, proved too much for Stony Brook to overcome.

Albany 35 Rhode Island 7

In the CAA’s first conference matchup of the year, Albany’s ground game proved too much for the Rhode Island Rams to overcome. Most impressive for Albany was RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks. Who rushed for 178 yards on 27 carries and ran in for 3 touchdowns. In the end, Rhode Island’s 4 turnovers and lack of production at QB proved too much for them to overcome.

James Madison 56 Central Connecticut State 21

James Madison continued making a statement during week 2 with their lopsided win over the Blue Devils of CCSU. The Dukes of James Madison hit the Blue devils from all sides posting 517 total yards of offensive. 205 of those yards came in the air, while 312 came on the ground. The Dukes QB Bryan Schor went 17/21 with a total of 205 yards. While Running Backs Cordon Johnson got it down on the ground posting a combined 234 yards on a combined 35 carries.

Delaware 24 Lafayette 6

The Lafayette Leopards of the Patriot League gave the Delaware Blue Hens quite a scare as they led 6-3 late in the third quarter. But it would be the 21 unanswered points from Delaware that would put them over and win them the game. Delaware relied on backs Thomas Jefferson and Jalen Randolph to put up most of their offense. Both backs went for a combined 229 yards off of 35 carries.

Charlotte 47 Elon 14

Elon continues to struggle as it dropped its second straight game of the season to 1st year FBS Charlotte. Charlotte easily bested Elon during their 506 yards’ offensive performance, and 4 forced turnovers from the defense.

Towson 35 St Francis (PA) 28

Towson put their week 1 loss behind them when they put away the Red Flash of St Francis (PA). The Red Flash took the lead early in the first half, but a second half rally by the Towson Tigers would prove to much for the Red Flash to overcome.  QB Ellis Knudson proved crucial for Towson going 10/22, and leading to 305 yards in the air, and 2 touchdowns.

Villanova 26 Lehigh 21

The Villanova Wildcats found themselves locked into a tight battle on Saturday against the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh before finally pulling ahead for the win. RB Javon White led the Wildcats on the ground with 23 carries for 155 yards, while QB Zack Bednarczyk was right behind him with 92 yards on 13 carries, while also completing 6 out of 13 pass attempts for 63 yards.

William & Mary 24 Hampton 14

Steve Cluley went 19/33 for 294 yards passing in the Tribes 24-14 win against Hampton Saturday. William and Mary relied on their passing game with WR DeVonte Dedmon catching 7 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. On Defense, the tribe was also successful forcing two interceptions from Hampton’s QB Jaylian Williamson.

Richmond 34 Norfolk State 0

Richmond repeated their lights out football performance of last week when they blanked Norfolk State 34-0. QB Kyle Lauletta threw 216 yards completing 15 of his 27 pass attempts for 2 touchdowns. Receivers Tyler Wilkins and Brian Brown both had 4 receptions each for 76, and 71 yards respectively. Each had a touchdown on the night.

Toledo 45 Maine 3

The Black Bears of Maine had about all they could handle when they fell to the Rockets of Toledo on Saturday night. Toledo’s QB Logan Woodside completed 13/25 passes totaling 329 yards through the air. Maine was unable to answer and found themselves unable to overcome the defense of Toledo with Maine totaling 235 yards of total offense to Toledo’s 516.

New Hampshire 38 Holy Cross 28

The Crusaders from Holy Cross gave the Wildcats of New Hampshire quite the scare as they opened up their brand new Wildcat Stadium on Saturday night. Crusaders QB Peter Pujals was surgical as he completed 42 of his 64 passes, totaling 427 yards and 3 touchdowns. For UNH, it would end up being RB Dalton Crossan who would save the day for them on his 24 carry, 199 yard, two touchdown performance.

Power Rankings:

  1. Richmond
  2. James Madison
  3. Villanova
  4. William & Mary
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Albany
  7. Towson
  8. Stony Brook
  9. Maine
  10. Delaware
  11. Elon
  12. Rhode Island






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