William and Mary’s defense was solid in its first two games. Still, coach Jimmye Laycock talked last week about the need to force more turnovers.
So the Tribe went out and got four against Lafayette in a 34-6 victory Saturday. Two were interceptions that were returned for touchdowns by linebackers Airek Green (25 yards, Thomas Dale High) and Marcus Harvey (29 yards).
Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley closed the bye week chapter of the 2013 season and began pointing to Saturday’s non-conference football game at Northern Colorado (1-2).
Stephen Kaiser has moved on. Sam Rohr and Mac O’Brien remain on hold.
“This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, I think, in all of the FBS games we’ve played,” Cosgrove said. “We’ve never played a team ranked this high.”
Three weeks into the 2013 season, the University of Maine football team joins Towson as one of only two unbeaten teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
It became one of the best Southern Conference football rivalries, always fierce, sometimes bitter, and when it ended, there was mutual respect.
Wofford beat Georgia Southern, 30-20, Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium in the final game between them as conference opponents. GSU is headed for the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles are not eligible for the FCS playoffs so there’s not a chance these teams will meet again in the postseason.
And there is a chance they will never meet again.
“This is probably the best football team we have played to date,” Carey said of NIU’s upcoming game against Eastern Illinois, a FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) team.
Wofford is taking on a team Saturday that could ruin the Terriers chances to win the Southern Conference even though they have no chance to win the league title.
Georgia Southern is ineligible for the SoCon crown because they have extra scholarship players this season as the Eagles move to the Football Bowl Subdivision next year.
In an effort to contain North Dakota’s dangerous senior receiver, Greg Hardin, Montana coach Mick Delaney is mulling a new approach for Saturday.
“I think we better back up another four or five yards so he doesn’t run right by us,” joked the coach.
University at Albany football coach Bob Ford stood on the new field that bears his name Wednesday afternoon.
He held a bag that contained a box of cigars and a bottle of Malbec, gifts from his players on his 76th birthday. They’d just eaten a cake shaped like a football field.
The most appetizing present for Ford, who’s retiring after the season, is the 8,500-seat, artificial-turf stadium that’s been his wish for at least a quarter century. He gazed at the double-decked structure with a video scoreboard and saw his wish finally had been granted.
“It’s awesome,” Ford said. “It really is.”
In the past few years, the Colonels have had one of the top rush defenses in the Ohio Valley Conference.
And through the first two games this season, they have once again been very, very tough to run on.
EKU (1-1) is allowing just 66.5 yards a game on the ground, which ranks eighth in the nation among FCS schools.
There are a lot of factors that give the Youngstown State University football team at least a chance at winning when it travels to East Lansing, Mich. to take on Michigan State on Saturday.
The Penguins are comfortable - they played at Spartan Stadium in 2011, so they know the surroundings. They’re confident - they beat Pittsburgh, a Football Bowl Subdivision school, 31-17 in 2012. And they’re talented - they set a school record with 718 total yards last week and lead the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing (averaging 363 yards per contest).
YSU coach Eric Wolford said none of that matters if they’re not prepared.
This is not the way Jake Bleskin wanted the job. But he’s ready for the task.
Bleskin, a redshirt sophomore on the Montana State football team, is now the team’s starting quarterback. When DeNarius McGhee suffered a separated shoulder on the final play of game Saturday night at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, an injury that figures to sideline the All-American for least a month, it thrust Bleskin into the limelight.
UC Davis coach Ron Gould knows a good running back when he sees one after sending 13 to the NFL as a Cal assistant coach.
He says Northern Arizona’s Zach Bauman will present special challenges for the Aggies when the Football Championship Subdivision No. 24 Lumberjacks play Saturday at UC Davis in the Aggies’ home opener.
Not all student-athletes who transfer do so because of dissatisfaction with playing time, academic issues or misconduct. Shane Savage left Cornell because that was his only path to another season of college football.
Savage, a receiver at the University of Richmond, spent five seasons at Cornell, and graduated with a degree in applied economics and management. But Savage, a Leesburg resident, essentially played only three seasons (2009-11) because of an injury to each knee.
“There’s nothing like Aggie Stadium at night.”
That’s the quote that was muttered among the press box as Elon University’s 49-7 football win against West Virginia Wesleyan College wound down Sept. 7. By that time, word had spread that North Carolina A&T State University had gone on the road to Boone, N.C. and knocked off Appalachian State University, 24-21.
Coach Brian Jenkin’s B-CU team, 2-0 and ranked 23rd in the FCS media poll, has actually been listed as a three-point favorite by some oddsmakers against struggling Florida International (0-2).
Perhaps Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley put it best this week when he discussed “guarantee games” in which top-level Division I schools secure home games against lower-level teams by paying them to travel.
“When they’re paying you $200,000 or $300,000, they’re not paying you to win,” Hill-Eley said.