The final week of CAA Football’s regular season featured plenty of drama as New Hampshire and William & Mary claimed road wins to share the conference title. Villanova, Rhode Island, Monmouth and Towson also claimed wins.
No. 8 William & Mary 37, No. 11 Richmond 26
Quarterback Darius Wilson threw 227 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 42 yards and 2 TDs to pass No. 8 William & Mary (10-1, 7-1 CAA) at No. 11 Richmond (8-3, 6-2 CAA). ), 37-26 to win a share of his first CAA championship since 2015. The tribe won 10 regular season games and took home 133 for the first time in school historyapprox Capital Cup.
Wilson led by five points midway through the fourth quarter, finishing a 14-game 80-yard drive and a 2-yard scoring run that put W&M 11th by 3:41. A 1-yard run by Wilson gave the tribe a 17-13 advantage in an even first half. W&M scored two touchdowns in a 1:09 span midway through the third period with a 2-yard run by Bronson Yoder and a 77-yard shot by Wilson to DreSean Kendrick to move up by 18. However, Richmond fought back within 31-26 with 10:42 remaining after a 5-yard TD pass from Reece Udinski to Jakob Herres late in the third quarter and a 6-yard TD run from Aaron Dykes.
Along with Wilson’s big day, Yoder rushed for 89 yards and 2 TDs to go for 1,000 yards for the season and Caylin Newton made four catches for 93 yards. For UR, Udinski was 32 of 50 passes for 277 yards and 2 TDs while Leroy Henley, Jr. made 9 catches for 100 yards and Herres tallied 9 receptions for 82 yards and 2 TDs. Defensively, W&M’s John Pius had 10 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and a sack while Phil O’Connor had 10 stops for the Spiders.
No. 18 New Hampshire 42, Maine 41 (ot)
Dylan Laube ran for 190 yards and 3 TDs and Max Brosmer passed for three points as New Hampshire’s No. 18 (8-3, 7-1 CAA) Maine (2-9, 2-6 CAA) was 42-41 in the Overtime defeated . The Wildcats have won a share of the CAA Championship for the first time since 2014 and reclaimed the Brice Cowell Musket.
With a 35-35 tie after regulation, Brosmer beat Kyle Lepkowsi with a 4-yard scoring throw to put UNH ahead. Maine responded with a 19-yard TD pass from Joe Fagnano to Rohan Jones on a 4th-and-16 game but the Wildcats’ Bryce Shaw took down the 2-point conversion pass to end the game. UNH took a 14-0 lead with a run from Laube TD and a 33-yard pass from Fagnano to DJ Linkins. The Black Bears drew within 21-14 at halftime after two goals from Elijah Barnwell in the second quarter. After a 48-yard TD run by Laube, Maine tied it 28-28 when Zavier Scott broke free for a 75-yard TD burst and Fagnano ran from 11 yards early in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats recaptured the lead with a 6-yard TD catch from Adam Deese, but Barnwell’s third result of the day at 3-11 to force overtime.
Brosmer was 14 of 23 passes for 247 yards and 3 TDs while Fagnano threw for 202 yards. Barnwell finished the season with a season-high 143 yards and 3 TDs on 20 carries. Defensively, UNH’s Ryan Toscano made 14 tackles and Dylan Ruiz added 11 stops and 3.5 TFLs. Brian Lee had 11 tackles for Maine.
Villanova 29, No. 20 Delaware 26
Connor Watkins’ 2-yard touchdown run 1:11 on the game, set up by a punt blocked by Devon Marshall, gave Villanova (6-5, 4-4 CAA) a 29-26 win over Delaware (7th). -4, 4-4 CAA). ) in the Battle of the Blue.
With VU down at 26-21 by just over two minutes, Marshall blocked a punt that was recovered by Tyler Will at the UD 10 yard line. At 4th-and-2, Watkins hit from 2 yards to put the Wildcats ahead. The game was tight throughout as a 7-yard run by Watkins gave VU an early lead, but Nolan Henderson threw TD passes from 48 and 7 yards to Thyrick Pitts to give Delaware a 14-7 advantage. The Blue Hens took a 23-14 lead on a 25-yard TD reception from Jourdan Townsend. VU reduced the deficit to two when DeeWil Barlee had an 11-yard scoring run late in the third quarter.
Watkins rushed for 122 yards and rushed for 60 yards and 2 TDs while Barlee rushed for 66 yards and 2 TDs. Henderson threw for 347 yards and 3 TDs, with Pitts and Townsend each making seven catches. Brendan Bell had 12 tackles and 3.0 TFLs on VU defense.
Rhode Island 35, UAlbany 21
Marques DeShields rushed for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown and Rhode Island came up with two big special teams as the Rams (7-4, 5-3 CAA) got past UAlbany (3-8, 2-6 CAA), 35-21.
UAlbany first hit Jackson Parker with a 66-yard TD pass from Reese Poffenbarger, but URI even pulled when Antonio Carter’s stripe sack was recovered by Evan Stewart in the end zone. The Rams went 21-7 late in the second quarter after a blocked field goal by Westley Neal was returned 96 yards for a TD by Oneil Robinson. The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter before a 3-yard scoring pass from Poffenbarger to Ian Renninger drew the Great Danes within 28-21 with 6:50 left. However, URI was able to create a cushion when DeShields broke free for a 61-yard run and then found the end zone from 2 yards away with 4:31 remaining.
DeShields’ blistering performance was the best by a URI since 2014. Kasim Hill passed for two points. For UAlbany, Poffenbarger passed for 248 yards and 2 TDs while Roy Alexander made 5 catches for 73 yards.
Monmouth 24, Stony Brook 21
Freshman Enzo Arjona hit Dymere Miller with a 72-yard touchdown pass at 7:32 to defeat Monmouth (5-6, 3-5 CAA) over Stony Brook (2-9, 1-7 CAA) at 24-21 to lift.
Monmouth quickly took a 7-0 lead after a 64-yard scoring run by Jaden Shirden in the second play. The Hawks extended their lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter with a 3-yard scoring run from Owen Wright and a field goal from Eric Bernstein. A 41-yard pick six from Carthell Flowers-Lloyd reduced the Stony Brook deficit to 10 at halftime. The Seawolves continued the momentum in the second half when Ross Tallarico broke loose for a 66-yard TD burst in the third quarter and then caught a 5-yard TD pass from Daron Bryden at 8:17 to play to put SBU ahead, 21-17. After Miller’s big catch to regain the lead, Monmouth forced a 3-and-out and then ran out the final 5:09 with a 77-yard drive.
Arjona was 14 of 22 passing for a career-high 245 yards while Miller had 7 catches for 143 yards. Shirden ran for 155 yards on 23 carries to go for 1,722 yards, 2ndnd-most in school history. For SBU, Tallarico rushed for 120 yards with 21 carries.
Towson 27, Hampton 7
Towson’s defense limited Hampton for 264 yards and intercepted three passes, including a 70-yard pick six from Robert Javier, as the Tigers (6-5, 4-4 CAA) beat the Pirates (4-7, 1-7 CAA) defeated. 27-7, for their fourth straight win.
Towson took a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Tyrrell Pigrome threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Isaiah Perkins and a 7-yard TD throw to Darian Street. Hampton halved the deficit at 5:21 by halftime when Jadakis Bonds caught a 43-yard TD pass from Malcolm Mays. The Tigers’ defense dominated the rest of the way, topped by Javier’s six with 8:04 to go. TU’s Keegan Vaughan added 38- and 33-yard field goals.
Pigrome finished 12 of 21 with 140 yards and 2 TDs while Joachim Bangda rushed for 81 yards with 11 carries. For Hampton, Malcolm Mays threw for 119 yards with Bonds making 5 receptions for 68 yards. Ali Shockley had 11 tackles and one interception for the Pirates’ defense while Ubayd Steed made two passes for the Tigers.