Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When FCS programs schedule games with FBS
opponents, there's a reason behind it other than just financial gain.
Sometimes it's good for FCS teams to see what extremely tough competition
looks like, and perhaps that competition will make an FCS team stronger and
But when you look at games like Saturday's Florida A&M matchup with Ohio
State, which turned into a 76-0 rout, it can be hard to see the competitive
gain. Especially since the Rattlers didn't gain 100 yards of offense against
mostly second-team Buckeyes players.
At first glance, one would wonder what the point was competitively. Moving
forward, we'll see if the demolition actually helped Florida A&M, or rather
just crushed the team's confidence.
Around the FCS, it was the first weekend of football for the Ivy League, which
broke onto the scene in a big way. Ivy teams went 6-2, and could have easily
been 7-1 had Princeton held onto a late fourth-quarter lead.
But it was all about the big numbers in Week 4 of the FCS season. Here are
some important figures that stood out:
Briefly returning to Florida A&M's defeat at the hands of Ohio State, it's
easy to see why no positives on a football level can be extracted from this
contest. The Rattlers managed just two first downs the entire game, going a
dismal 1-for-11 on third down attempts and gaining just 80 yards of offense.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes went 4-for-4 on fourth-down tries and posted 76 points
against the Rattlers. It is hard to see the positives here.
Former Brown University track star John Spooney returned to the football field
to the tune of 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The former Ivy
League fastest man also caught a touchdown pass in Brown's opening-day win
No Kade Bell under center for Jacksonville University Saturday? No problem.
Sophomore quarterback Steven Hughes filled in nicely, tossing two touchdown
passes and 299 yards. Freshman running back Ulysses Bryant was the leading
Dolphins rusher with 139 yards and two scores.
No Marcus Coker for Stony Brook? Big problem.
The season-ending abdominal injury to the senior running back may be the most
pivotal injury we've seen this season to a team. After the news of Coker's
injury broke, the Seawolves fell to Villanova, 35-6, and managed just 87
rushing yards. Jameel Poteat was the leading Stony Brook rusher, gaining 40
yards on nine carries.
The running game fueled Yale past Colgate, 39-22. Receiver-turned-quarterback
Henry Furman is now apparently a key piece to the Bulldogs' running game, as
the senior gained 60 yards on the ground with three touchdowns on four carries
before leaving with an injury.
Couple that with a 236-yard, one-touchdown performance from Tyler Varga and
Yale had an easy time disposing of the underachieving Colgate team.
Sacred Heart, now 4-0 on the season, used every means of scoring possible in
the team's 78-35 victory over Chowan. The Pioneers scored touchdowns on an
interception return, two fumble returns and a blocked punt. And, yes, offensive
touchdowns were abundant as well for Sacred
Davidson, now 0-3 after the team's most recent loss to Johnson C. Smith, has
lost two games this season to Division II opponents. It will be a battle of
the winless next weekend as Davidson travels to Kentucky to face Morehead
After missing the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, Saint Francis (Pa.
running back Kyle Harbridge looks completely back to normal. He is currently
ranked 13th in the nation in total rushing yards and has five touchdowns. Much
of that production, though, came on Saturday against Lincoln (Pa.). Harbridge
ran for 230 yards and four touchdowns.
How's this for an efficient offense: Cornell defeated Bucknell, 45-13, in its
first game of the season. The overall time of possession, however, favored
Bucknell by nearly 20 minutes. The Big Red's time of possession was listed at
20:30, while Bucknell possessed the ball for 39:30.
Cornell got scoring off two fumble returns and a punt return as well.
Norfolk State didn't convert a third-down attempt in the team's 20-12 loss to
Charleston Southern, going 0-for-10.
It was an offensive explosion in Norfolk, Va., as Old Dominion and The Citadel
combined for 117 points, 1,108 yards of total offense and 58 first downs
Saturday. Old Dominion won in a shootout, 59-58.
But Ben Dupree and Darien Robinson stole the show in that contest, combining
for seven rushing touchdowns for The Citadel. Dupree scored five times on the
ground, gaining 149 yards, while Robinson scored twice and rushed for 227
yards. Both backs has 24 carries apiece.
For the second time this season, Rhode Island was shut out in a contest, this
time at the hands of William & Mary, 20-0. Both shutouts have come at the
hands of CAA opponents. The first time was two weeks ago by Stony Brook.
In the team's 52-21 win over Grambling State, four Alabama State players
recorded double-digit carries. The Hornets rushed for 398 yards, led by Isaiah
Crowell with 129.
Appalachian State receiver Seth Price returned Saturday from a two-game
suspension and caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the
Mountaineers' first win of the season.
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