Camel QB: In his first two career starts, Campbell junior quarterback Dakota Wolf became the first Camel signal caller to rush for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games. Wolf posted 101 yards on the ground at Old Dominion in his first start in Week 3, adding a 27-yard touchdown run. In Wolf’s second start, he registered 111 yards rushing at Butler, setting a single-game school record for a quarterback. Despite playing in just two of the Camels’ four games this season, Wolf leads the team in rushing, and tops the Pioneer Football League in rushing yards per game.
Wide Right, Wide Left and Blocked: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Davidson, Lafayette, North Dakota State and Wofford are the only teams in FCS that have not allowed a field goal this season by its opponents. Wofford has seen its three opponents miss a total of four attempts (one was actually blocked), even though only one was outside of 40 yards. In fact, each of its three opponents has missed at least one. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s four opponents are a combined 0-for-3. Davidson, Lafayette and North Dakota’s opponents are all 0-for-1 in three games. Meanwhile, second-ranked Montana State has allowed nine field goals in its four games.
Seawolves Off and Running: Stony Brook is ranked No. 18 this week in both the FCS Coaches poll and The Sports Network national ranking. It is the first time that a Big South member has been ranked in both polls each of the first five weeks of the regular-season (including preseason). The Seawolves are led by running back Miguel Maysonet, who set a conference record with 580 rushing yards after the first four games. The previous standard was 542. Maysonet’s 145.0 rushing yards per game is pacing ahead of the league’s single-season record of 136.4.
Close Calls: William & Mary has started the season 0-4 for the first time since 1981, but it hasn’t been without numerous close calls. In fact, three of the losses are by a combined seven points. The Tribe host Georgia State on Saturday, looking to avoid its first 0-5 start since 1980. On the other end, Lafayette is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2008, and those wins have come by a combined 13 points. The Leopards travel to Robert Morris Saturday looking to start a season 4-0 for the first time since 1988 when they were members of the Colonial League (the precursor to the Patriot League) and won the conference crown. In another note about Lafayette, with 10 interceptions through three games, the ‘Pards have already surpassed their 2011 season total of eight.
Paladins Hoping for History: Furman opened the 2012 campaign by going 0-3, but this year’s squad can make history if it can notch a winning season — a feat never before accomplished by eight Furman teams which started seasons with 0-3 marks. The closest a Paladin squad has come to erasing an 0-3 start to a campaign was 1979. Ironically, current head coach Bruce Fowler was a defensive back on that Paladin team, which dropped its first five games before rallying to win five of its final six contests to finish 5-6. The strong finish to the ‘79 campaign is viewed historically as a catalyst to the program’s unprecedented success over the next the next six seasons (1980-85), which produced a 56-14-2 record and five Southern Conference championships.
The Final 15: There are 15 remaining undefeated teams in FCS.
4-0: Alabama A&M, Delaware, Illinois State, Lehigh, Montana State, Old Dominion, Samford, Tennessee State, Youngstown State
3-0: Cal Poly, Lafayette, North Dakota State, Wofford
2-0: Dartmouth, Harvard
Defending Its House: Jacksonville puts its FCS-best 15-game home winning streak on the line when it hosts Marist. The opportunistic Dolphins own an FCS-best five defensive/special teams touchdowns this season out of their 11 touchdowns scored. Georgia Southern has the second-longest streak at 12.
Hitting the Double Century Mark: Lehigh senior Ryan Spadola enters Saturday’s game against Fordham just four receptions shy of hitting the 200 mark for this career. He would become the third active player to do so, joining Elon’s Aaron Mellette and Gralyn Crawford of Stephen F. Austin.
Home Cookin’: Lamar hosts Southeastern Louisiana Saturday looking to keep its opponents scoreless at home this season. Lamar has posted back-to-back home shutouts to open the season, winning 31-0 against both Prairie View A&M and Langston. The Cardinals are the first Southland Conference school to post back-to-back home shutouts since both Central Arkansas and McNeese State did so in 1985. It’s been even longer since a Southland school registered back-to-back home shutouts to start the season. Prior to Lamar, Stephen F. Austin was the last to do so in 1979 when the Lumberjacks blanked Baker and Texas Lutheran. The last time Lamar had two consecutive shutouts at home came during the 1958 campaign when the Cardinals blanked University of Corpus Christi (now Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and Texas A&M-Commerce.
Big Green Machine: Dartmouth is on its first five-game win streak since the 1997 Big Green squad won its first five games en route to a 15-game winning streak. The streak could be in jeopardy this week as they host Penn on Saturday afternoon. Dartmouth has lost 13 its last 14 meetings with the Quakers, including a last-minute 22-20 defeat in Hanover last year. The Big Green’s last win against Penn was a 21-13 win on Sept. 29, 2007 at Memorial Field.
Bison Tough: North Dakota State has allowed just 27 points in their last six contests, dating back to a 24-0 shutout victory against Lehigh in the 2011 Division I FCS Quarterfinals. After limiting Prairie View A&M to 192 yards on Sept. 22, North Dakota State has held four consecutive opponents to under 250 yards of total offense, dating back to the 2011 Division I FCS Championship game victory against Sam Houston State. Test number five comes Saturday at Northern Iowa.
Game of the Week: When Delaware meets New Hampsire this weekend, it’s expected to be a shootout. The undefeated and No. 8 ranked Blue Hens average 37.3 points a game, including 51 in last week’s win against William & Mary. The No. 22 ranked Wildcats average the same amount in its four games, but 47.3 in its three games against FCS opponents. In addition, New Hampshire has allowed 33.8 points per game, including 64 in its wild loss to Old Dominion last Saturday.
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