Princeton's stellar air defense
Notes: Northwestern State QB has school-record streak end
Air Defense: Princeton is the only school in Division I (FCS or FBS) to not allow a touchdown through the air. Its opponents have 102 passing attempts on the season and average 213 yards per game but have yet to find the end zone. They travel to Lafayette Saturday to face Leopard quarterback Andrew Shoop who already has five TD passes in three games this season.
FCS vs. FBS: With Stony Brook’s 23-3 win against Army on Saturday, FCS teams have now beaten FBS opponents 10 times. That is the highest total since 2003, when FCS schools also posted 10 victories. The last time the number was higher was in 2001 when there were 11 games which saw an FCS institution defeat an FBS opponent.
They Called It the Streak: With 66 seconds left in last Saturday’s game, a school-record streak was snapped when the 154th pass attempt this season by Northwestern State’s Brad Henderson skipped off the hands of the intended receiver and was intercepted, stopping a drive to tie the game. It was the first interception suffered by Henderson this year. Add in his 53 attempts without an interception at the end of the 2011 season, and Henderson had 207 attempts without being picked off. There are no quarterbacks currently in FCS without an interception this season that have attempted at least 100 passes.
Straight Down the Middle: Western Illinois’ Pat Smith is the only kicker in FCS who has made at least seven field goals without a miss. Of note is the fact that of those seven field goals, only two have been outside of 30 yards and only one has been outside of 40 yards (46).
Eagles Not Needing to Take Flight: Georgia Southern's Dominique Swope has scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games and has already tied his season total for rushing touchdowns from a year ago. Swope ranks fourth in the Southern Conference and 24th nationally with 102 yards per game and has helped the Eagles rush for 300 or more yards in seven of their last eight contests.
Bobcat Dominance: Montana State travels to UC Davis Saturday looking to move to 6-0 for the first time since 1978, when then-head coach Sonny Lubick’s team started the season with seven wins in a row. The Bobcats finished the season 8-2.
3K Watch Is On: North Carolina A&T senior running back Mike Mayhew broke the school's rushing record with an 8-yard run in the second quarter of A&T's 21-18 loss to Morgan State on Sept. 27. Mayhew could become the 12th MEAC player in history to record 3,000 career yards if he rushes for 117 yards on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman.
Battle of Piney Woods Returns to Reliant: The Battle of the Piney Woods between Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin returns to Reliant Stadium in Houston this weekend. It will be the 87th meeting between the two rivals. The series is the second-oldest FCS rivalry in Texas. The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, with Sam Houston State holding a 49-35-2 edge in the series. The Bearkats won last year 45-10 in the second of what was originally scheduled to be a four-game series to be played at Reliant. After averaging 24,884 in the first two games, Reliant extended the contract another three years, keeping the Battle of the Piney Woods at Reliant Stadium through the 2017 season.
The League of Extraordinary Receivers: Through five weeks of the season the Ohio Valley Conference is showcasing what could be considered the best collection of wide receivers in the nation. Currently OVC wideouts rank first (Eastern Illinois’ Erik Lora), seventh (Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers), 10th (Murray State’s Walter Powell) and 12th (Eastern Kentucky’s Tyrone Goard) in receiving yards per game, giving the OVC four of the top 12 receivers nationally; no other conference has more than two individuals in the top 12 nationally (the Big Sky and Colonial Athletic Association each have two apiece).
Milestone Miguel: Stony Brook RB and Walter Payton Award candidate Miguel Maysonet needs 47 rushing yards to break Conte Cuttino’s school record of 3,607; Maysonet needs 73 rushing yards to break Rashad Jennings’ Big South Conference record of 3,633; Maysonet needs 60 yards to become the sixth Big South player with 4,000 career all-purpose yards; Maysonet is the second player in Big South history to open the season with five consecutive games with a rushing touchdown -- no Big South player has ever scored a rushing TD in each of his team’s first six games of a season.
Try and Catch Me: The Fordham vs. Georgetown contest features a very intriguing individual match-up. The game pits Fordham’s Carlton Koonce, the No. 6 rusher in the FCS, against Georgetown’ Robert McCabe, the top tackler in the nation. Koonce averages 142.6 yards per game on the ground, while McCabe averages 13.6 tackles a contest.
Ray Approaching 2,000: Western Illinois senior Caulton Ray is now just 48 yards away from becoming the ninth rusher in Leatherneck history to record 2,000 yards. He has 1,952 career yards (ninth all-time) on 459 attempts (seventh place). He has scored 15 TDs on the ground (10th place), and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in his career.
Game of the Week: It’s Homecoming at No. 1 North Dakota State and the sell-out crowd couldn’t have expected a better match-up. No. 3 Youngstown State has a 4-2 edge in the series, which began in 1972 with a NDSU victory. In addition, the road team has won the past three meetings, with YSU posting victories against the Bison in the Fargodome in 2009 (39-35) and 2011 (27-24). All six games in the series have been close as every game has been decided by eight points or less.