Tribe Football comes to a close after Missing FCS Playoffs by two spots
After the Tribe lost 31-20 to Richmond Saturday night, it was almost certain that the consequence would be missing this year’s FCS Playoffs. Only nobody thought that they would miss by so little.
Sunday afternoon, FCS football announced this year’s playoff bracket, and the Tribe just missed making the bracket by two spots, behind Princeton and South Carolina State. This is the third consecutive season that the Tribe has been left out of the NCAA Playoffs.
Despite narrowly missing the playoffs, there are still plenty of positive things that happened this season. The Tribe finished with an overall record of 7-5, which is the 18th best record in school history, and an improvement of five games from last year’s 2-9 squad, which is a tie for the second best turnaround in school history. It was also the first time the Tribe finished with a winning record in three years. W&M defeated the Lafayette Leopards 34-6, who would go on to win the Patriot League, and are now ranked #16. From October 26th to November 9th, the Tribe defeated three teams who were at least ranked at the time; the Tribe defeated then-ranked #16 JMU on October 26th 17-7; on November 2nd, the Tribe shut out then-ranked #16 New Hampshire 17-0, who is #15 now, and will be playing #16 Lafayette on Saturday; and on November 9th, the Tribe upset then-ranked #21 Delaware 24-10, in which the Tribe held the Blue Hens to a miraculous -19 yards rushing.
The Tribe’s offense averaged 318.9 yards per game, and scored 21 points per game. The defense finished the season allowing 305.5 yards per game, which ranks among the best in the country, and allowed only 14 points per game.
The Tribe finished fourth in the CAA with a league record of 4-4, which mark the highest finish and first .500 record in three years.