William & Mary Tribe football, 2000–09

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The William & Mary Tribe football teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1893 and serves as William & Mary's oldest athletic team. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond and their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (which was renamed the Capital Cup starting in the 2009 season).

Contents: 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - Decade totals - NFL Draft selections


2000[edit]

The Tribe finished the season with a 5–6 overall record (4–4 in the A-10). William & Mary lost three of their first four games, the lone win being a non-conference victory over VMI. The most impressive win of the season came on November 11, when they defeated Villanova 48–41 in their home stadium.

2000 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2000 record 5–6 (4–4 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (21st year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (8th year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 at #2 UMass Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumHadley, MA L 16–36   10,176
September 9 VMI* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) W 55–15   8,252
September 16 at #8 Furman* Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 10–34   8,742
September 23 at UCF* Citrus BowlOrlando, FL L 7–52   23,164
September 30 at Maine Alfond StadiumOrono, ME W 31–28   4,924
October 7 Rhode Island Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 26–16   5,358
October 14 #4 Delaware Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 17–28   7,416
October 21 at #16 James Madison Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Rivalry) L 14–28   10,500
October 28 Northeastern Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 26–15   8,208
November 11 at Villanova Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA W 48–41 OT  10,379
November 18 #10 Richmond Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 18–21   6,651
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2001[edit]

The Tribe were A-10 Conference Co-Champions and qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. The lost the opening round to the #8 Appalachian State Mountaineers, however, by a score of 27–40.

2001 William & Mary Tribe football
A-10 Conference Co-Champions
Division I-AA Playoffs, L 27–40, vs. Appalachian State
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
Sports Network #17[1]
2001 record 8–4 (7–2 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (22nd year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (9th year)
Defensive coordinator Tom Clark (1st year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2000 2002 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 at #21 UMass Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumHadley, MA W 31–10   8,243
September 8 at VMI* #17 Foster StadiumLexington, VA (Rivalry) W 34–0   5,722
September 22 at East Carolina* Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC L 23–38   40,179
September 29 #20 New Hampshire Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 38–28   9,525
October 6 #12 Hofstra* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 28–34   3,250
October 13 at #4 Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI L 31–34   5,301
October 20 at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, DE (Rivalry) W 21–17   21,563
October 27 #18 Mainedagger Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 42–20   9,359
November 10 James Madison Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) W 17–10   9,233
November 17 at Richmond UR StadiumRichmond, VA (I-64 Bowl) W 23–20   9,329
November 24 #15 Villanova Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 47–44   4,236
December 1 at #8 Appalachian State* Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC (Division I-AA playoffs) L 27–40   5,279
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2002[edit]

The Tribe finished the season with a 6–5 overall record (5–4 in the A-10). After losing the season's first two games, William & Mary reeled off five straight victories, with the most impressive being a 30–13 win over #15-ranked Northeastern. They would stumble toward the end of the season, however, as they dropped three of their last four, including the I-64 Bowl against rival Richmond.

2002 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2002 record 6–5 (5–4 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (23rd year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (10th year)
Defensive coordinator Tom Clark (2nd year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 17–25   33,427
September 7 at #11 Maine Alfond StadiumOrono, ME L 14–27   6,326
September 14 VMI* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) W 62–31   9,963
September 28 Delaware Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 45–42   11,682
October 12 at Hofstra James M. Shuart StadiumHempstead, NY W 16–3   3,032
October 19 at New Hampshire Cowell StadiumDurham, NH W 34–17   3,122
October 26 #15 Northeasterndagger Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 30–13   8,741
November 2 at #11 Villanova Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA L 20–41   7,153
November 9 Rhode Island Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 44–6   5,502
November 16 at James Madison Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Rivalry) L 31–34 (OT)  8,237
November 23 Richmond Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 13–35   6,274
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2003[edit]

William & Mary only played 10 games compared to the regular 11-game season due to a cancellation of the Maine contest, which had been scheduled for September 27. The presidents of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference awarded the University of Maine a victory and the College of William & Mary a no-contest as a result of the cancellation of their game. The decision of the presidents, based upon the recommendation of the league's directors of athletics, was unprecedented in Atlantic 10 Football Conference history. Factored into the decision were Maine's efforts to play the game and the understanding of the unique circumstances facing William & Mary in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. However, the NCAA does not recognize the win in their official records.

2003 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2003 record 5–5 (4–4 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (24th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (11th year)
Defensive coordinator Tom Clark (3rd year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2002 2004 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 7:00 pm at Western Michigan* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI L 24–56   25,316
September 13 1:00 pm at VMI* Foster StadiumLexington, VA (Rivalry) W 34–24   7,125
September 20 12:30 pm at #4 Northeastern Parsons FieldBrookline, MA L 14–48   4,921
October 4 7:00 pm at #4 Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, DE (Rivalry) L 27–41   20,485
October 11 1:00 pm #7 UMass Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 14–24   4,868
October 18 1:00 pm James Madisondagger Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 17–24   8,038
October 25 12:00 pm at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 37–24   4,098
November 1 12:00 pm Hofstra Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 23–9   9,051
November 15 1:00 pm New Hampshire Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 38–28   4,887
November 21 1:00 pm at Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, VA (I-64 Bowl) W 59–21   6,228
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2004[edit]

2004 William & Mary Tribe football
A-10 Conference Co-Champions
Division I-AA Semifinals, L 34–48, vs. #8 James Madison
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference South
Ranking
Sports Network #3[2]
2004 record 11–3 (7–1 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (25th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (12th year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2003 2005 »

2005[edit]

2005 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2005 record 5–6 (3–5 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (26th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (13th year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2004 2006 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 pm at Marshall* Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV L 24–36   25,102
September 10 1:00 pm at VMI* #11 Foster StadiumLexington, VA (Rivalry) W 41–7   7,140
September 17 7:00 pm at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI L 29–48   3,303
September 24 1:00 pm Liberty* #16 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 56–0   11,741
October 8 1:00 pm #1 New Hampshire #17 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 42–10   4,149
October 15 2:00 pm at Northeastern #11 Parsons FieldBrookline, MA W 44–41 OT  2,118
October 22 1:00 pm Towsondagger #12 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 44–13   8,922
October 29 6:00 pm at Villanova #9 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA L 21–35   6,207
November 5 7:00 pm James Madison #16 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 29–30   12,287
November 12 1:00 pm Delaware #24 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 21–22   8,709
November 19 1:00 pm at #17 Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 7–41   8,960
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2006[edit]

The 2006 season was the final year of William & Mary's football membership in the A-10 Conference, as the newly formed Colonial Athletic Association football conference formed and was set to begin competition in 2007.

2006 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2006 record 3–8 (1–7 A-10)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (27th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (14th year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2005 2007 »
2006 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 UMass x^   8 0         13 2  
New Hampshire ^   5 3         9 4  
Maine   5 3         6 5  
Northeastern   4 4         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 7  
Hofstra   1 7         2 9  
South
James Madison x^   7 1         9 3  
Villanova   5 3         6 5  
Towson   4 4         7 4  
Richmond   3 5         6 5  
Delaware   3 5         5 6  
William & Mary   1 7         3 8  
§ – Conference co-champions
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 6:00 pm at Maryland* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 14–27   49,763
September 16 7:00 pm Maine* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 17–20   10,706
September 23 7:00 pm VMI* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) W 38–6   10,208
September 30 1:00 pm Hofstra Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 14–16   12,259
October 7 1:00 pm at #10 UMass Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumAmherst, MA L 7–48   15,822
October 14 1:00 pm at Liberty* Williams StadiumLynchburg, VA W 14–13   15,631
October 21 3:00 pm at James Madison Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Rivalry) L 17–31   15,573
October 28 1:00 pm Villanovadagger Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 31–35   10,629
November 4 1:00 pm at #21 Towson Johnny Unitas StadiumTowson, MD W 29–28   2,465
November 11 1:00 pm at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, DE (Rivalry) L 28–14   20,655
November 18 1:00 pm Richmond Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 14–31   9,423
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.


2007[edit]

The 2007 season was the CAA's first year as a Football Conference. The teams in the newly formed CAA Football Conference came largely from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as a mix of other conferences.

2007 William & Mary Tribe football
New William & Mary Logo.gif
Conference Colonial Athletic Association South
2007 record 4–7 (2–6 CAA)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (28th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (15th year)
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop (1st year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 pm #19 Delaware Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 31–49   11,639
September 8 1:00 pm at VMI* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Rivalry) W 63–16   6,830
September 15 7:00 pm Liberty* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 48–41 OT  9,329
September 22 1:30 pm at #17 (FBSVirginia Tech* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ACC Select L 3–44   66,233
September 29 1:00 pm Towson Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 27–22   10,094
October 6 6:00 pm at Villanova Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA L 24–63   8,721
October 13 3:00 pm at Maine Alfond StadiumOrono, ME W 31–20   7,122
October 27 1:00 pm #4 UMassdagger Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 34–48   10,178
November 3 1:00 pm at #20 Hofstra James M. Shuart StadiumHempstead, NY L 14–38   3,151
November 10 7:00 pm #16 James Madison Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 34–55   12,259
November 16 12:00 pm at #7 Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 20–31   7,652
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2008[edit]

The William & Mary Tribe football team represented the College of William & Mary in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) college football during the 2009 season. William & Mary competed as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) under head football coach Jimmye Laycock and played their home games at Zable Stadium. The 2008 campaign came on the heels of a 4–7 record in 2007. William & Mary finished the season ranked #20 according to the final Sports Network FCS Poll.

The 2008 season was also the final one for redshirt senior cornerback and punt returner Derek Cox. Cox, an All-Conference player, would later be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 9th pick in the 3rd round (73rd overall), making him the second-highest player ever drafted out of William & Mary (Darren Sharper, 60th overall pick in the 2nd round, 1997).

2008 William & Mary Tribe football
New William & Mary Logo.gif
Conference Colonial Athletic Association South
Ranking
Sports Network #20[3]
2008 record 7–4 (5–3 CAA)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (29th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (16th year)
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop (2nd year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 6:00 pm at NC State* Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC L 24–34   56,694
September 13 7:05 pm VMI* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) W 52–17   10,624
September 20 7:00 pm Norfolk State* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 42–12   10,152
October 4 1:00 pm #14 Villanova Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA L 28–38   10,632
October 11 12:00 pm at New Hampshire Cowell StadiumDurham, NH W 38–34   13,255
October 18 12:00 pm at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, DE (Rivalry) W 27–3   21,949
October 25 1:00 pm Rhode Islanddagger #23 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 34–24   9,383
November 1 1:00 pm at Towson #16 Johnny Unitas StadiumTowson, MD W 34–14   3,168
November 8 7:00 pm Northeastern #14 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA W 38–17   8,231
November 15 1:30 pm at #1 James Madison #12 Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker FieldHarrisonburg, VA (Rivalry) L 24–48   14,330
November 22 12:00 pm #6 Richmond #16 Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (I-64 Bowl) L 20–23 OT  9,405
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2009[edit]

2009 William & Mary Tribe football
New William & Mary Logo.gif
NCAA FCS Semifinals, L 13–14, vs. #2 Villanova
Conference Colonial Athletic Association South
Ranking
Sports Network #4[4]
FCS Coaches #3[5]
2009 record 11–3 (6–2 CAA)
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (30th year)
Offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa (17th year)
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop (3rd year)
Home stadium Zable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 65–51
  • Points scored: 3,342
  • Points against: 2,991
  • +/- point differential: +351

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
1 NFL Draft Selection 
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 2009 3 9 73 Cox, DerekDerek Cox Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive back

References[edit]