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).

2000[edit]

2000 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2000 record5–6 (4–4 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (21st season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (8th season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Delaware +^   7 1         12 2  
#6 Richmond +^   7 1         10 3  
UMass   5 3         7 4  
James Madison   4 4         6 5  
New Hampshire   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 6  
Maine   3 5         5 6  
Villanova   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Northeastern   1 7         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

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.

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 317:00 pmat No. 2 UMassL 16–3610,176
September 91:00 pmVMI*W 55–158,252
September 167:00 pmat No. 8 Furman*L 10–348,742
September 236:00 pmat UCF*L 7–5223,164
September 307:00 pmat MaineW 31–284,924
October 71:00 pmRhode Island
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 26–165,358
October 141:00 pmNo. 4 Delaware
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
L 17–287,416
October 211:30 pmat No. 16 James MadisonL 14–2810,500
October 281:00 pmNortheastern
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 26–158,208
November 111:00 pmat VillanovaW 48–41 OT10,379
November 1812:00 pmNo. 10 Richmond
L 18–216,651

2001[edit]

2001 William & Mary Tribe football
A-10 Conference Co-Champions
Division I-AA Playoffs, L 27–40, vs. Appalachian State
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 17[1]
2001 record8–4 (7–2 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (22nd year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (9th year)
Defensive coordinatorTom Clark (1st year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Hofstra +^   7 2         9 3  
#10 Maine +^   7 2         9 3  
#20 Villanova +   7 2         8 3  
#17 William & Mary +^   7 2         8 4  
#21 Rhode Island   6 3         8 3  
Delaware   4 5         4 6  
Northeastern   4 5         5 6  
UMass   3 6         3 8  
Richmond   3 6         3 8  
New Hampshire   2 7         4 7  
James Madison   0 9         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11:00 pmat No. 21 UMassW 31–108,243
September 81:00 pmat VMI*No. 17W 34–05,722
September 223:00 pmat East Carolina*L 23–3840,179
September 291:00 pmNo. 20 New HampshireNo. 22W 38–289,525
October 61:00 pmNo. 12 Hofstra*No. 20
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
L 28–343,250
October 1312:00 pmat No. 4 Rhode IslandNo. 25L 31–345,301
October 201:00 pmat DelawareW 21–1721,563
October 2712:00 pmNo. 18 Mainedagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
CSNW 42–209,359
November 101:00 pmJames Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
W 17–109,233
November 171:00 pmat RichmondNo. 25W 23–209,329
November 241:00 pmNo. 15 VillanovaNo. 20
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 47–444,236
December 11:00 pmat No. 8 Appalachian State*No. 17L 27–405,279

2002[edit]

2002 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2002 record6–5 (5–4 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (23rd season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (10th season)
Defensive coordinatorTom Clark (2nd season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Maine $^   7 2         11 3  
#11 Northeastern $^   7 2         10 3  
#4 Villanova ^   6 3         11 4  
UMass   6 3         8 4  
William & Mary   5 4         6 5  
Richmond   4 5         4 7  
Delaware   4 5         6 6  
Hofstra   4 5         6 6  
James Madison   4 6         5 7  
New Hampshire   2 7         3 8  
Rhode Island   1 8         3 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

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.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 315:00 pmat Indiana*No. 9L 17–2533,427
September 76:00 pmat No. 11 MaineNo. 10L 14–276,326
September 141:00 pmVMI*No. 18W 62–319,963
September 281:00 pmDelawareNo. 17
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
W 45–4211,682
October 121:30 pmat HofstraNo. 17W 16–33,032
October 1912:00 pmat New HampshireNo. 14W 34–173,122
October 261:00 pmNo. 15 NortheasterndaggerNo. 14
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 30–138,741
November 212:00 pmat No. 11 VillanovaNo. 12CSNL 20–417,153
November 91:00 pmRhode IslandNo. 20
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 44–65,502
November 161:30 pmat James MadisonNo. 16L 31–34 OT8,237
November 2312:00 pmRichmondNo. 23
CSNL 13–356,274

2003[edit]

2003 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2003 record5–5 (4–4 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (24th season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (11th season)
Defensive coordinatorTom Clark (3rd season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Delaware $^   8 1         15 1  
#11 UMass $^   8 1         10 3  
#20 Northeastern   6 3         8 4  
#25 Villanova   5 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 5  
James Madison   4 5         6 6  
New Hampshire   3 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   3 6         4 8  
Hofstra   2 6         2 10  
Richmond   1 8         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

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.

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 57:00 pmat Western Michigan*L 24–5625,316
September 131:00 pmat VMI*W 34–247,125
September 2012:30 pmat No. 4 NortheasternL 14–484,921
October 47:00 pmat No. 4 DelawareL 27–4120,485
October 111:00 pmNo. 7 UMassL 14–244,868
October 181:00 pmJames Madisondagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
L 17–248,038
October 2512:00 pmat Rhode IslandW 37–244,098
November 112:00 pmHofstradagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 23–99,051
November 151:00 pmNew Hampshire
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 38–284,887
November 211:00 pmat RichmondW 59–216,228

2004[edit]

2004 William & Mary Tribe football
A-10 Conference Co-Champions
Division I-AA Semifinals, L 34–48, vs. #8 James Madison
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
DivisionSouth
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 3[2]
2004 record11–3 (7–1 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (25th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (12th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 James Madison $^   7 1         13 2  
#3 William & Mary $^   7 1         11 3  
#7 Delaware $^   7 1         9 4  
#6 New Hampshire ^   7 2         11 3  
Northeastern   4 4         5 6  
Villanova   4 5         6 5  
Maine   4 5         6 6  
UMass   4 5         6 6  
Hofstra   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 7  
Richmond   2 6         3 8  
Towson   0 8         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

2005[edit]

2005 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2005 record5–6 (3–5 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (26th season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (13th season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#5 New Hampshire x$^   7 1         11 2  
#19 UMass   6 2         7 4  
Hofstra   5 3         8 4  
Maine   3 5         5 6  
Northeastern   2 6         3 9  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 7  
South
#8 Richmond x$^   7 1         9 4  
#25 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Towson   3 5         7 4  
Delaware   3 5         6 5  
William & Mary   3 5         5 6  
Villanova   2 6         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 pmat Marshall*No. 9L 24–3625,102
September 101:00 pmat VMI*No. 11W 41–77,140
September 177:00 pmat Rhode IslandNo. 7CSNL 29–483,303
September 241:00 pmLiberty*No. 16W 56–011,741
October 81:00 pmNo. 1 New HampshireNo. 17
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 42–104,149
October 152:00 pmat NortheasternNo. 11W 44–41 OT2,118
October 221:00 pmTowsondaggerNo. 12
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 44–138,922
October 296:00 pmat VillanovaNo. 9L 21–356,207
November 57:00 pmJames MadisonNo. 16
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
L 29–3012,287
November 121:00 pmDelawareNo. 24
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
L 21–228,709
November 191:00 pmat No. 17 RichmondL 7–418,960

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
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2006 record3–8 (1–7 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (27th season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (14th season)
Home stadiumZable 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  
#6 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
#9 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
DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:00 pmat Maryland*ESPN360L 14–2749,763
September 167:00 pmMaine*L 17–2010,706
September 237:00 pmVMI*
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
W 38–610,208
September 301:00 pmHofstra
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
CSNL 14–1612,259
October 71:00 pmat No. 10 UMassL 7–4815,822
October 141:00 pmat Liberty*W 14–1315,631
October 213:00 pmat No. 8 James MadisonL 17–3115,573
October 281:00 pmVillanovadagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
L 31–3510,629
November 41:00 pmat No. 21 TowsonW 29–282,465
November 111:00 pmat DelawareL 28–1420,655
November 181:00 pmRichmond
L 14–319,423

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
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
DivisionSouth
2007 record4–7 (2–6 CAA)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (28th season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (15th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (1st season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:30 pmNo. 19 DelawareCOXL 31–4911,639
September 81:00 pmat VMI*W 63–166,830
September 157:00 pmLiberty*
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 48–41 OT9,329
September 221:30 pmat No. 17 (FBS) Virginia Tech*ACCSL 3–4466,233
September 291:00 pmTowson
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 27–2210,094
October 66:00 pmat VillanovaL 24–638,721
October 133:00 pmat MaineW 31–207,122
October 271:00 pmNo. 4 UMassdagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
L 34–4810,178
November 31:00 pmat No. 20 HofstraL 14–383,151
November 107:00 pmNo. 16 James Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA (Rivalry)
L 34–5512,259
November 1612:00 pmat No. 7 RichmondCSNL 20–317,652

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
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
DivisionSouth
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 20[3]
2008 record7–4 (5–3 CAA)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (29th season)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (16th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (2nd season)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (12,259 cap.)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 66:00 pmat NC State*ACCSL 24–3456,694
September 137:05 pmVMI*W 52–1710,624
September 207:00 pmNorfolk State*
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 42–1210,152
October 41:00 pmNo. 14 Villanova
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
L 28–3810,632
October 1112:00 pmat No. 4 New HampshireW 38–3413,255
October 1812:00 pmat DelawareW 27–321,949
October 251:00 pmRhode IslanddaggerNo. 23
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 34–249,383
November 11:00 pmat TowsonNo. 16CSNW 34–143,168
November 87:00 pmNortheasternNo. 14
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, VA
W 38–178,231
November 151:30 pmat No. 1 James MadisonNo. 12L 24–4814,330
November 2212:00 pmNo. 6 RichmondNo. 16
CSNL 20–23 OT9,405

2009[edit]

2009 William & Mary Tribe football
William & Mary Tribe logo.svg
NCAA FCS Semifinals, L 13–14, vs. #2 Villanova
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
DivisionSouth
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 4[4]
FCS CoachesNo. 3[5]
2009 record11–3 (6–2 CAA)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (30th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (17th year)
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (3rd year)
Home stadiumZable 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 Derek Cox Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive back

References[edit]