It was Comeback Saturday in the Association, with a hearty “Welcome Back” for one of the league’s venerated figures.

William and Mary picked up its first win of the season at the expense of the increasingly hapless Fighting Currys. Old Dominion prematurely hit the ‘cruise control’ button in a win against Richmond.

New Hampshire reprised its ODU performance for a half, all that was required against Delaware. Towson gave a good accounting of itself at LSU, returning with limbs intact and a big check. The Rhode Island Conference Wafflers offered only token resistance at Bowling Green.

However, we start with Villanova’s 35-14 win at Maine. The Wildcats moved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the league, and are relevant again after an epic nosedive.

Just two years removed from a national championship, and one year after a successful playoff run, ‘Nova fell to 2-9 in 2011 – the only wins a pity offering from Al Bagnoli at city rival Penn and a parting gift from out-the-door UMass.

Longtime coach Andy Talley, once the toast of the Main Line, lived in a tent alongside the Schuylkill River, collecting discarded lottery tickets and telling old Brian Westbrook stories.

Now, however, the color has returned to Talley’s cheeks and he’s again welcome at the Campus Corner. He’s at 194 wins and counting in 27 years at ‘Nova and 222 and counting overall.

‘Nova is still ridiculously young – one senior starter and three juniors on offense; four senior starters on defense. But the Wildcats have gained traction behind redshirt freshman QB John Robertson and sophomore tailback Kevin Monangai.

Robertson accounted for 207 yards and three touchdowns against Maine. Monangai rushed for a career-best 192 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats totaled 314 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile, ‘Nova’s defense limited Maine to 11 net yards rushing. The ‘Cats forced an un-Cosgrove-like 53 pass attempts, which led to seven sacks.

Though all stats come with a disclaimer at this time of the season, Villanova presently leads the CAA in rushing (256.4 ypg) and is in the top half of the league in most categories (the ‘Cats are ninth in passing, which gives the pass-friendly Talley the shakes, but hey, Philly wasn’t built or re-built in a day).

Notably, Talley again is a man to be reckoned with, even when he launches into Westbrook stories.

If Talley is in ascent, it’s time to wonder what sacrilege Bill Curry must have committed to endure his present fate.

Georgia State’s head coach and program architect is one of the decent and honorable figures in all of college football, a man who committed the sin of not delivering a national title as coach at Alabama and lived to tell about it.

But in his last lap as coach, Curry is witness to some truly awful football. On their way to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference, the Fighting Currys aren’t even a decent FCS team.

The winless Panthers were dump-trucked by previously winless William and Mary 35-3, committing seven turnovers and never giving themselves a chance. Georgia State committed turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the first half.

The Currys are at or near the bottom of the CAA in most major stats (see disclaimer above). Compounding those numbers is a minus-13 turnover margin. Their four FCS losses are by an average of 26 points.

Meanwhile, the Tribe rushed for 312 yards – Keith McBride had a career-best 163 – and didn’t have to rely on Raphael Ortiz and the spotty passing game to make plays. Ortiz attempted only 13 passes, and the W&M defense held Georgia State to 249 yards.

ODU coach Bobby Wilder continues to have the luxury of wins to accompany talking and teaching points for his nationally-ranked bunch.

Against New Hampshire, the Monarchs survived a wretched 2 1/2 quarters of defense and finally made a couple of critical stops late as Taylor Heinicke and the offense simply wore out the Wildcats.