A game that looked as if it would add a bit of shine to a tough season ended the same as nearly every other Holy Cross contest this season.
Carlton Koonce’s third touchdown run, a 1-yarder with 11 seconds remaining, lifted Fordham to a 36-32 victory over the Crusaders in Worcester Saturday.
The Rams (5-3) began the winning drive at their 22 with 3:17 left after the Crusaders (1-7) went ahead, 32-29, on Ryan Laughlin’s 27-yard run and 2-point conversion pass to Gerald Mistretta.
Koonce, who finished with 176 yards on 35 carries, scored to cap a drive that included 10 completions by Ryan Higgins, who was 38 of 56 for 407 yards and a touchdown.
Fordham led, 23-10, after Patrick Murray kicked his third field goal on the first half’s final play.
Laughlin rallied Holy Cross to a 24-23 lead early in the fourth with scoring passes of 24 and 9 yards to Mike Fess before Koonce’s second TD run gave the lead back to the Rams.
New Hampshire 40, Rhode Island 20— Sean Goldrich threw for 245 yards and Chris Setian ran for a touchdown and caught another for the 12th-ranked Wildcats (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic) in their win over the Rams (0-8, 0-5) in Kingston, R.I.
Western Conn. 20, Montclair St. 14— Octavius McKoy muscled in from the 1-yard line in overtime to give the Colonials their first win in 29 games.
After Western Conn. (1-7, 1-6 NJAC) forced the host Red Hawks (3-5, 3-3) into an errant 44-yard field goal attempt on their first possession of overtime, Will Arndt hit Marquies Highsmith with a 24-yard pass to set up McKoy’s run.
Maine 24, William & Mary 10 — Marcus Wasilewski threw three TD passes to help the visiting Black Bears (3-5, 2-3 CAA) beat the Tribe (2-6, 1-4).
Central Conn. 32, St. Francis (Pa.) 30— Rob Hollomon rushed for three touchdowns and the host Blue Devils (2-6, 2-3 Northeast) took the lead for good in the fourth quarter and held off the Red Flash (3-6, 2-4).
Albany 23, Sacred Heart 20 — Omar Osbourne, on just his third carry, raced 40 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes left to give the Great Danes (7-1, 5-0 Northeast) a win over the host Pioneers (2-6, 1-4).
New Haven 48, Southern Conn. 9— Ryan Osiecki threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns, backup Ronnie Nelson threw for two scores, and the host Chargers (8-0, 7-0 Northeast-10) overwhelmed the Owls (2-7, 2-5).
Bentley 38, Merrimack 21— In Waltham, Danny Guadagnoli threw two touchdowns passes to Jeff Hill (eight catches, 196 yards) and ran for two more as the Falcons (6-2, 5-2 NE-10) held the Warriors (4-4, 3-4) in check a week after Merrimack’s 81-point performance.
Assumption 59, Pace 31— Bobby Jordan threw three TD passes as the Greyhounds (3-5, 3-4 NE-10) ran past the Setters (0-8, 0-7) in Worcester.
Wesleyan 34, Bowdoin 14— LaDarius Drew ran for 153 yards and two scores on 18 carries as the Cardinals (5-1) dropped the visiting Polar Bears (1-5) in NESCAC play, securing their first winning record in 10 years.
Amherst 51, Tufts 7 — Jake O’Malley led a balanced attack with 112 yards and a score on seven catches and the Lord Jeffs (5-1 NESCAC) handed the Jumbos loss No. 21 in a row.
Williams 34, Hamilton 26— Tom Wohlwender rushed for 130 yards and a pair of TDs as the host Ephs (3-3 NESCAC) beat the Continentals (1-5) for the 16th straight time.
Bates 31, Colby 6— The host Bobcats (3-3 NESCAC) got a leg up in the CBB race with a win over the Mules (1-5). Shawn Doherty scored a touchdown on the ground and in the air.
Framingham St. 39, Coast Guard 3— Junior Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown in eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark for his career, and the Rams (8-1, 7-0) wrapped up their second straight NEFC Bogan championship. The Bears (4-4, 4-3) lost league-leading passer Tyler Henning to a concussion early.
Bridgewater St. 48, Maine Maritime 21— The host Bears (8-1, 6-1 NEFC Bogan) got three rushing scores from Ben Desmarais in a win over the Mariners (0-8, 0-7).
Mass. Maritime 35, Westfield St. 13— The Buccaneers (5-3, 4-3 NEFC Bogan) rolled up a school-record 724 yards of offense — 172 of which came via the legs of Stefan Gustafson — in a win over the visiting Owls (2-7, 1-6).
Worcester St. 28, Fitchburg St. 14 — Corey Spencer carried the host Lancers (6-3, 4-2 NEFC Bogan) past the Falcons (2-7, 1-5) with 421 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Salve Regina 31, Plymouth St. 0— Quarterback Steven Wilken threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the host Seahawks (8-1, 5-1 NEFC Boyd) allowed the Panthers (2-7, 1-5) just 131 yards of offense.
Endicott 50, Western N.E. 45 — John Krafick threw for four touchdowns, Andrew Walz caught two, and Kevin Cook ran in two as the host Gulls (7-2, 5-1 NEFC Boyd) edged the Golden Bears (5-4, 3-3).
Curry 33, UMass-Dartmouth 14 — Trae Weathers ran in two scores and the Colonels (5-4, 4-2 NEFC Boyd) denied the host Corsairs (1-8, 1-5).
MIT 34, Nichols 27 — The visiting Engineers (5-3, 3-2 NEFC Boyd) held off the Bison (1-8, 1-4) behind Justin Wallace (139 yards rushing, 2 TDs).
Castleton St. 28, Gallaudet 20 — Quarterback Shane Brozowski’s 338-yard, three-touchdown game gave the Spartans (6-2, 5-0) their first six-win season ever and secured a spot in the ECFC title game against Mount Ida.
Mount Ida 55, Becker 7 — Chris McNally garnered 196 yards and a touchdown on 28 rushes as the Mustangs (7-1, 5-0 ECFC) trampled the visiting Hawks (2-6, 1-4).
Norwich 50, Anna Maria 21— Kris Sabourin threw for three TDs — becoming the program’s all-time leader in scoring passes (41) — and ran for one as the Cadets (6-2, 3-2 ECFC) rolled over the Amcats (1-7, 0-5).
WPI 36, St. Lawrence 17— John Antonopoulos accounted for four TDs and threw for a career-high 347 yards, Mitch McClune picked off a school-record four passes, and the host Engineers (2-6, 1-4 Liberty) dropped the winless Saints.