Trailing, 20-10, entering the fourth quarter, Amherst turned to sophomore quarterback Max Lippe to give the Lord Jeffs a spark against archrival Williams on Saturday.
Lippe tossed an 8-yard scoring strike to James Durham and rushed for a 2-yard touchdown in the final frame to lift Amherst (6-2) past the Ephs, 23-20, at Pratt Field in Amherst in the 127th meeting between the NESCAC schools.
Williams (4-4) still holds an edge in the series, 71-51-5, but has lost three of the last four against the Lord Jeffs.
Amherst began its comeback early in the fourth quarter. Facing a third-and-9 at its 21, Lippe found Jake O’Malley for a 30-yard gain. Five plays later, Lippe found Durham on a slant to cut the deficit to 20-17.
Amherst then forced the Ephs to go three-and-out. The Lord Jeffs embarked on a 10-play, 88-yard drive that was capped by Lippe’s second rushing score, giving Amherst a 23-20 lead.
Maine 51, Georgia State 7 — Marcus Wasilewski was 11-of-17 passing for 262 yards and four scores while also rushing for 77 yards to lead the host Black Bears (4-6, 3-4 Colonial Athletic) over the Panthers (1-10, 1-7). The game was the last for Georgia State coach Bill Curry, who is retiring after more than 50 years in college football.
Towson 41, URI 10 — Grant Enders tossed four touchdown passes and Dominique Booker rushed for 181 yards and a score on seven carries as the host Tigers (6-4, 5-2 CAA) toppled the winless Rams (0-10, 0-7).
Princeton 29, Yale 7 — Trocon Davis intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a score to lead the visiting Tigers to a win over the Bulldogs (2-7, 1-5 Ivy). The Tigers (5-4, 4-2) were led by Quinn Epperly, who rushed for a touchdown and threw a 9-yard scoring strike to Everett native Matt Costello.
Brown 28, Dartmouth 24 — Patrick Donnelly tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jonah Fay with 1:14 remaining to complete a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter in the visiting Bears’ win over the Big Green (5-4, 3-3 Ivy). Donnelly threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns while adding two scores on the ground for the Bears (6-3, 3-3).
Wagner 31, Holy Cross 30 — With 18 seconds left, Cody Morgan caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Doscher, and David Lopez nailed the extra point to lift the Seahawks over the Crusaders (1-9) in Staten Island, N.Y. Dominique Williams led the offensive attack for the Seahawks (7-3), totaling 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryant 28, Central Conn. 25 — In New Britain, Conn., sophomore Ricardo McCray registered his first career 100-yard rushing game (111 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown) as the Bulldogs (4-6, 4-4 NEC) beat the Blue Devils (2-7, 2-4) for the first time ever.
Robert Morris 21, Sacred Heart 17 — Jeff Sinclair found Nick Groat for a 2-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to rally the Colonials (4-6, 3-4 NEC) past the host Pioneers in Fairfield, Conn. Catholic Memorial grad Keshaudas Spence led the Pioneers (2-8, 1-6) with 113 yards rushing.
Trinity 30, Wesleyan 24 — The visiting Bantams (8-0) won the NESCAC title after Evan Bunker scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in overtime in Middletown, Conn. The Cardinals (5-3) had the ball first in overtime, but LaDarius Drew (103 yards rushing) fumbled at the 5-yard line.
Middlebury 35, Tufts 13 — Zach Driscoll snagged 10 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Panthers (7-1) to a win over the Jumbos (0-7). Driscoll finished the season with NESCAC records for receptions (83) and touchdown receptions (15) in a season. McCallum Foote set Panthers and NESCAC season records with 2,897 passing yards.
Bates 47, Hamilton 33 — Senior captain Patrick George (144 yards) led a Bobcats rushing attack that piled up 355 yards en route to a win over the visiting Continentals (1-7), securing the 5-3 Bobcats’ first winning season since 1981.
Colby 17, Bowdoin 0 — In the 124th meeting between the teams, the host Mules (3-5) topped the Polar Bears (1-7) behind a suffocating defense. Colby held Bowdoin to 41 offensive plays and 16:59 time of possession. Spencer Gopaul rushed for both touchdowns for the Mules.
New Haven 37, AIC 12 — The Chargers won the inaugural Northeast-10 championship game behind quarterback Ryan Osiecki’s 240 yards passing and three touchdowns in West Haven, Conn. The Chargers (10-0, 8-0) earned a berth in the NCAA Division 2 tournament. The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 7-1) were led by quarterback Kevin Arduino, who passed for 149 yards and rushed for 63.
Merrimack 62, Saint Anselm 26 — Senior wide receiver Isaiah Voegeli caught 10 passes for 110 yards and a score in the Warriors’ win over the Hawks (2-9, 1-8) in North Andover, giving him a Northeast-10 season record 108 receptions for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. Joe Clancy threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns for the Warriors (6-4, 5-4) and set NE-10 season records for completions (323), attempts (510), and yards (3,945).
Bentley 20, Assumption 13 — Danny Guadagnoli (299 yards passing) threw for three touchdowns in the final 15:15 to lift the Falcons over the Greyhounds (3-7, 3-5 NE-10) in Waltham. Senior Bobby Tarr scored the winner for the Falcons (8-2, 6-2) on a 54-yard screen pass.
Southern Conn. 13, Stonehill 10 — Senior linebacker Jack Cooper intercepted a pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown with 5:37 remaining to lift the visiting Owls (3-8, 2-6 NE-10) to a win in Easton over the Skyhawks (5-5, 5-3). Devin Silverman kicked 33- and 36-yard field goals for Southern Connecticut.
Framingham St. 28, Salve Regina 16 — The Rams captured the NEFC championship and a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament with the win over the Seahawks at Bowditch Field in Framingham. Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 96 yards and two TDs to lead Framingham State (10-1, 7-0 NEFC Bogan). Salve Regina (9-2, 6-1 NEFC Boyd) was led by Steven Wilken, who threw for one touchdown and rushed for anther.
Mount Ida 52, Castleton 28 — Chris McNally and Melquan Pinkney combined to rush for 334 yards and four scores to lead the visiting Mustangs (8-2, 7-1) over the Spartans (7-3, 7-1) to clinch the ECFC championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.
Norwich 47, Becker 14 — Senior quarterback Kris Sabourin threw for 115 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 88 yards and two scores to lead the Cadets past the Hawks (3-7, 2-5 ECFC) in Leicester. Danny Triplett added 128 yards on the ground and caught a touchdown pass for Norwich (7-2, 4-2), which now awaits word of a slot in an ECAC bowl game.
Anna Maria 44, Husson 42 — The Amcats overcame a 22-0 deficit with 10 minutes left in regulation to defeat the visiting Eagles (2-8, 1-6 ECFC) in triple overtime in Paxton. Santino Simone led Anna Maria (2-8, 1-6) with 349 yards on 30-of-51 passing and four touchdowns (two rushing). Simone scored on a 12-yard run in the third overtime then found Donald Graham for the winning 2-point conversion.
Springfield 62, WPI 23 — The Pride (7-3, 5-2 Liberty) beat the Engineers (2-8, 1-6) behind Joel Altavesta and Mike Davis in Worcester. Altavesta rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, and Davis added 102 yards and a 67-yard scoring reception.
William Paterson 37, Western Conn. 16 — Sophomore running back Isaac Jlaka rushed 23 times for a career-best 198 yards and two scores as the Pioneers (4-5, 2-5 NJAC) defeated the Colonials (1-8, 1-7) in Wayne, N.J.