Maine holds on to strike it rich
Black Bears repel late Spiders rally
Josh Radulski made a sliding touchdown catch with 5:56 remaining yesterday and Maine stopped a fourth-down play at its 20-yard line in the closing minutes as the Black Bears held on for a 29-25 Atlantic 10 victory at Richmond.
Maine (3-2, 1-1) led only twice, each time after Radulski caught touchdown passes from Ron Whitcomb. The Black Bears, ranked 12th in Division 1-AA, then stopped Harry Wilson for 12 yards on a fourth-and-13 pass from the Spiders' 33 as the clock wound down.
The Spiders (2-3, 1-1) had recovered a fumble at the Maine 40 with 5:18 left.
Maine rallied as Anthony Gordon returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, pulling the Black Bears within 17-15. They went ahead on Radulski's 8-yard scoring catch with 6:04 left in the quarter.
Stacy Tutt's second rushing touchdown, from 1 yard out, capped a 77-yard, 16-play drive that took more than seven minutes and gave Richmond a 25-22 lead with 13:45 remaining.
Whitcomb finished 17 for 28 for 159 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass to Christian Pereira. He threw two interceptions. Pereira caught eight passes for 103 yards.
Wilson caught 13 passes for 146 yards, both career highs, for the Spiders. His reception total was the third highest in Richmond history. Tutt was 23 for 33 for 219 yards. He also ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
David Freeman ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Spiders.
URI 28, Towson 16 -- D.J. Porter didn't pass for a single yard, but he ran for three touchdowns to spark the Rams (3-2, 1-1) at Towson, Md. Porter got Rhode Island on the board in the first quarter with a 2-yard run. Towson (2-3, 0-3) answered with a 7-yard touchdown run from Kerry Miles, and took a 10-7 lead on Stephen Toth's 37-yard field goal.
But in his first career start, Porter had a big third quarter, scoring on a 37-yard run. The quarterback scored again on a 27-yard run, giving the Rams a 21-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Teddy Gibbons padded the lead with a late fumble recovery in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Rams finished with 331 total yards, all on the ground.
William & Mary 37, Liberty 17 -- At Lynchburg, Va., Lang Campbell threw for 368 yards and ran for a touchdown and Jon Smith ran for two more scores, lifting the Tribe in the first meeting between the schools. Campbell was 19 for 30 with no interceptions as William & Mary piled up 498 yards in its fourth consecutive victory since a narrow loss at Division 1-A North Carolina.
The Flames (2-4) trailed, 20-3, by halftime. They made it respectable when Sam Gado scored on a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter and Marcus Hamilton added a 1-yard run with 18 seconds remaining. Liberty gained just 264 yards, converted only 3 of 15 third-down plays, and had three quarterbacks sacked seven times for minus-46 yards. The three were a combined 18 for 35 for 203 yards with an interception.
Dominique Thompson caught 10 passes for 221 yards for the Tribe.
Greg Kuehn, who won last week's game against Northeastern in overtime for the Tribe with his third field goal, provided field goals of 22, 20, and 28 yards.
Hofstra 61 Stony Brook 21 -- Terry Crenshaw scored five touchdowns to lead the Pride to a blowout at Stony Brook, N.Y. Crenshaw ran for 135 yards on 19 carries and scored twice in the first quarter as Hofstra (3-2) grabbed a 26-0 lead. He had a 14-yard TD run at 9:21 and then scampered in from 2 yards just three minutes later.
Clinton Graham ran in from 33 yards and Stony Brook quarterback T.J. Moriarty followed with a 3-yard scoring burst to bring the Seawolves (1-5) within 26-14 at 7:39 of the second quarter.
But Crenshaw responded with a 4-yard dash at 4:37 to give Hofstra a 33-14 lead. He then scored from 4 yards and 1 yard in the third quarter to make it 54-21.