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New England football roundup

Rooney boosts Brown, boots HC

UConn’s Andre Dixon attracted a crowd on this run, but finished with 95 yards and a TD in a loss to Pittsburgh. UConn’s Andre Dixon attracted a crowd on this run, but finished with 95 yards and a TD in a loss to Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press
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From Staff And Wire Reports / October 11, 2009

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Patrick Rooney, a junior defensive back who wasn’t on the varsity depth chart, kicked a 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Brown to a 34-31 upset of No. 19 Holy Cross yesterday in Providence, handing the Crusaders their first loss of the season.

Rooney, whose only previous experience came in a JV game against Yale two weeks ago, entered the game midway through the third quarter after Drew Plichta had missed a field goal and an extra point and had another field goal blocked.

Rooney nailed his first career kick, a 31-yarder, early in the fourth quarter. His winning kick came after Brown (2-2) drove 57 yards in 1:42, after the Crusaders had tied the game, 31-31, with 1:49 left.

“Patrick has ice in his veins,’’ said Brown coach Phil Estes. “He wasn’t a recruited kicker, but we told him before the game that he had to be ready. I didn’t hesitate to use him, and told him on our last drive that if we get the ball inside the 25, we’d give him a shot to win it.’’

Brown’s Kyle Newhall set an Ivy League record for completions by going 46 of 61 for 431 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score.

All-American Dominic Randolph led Holy Cross (4-1), passing for 411 yards and four touchdowns while completing 38 of 53 passes. But he also was picked off twice, one returned for a TD, as the Crusaders twice squandered 10-point leads in the first half.

Delaware 43, UMass 27 - Coming off a bye week, the 12th-ranked Minutemen allowed 20 first-quarter points in Newark, Del., and trailed, 40-13, in the third quarter. Pat Devlin threw four TD passes for the Blue Hens (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic).

UMass (3-2, 1-1) got two TD passes from Kyle Havens and one from Scott Woodward over the final 11:29.

William & Mary 34, Northeastern 14 - Jonathan Grimes rushed for two TDs and the No. 8 Tribe (5-1, 2-1 CAA) erased a 7-6 halftime deficit - Northeastern’s first lead of the season at the intermission - to hand the host Huskies their 13th straight loss.

NU (0-6, 0-3) led at halftime on the strength of a 76-yard TD pass from Matt Carroll (16 for 28, 238 yards, 2 TDs) to Tony Lott in the first quarter.

Maine 16, Hofstra 14 - Warren Smith threw two TD passes and the Black Bears (3-3, 2-1 CAA) forced seven turnovers to top the host Pride (3-3, 1-2).

Towson 36, URI 28 - The visiting Tigers (2-3, 1-1 CAA) ambushed the Rams (1-4, 0-2) with three TDs in the first 7:39 and held on despite a solid game by Ayo Isijola (15 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD).

Pittsburgh 24, UConn 21 - Dan Hutchins kicked an 18-yard field goal on the final play and the host Panthers (5-1, 2-0 Big East) pulled off the biggest comeback in coach Dave Wannstedt’s five seasons, rallying from 15 points down to beat the Huskies (3-2, 0-1).

Yale 38, Dartmouth 7 - Brook Hart threw for 390 yards and three TDs and the host Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) handed the Big Green (0-4, 0-2) their 16th straight loss.

Central Conn. 42, Robert Morris 21 - Brian Fowler ran for 159 yards and two TDs as the host Blue Devils (4-1, 2-0 Northeast) routed the Colonials.

Sacred Heart 29, St. Francis, Pa. 7 - Brian Friedman ran for two scores and the host Pioneers (1-4, 1-2 Northeast) held the Red Flash (1-5, 0-3) to minus-3 yards rushing.

Fordham 35, Bryant 7 - John Skelton threw both of his TD passes to brother Stephen, and the Rams (2-3) buried Bryant (3-2) in New York with 28 unanswered points in the first half.

Springfield 39, Husson 14 - Josh Carter ran for two TDs and tossed a 49-yard scoring pass to Tim Brady as the host Pride (4-1) blasted the Eagles (2-3).

Assumption 39, Merrimack 36 - Herb Woodard rushed for 222 yards and a score and Andrew Kupec tossed three TD passes as the host Greyhounds (4-2, 3-1 Northeast-10) withstood a sensational effort by James Suozzo, who passed for 359 yards and three TDs and rushed for 82 yards and another score.

Stonehill, 34, Pace 14 - Danny Sagan threw two TD passes and the Skyhawks (2-4, 1-3 NE-10) raced to a 27-0 lead and cruised past the Setters (0-6, 0-4).

New Haven 28, AIC 25 - Sharieff Hall returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD after the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-3 NE-10) had pulled within 3 points in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for the host Chargers (3-3, 2-3).

Curry 20, MIT 10 - The Colonels won their fourth in a row and moved to 3-0 in the NEFC’s Boyd Division, wrapping up their victory in Cambridge on Jamaal Woods’s 12-yard TD run with 6:12 to play.

Tufts 25, Bowdoin 22 - Adam Auerbach kicked a 37-yard field goal with 27 seconds left to force OT and a 35-yarder in the extra session to give the host Jumbos (2-1) the win.