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Colonial Roundup

Smith, Maine pick off UMass

Six turnovers hurt Minutemen

Associated Press / November 1, 2009

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Warren Smith passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Maine forced six turnovers in turning back No. 19 Massachusetts, 19-9, yesterday in Orono, Maine.

Smith completed 19 of 35 passes for 226 yards and a 7-yard touchdown to Tyrell Jones with 1:04 left in the first half, putting the Black Bears (4-4, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) ahead for good.

Maine expanded the lead after Jonathan Hernandez fumbled on UMass’s first possession of the second half, giving the Black Bears the ball at the UMass 28.

The Minutemen defense stiffened, forcing Maine to settle for the second of two field goals by Jordan Waxman, this one from 32 yards out, and a 13-7 lead.

Smith’s 5-yard TD run with 8:46 to go in the game sealed the win for the Black Bears.

The Minutemen (4-4, 2-3) were done in by turnovers. Kyle Havens was pulled after completing 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards with an interception, but Scott Woodward was even more erratic. Woodward was 14 of 27 for 134 yards but was picked off three times.

New Hampshire 48, Northeastern 21 - Chad Kackert ran for two touchdowns and 176 yards in the No. 8 Wildcats’ rout of the visiting Huskies.

Kackert scored on a 15-yard run with 7:07 left in the first quarter and again on a 22-yard run early in the second to spark the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1).

New Hampshire finished with 461 yards of offense, including 281 on the ground. Sean Jellison had 74 yards and a touchdown on five carries and R.J. Toman was 11 of 22 for 131 yards and a TD. Scott Sicko caught seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Northeastern (1-7, 1-4) was led by John Griffin, who ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Matt Carroll finished with 110 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on 12-of-17 passing for the Huskies.

William & Mary 39, Rhode Island 14 - Courtland Marriner rushed for three touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Tribe pounded the Rams in Kingston, R.I.

Marriner had 93 yards rushing and scored on runs of 9, 16, and 39 yards for William & Mary (7-1, 4-1) and the Tribe set a school record by allowing minus-46 yards rushing on 28 attempts.

After the Rams took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard pass from Chris Paul-Etienne to Shawn Leonard, the Tribe scored 39 straight points. Tribe quarterback R.J. Archer went 18 for 23 for 175 yards and a touchdown.

URI (1-7, 0-5) closed out the scoring on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Paul-Etienne to Leonard with 1:29 left.

Richmond 42, Towson 14 - Kendall Gaskins ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass from Eric Ward, helping the top-ranked Spiders remain undefeated with a rout of the host Tigers.

Justin Forte rushed for 121 yards, including a go-ahead 10-yard touchdown that ignited a decisive 22-point third quarter for Richmond (8-0, 6-0).

Richmond has won a school-record 17 consecutive games and 11 straight on the road.

Towson (2-6, 1-4) led, 14-13, after quarterback Tommy Chroniger scored on a 12-yard keeper with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter, but the Spiders scored three touchdowns over the next 2:33.

James Madison 20, Delaware 8 - Justin Thorpe ran for one touchdown and threw for another and the Dukes’ defense registered eight sacks in an upset of the 16th-ranked Blue Hens in Newark, Del.

Trailing, 3-0, at halftime, James Madison (3-5, 1-4) scored all three of its touchdowns in the second half to snap a four-game losing streak and post its first victory at Delaware since 1994.

Pat Devlin completed 19 of 42 passes for 215 yards with two interceptions for Delaware (3-3, 5-3).