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This weekend's New England college football games

October 7, 2011

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FRIDAY NIGHT

NEW HAVEN at SOUTHERN CONN.


Chargers’ senior slinger Ryan Osiecki and Owls super sophomore back Rashaad Slowley headline showdown in New Haven.

SATURDAY NIGHT

UCONN at WEST VIRGINIA

Offense was not an issue for Johnny McEntee and the Huskies against Western Michigan, but yielding a season-high 490 yards was for UConn.

VILLANOVA at NEW HAMPSHIRE

Kevin Decker (169.59 passing efficiency) and Matt Evans (15.8 tackles per game) continue to sizzle for sixth-ranked Wildcats.

OLD DOMINION at RHODE ISLAND

Off his career-best 180-yard rushing effort, QB Steve Probst directs Rams against 25th-ranked Monarchs for inaugural meeting.

MAINE at JAMES MADISON

Black Bears senior Pushaun Brown has reeled off seven straight 100-yard rushing performances against FCS foes.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT at UMASS

After back-to-back losses, Perry McIntyre and the Minutemen need to make a little noise on the annual Band Day at McGuirk.

DARTMOUTH at YALE

Bishop Feehan product Nick Schwieger is 13 yards shy of becoming the Big Green’s all-time rusher (2,253).

HARVARD at CORNELL

Ivy rookie of the week Zach Boden (six carries, 72 yards at Lafayette) is one of four impact freshmen for the Crimson.

HOLY CROSS at BROWN

Set aside at least three hours for an aerial show between seniors Ryan Taggart and Kyle Newhall-Caballero.

SACRED HEART at COLUMBIA

Chris Mandas (12 tackles) was a force in Pioneers’ stirring win over Central Connecticut, including a jarring fourth-quarter hit.

SAINT ANSELM at AIC

A pair of sophomores, tailback Terrell Williams and defensive lineman Justin Tervo, making an impact for Yellow Jackets.

ASSUMPTION at PACE

Second in Division 2 in tackles (13.6 per game), 5-foot-8-inch senior linebacker Nick DiAntonio of Milford stands tall for the Greyhounds.

BENTLEY at MERRIMACK

The last two matchups have been classics; with QBs Bryant Johnson and James Suozzo dueling for the last time, expect a thriller.

STONEHILL at BRYANT

In their first clash since 2007, former Northeast-10 foes match each other in scoring (24.8 ppg) and turnover margin (minus-2).

FITCHBURG ST. at FRAMINGHAM ST. Rams sophomore back Melikke Van Alstyne of Salem exerted his power with a 39-rush, 233-yard, four-touchdown effort last week.

WORCESTER ST. at MASS. MARITIME Seniors Tony Tokarz (13 TD passes) and Marcus Price (8 rushing TDs) have Lancers operating at full throttle (41.2 ppg).

COAST GUARD at BRIDGEWATER STATE

NEFC’s best defensive unit tackles a prolific Coast Guard attack (32.8 points per game) that can stretch the field with receiver Eric Gerken.

UMASS-DARTMOUTH at SALVE REGINA

Senior linebackers A.J. Albert (NEFC-leading 11 tackles per game) and John Cordasco unloading crunching hits for the Corsairs.

MAINE MARITIME at WESTFIELD STATE

Can Matt Rende and vaunted Mariners’ ground game get the legs pumping after a 6-hour-11-minute trek from Castine?

MIT at PLYMOUTH STATE

Did Panther senior corner Christian Mulcahy furnish the postgame spread, too, after his spectacular afternoon against Nichols?

ENDICOTT at NICHOLS A slice of QB Phil Konopka’s record-setting day against Curry: the Gulls’ superlative senior was 8 of 9 for 247 yards in the first quarter.

CURRY at WESTERN NEW ENGLAND

Ball-hawking Golden Bears (NEFC-leading 12 interceptions) will be tested by Mark Gilson/Rob Bambini pass ’n catch combo.

COLBY at WESLEYAN

Cardinal freshman LaDarius Drew didn’t waste any time getting to work: 36 rushes for 146 yards in his second game.

BOWDOIN at TUFTS

Senior linebacker Zack Skarzynski is racking up the tackles for Jumbos, making 13 solo stops (15 total) in loss to Bates.

HAMILTON at TRINITY

Off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1992, Continentals tackle a formidable Bantam squad riding 40-game home winning streak.

MIDDLEBURY at AMHERST

Record-setting Panther Donald McKillop departs and Nobles grad McCallum Foote throws for 391 yards and 4 TDs in second start.

BATES at WILLIAMS

Brett McAllister-anchored Bobcat D stonewalled Tufts ground attack (18 yards); Ephs mustered just 24 rushing yards at Trinity.

HUSSON at GALLAUDET

Eagles must corral charging Bison, riding herd after rallying from a late 21-point deficit for 48-40 triple OT win vs. Anna Maria.

NORWICH at CASTLETON

Cadets back in line, and 2-0 in the ECFC, thanks to the ferocious play of sophomore linebacker Jimmy LaBell (33 tackles, 3 sacks).

MOUNT IDA at ANNA MARIA

Mustangs coach Mike Landers calls the winless AmCats “hungry.’’ QB Santino Simone and back Robert Small piling up yardage, too.

N.Y. MARITIME at BECKER

A tip of the cap to Hawks coach Mike Lichten on his first career win, with freshman back Tyler Iafelice supplying 151 yards rushing.

SPRINGFIELD at SALISBURY

Empire 8 rushing leader Josh Carter (139.8 yards per game, 12 TDs) and Pride face tall task against 22d-ranked Sea Gulls (4-0).

WESTERN CONN. at MORRISVILLE ST.

Colonials 5-foot-5-inch sophomore Dion Small was a workhorse against Rowan, churning out 143 yards rushing on 45 carries.

MERCHANT MARINE at WPI

Senior Ernie Mello supplied a pair of scoring runs and blocked a punt for another TD in Engineers’ last-second loss at Union.

CRAIG LARSON