|Kevin Decker throws one of his career-high four touchdown passes during the first quarter in New Hampshire’s last-minute victory over Holy Cross. (Josh Gibney/Associated Press)|
Decker, UNH have final say
University of New Hampshire senior quarterback Kevin Decker put up career highs of 352 passing yards and four touchdowns, but it took a 60-yard strike to Justin Mello with 1:10 left before the Wildcats could secure a wild 39-32 win over Holy Cross yesterday in Durham, N.H.
Decker’s heroics spoiled a superb outing by Holy Cross quarterback Ryan Taggart, who completed 40 of 57 passes for a career-high 412 yards and two TDs. He also rushed 12 times for 55 yards and two more scores. However, he threw his first interception since Oct. 16, 2010, after coming in with a school-record streak of 201 passes without a pick.
In the first meeting between the New England rivals since 1984, the Wildcats (3-1), ranked ninth in the Championship Subdivision, took an 18-10 lead into halftime, but both offenses were just warming up.
After Holy Cross (2-2) closed to within 18-13, Decker hit Joey Orlando with a 5-yard TD pass to make it 25-13 with 10:22 to go in the third quarter. The Crusaders answered with two TDs - Taggart’s 10-yard run and Gerald Mistretta’s 35-yard reception - but had to settle for a tie when John Macomber missed both PATs.
UNH went back up with 9:53 remaining when Chris Setian ran in from the 1. The score was set up by Decker’s 47-yard completion to Mello.
Taggart answered one last time, scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run with 2:30 left.
But Decker and Mello, who topped 100 yards for the first time on just two receptions, weren’t done. Facing third and 8 at their 40, Decker hit Mello in stride down the right sideline and the sophomore receiver got his first career TD.
W. Michigan 38, UConn 31 - Alex Carder threw for a career-high 479 yards and five touchdowns to lead the visiting Broncos (3-2) past the Huskies (2-3).
Johnny McEntee threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns for UConn. But tight end Ryan Griffin fumbled after making a 26-yard catch at the Western Michigan 13-yard line with 45 seconds left to end the Huskies’ chances.
Maine 31, Delaware 17 - Pushaun Brown rushed for a career-high 193 yards and three touchdowns, including two in a 17-point fourth quarter, as the host Black Bears rallied to upset the fifth-ranked Blue Hens.
Maine (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed, 17-14, with 3:40 to go in the third quarter after a 13-yard run by Andrew Pierce, who had 120 yards on 24 carries for Delaware (3-2, 1-1).
Brown, who topped 100 rushing yards for the sixth straight game, added touchdowns of 18 yards six seconds into the fourth quarter and 5 yards with 8:01 remaining. He finished with 110 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter.
Brown 35, Rhode Island 21 - Kyle Newhall-Caballero threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, leading the host Bears over the Rams in the 96th meeting between the schools.
Newhall-Caballero was 17 of 29 for 209 yards for Brown (2-1), which leads the series, 68-26-2. Steve Probst threw for 179 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions for URI (1-3), but also added 180 rushing yards and two scores.
Penn 22, Dartmouth 20 - Billy Ragone connected with Ryan Calvert for a 3-yard TD pass with 17 seconds left to rally the Quakers (1-2, 1-0 Ivy) past the host Big Green (1-2, 0-1) in the first night game in Memorial Field’s 89-year history.
Lehigh 37, Yale 7 - The host Mountain Hawks (4-1) overcame four turnovers and Chris Lum threw three TD passes in an easy win over the Bulldogs (2-1).
Sacred Heart 37, Central Conn. 24 - Tim Little threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns and the Pioneers (2-2, 1-1 Northeast) forced the Blue Devils (2-3, 1-2) into four second-half turnovers to prevail in New Britain.
Duquesne 31, Bryant 28 - Sean Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Connor Dixon, rallying the host Dukes (4-1, 2-0 Northeast) past the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1).
Merrimack 58, St. Anselm 7 - The visiting Warriors (3-1, 2-0 Northeast-10) piled up 629 yards of offense, the second most in school history, en route to a blowout of the overmatched Hawks.
James Suozzo passed for 164 yards and ran for 131 and two touchdowns, but he had plenty of help. Jimon Hill rushed for 162 yards and three TDs on 29 carries, and Isaiah Voegeli had seven catches for 135 yards and a score.
New Haven 52, Stonehill 23 - Ryan Osiecki passed for 252 yards and five touchdowns and Mike DeCaro rushed for 139 yards and a TD as the host Chargers (4-1, 2-0 NE-10) finished with 509 yards of offense in a rout of the Skyhawks (1-4, 0-3).
Southern Conn. 38, Assumption 24 - Rashaad Slowley rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns and the visiting Owls (4-1, 3-0 NE-10) scored four second-half TDs to pull away from the Greyhounds (1-4, 0-3).
Framingham St. 26, Mass. Maritime 0 - Melikke Van Alstyne rambled for 233 yards and scored four touchdowns, leading the Rams (3-2, 2-0 NEFC Bogan) to the rout of the host Buccaneers (2-2, 0-2), who were held to 132 total yards.
UMass-Dartmouth 31, MIT 29 - In a see-saw battle, Edgar Osols kicked a 45-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, rallying the host Corsairs (3-2, 2-0 NEFC Boyd) past the Engineers (1-3, 0-2).
MIT had gone ahead, 29-28, with 1:23 remaining after freshman Justin Wallace rushed 2 yards for a touchdown and Ben Hessels ran in the 2-point conversion. But the Corsairs moved Brendan McNeish from receiver to quarterback for the final drive and he completed three passes, including two to Will McNamara, to set up Osols’s winning field goal.
Endicott 55, Curry 7 - Phil Konopka passed for 385 yards and five TDs, including a 59-yarder to Mike Lane, who also rushed for 169 yards and another score as the Gulls (5-0, 2-0 NEFC Boyd) put up 652 yards of offense against the host Colonels (3-2, 1-1).
Plymouth St. 27, Nichols 14 - Andrew Foglia rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and Joey Avila hit Josh Duford with one of his five completions for a 44-yard TD pass with 30 seconds left in the first half to propel the Panthers (3-2, 1-1 NEFC Boyd) past the Bison (0-5, 0-2) in Dudley.
Fitchburg St. 28, Coast Guard 21 - Brian McDonald hit Jeremy Kimber with a 37-yard scoring strike with 13 seconds left, boosting the host Falcons (2-3, 1-1 NEFC Bogan) past the Bears (1-3, 1-1).
Worcester St. 39, Maine Maritime 22 - Tony Tokarz passed for three TDs and ran for two and Marcus Price (149 yards, 1 TD) topped 100 yards for the fifth straight game, sparking the unbeaten Lancers (5-0, 2-0 NEFC Bogan) past the visiting Mariners (3-1, 1-1).
Western New England 12, Salve Regina 9 - Bryce Brown punched it in from a yard with 5:01 left, and the visiting Golden Bears (4-1, 2-0 Boyd) edged the Seahawks (2-3, 0-2).
Trinity 21, Williams 13 - Sophomore Evan Bunker rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and the Bantams (2-0 NESCAC) held off the Ephs (1-1) for their 40th straight home win, tying Mount Union for the longest streak in the nation. Trinity’s last loss at home was to Williams in 2001.
Bates 28, Tufts 9 - Trevor Smith rushed for 82 yards and a TD and also passed for two scores, lifting the Bobcats (1-1 NESCAC) past the visiting Jumbos (0-2). Bates beat Tufts for the second straight year after breaking a 24-game losing streak to the Jumbos last season.
Middlebury 41, Colby 15 - Sophomore McCallum Foote completed 28 of 44 passes for 380 yards and four TDs and the host Panthers (1-1 NESCAC) blasted the White Mules (0-2).
Amherst 20, Bowdoin 3 - Eric Bunker rushed for 134 yards and a score, Matt Rawson kicked a pair of field goals, and the defense intercepted three passes to lift the host Lord Jeffs (2-0 NESCAC) past the Polar Bears (0-2).
Hamilton 7, Wesleyan 6 - Jordan Eck hit Kevin Petrick with an 11-yard TD pass in the second quarter and the Continentals (2-0 NESCAC) made it stand up, even though the visiting Cardinals (1-1) piled up 246 yards rushing.
Springfield 41, Kings Point 21 - Josh Carter ran for four touchdowns and passed for another, powering the visiting Bison (3-1) past the Mariners (1-4).
Union 34, WPI 31 - Adam Henry kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired, sending the host Dutchmen past the Engineers and spoiling a three-TD performance by Ernie Mello. The junior running back from Wilmington ran for two TDs and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another score.
Gallaudet 48, Anna Maria 40 - Santino Simone passed for 316 yards and accounted for six touchdowns - five through the air - but Gabriel Paulone ran 11 yards for a score in the third overtime to lift the visiting Bison (2-2, 1-0 ECFC) past the Amcats (0-4, 0-2). Anna Maria dropped to 0-23 since beginning the program three years ago.
Norwich 31, Mount Ida 17 - Derrick Pitts rushed for 176 yards on 12 carries to help the host Cadets (2-3, 2-0 ECFC) top the Mustangs (1-3, 0-1).
SUNY Maritime 56, Castleton St. 14 - The host Mariners (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) dominated on the ground, piling up 441 yards and eight touchdowns in an easy win over the Spartans (1-3, 1-1).
Becker 20, Husson 14 - Kyle Gregg’s 3-yard run in overtime lifted the visiting Hawks (1-4) past the Eagles (0-3).