A good day for Harvard, New Hampshire and Holy Cross as the college football season enters the homestretch.
New Hampshire 39 Massachusetts 13
The Minutemen (4-3, 2-2 CAA) threw for over twice the passing yards as the Wildcats but New Hampshire (5-3, 3-2 CAA) controlled the ground game, the clock and the scoreboard in winning an important Colonial Athletic Association contest.
The game was played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and while Tom Brady may have smiled at UMass throwing for 450 yards, Bill Belichick would appreciate a UNH team that at up over 32 minutes of game time by rushing the ball for 171 yards and holding the Minutemen ground game to just 43. Massachusetts actually had to go to the air so often to play catch up as they allowed New Hampshire to build an early lead they never gave up.
UNH quarterback R.J. Toman ran in from a yard out for a first quarter score and the two point conversion made it 8-0 New Hampshire. It was 15 – 0 at halftime thanks to Dontra Peters 3 yard TD run that capped off a 12 play, 64 yard drive. New Hampshire took complete control of the game early in third after Massachusetts’ punter, Caleb Violette, pinned the Wildcats on their own 1 yard line. That set up a 10 play, 99 yard drive finished off by Toman’s second rushing TD of the game.
Toman was 14 of 26 through the air for 176 yards and a score while Peters rushed 23 time for 98 yards and 2 scores. Kyle Havens was 33 of 55 passing for UMass for 450 yards and 2 scores but also an interception.
Harvard 45 Princeton 28
Gino Gordon carried 20 times for 204 yards and Treavor Scales 16 times for 134 yards as Harvard used its ground game to defeat Princeton 45-28 on Saturday.
Gordon’s 26-yard touchdown run tied the game 7-7 in the first quarter and Scales’ 46-yard score in the second put the Crimson (4-2, 2-1 Ivy League) ahead 14-7.
After going three-and-out on three straight pass plays on its first possession, Harvard gained 394 rushing yards.
Collier Winters, who was injured for Harvard’s first five games, started the second half and threw two touchdown passes.
Andrew Kerr had two touchdown catches for the Tigers (1-5, 0-3), the first on a 22-yarder from tight end Harry Flaherty. The other was thrown by Andrew Dixon, who was 20-for-29 for 195 yards but was intercepted twice.
Princeton leads the venerable series 53-43-7 but Harvard has won 13 of the past 15.
Holy Cross 31 Colgate 24
Ryan Taggart threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Bill Edger with 5 seconds remaining in the game to propel Holy Cross past Colgate 31-24 on Saturday.
The Crusaders (4-4, 1-1 Patriot League) led 24-7 at halftime before allowing 17 unanswered points by the Raiders (4-3, 1-1).
Colgate tied the score 24-24 on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Greg Sullivan to Doug Rosnick and a successful two-point conversion with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter.
Holy Cross regained possession at its 24-yard line with 1:03 left on the clock. Taggart completed three passes for 49 yards and ran for 25 more on the game-winning eight-play, 76-yard scoring drive.
Andrew Zitnik returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter for Holy Cross, which also got touchdown receptions in the first half from wideouts Freddie Santana and Luke Chmielinski.
Maine 28 Rhode Island 23
Warren Smith threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Maine defeated Rhode Island 28-23 in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday.
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Smith completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Pushaun Brown and ran for a 3-yard score to put the Black Bears (3-5, 2-3) in front 14-7 at halftime.
Terrel Walker ran for an 86-yard score in the third quarter to extend Maine’s lead to 21-10.
The Rams (2-5, 1-3) then scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Steve Probst to Ramadan Abdullah with 10 seconds left in the quarter as Rhode Island trailed 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
Brown scored on a 2-yard run to put the Black Bears back in front 28-17 before Rhode Island running back Anthony Ferrer ran for a 17-yard touchdown to make the score 28-23 after a failed two-point conversion.
Brown 27 Cornell 14
Mark Kachmer ran for one touchdown and led a Brown rushing attack which helped defeat Cornell 27-14 on Saturday.
The Bears (4-2, 3-0 Ivy League) ran for 157 of their 444 yards of offense, while holding the Big Red (1-5, 0-3) to 61 yards rushing.
Kachmer had 81 yards on 17 carries, while Joe Springer had two touchdowns and 287 yards on 20 of 33 passes for Brown.
Alexander Norocea kicked two field goals for the Bears, including a 45-yarder to open the scoring with 8:35 left in the first quarter.
Brown, which has won eight of the last 10 meetings against Cornell, took a 27-7 lead on Springer’s 13-yard pass to Alexander Tounkara early in the fourth quarter. Tounkara caught both of Springer’s touchdown passes.
Ryan Houska had two touchdowns for the Big Red, catching a 21-yard TD pass from Jeff Mathews and running for a 2-yard score.