Late Central Michigan Rally Spoils UNH Debut
Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 over New Hampshire on Saturday.
Central Michigan (1-1) found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire’s attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.
The Chippewas won without two key starters, quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton, who were injured in the season opener.
Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush’s touchdowns came in Central Michigan’s fourth-quarter rally.
Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.
Castleton State 35
Plymouth State 31
Plymouth, n.h. — Sophomore quarterback George Busharis completed 25 of 40 passes for 463 yards and two touchdowns at Currier Field, but the visiting Spartans needed a defensive stop in the final minute for a non-league win over the Panthers.
Castleton (1-0) used a strong aerial attack to take a 14-0 lead just six minutes into the game, but PSU (0-1) responded with 28 unanswered points over the next two quarters, taking a 28-14 lead by utilizing a strong running game and capitalizing on a first-quarter on-side kick. Castleton came back to tie the game at 28-all by the end of the third quarter on the arm of Busharis, who was making his first career start.
PSU pulled back ahead 31-28 early in the final quarter on a 30-yard field goal, but Elias LaCount scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run with nine minutes to play.
RPI 20, Norwich 7
Troy, n.y. — Junior running back Al Georgio ran for 26 yards on the Cadets’ lone scoring play in a non-conference, season-opening loss to the Engineers (1-0).
Georgio ran for 26 yards on six carries on Norwich’s scoring drive, but the highlight of the series was a 37-yard burst up the middle on a fourth and one play from senior running back Mike Cavanaugh. That jaunt brought the ball to the 8-yard line and Georgio finished things from there.
Maine 24, UMass 14
Foxborough, Mass. — Marcus Wasilewski threw for 267 yards and rushed for 76 more as Maine scored 17 unanswered points to beat Massachusetts.
Wasilewski rushed for a 39-yard touchdown to give the Black Bears (2-0) a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. He led Maine all rushers.
Towson 49, Holy Cross 7
Worchester, Mass. — Terrence West scored twice to break the school record for career touchdowns to lead Towson over Holy Cross.
Stony Brook 24, URI 0
Kingston, r.i. — Marcus Coker rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown, leading Stony Brook to a decisive victory in the team’s season opener against Rhode Island.
Bryant 34, Assumption 7
Smithfield, r.i. — Jose Depadua’s touchdown return on a blocked punt for Bryant sparked a landslide victory over Assumption.
Lehigh 51, CCSU 44 (2ot)
Bethlehem, Pa. — Isaiah Campbell successfully defended a pass to clinch the decisive stop in Lehigh’s thrilling double overtime victory over Central Connecticut State.
Campbell knocked the ball loose on a well-thrown pass that was in Scott Benzing’s hands in the end zone. The textbook coverage epitomized a determined defense that got all the stops it needed to key the Mountain Hawks comeback.
Lehigh (1-0) trailed by 20 with 10:46 left in the game before quarterback Brandon Bialkowski led three scoring drives to tie the game.
Lehigh kicker Ryan Pandy missed an extra point to leave the score tied at 37 with 3:32 left.
CCSU (0-2) had the opportunity to win in regulation. The Blue Devils drove the ball 53 yards to set up a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds to go. Steven Calitri missed the attempt and Lehigh kneeled down to send the game into overtime.