Justin Wallace’s 5-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left gave MIT a stunning 20-19 victory over Salve Regina, the No. 1-ranked football team in Division 3, Friday night at Cambridge.
Brad Goldsberry set up the touchdown with a 61-yard kickoff return.
Trailing, 13-7, with just more than five minutes left, MIT (4-3, 3-2 NEFC) capped a 58-yard drive — in which it converted on fourth and 2 — when Samuel Inman hauled in a 10-yard TD pass from Pete Williams.
Salve Regina (7-1, 4-1 conference) marched right down the field to regain the lead on Connor Kelley’s 2-yard TD run and 2-point conversion rush with 1:20 left.
Goldsberry then took the kickoff, faked a handoff, and went 61 yards to set the stage for the winning rally.
Syracuse 40, UConn 10 — Alec Lemon had eight catches for 166 yards to help set up three touchdowns, caught an 11-yard scoring pass, and the Orange spoiled Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni’s return nearly eight years after he was fired by the Orange.
A loss for Syracuse (3-4, 2-1 Big East) not only would have been embarrassing, it would have made reaching a bowl game a daunting task with five games left. The Orange snapped a five-game losing streak against UConn (3-5, 0-3).
The Syracuse defense repeatedly pressured quarterback Chandler Whitmer, stuffed the Connecticut run game, and created a turnover that led to a score.
Lemon was unstoppable, with receptions of 41 yards and a career-long 68 yards to set up scores late in the second quarter and on the first possession of the third.
Jerome Smith finished with a career-high 133 yards rushing on 19 carries, Ryan Nassib was 14 of 20 for 251 yards passing, and Ross Krautman kicked four field goals as the Orange racked up 502 yards offensively and did not commit a turnover.
Providence 1, Miami (Ohio) 1 — Ross Mauermann scored a power-play goal in the first period, on a rebound from the low slot after Myles Harvey’s shot from the point that was stopped, and freshman Jon Gillies had 27 saves as the Friars (1-1-1) tied the RedHawks (2-0-1) in Oxford Ohio.
St. Lawrence 5, Maine 0 — The Black Bears (1-3-0) went 0 for 9 on the power play in falling to the Saints in the opener of their two-game series at home. The Saints (2-1-0) got goals from five players.
Quinnipiac 1, Ohio State 1 — Matthew Peca scored midway through the second period as the No. 20 Bobcats (2-1-1) skated to a tie with the Buckeyes (1-1-1) in Hamden, Conn. . Quinnipiac (2-1-1) outshot Ohio State 32-25 and Eric Hartzell turned back 24 shots on goal. The Buckeyes (1-1-1) evened the score in the third period when Matt Johnson scored in the first game of the two-game set. The teams meet again Saturday afternoon.
Michigan 6, Bentley 3 — A.J. Treais and Alex Guptill scored two goals each to lift the fifth-ranked Wolverines (2-1-0) over the Falcons (1-1-0) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Brett Gensler and Matt Maher both had a goal and an assist for Bentley. , who took a 1-0 lead off Brett Gensler’s first-period goal. Jared Ricord and Matt Maher also scored for Bentley (1-1-0). Wolverines goalie Steve Racine turned back 22 of 25 shots, while Brandon Komm had a busy night, with 50 saves.
Denver 5, UMass-Lowell 1 — Denver 5, UMass-Lowell 1 — Daniel Doremus scored twice for the host Pioneers (1-0-0) , who ran their all-time record against the Red Hawks to 8-2.
Josh Holmstrom scored for the Red Hawks (0-1-1), who will play Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Saturday night.