A 20-point fourth-quarter rally kept Trinity’s incredible home win streak alive — and knocked Amherst out of the NESCAC title race.
Running back Evan Bunker rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and safety Rae Haynes returned an interception 40 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:55 left to lead the Bantams to a 32-20 victory over the Lord Jeffs at Jessee/Miller Field in Hartford on Saturday.
Trinity (7-0) won its nation-best 47th straight regular-season home game, its last home loss coming in 2001. Amherst (5-2) fell out of contention for a share of the league title.
Trinity travels to 5-2 Wesleyan next Saturday, while second-place Middlebury (6-1) will host winless Tufts.
Trailing, 20-12, after a 33-yard field goal by Jake Schmidt with 5:08 left in the third, Trinity answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Bunker with 10:34 to play, but the 2-point try failed.
On the next Amherst drive, Haynes picked off Max Lippe and returned it for a score, giving Trinity its first lead, 26-20, with 8:55 left. Ryan Burgess hit Michael Budness for a 26-yard score to pad the lead at the 2:18 mark.
Lehigh 36, Holy Cross 35 — Mike Colvin completed 24 of 34 passes for a career-high 362 yards and three TDs and ran for two more to lead the unbeaten Mountain Hawks (9-0, 3-0 Patriot) to their 18th regular-season win in a row. With 13 seconds to play, a 43-yard field goal attempt by John Macomber sailed wide right as the host Crusaders (1-8, 1-3) were denied the upset.
South Florida 13, UConn 6 — B.J. Daniels ran for a first-quarter TD before leaving in the fourth with a season-ending ankle injury as the host Bulls (3-6, 1-4) stopped a school-record six-game losing streak. Chandler Whitmer threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions for the Huskies (3-6, 0-4).
UNH 28, William & Mary 25 — Nico Steriti scored the winner on a 19-yard TD run with 4:14 left to rally the 11th-ranked Wildcats (8-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic) past the visiting Tribe (2-7, 1-5).
James Madison 31, Maine 7 — Justin Thorpe posted 219 all-purpose yards and accounted for three TDs as the No. 10 Dukes (7-2, 5-1 CAA) rocked the Black Bears (3-6, 2-4) in Orono.
Richmond 39, URI 0 — The visiting Rams (0-9, 0-6 CAA) had seven turnovers in losing for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings. The Spiders (6-3, 4-2) got 199 yards rushing and two TDs from Michael Strauss.
Bryant 34, Sacred Heart 14 — Mike Westerhaus threw for two touchdowns to lead the host Bulldogs (3-6, 3-4 Northeast) past the Pioneers (2-7, 1-5).
New Haven 37, AIC 6 — The Chargers (9-0, 8-0) beat the host Yellow Jackets (7-2, 7-1) in a preview of next Saturday’s Northeast-10 title game, which will now be played at New Haven.
Saint Anselm 52, Seton Hill 45 — The Hawks (2-8) had more bullets in a shootout with the host Griffins (0-10). Andrew Murphy was 45 of 74 for an NE-10-record 612 yards and a conference record-tying 7 TD passes, keeping Justin Bernard (16 catches, 224 yards, 3 TDs) and Ahkeen Williams (10 catches, 170 yards, 2 TDs) busy.
Stonehill 42, Pace 7 — Logan Meyer threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns, John Gomes caught nine passes for 197 yards and a score, and the visiting Skyhawks (5-4, 5-3 NE-10) overwhelmed the winless Setters.
Merrimack 43, Assumption 40 — Joe Clancy was 36 of 60 for 415 yards and five TDs, Isaiah Voegeli had 13 catches for 163 yards and a TD, and the host Warriors (5-4, 4-4 NE-10) rallied to edge the Greyhounds (3-6, 3-5).
Bentley 24, Southern Conn. 14 — Bobby Tarr eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards for his career while running for two scores as the Falcons (7-2, 6-2 NE-10) clipped the host Owls (2-8, 2-6).
Middlebury 50, Hamilton 21 — McCallum Foote threw for 456 yards and five TDs — setting NESCAC and school season records with 27 — and ran for another. Zach Driscoll’s 14-catch, 177-yard day gave him the school’s season records for receptions (73) and receiving yards (1,010), and the Panthers (6-1) beat the host Continentals (1-6) for the 17th straight time.
Bates 14, Bowdoin 6 — Trevor Smith threw for 100 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (4-3 NESCAC) beat the host Polar Bears (1-6) to take the CBB title for the first time since 2002.
Colby 21, Tufts 14 — The Mules (2-5) handed the host Jumbos their 22d straight loss when Ryan Veillette, who leads the NESCAC in sacks but lined up at fullback, threw a 3-yard two-handed chest pass to Derrick Beasley for a TD in overtime.
Williams 19, Wesleyan 7 — The host Ephs (4-3 NESCAC) got a 205-yard rushing game from Alex Scyocurka, including a 93-yard touchdown run.
Framingham St. 65, Worcester St. 12 — The NEFC Bogan-champion Rams (9-1, 7-0) set a program record for total yards (642) and points in a game, while junior running back Melikke Van Alstyne set the their all-time records in points (262) and touchdowns (43) with a three-TD performance. The Rams will face Salve Regina for the NEFC title next Saturday.
Coast Guard 42, Maine Maritime 13 — Senior Jon Resch tied his own school-record with six TD passes, setting the program’s season (23) and career (38) marks, and became the all-time leader in passing yards (4,569) for the Bears (5-4, 4-3 NEFC Bogan).
Bridgewater St. 31, Mass. Maritime 21 — The Bears (9-1, 6-1 NEFC Bogan) got two TD passes from Mike McCarthy in beating the host Buccaneers (5-4, 4-3) in the 34th Cranberry Bowl.
Salve Regina 45, Nichols 7 — Maxwell Shubert’s pick-6 on the first play from scrimmage started things, and the host Seahawks (9-1, 6-1) earned their first NEFC Boyd title since 2000.
Curry 27, Plymouth St. 19 — The Colonels (6-4, 5-2 NEFC Boyd) got four TD tosses from Kevin Fruwirth in handing the host Panthers (2-8, 1-6) a loss in their last game in the conference.
Endicott 49, MIT 14 — Jared DiBiase and Mike Wheeler totaled 243 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the host Gulls (8-2, 6-1 NEFC Boyd) beat the Engineers (5-4, 4-3).
Castleton St. 34, Husson 14 — Brandon Boyle caught eight passes for 194 yards and three TDs for the visiting Spartans (7-2, 6-0). Castleton State will host Mount Ida for the ECFC championship next Saturday.
Gallaudet 29, Mount Ida 22 — Scott Drosendahl was picked off four times as the host Bison (6-3, 4-2 ECFC) beat the Mustangs (7-2, 5-1).