Ryan Osiecki threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jason Thompson for New Haven but his Hail Mary toss on the game’s final play was knocked loose, giving Indiana (Pa.) a 17-14 win Saturday in West Haven, Conn., in the second round of the NCAA Division 2 playoffs.
Trailing by 3, Osiecki drove the Chargers from their 6-yard line to the Crimson Hawks’ 31 with 14 seconds left. Osiecki threw the ball away on second down, leaving New Haven with one final chance.
He looked for Thompson again in the end zone. Thompson was able to get his hands on the ball but couldn’t hang onto it after hitting the turf between a pair of Indiana defenders.
Indiana (12-1) advances to play top-seeded Winston-Salem next week in a quarterfinal-round game.
Osiecki completed 15 of 32 passes for 194 yards for the Chargers (10-1), with the two scores to Thompson.
Virginia Tech 17, Virginia 14 — After missing an attempt earlier in the fourth quarter for a go-ahead field goal, Cody Journell kicked a 29-yarder with four seconds to play and the host Hokies beat their in-state rival for the ninth straight time, a victory that qualifies them for a bowl game for the 20th consecutive season.
Logan Thomas ran for one touchdown and threw for another for Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won 13 of the last 14 in a once-competitive rivalry.
Miami 52, Duke 45 — Freshman Duke Johnson rushed for season highs of 176 yards and three touchdowns, Stephen Morris had three passing scores, and the Hurricanes (7-5, 5-3) held on to beat the host Blue Devils and claim a share of the ACC’s Coastal Division title.
Sean Renfree threw for a career-high 432 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in his final home game for Duke (6-6, 3-5).
The Hurricanes’ season is over — the university announced last week it would skip the postseason for the second straight year because of an NCAA investigation that is expected to eventually lead to stiff sanctions against them.
North Carolina 45, Maryland 38 — Bryn Renner tied a school record with five TD passes, while Gio Bernard ran for 163 yards and a score to help the host Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3 ACC) hold off the Terrapins (4-8, 2-6) in the finale for both teams.
Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21 — Jordan Rodgers threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and Zac Stacy ran for a season-high 180 yards and two scores as the visiting Commodores (8-4) blew out the Demon Deacons for their sixth straight win, the school’s longest winning streak since 1955.
Wake Forest (5-7) needed a win to become bowl eligible for the second straight season but struggled down the stretch, losing to North Carolina State, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt.
Penn State 24, Wisconsin 21 — Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and the Badgers’ Kyle French’s attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal the Nittany Lions’ win in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley.
Penn State (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) could have ended it for good a play earlier, but linebacker Glenn Carson dropped a potential interception. Still, the Beaver Stadium faithful celebrated anyway after French’s miss capped a challenging year that began with sanctions from the NCAA for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Quarterback Curt Phillips found Jeff Duckworth for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left for Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) to make it 21-all and send the game into OT. Montee Ball ran for 111 yards and a touchdown and set the NCAA record with his 97th career score.
Penn State drew an average of 96,730 per game this season, the fifth straight year attendance declined at Happy Valley and the lowest since 2001, when a stadium expansion brought capacity to 107,000.
Purdue 56, Indiana 35 — Akeem Shavers scored three times during a 4½-minute span in the fourth quarter, breaking open a tie game and sending the Boilermakers over their archrival Hoosiers in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. A once-promising season for Purdue (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) unraveled during a five-game losing streak but the Boilermakers rebounded to win their final three games and retain the trophy in the highest-scoring game in the 115-game series.
Northwestern 50, Illinois 14 — Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as the host Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) beat the Illini and reached nine wins for the first time since 2008. The next challenge for the Wildcats is to win a bowl game — they have lost nine in a row.
FCS playoffs — Nick Doscher passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Wagner stopped Colgate, 31-20, in a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game in New York. The Seahawks (9-3), Northeast Conference champions and winners of nine straight, held the Raiders (8-4) to 296 total yards . . . Miguel Maysonet carried 25 times for 160 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns as host Stony Brook (10-2) earned a 20-10 win over Villanova (8-4) . . . Zach Zenner ran for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Dakota State (9-3) to a 58-10 rout of Eastern Illinois (7-5) in Brookings, S.D.