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N.E. roundup: Central Michigan spoils UNH’s upset bid

New Hampshire came close to pulling off an upset of a Football Bowl Subdivision program Saturday but Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 win over the Wildcats in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one score to lead the Wildcats.

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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.

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.

Rush connected with Titus Davis on a play-action pass for a 97-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21. The Chippewas got the ball back and drove 66 yards for the winning field goal.

Towson 49, Holy Cross 7 — Terrence West scored twice to break the school record for career touchdowns (49) and lead the visiting Tigers past the Crusaders.

Mike Fess scored on a 31-yard pass from Ryan Laughlin in the first quarter for Holy Cross (0-2).

Peter Athens completed 17 of 23 passes for 232 yards for the Tigers (2-0).

Stony Brook 24, Rhode Island 0 — Marcus Coker rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown and Lyle Negron completed 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards and a score to lead the Seawolves past the host Rams.

The Stony Brook defense held Rhode Island’s ground game to just 67 yards on 31 carries. Bob Bentsen was 25 of 34 for 224 yards for Rhode Island (0-2).

Bryant 34, Assumption 7 — Jose Depadua’s touchdown return on a blocked punt sparked a landslide for the host Bulldogs.

Depadua’s 35-yard return put the first points on the scoreboard for Bryant (2-0), and his 20-yard catch three minutes into the second quarter stretched the Bulldogs’ lead 14-0.

Lehigh 51, Central Conn. 44 — Isaiah Campbell defended a pass to clinch the decisive stop in the Mountain Hawks’ thrilling double-overtime victory over the visiting Blue Devils.

CCSU (0-2) had an opportunity to win in regulation. The Blue Devils drove 53 yards to set up a 39-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds to go but Steven Calitri missed.

MIT 28, Pomona-Pitzer 26 — Justin Wallace ran for three scores, Tucker Cheyne kicked three field goals, and the Engineers defense stopped a 2-point conversion attempt with 1:29 left in the game to secure the victory over the Sagehens in Claremont, Calif.

It was the first meeting between the teams and the first time in the modern era that MIT has traveled outside of the Northeast for a game.

Bentley 17, Mercyhurst 16 — Jet Kollie’s second score of the game, a 6-yard run in the third quarter, and the PAT kick by Michael Baron put the host Falcons up and the defense held off the Lakers in the first meeting between the schools.

West Chester 45, New Haven 14 — Sean McCarthy threw for three scores and Rondell White ran for a pair and caught another as the host Rams pounded the Chargers, who are ranked 19th in the D2football.com poll. Ronnie Nelson threw for two scores for New Haven.

Bloomsburg 41, Stonehill 13 — Franklyn Quiteh rushed for three touchdowns and the 16th-ranked Huskies rolled to a 24-0 lead early in the third quarter in beating the visiting Skyhawks.

Logan Meyer passed for both Stonehill scores.

Bowie State 42, Saint Anselm 28 — Jared Johnston hit Nyme Manns with a 4-yard TD pass with 7:57 left in the game to snap a 28-28 tie and send the Bulldogs to victory in Manchester, N.H. Andrew Murphy had three TD passes for the Hawks.

Indiana (Pa.) 30, Southern Conn. 20 — Mike Box passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Crimson Hawks held off the visiting Owls.

Sacred Heart 26, Lafayette 24 — Alec Finney kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pioneers past the host Leopards.

RPI 20, Norwich 7 — Coming off the bench, Jessie Maynard threw a 61-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and ran right up the middle on a 91-yard score in the fourth quarter to power the Engineers (1-0) past the Cadets (0-1) in Troy, N.Y.

Springfield 49, Western N.E. 40 — Matt Berni returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the host Pride rolled up 469 yards on the ground against the Golden Bears.

Salve Regina 36, Bridgewater State 7 — Dan Buonocore rushed for three scores and added a touchdown reception as the Seahawks routed the Bears in Middletown, R.I.

Worcester State 34, Anna Maria 6 — Kevin Bumpus passed for 427 yards and four touchdowns and the Lancers rolled over the host Amcats.

Framingham State 35, Endicott 23 — The Rams fell behind, 14-0, before Matthew Silva heated up, throwing for four scores and directing an attack that totaled 365 yards against the host Gulls.

Castleton 35, Plymouth State 31 — Elias LaCount’s third touchdown of the game, with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter, provided the winning margin for the Spartans over the host Panthers.

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