In a record-breaking game full of ups and downs, Worcester State junior quarterback Kevin Bumpus proved to be a steady hand.
Bumpus came on in relief of Pat Viencek midway through the second quarter to pass for 333 yards and five touchdowns — including a 15-yard strike to Arron Witkus as time expired — in the Lancers’ 64-63 shootout victory over Massachusetts Maritime in Worcester.
Worcester State (3-1, 1-1 MASCAC) shattered the school record for passing yardage in a single game (526) and three NCAA Division 3 single-game records were eclipsed in the contest that saw both squads combine for 1,385 yards of total offense and 89 first downs.
Mass. Maritime (2-1, 1-1) set national records for plays in one game (121) and first downs (44), and the teams combined for 230 plays to best the previous mark of 214.
The Buccaneers led, 41-14, late in the second quarter but Worcester State reeled off the next 44 points to take a 58-41 lead into the fourth. Mass. Maritime responded, however, scoring 22 points in the fourth to take a lead before Bumpus guided his team 58 yards in 1:04 to win the game.
Mike Stanton passed for 365 yards and three scores and Stefan Gustafson had 223 yards rushing, 75 receiving, and two TDs for the Buccaneers.
Lehigh 34, New Hampshire 27 — Brandon Bialkowski threw for two TDs and Sean Farrell ran for two more to lead the Mountain Hawks (4-0), ranked 17th in the coaches’ FCS poll, to a come-from-behind win over the Wildcats in Bethlehem, Pa.
Chris Setian scored three TDs for No. 7 New Hampshire (1-2).
Maine 28, Richmond 21 — Marcus Wasilewski hit Arthur Williams for a 48-yard TD late in the fourth and the visiting Black Bears (4-1) held off the Spiders in both teams’ Colonial Athletic Association opener.
Buffalo 41, UConn 12 — The Bulls (2-2) beat the Huskies for the first time in a dozen years behind Joe Licata’s three touchdown passes and a defense that forced four turnovers and had five sacks.
Receiver Geremy Davis was a bright spot for UConn (0-4) with five catches for 102 yards.
Rhode Island 42, Central Conn. 7 — Justin Semmes rushed for 114 yards and two TDs to help the Rams (2-3) secure a victory against the visiting Blue Devils (1-4).
Yale 38, Cornell 23 — Deon Randall scored four second-half TDs as the Bulldogs (2-0) pulled away from the Big Red (1-1) in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Holy Cross 31, Dartmouth 28 — Pete Pujals passed for 290 yards and two scores and rushed for 125 yards and two TDs, John Macomber hit a 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds left, and the Crusaders (2-3) topped the host Big Green (1-1).
Bryant 47, Wagner 28 — Paul Canevari rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 Northeast Conference) defeated the host Seahawks (1-4, 0-1).
Sacred Heart 16, Bucknell 0 — J.D. Roussel intercepted three passes and the Pioneers (5-0) forced seven turnovers and allowed just 164 yards of total offense in a win over the host Bison (1-2). It was Sacred Heart’s first shutout since 2002.
Amherst 27, Bowdoin 11 — The Lord Jeffs stifled the Polar Bears (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC), allowing a scant 16 yards rushing in their home win. Max Lippe had 176 yards passing and two TDs to lead Amherst (2-0, 2-0).
Middlebury 27, Colby 10 — The Panthers scored on their first three possessions of the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Mules (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) to win their home opener.
McCallum Foote was 30 of 46 for 349 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Middlebury (2-0, 2-0).
Wesleyan 35, Hamilton 6 — Jesse Warren threw for 203 yards and three scores before being pulled after the third quarter in the Cardinals’ rout of the host Continentals (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC). LaDarius Drew had 96 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Wesleyan (2-0, 2-0).
Bates 20, Tufts 16 — Ivan Reese scored on a 1-yard plunge with 42 seconds remaining and Shawn Doherty rushed for a career-high 182 yards and scored twice as the Bobcats (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) beat the Jumbos (0-2, 0-2) for the fourth straight year.
Trinity 20, Williams 13 — Henry Foye threw three touchdown passes — including a 12-yarder to A.J. Jones with 18 seconds to play — to send the Bantams (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) to their 48th consecutive home victory.
Alex Scyocurka had 81 yards rushing and a score for the Ephs (0-2, 0-2).
Merrimack 66, Pace 14 — Joe Clancy threw for a staggering 434 yards and seven TDs — tying his own program and Northeast-10 Conference game records — as the Warriors (2-2, 1-2) routed the Setters (0-4, 0-3) in their home opener.
New Haven 48, LIU-Post 23 — Ronnie Nelson had 402 yards of total offense and five touchdowns as the Chargers (3-1, 3-0) defeated the visiting Pioneers (2-3, 1-2) for their 19th straight Northeast-10 Conference victory.
Stonehill 30, Bentley 3 — Logan Meyer threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and the Skyhawks (3-1, 3-0 NE-10) eased to a home win over the Falcons (2-2, 1-2).
Bridgewater State 30, Fitchburg State 20 — Mike McCarthy had 312 yards of offense and threw for two TDs to lead the Bears past the Falcons (1-3, 0-2 MASCAC) in Fitchburg.
Rob Ruggiero collected 3½ sacks for Bridgewater State (3-1, 2-0).
Framingham State 14, Western Conn. 12 — Matt Silva’s 16-yard TD strike to Jared Gauthier, his high school teammate at Dracut, in the third quarter proved to be the winning points as the Rams (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC) edged the host Colonials (2-1, 1-1).
Framingham State running back Melikke Van Alstyne ran for 105 yards to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark for his career. He is one of five New England players to surpass the 5,000-yard plateau.
UMass-Dartmouth 38, Plymouth State 14 — Trent Barneys rushed for 113 yards and a TD, Abiola Borishade had a TD catch and ran for a 93-yard score, and the host Corsairs (1-2, 1-1 MASCAC) beat the Panthers (1-3, 0-2).
Rochester 36, Springfield 35 — Dean Kennedy completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Derek Wager as time expired and Myles Allen rushed for the 2-point conversion to lift the Yellowjackets (2-1, 1-0 Liberty) to victory over the visiting Pride (3-1, 0-1).
WPI 27, Rensselaer 14 — Zach Grasis rushed for 147 yards and two fourth-quarter scores to help host WPI (2-2, 1-0 Liberty) claim the Transit Trophy with a win over Rensselaer (3-1, 0-1).
Western New England 59, Maine Maritime 0 — The host Golden Bears set four team records en route to a blowout victory over the Mariners (0-3, 0-1 NEFC).
Western New England (1-2, 1-0) set records with 740 total yards (old: 686 vs. Maine Maritime, 2010), 580 yards rushing (old: 543 vs. Framingham State, 2011), and 73 rushing attempts (old: 65 vs. Western Conn., 1981). The Golden Bears also set the record for margin of victory (old: 42 points over Plymouth State, 2011).
Coast Guard 37, Nichols 20 — Freshman Derek Victory threw for 261 yards and two TDs in his first career start, Joe Rizzardi returned a pair of interceptions for scores, and the host Bears (1-3, 1-0 NEFC) beat the Bison (1-2, 0-1).
Salve Regina 29, MIT 21 — Jake Laux had 15 tackles and returned a fumble for a score but it wasn’t enough as the Engineers (2-1, 0-1 NEFC) fell to the host Seahawks (2-1, 1-0).
Catholic 49, Anna Maria 0 — Robert Small had 69 yards rushing but the Amcats (1-2) got blown out in Washington.