Bentley’s combination of quarterback Danny Guadagnoli and receiver Jeff Hill was way too much for West Virginia Wesleyan to handle Saturday, even if the Bobcats entered with a 12-game home winning streak and had the son of Joe Montana calling signals.
Guadagnoli, a junior from Framingham, completed 9 of 19 passes for 256 yards and Hill caught five balls for 196 yards and touchdowns of 33, 73, and 46 yards as the Falcons pulled away to beat West Virginia Wesleyan, 27-16, in Buckhannon, W.Va.
Hill, a sophomore from Mansfield, recorded the most receiving yardage by a Falcon since Dallas Mall had 201 against C.W. Post in 2001. Hill has averaged 36.9 yards per catch on his nine receptions this season, five for touchdowns. He has scored on eight of his 15 career catches.
Bentley (2-0) limited the Bobcats (0-2) to 196 yards of offense on a wet and windy afternoon. Nate Montana scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter to help West Virginia Wesleyan build a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but it was all Falcons after that.
Montana, 22, playing at his fourth school in five years, was making his second start for the Bobcats. He finished 7 of 27 for 82 yards before being pulled in the second half.
Minnesota 44, New Hampshire 7 — MarQueis Gray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime, and the host Golden Gophers (2-0) blasted the FCS-level Wildcats by putting up the most points by a Minnesota team in five years.
For UNH (1-1), backup quarterback Andy Vailas finished 18 of 34 for 158 yards and an interception after freshman starter Sean Goldrich, the Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week, separated his left shoulder at the end of a short run. Coach Sean McDonnell said Goldrich will have X-rays and wasn’t sure about his status.
Monmouth 41, Rhode Island 6 — In a nonleague game, Kyle Frazier passed for 264 yards and three touchdowns and the Hawks (1-1) handed the Rams (0-1) their eighth consecutive road loss.
St. Francis (Pa.) 39, Bryant 28 — Khairi Dixon rushed 21 times for 148 yards and a touchdown and the host Red Flash (1-1) rolled up 475 yards of offense to earn the nonleague win over the Bulldogs (0-2). Jeremy Woodson scored on a 95-yard fumble return in the first quarter for Bryant.
Lehigh 35, Central Conn. 14 — Michael Colvin passed for 249 yards and a TD and the visiting Mountain Hawks (2-0) got the nonleague win by shutting down the Blue Devils (0-2).
Merrimack 30, Rowan 7 — Joe Clancy (33 of 48, 325 yards, 2 TDs) and Zach Ingalls (9 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD) led the way for the host Warriors (1-1) in their nonleague rout of the Profs (1-1).
Stonehill 13, Southern Conn. 0 — Logan Meyer tossed a 5-yard TD pass to John Gomes in the fourth quarter, Steve Grzywacz kicked two field goals, and the defense forced five turnovers as the host Skyhawks (1-1, 1-0 Northeast-10) blanked the Owls (0-2, 0-1).
New Haven 24, St. Augustine’s 21 — Quarterback Ronnie Nelson accounted for three touchdowns and the Chargers (2-0), ranked No. 13 in Division 2, hung on to edge the Falcons (1-1) in a nonleague game in Durham, N.C.
MIT 28, Becker 21 — Justin Wallace rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, Alexander Chumley ran 7 yards for the winning score with 1:06 left, and the host Engineers (1-0) got past the Hawks (1-1) in a nonleague game. Robert Baker passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns for Becker, but was also picked off twice.
Bridgewater St. 31, UMass-Dartmouth 6 — Caleb Gelsomino passed for 147 yards and two TDs to Matt Green, who finished with five catches for a career-high 112 yards, and the host Bears (2-0) limited the Corsairs (0-2) to 120 yards of offense in a New England Football Conference game.
Western New England 35, Westfield St. 10 — John Krafick passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns and the host Golden Bears (1-1) scored all their points in the second half to beat the Owls (1-1) in an NEFC game.
Endicott 66, Castleton St. 14 — Mike Wheeler rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns and the Gulls set a school mark for points in a blowout of the Spartans in a nonleague game in Beverly. Drew Frenette passed for 204 yards and four touchdowns, three to receiver Cameron Lett.
Worcester St. 28, WPI 21 — Casey Hippert caught a 15-yard TD pass from Corey Spencer with 5:53 to play, lifting the Lancers (2-0) past the host Engineers (1-1) in nonleague action.
Fitchburg St. 17, Curry 7 — Christian Lopez ran for one TD and passed for another, lifting the host Falcons (1-1) past the Colonels (0-2) in a nonleague game.
Anna Maria 34, Maine Maritime 14 — Santino Simone rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 184 yards and another TD to lead the host Amcats (1-1) past the Mariners (0-1) in nonleague play.
Mount Ida 22, Plymouth St. 12 — Scott Drosendahl ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Mustangs (2-0) past the host Panthers (0-2) in a nonleague game.
Merchant Marine 43, Coast Guard 37 — Jon Resch passed for 273 yards and four TDs but the Bears couldn’t keep up with the Mariners (1-1) and dropped their season opener in New London, Conn.
Salve Regina 16, Montclair St. 7 — Steven Wilken passed for 237 yards and a TD to Matthew Traynor (6 catches, 166 yards) and Maxwell Schubert picked off two passes and blocked a field goal to boost the Seahawks (2-0) past the Red Hawks (0-2) in a nonleague game in Newport, R.I.
Springfield 36, Husson 2 — Joe Altavesta rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown and the Pride (1-1) pounded out 457 yards on the ground in a rout of the Eagles (0-2) in a nonleague game in Bangor.
Shepherd 34, AIC 7 — Kevin Arduino connected with Maurice Easterling for a 53-yard TD to give the Yellow Jackets (0-1) the early lead but the host Rams (1-1) dominated the rest of the way to get the nonleague win.
Norwich 20, St. Lawrence 7 — Derrick Pitts rushed for 117 yards and Danny Triplett and Mike Cavanaugh ran in 1-yard TDs as the visiting Cadets (2-0) stopped the Saints (0-2) in a nonleague game.