Tom Alberti kicked a game-winning field goal with 38 seconds remaining to give Bryant a 17-16 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday in Smithfield, R.I.
Alberti’s 30-yard kick capped a 10-play Bulldogs’ drive. Bryant controlled the clock but struggled to score until Alberti’s kick. Bryant quarterback Mike Westerhaus was 21 for 40 for 323 yards, but was intercepted twice.
Bryant outgained the Crusaders, 487-306, and rushed for 164 yards on 42 carries, while limiting Holy Cross to minus-3 rushing yards on 24 attempts.
Holy Cross’s Kyle Toulouse returned a Bryant punt 77 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter, but kicker John Macomber missed the extra point.
The Bulldogs answered with a pair of TD passes from Westerhaus, 17 yards to Jose Depadua and 30 yards to Chad Ward to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.
But the Crusaders weren’t done. Quarterback Steven Elder (23 for 41, 301 yards) pushed Holy Cross ahead by leading two scoring drives in the third quarter. He hit Tyler Artim with a 16-yard TD pass with 10:31 to go and then directed a 10-play, 79-yard drive that culminated with a go-ahead 28-yard field goal by Macomber.
Maine 23, Norfolk State 6 — Marcus Wasilewski hooked up with Zedric Joseph for an 85-yard TD, Rickey Stevens ran for a 2-yard score, and Sean Decloux kicked three field goals to power the visiting Black Bears past the Spartans.
Sacred Heart 37, Marist 21 — Sophomore R.J. Noel threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his first start as the Pioneers rolled past the Red Foxes in a game that was delayed an hour by lightning in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
James Madison 38, Central Conn. 14 — Michael Birdsong accounted for three touchdowns as the host Dukes rolled over the Blue Devils. Andrew Clements finished 10 of 24 for 127 yards and a TD for Central Connecticut, but was intercepted twice.