N.E. college football roundup

Merrimack beats Wagner on late touchdown

Joe Clancy connected with Shane Ferguson for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds remaining and Nick Zwaan kicked the extra point to give Merrimack an exciting 42-41 season-opening victory over Wagner Friday night in Staten Island, N.Y.

Clancy completed 35 of 50 passes for 309 yards and four scores. He also rushed for a TD.

Trailing 41-35 with 4:29 remaining, Clancy directed the 14-play winning drive, completing eight passes along the way.


Jere Brown had six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown and Ferguson finished with six catches for 33 yards.

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Quinn McDonough got the Warriors off to a fast start, taking the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score.

Mount Ida 21, UMass-Dartmouth 20 — Quarterback Jawad Yatim passed for 135 yards and ran for another 47, including two touchdowns as the visiting Mustangs (1-0) won the nonconference game.

The Corsairs (0-1) had a chance to tie the game with a touchdown late in the third quarter but a missed extra point sealed their fate.

Nichols 28, Westfield State 27 — Tommy Leung’s 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete as the visiting Owls (1-0) went for the win in overtime.


Quillian Respass completed a 32-yard scoring pass to Dylan Rimsky in the Bison’s OT possession and Tyler Plofkin kicked the PAT for the winning margin.

Becker 35, Fitchburg State 33 — Robert Baker delivered his fourth TD pass of the game — a 10-yarded to matthew Romasco — with 8 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Hawks past the Falcons.

WPI 48, Curry 28 — Zach Grasis rushed for 195 yards and four scores as the Engineers cruised past the visiting Colonels.