Terrell Williams rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-clinching 34 yarder with 3:21 remaining in the fourth quarter as American International won an old-fashioned shootout Friday night over Merrimack, 62-50, in a Northeast-10 contest in which the teams combined for 1,122 yards of total offense.
Merrimack’s Joe Clancy passed for 437 yards and six touchdowns.
Williams’s 22-yard TD scamper with 4:14 left in the third quarter pulled the Yellow Jackets (1-1, 1-0 NE-10) into a 34-34 tie and Maurice Easterling’s 10-yard scoring run with 38 seconds left in the quarter put AIC up for good.
Jere Brown pulled in 13 receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns and Justin Mount added seven catches for 107 yards and two scores for the Warriors (1-1, 0-1).
Cal Brownidge had an 85-yard TD reception from Kevin Arduino early in the fourth quarter to give AIC 48-37 lead. Arduino completed 14 of 26 passes for 265 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.
AIC’s defense played its role, with Mike Ford returning an interception 15 yards for a TD and Darion Chappel recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another score.
Assumption 20, Bentley 14 — Bobby Jordan connected with Eddy Frazier on a 42-yard scoring pass with 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give the visiting Greyhounds (1-1, 1-0 NE-10) the winning margin over the Falcons (1-1, 0-1).
Bentley’s Dan Guadagnoli had a pair of TD tosses, completing 21 of 36 for 259 yards.
The Greyhounds trailed, 14-10, at the half, but Tad Beuchert clicked on his second field goal of the game, a 34-yarder, early in the third quarter and Jordan and Frazier then hooked up for the winning margin.
Worcester St. 15, WPI 14 — Pat Viencek orchestrated a 13-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 22-yard scoring pass to Jack Sprague with 37 seconds remaining to lift the Lancers (2-0) over the visiting Engineers (1-1) in the annual intracity rivalry. The Engineers pulled ahead, 14-9, in the third on a 4-yard run by Zach Grasis and a safety with 1:53 left in the quarter.
Western Conn. St. 44, Nichols 7 — Tony Mack rushed for three consecutive touchdowns spanning the first and second quarters and the visiting Colonials (1-0) amassed 474 yards of total offense to beat the Bison (1-1) in a nonconference game.
Westfield St. 33, Western N.E. 7 — Nick Adams returned an interception 89 yards for a score in the second quarter and Erik Washburn added an 11-yard TD run early in the third to propel the Owls (1-1) past the visiting Golden Bears (0-2).
Boise St. 42, Air Force 20 — Jay Ajayi rushed for four touchdowns and Joe Southwick threw for one score and rushed for another to lead the Broncos past the visiting Falcons.
The Broncos (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Falcons, 21-3, and shutting down their running game — which rolled up 139 yards on the ground at the half.
Ajayi rushed for 125 yards on 17 carries, the sophomore’s second game with more than 100 yards rushing. He scored on long runs of 35 and 20 yards. Southwick finished 27 of 29 for 287 yards, throwing to six different receivers.
Air Force (1-2, 0-2) stayed close in the first half thanks to the rushing of quarterback Jaleel Awini, who led the Falcons with 107 yards on 23 carries.