It took nearly four years, but Tufts is finally back in the win column.
Senior Zack Trause had a touchdown rushing and receiving as the Jumbos defeated Hamilton, 24-17, on Saturday in Somerville.
Tufts (1-0) entered the contest with a 31-game losing streak. Its previous victory was on Sept. 25, 2010, against Hamilton. It also provided fourth-year coach Jay Civetti with his first win with the Jumbos.
Tufts employed a bend-but-don’t-break approach on defense and the Continentals (0-1) continually shot themselves in the foot. Hamilton was penalized 11 times for 117 yards, had one turnover, and was 1 for 8 on fourth downs.
The miscues negated the Continentals’ 416-236 advantage in total yards and 23-12 advantage in first downs.
Haverhill native Chance Brady opened the scoring with a 32-yard scamper in the first quarter, putting Tufts ahead.
Vince Falk hit a 30-yard field goal and Trause caught an 8-yard pass from Jack Doll in the second quarter as the Jumbos took a 16-7 lead into the half.
Trause’s 1-yard TD run with 13:08 left gave Tufts some breathing room.
Amherst 14, Bates 6 — Nick Kelly and Gene Garay scored to send the Lord Jeffs (1-0 NESCAC) to victory in Amherst.
Matt Cannone scored on a 1-yard rush with 1:16 left to pull the Bobcats within 7-6. Bates (0-1) attempted an onside kick and it went out of bounds, handing Amherst the great field position that led to Kelly’s sealing 42-yard jaunt.
Wesleyan 22, Middlebury 14 — Jesse Warren passed for 163 yards and two TDs and the Cardinals (1-0 NESCAC) held off the host Panthers (0-1).
Trinity 32, Colby 7 — Chudi Iregbulem rushed for a career-high 134 yards and three TDs as the Bantams (1-0 NESCAC) beat the visiting Mules (0-1).
Williams 36, Bowdoin 0 — Boston College transfer Austin Lommen passed for 184 yards to pace the Ephs’ rout of the Polar Bears (0-1 NESCAC).
Williams (1-0) posted its 11th straight home win over Bowdoin, a streak that dates to 1979.
New Hampshire 29, Richmond 26 — Nico Steriti’s 2-yard TD run with 19 seconds left powered the visiting Wildcats, ranked No. 9 in the FCS, past the Spiders (2-2) in the Colonial Athletic opener for both teams.
Quarterback Sean Goldrich was injured and left the game after a 1-yard TD run early in the fourth for UNH (2-1).
Albany 37, Rhode Island 20 — Lyle McCombs rushed for 72 yards and two scores as the host Rams (0-3) fell to the Great Danes (3-0) in the CAA opener for both teams.
Bucknell 36, Sacred Heart 20 — RJ Noel passed for 197 yards and two scores, but the host Pioneers (3-1) were held to just 96 yards in the second half in a loss to the Bison.
Liberty 38, Bryant 21 — Ricardo McCray scored twice but the Bulldogs, ranked 25th in the FCS, couldn’t recover from a 24-point first-half deficit against the host Flames.
Dartmouth 35, Central Conn. 25 — Dalyn Williams passed for 216 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score as the Big Green (1-0) rallied past the visiting Blue Devils (1-3).
Yale 54, Lehigh 43 — Morgan Roberts threw for 356 yards and three TDs and ran in the winner for the Bulldogs (1-0) in New Haven.
Georgetown 17, Brown 3 — The Bears committed four turnovers and had just 88 yards rushing in their season-opening loss in Washington.
AIC 33, Stonehill 5 — The Yellow Jackets (2-1, 2-0 NE-10) scored four defensive TDs — highlighted by two interception returns by Daquan Holmes — in a rout of the Skyhawks (1-2, 1-1) in Springfield.
Merrimack 19, LIU-Post 17 — Armond McRae hauled in a 26-yard TD from Joe Capobianco with 1:48 left to lift the host Warriors (2-1, 2-0 NE-10).
Saint Anselm 38, Bentley 34 — In Manchester, N.H., Elad Covaliu rushed for 95 yards and the winning TD with 2:13 left to help the Hawks (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) edge the Falcons (1-2, 0-2).
Southern Conn. 32, Pace 10 — Led by Mike Cerisano’s 16 tackles and 1½ sacks, the Owls (1-2, 1-1 NE-10) shut down the Setters (0-3, 0-2) in Ossining, N.Y.
Assumption 24, New Haven 20 — The Greyhounds (1-2, 1-1 NE-10) piled up 513 yards of offense en route to their first win over the Chargers (0-3, 0-2) since 2010.
Bridgewater State 51, Worcester State 27 — Matthew Green returned two punts for scores and had 120 yards receiving and two TDs as the Bears (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) beat the Lancers (2-1, 0-1) in Worcester.
Western Conn. 45, Plymouth State 7 — Senior Will Arndt (268 yards passing) tied a school record with six TD passes and the Colonials (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) sailed past the visiting Panthers (1-2, 0-1).
Westfield State 14, UMass-Dartmouth 13 — Bobby Boire and Mike Mercadante scored in the first quarter and the Owls (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) held off the host Corsairs.
Jason Ferri caught two TD passes in the fourth quarter for UMass-Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1), his second coming with 41 seconds left. But the extra point attempt failed.
Mass. Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20 — Quarterback John Trudel’s 2-yard plunge in the second overtime propelled the host Buccaneers past the Mariners (1-1) and to their fourth straight Admiral’s Cup.
Massachusetts Maritime (1-1) forced a fumble on the Mariners’ first play of the second extra stanza.
Endicott 41, Kean 28 — Drew Frenette passed for 316 yards and three TDs and the Gulls (1-2) pulled away from the Cougars in Union, N.J.
Nichols 10, Becker 3 — Former Millis High coach Dale Olmstead earned his first victory with the Bison (1-2) thanks to Quillian Respass, who had 206 total yards (100 passing) and a TD against the Hawks (0-3).
Husson 34, Alfred State 28 — Joe Seccareccia scored on a 2-yard dive in overtime to lift the Eagles (1-1) in Bangor, Maine.
Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16 — Jonathan Marrero rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Pride (2-1) pasted the Mustangs (0-3) in Springfield.
Norwich 10, WPI 7 — Wesley Medeiros nailed a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left and the host Cadets (2-1) edged the Engineers (1-2).
William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32 — Steven Wilken had 384 yards passing and accounted for five TDs, but the visiting Seahawks (1-2) fell short.
Hobart 43, Curry 13 — Mike O’Hearn passed for 243 yards and two TDs but the host Colonels (0-3) fell to the Statesmen, who are ranked 12th in Div. 3.
Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0 — The visiting Bears (1-2) had just 193 total yards in a loss to the Tigers, who are ranked 25th in Div. 3.
Rensselaer 41, Castleton State 13 — The Spartans (1-1) converted 3 of 16 third downs and had possession for 23:39 in a loss to the visiting Engineers.