N.E. college football roundup: UMass ends 5-game losing streak

UMass running back Jamal Wilson ran for two second-half touchdowns in Saturday’s victory.
Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe/File 2014
UMass running back Jamal Wilson ran for two second-half touchdowns in Saturday’s victory.

Jamal Wilson ran for two second-half touchdowns and Massachusetts beat Eastern Michigan, 28-17, on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich., to snap a five-game losing streak.

Wilson had 112 yards rushing on 16 carries. Marquis Young ran for 168 yards and a touchdown, and Blake Frohnapfel threw a 39-yard scoring strike to Tajae Sharpe for UMass (2-8, 1-5 Mid-American).

Brogan Roback threw for 260 yards and two touchdown passes to lead Eastern Michigan (1-10, 0-7).


Roback threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Daugherty to pull the Eagles within 14-10 at halftime.

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Wilson bullied in from the 1-yard line twice, capping long scoring drives, and the Minutemen stretched their lead to 28-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Roback connected with Dustin Creel on a 4-yard scoring pass with three minutes left.

On the ensuing series, Wilson ran for 20 yards on third and 2 before the Minutemen ran out the clock.

Amherst 17, Williams 7 — Reece Foy threw a touchdown pass and Kenny Adinkra ran for a score as the Lord Jeffs topped the host Ephs to record back-to-back NESCAC titles and perfect seasons.


Amherst (8-0) stretched its overall winning streak to 19 and finished with a perfect record for the sixth time in the school’s 136 seasons. The Lord Jeffs, who have won five of the past seven NESCAC titles, also improved to 71-54-5 against Williams in the “Biggest Little Game in America” rivalry.

Foy got Amherst on the board, tossing a 7-yard TD pass to Jackson McGonagle at 8:46 of the second quarter. Charlie Wall added a 23-yard field goal on the Lord Jeffs’ first drive of the second half and Adinkra ran 3 yards for the clinching score with 1:49 to go in the third quarter.

Austin Lommen was 24-of-38 passing for 208 yards for Williams (2-6) and was picked off twice.

Tufts 31, Middlebury 28 — Alex Snyder threw three TD passes, including two in the fourth quarter that erased a 20-17 deficit, and the host Jumbos (6-2 NESCAC) beat the Panthers for their first six-win season in 14 years.

Matt Milano led Middlebury (5-3) by passing for 410 yards and three TDs, but was also intercepted three times.


Matthew Minno caught 10 passes for 159 yards and two TDs.

Bowdoin 35, Colby 13 — Tim Drakeley threw for 314 yards and three TDs and the host Polar Bears (2-6) drubbed the White Mules (1-7)

Trinity 17, Wesleyan 13 — Max Chipouras ran for two scores and the Bantams held off the Cardinals (5-3 NESCAC) to cap a 7-1 season.

Holy Cross 23, Bucknell 7 — Peter Pujals threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kalif Raymond to stake the Crusaders (5-5, 2-3 Patriot) to a 20-0 first-half lead, and they cruised past the host Bison (4-6, 1-4).

Pujals was 30 for 47 for 304 yards through the air and carried 10 times for 50 yards. Brendan Flaherty caught 11 passes for 100 yards and Raymond had eight catches for 89.

Yale 35, Princeton 28 — Dale Harris ran 30 times for 177 yards and one TD, Morgan Roberts had two scores, and the visiting Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3 Ivy) edged the Tigers (5-4, 2-4).

Yale took its first lead at 24-21 on a short field goal in the third. Princeton’s Isaiah Barnes answered with a 53-yard TD catch for a 28-24 lead. But Bryan Holmes made another field goal at the start of the fourth and Robert Clemons III scored the go-ahead TD on a 19-yard grab.

Dartmouth 34, Brown 18 — Ryder Stone ran for one score and returned a kickoff for another, and the defense forced seven turnovers to lead the Big Green (8-1, 5-1 Ivy) past the host Bears (4-5, 2-4).

Stone punched it in from 9 yards out to give Dartmouth a 14-0 lead near the end of the first quarter. After Brown answered with a 5-yard touchdown run from Seth Rosenbauer, Stone returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to put the Big Green in front, 21-6.

Stony Brook 19, Rhode Island 7 — Donald Liotine rushed for 114 yards and the visiting Seawolves (4-5, 2-5 Colonial) got a safety and a special teams touchdown to beat the Rams (1-9, 1-6).

New Hampshire 24, Albany 14 — Dalton Crossan ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Sean Goldrich passed for 301 yards and a score, and the visiting Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Colonial) got past the Great Danes (3-7, 2-5).

Elon 27, Maine 22 — Connor Christiansen threw a pair of touchdown passes to Corey Joyner as the visiting Phoenix (4-6, 3-4 Colonial) got past the Black Bears. Micah Wright had 198 yards on nine catches, including two touchdowns, for Maine (3-7, 3-4).

Sacred Heart 28, Bryant 19 — RJ Noel threw for a touchdown and ran in two more to lead the Pioneers (5-5, 2-3 Northeast) over the host Bulldogs (5-5, 3-2).

Wagner 28, Central Conn. 7 — Otis Wright ran for 193 yards and a score and the host Seahawks (1-9, 1-4 NEC) beat the Blue Devils (4-7, 3-3) for their first win.

Assumption 17, New Haven 14 — Cody Lynn caught a 1-yard TD pass from Alex Shain midway through the fourth quarter, lifting the host Greyhounds (10-1, 8-1) past the Chargers (7-4, 7-2) in the Northeast-10 title game.

Stonehill 17, Merrimack 14 — Steve Grzywacz kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired to rally the visiting Skyhawks (7-4, 5-4 NE-10) past the Warriors (6-5, 6-3).

Southern Conn. 17, AIC 7 — Robert Thomas ran for 157 yards and a TD as the visiting Owls (4-7) knocked off the Yellow Jackets (4-7).

Bridgewater St. 64, Mass. Maritime 42 — Danny Higgins threw for three touchdowns and ran for two, and the visiting Bears (7-3, 6-2 MASCAC) put up 27 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a wild win over the Buccaneers (4-6, 3-5) in the Cranberry Bowl.

 Brad Skeffington accounted for six TDs for Mass. Maritime, three through the air and three rushing. He finished with 136 passing yards and 160 on the ground.

Framingham St. 55, Worcester St. 14 — Matthew Silva passed for 175 yards and four TDs and also ran for a score as the visiting Rams (9-1, 8-0) capped their second straight perfect MASCAC season.

Western New England 28, Salve Regina 21 — Tyler Ward ran 4 yards for a TD with nine seconds left and the Golden Bears (10-0, 7-0 NEFC) beat the visiting Seahawks (7-2, 5-2) to clinch their second league title and first undefeated season in school history.

Castleton 31, Norwich 13 — George Busharis threw two TD passes and Moe Harris rushed for 135 yards and a score to lift the Spartans (6-4, 5-2 ECFC) past the visiting Cadets (6-4, 6-1) in the Maple Sap Bucket game.