District football roundup: Duquesne's NEC win streak snapped
Playing without injured star running back Larry McCoy, Duquesne rallied from a 17-point deficit but was upset by Central Connecticut State, 38-31, in a Northeast Conference game at New Britain, Conn.
The loss dropped Duquesne to 4-2, 2-1 in conference play and ended the Dukes' seven-game NEC winning streak. Central Connecticut State (1-5, 1-2) won for the first time this season.
Ryan Ho filled in for McCoy and rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and caught a TD pass. Sean Brady had two TD catches for the Dukes, who trailed, 17-0, in the second quarter. Duquesne quarterback Sean Patterson passed for 248 yards and three scores.
Bryant 38, Robert Morris 35 — Robert Morris (1-5, 0-3) regained the lead three times in the second half but gave up the winning score with 5:35 remaining and lost its NEC game at Bryant (1-6, 1-4). Jeff Sinclair passed for 209 yards and two TDs, and Evan Taylor had 105 yards rushing for Robert Morris, which took a 35-31 lead with 8:16 left on Brad Banas' 55-yard interception return for a touchdown. Bryant won it on Mike Westerhaus' 16-yard TD pass to Jordan Harris.
No. 24 Albany 36, St. Francis (Pa.) 13 — St. Francis (3-4, 2-2) jumped to a 13-6 lead but could not hold off Albany (6-1, 4-0) in its Northeast Conference game. St. Francis' Keion Wade had 106 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Illinois State 35, No. 8 Youngstown State 28 — Illinois State (6-1, 3-1) rallied from a 28-7 deficit to defeat Youngstown State (4-2, 1-2), which got 177 yards rushing and three TDs from Jamaine Cook in the Missouri Valley Conference loss.
No. 22 Indiana (Pa.) 26, Edinboro 10 — Harvie Tuck carried 27 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns to lead IUP (6-1, 3-1) to a PSAC West victory against Edinboro (3-3, 2-2). IUP finished with 273 yards rushing, while holding Edinboro to 46 yards on 30 carries. Edinboro grabbed a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on Cody Harris' 6-yard TD pass to Seth Hembree, but IUP scored the final 19 points. Harris was intercepted twice and sacked five times.
No. 15 California (Pa.) 30, Lock Haven 0 — Cody Schroeder, filling in for injured starter Peter Lalich, completed 20 of 29 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cal (6-1, 4-0) past Lock Haven (0-7, 0-4), which lost its 49th consecutive game. Cal's Lamont Smith rushed for 118 yards, and Cody Cook added 108.
Slippery Rock 28, Clarion 20 — Slippery Rock (3-4, 2-2) jumped to a 28-6 lead and held on to defeat Clarion (3-4, 1-3) in a PSAC West game. Slippery Rock's Nigel Barksdale threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. He had 257 yards passing. Clarion's Ben Fiscus threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for a team-high 68 yards.
Mercyhurst 38, Gannon 29 — Brandon Brown-Dukes rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown to lead Mercyhurst (6-1, 4-0) past Erie rival Gannon (1-6, 0-4) in a PSAC West game. L.J. Stevens' 83-yard kickoff return in the second quarter snapped a 14-all tie and propelled Mercyhurst to the win. Gannon's Liam Nadler completed 25 of 42 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 16 Shippensburg 73, Kutztown 35 — Zach Zulli tied a conference single-game record with nine touchdown passes for Shippensburg (7-0, 4-0) in its PSAC East win over Kutztown (3-4, 1-3). Zulli also set school records for completions (46), attempts (61) and passing yards (581). Trevor Harmon set school records with 18 catches for 288 yards and five touchdowns. Shippensburg had 723 yards of total offense.
Concord 29, Seton Hill 26 — Seton Hill (0-7, 0-5) remained winless despite holding a 13-0 lead in the second quarter and a 26-14 advantage in the fourth against Concord (4-3, 3-2) in a West Virginia conference game.
Waynesburg 23, Bethany 21 — Alex Henry's 26-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining kept Waynesburg (7-0, 5-0) undefeated and atop the Presidents' Athletic Conference with its victory at Bethany (1-5, 1-3). Waynesburg's Bertrand Ngampa rushed for 206 yards and two scores on 19 carries, and Dominic Moore added 97 yards rushing and a TD. Bethany's Matt Grimard passed for 261 yards and two TDs, and Ed Holmes caught eight passes for 121 yards and two scores.
Geneva 30, St. Vincent 22 — Rocco Colavecchia scored two early touchdowns that lifted Geneva (2-4, 2-2) to a 17-0 lead and PAC victory at St. Vincent (0-6, 0-4). Andy Borgen's 59-yard TD run with five minutes left pulled St. Vincent within 27-22, but Brian Visingardi's third field goal of the game with 39 seconds left sealed the win. St. Vincent's Matt Deakins passed for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Thomas More 28, Thiel 16 — Andrew Smith passed for 141 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 81 yards and another score for Thiel (2-5, 2-3) in its PAC loss at Thomas More (3-3, 3-2).
Allegheny 22, DePauw 20 — Colin Hartford intercepted a two-point conversion pass with 37 seconds left, and Allegheny (4-2, 3-0) held on to defeat DePauw (1-5, 0-3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game. Tim Werley rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown for Allegheny.