District football roundup: Robert Morris defeats VMI in double overtime
Robert Morris gave up a game-tying 39-yard touchdown pass with 0:01 remaining, but pulled out a 37-31 nonconference win against VMI on Deontae Howard's 17-yard TD run in the second overtime Saturday afternoon.
VMI (1-4) took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. Robert Morris (2-2) rallied on Paul Jones' 16-yard TD pass to Tyler Rigby, and Hunter Khalegi's 40-yard field goal. VMI forced overtime with its last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass, but missed two field-goal attempts in the extra periods.
Jones passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns, and Howard rushed for 100 yards and a score. Donte Jeter caught eight passes for 112 yards and a score.
No. 16 Fordham 38, St. Francis (Pa.) 20 — St. Francis (1-3) held a fourth quarter lead, but 16th-ranked Fordham (5-0) scored 21 points to pull out the nonconference victory.
St. Francis' Kyle Harbridge rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and he finished with 384 all-purpose yards.
Slippery Rock 58, Mercyhurst 34 — Nigel Barksdale passed for 439 yards and two touchdowns, and John Schademan had 229 receiving yards and three scores to lead Slippery Rock (3-1, 1-1) past Mercyhurst (1-3, 0-2) in a PSAC West game. Slippery Rock amassed 609 yards of offense.
Edinboro 43, Seton Hill 7 — Jon Girvin came off the bench and threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead Edinboro (2-2, 1-1) past Seton Hill (0-4, 0-2) in a PSAC West game. Seton Hill was held to 116 yards of total offense and scored its only touchdown on Tim Johnson's 23-yard fumble return in the third quarter.
Gannon 45, Clarion 25 — Liam Nadler threw three touchdown passes, and Jansen Jones rushed for 167 yards and two scores for Gannon (3-1, 2-0) in its PSAC West win over Clarion (3-1, 1-1). Darelle Carson passed for 215 yards and two TDs for Clarion, which couldn't overcome a 35-7 first-half deficit.
No. 25 Thomas More 49, Waynesburg 28 — Thomas More (3-0, 2-0) scored 28 unanswered points in the first half and handed Waynesburg (3-1, 1-1) its first defeat in a matchup of Presidents' Athletic Conference contenders. Waynesburg's Carter Hill completed 34 of 52 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas More's Domonique Hayden scored three touchdowns and rushed for 212 yards.
Washington & Jefferson 32, Thiel 19 — Dion Wiegand rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns for Washington & Jefferson (3-1, 2-0), which defeated Thiel (0-4, 0-2) in a PAC game. Pete Coughlin, replacing Matt Bliss at quarterback, completed 16 of 23 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. Alex Baroffio caught seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Thiel amassed 409 yards of offense. Andrew Smith passed for 229 yards and a TD. Josh Potter rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, and he completed his only pass attempt for a 30-yard touchdown.
Carnegie Mellon 41, Geneva 34, 2 OT — Max Reinersten's third touchdown of the game, a six-yard TD run in the second overtime, lifted CMU (2-2) past Geneva (3-1) in a nonconference game. CMU won despite being outgained, 557 to 343.
CMU quarterback Rob Kalkstein threw a career-high four TD passes, and he ran for a 5-yard score. Geneva's Zack Hayward completed 45 of 71 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. But Geneva missed a potential game-winning 35-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in regulation.
Wabash 65, Allegheny 0 — Allegheny (0-4, 0-2) gave up 385 yards rushing and was routed by Wabash (3-0, 2-0) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game. Allegheny was held to 55 yards of offense.
Westminster 28, St. Vincent 21 — Dak Britt passed for 328 yards and a touchdown for Westminster (1-2, 1-1) in its PAC victory at St. Vincent (0-3, 0-2). Tyler Banks rushed for 95 yards and a TD, and Collin Wallace had eight catches for 165 yards for the winners. Matt Deakins and Greg Hendershot threw touchdown passes for St. Vincent.
Bethany (W.Va.) 34, Grove City 31 — Bethany (1-3, 1-1) built a 21-3 halftime lead and held on to defeat Grove City (2-2, 0-2) in a PAC game. Bethany's Matt Grimard thew for 323 yards and two touchdowns, and Eric Blinn caught 10 passes for 163 yards. Chris Collins caught eight passes for 65 yards and two TDs. Grove City's Brian Pell completed 23 of 29 passes for 289 yards and three TDs.