District roundup: No. 6 California (Pa.) improves to 3-0
Peter Lalich passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns to lead California (Pa.), the No. 6 team in NCAA Division II, to a 24-14 victory Saturday at Edinboro in the PSAC West opener for both teams.
Lamont Smith rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown for Cal (3-0, 1-0). Mike Williams caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Edinboro (0-2, 0-1) trailed by only three points at the half. Cody Harris passed 270 yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked six times.
Indiana (Pa.) 42, Lock Haven 0 — Harvie Tuck rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and IUP (3-0, 1-0) recorded its second consecutive shutout with a victory over Lock Haven (0-3, 0-1) in a PSAC West game. IUP had outscored opponents, 131-6, through three games.
Lock Haven lost its 45th consecutive game to move within one of the all-time Division II record set by Minnesota-Morris from 1998-2003.
Slippery Rock 38, Gannon 18 — A kickoff return and interception return for touchdowns got Slippery Rock (2-1, 1-0) started en route to a PSAC West victory over Gannon (1-2, 0-1). Jared Buck threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score for Slippery Rock.
Gannon's Liam Nadler passed for 325 yards and a TD.
Mercyhurst 22, Clarion 14 — Brandon Brown-Dukes rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown to lead Mercyhurst (2-1, 1-0) past Clarion (1-2, 0-1) in a PSAC West game. Clarion quarterback Ben Fiscus threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score.
Shepherd 42, Seton Hill 6 — Ryan Morris passed for 227 yards and a touchdown, but Seton Hill (0-3, 0-1) had minus-38 yards rushing in its WVIAC loss to Shepherd (2-1, 1-0).
Division I FCS
Duquesne 45, Valparaiso 17 — Larry McCoy rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns as Duquesne (2-1) rallied from a 17-7 deficit to defeat Valparaiso (0-3) in a nonconference game.
Sean Patterson completed 20 of 25 passes for 260 yards and two TDs for the Dukes.
Dayton 20, Robert Morris 14 — Jeff Sinclair, returning from a two-game suspension, passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, but Robert Morris (0-3) remained winless with its nonconference loss at Dayton (1-2), which built a 14-0 halftime lead.
St. Francis (Pa.) 57, Morehead State 23 — St. Francis (2-1) overcame a 17-0 deficit to defeat Morehead State (1-2) behind Keion Wade's 243 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The Red Flash had 457 yards rushing, and A.J. Alexander caught two TD passes.
Youngstown State 31, Albany 24 — Jamaine Cook rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Youngstown State (3-0) staved off an upset by Albany (2-1) of the Northeast Conference.
Thiel 21, Geneva 14, OT — Thiel (1-2, 1-0) snapped a 24-game losing streak when a botched field-goal attempt turned into the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Geneva (0-3, 0-1) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Kicker Cody McClelland gathered the loose snap and threw a 5-yard TD pass to Berend Grube for the only score in OT.
Geneva's Rocco Colavecchia rushed for 73 yards, caught seven passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, and he threw for 38 yards and a score.
Waynesburg 35, St. Vincent 14 — Tyler Fatigante threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead Waynesburg (3-0, 1-0) over St. Vincent (0-3, 0-1) in a PAC opener. Fatigante was nearly perfect in completing 14 of 15 passes for 138 yards.
St. Vincent scored its touchdowns on a 96-yard kickoff return by Darius Brown and an 80-yard pass from Matt Deakins to Lazaro Garcia.
No. 21 Thomas More 27, Westminster (Pa.) 23 — Westminster (1-1) couldn't hold 13-3 and 23-20 leads and lost its PAC game to No. 21 Thomas More (1-1) on a touchdown pass with 18 seconds remaining.
Westminster's Dak Britt passed for 211 yards and two TDs and rushed for 124 yards and a score.
Washington & Jefferson 24, Grove City 17 — Tim McNerney rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown for W&J (2-1, 1-0) in its PAC win over Grove City (1-2, 0-1). Grove City's Shane Kaclik rushed for 161 yards and a TD.
Randolph-Macon 49, Bethany (W.Va.) 33 — Matt Grimard rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 239 yards and a score for Bethany (0-2), which lost its nonconference game at Randolph-Macon (2-1).