Adam Knoblauch threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 67-yard run in the closing minutes yesterday as Delaware Valley topped Curry, 37-22, in Doylestown, Pa., in the first round of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs.
Curry pulled within 30-22 on Kevin Holleran's third TD pass of the game with 5:06 left. But on the Colonels' next possession, Holleran threw an incomplete pass on fourth and 1 to turn the ball over to the Aggies. Then, on third and 7, Knoblauch streaked down the sideline on a designed run to put the game away for Delaware Valley (11-0).
The Aggies' balanced offensive attack was too much for Curry (9-3). Delaware Valley piled up 271 yards on the ground and 288 through the air, outgaining Curry, 559-320.
Knoblauch did much of his damage from long distance, throwing a 73-yard TD pass to David Carmon and a 40-yarder to Joel Foreman to go with his long run. The quarterback finished with 97 yards on 10 carries. Carmon caught four passes for 117 yards.
Holleran threw for 197 yards and tossed TD passes to Charles Gibbs, Frank Pacheco, and Jim Pascarelli.
Holy Cross 51, Bucknell 33 -- At Lewisburg, Pa., Steve Silva rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns as the Crusaders (6-5, 3-3 Patriot) overcame a punishing ground attack by the Bison.
Silva scored on runs of 4 and 16 yards in the first quarter and added a 1-yarder in the second. He scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth that put the Crusaders up, 51-27, with seven minutes to go.
John O'Neil threw for 257 yards and two TDs for Holy Cross.
Bucknell (1-10, 0-6) rushed 58 times for 426 yards and four touchdowns. Dante Ross completed just four passes and was intercepted once.
Bridgewater St. 34, Fitchburg St. 17 -- Adam Camobreco fired four touchdown passes and set a school record for passing yardage in a season (2,119) as the Bears (9-1) avenged their only loss of the year by winning the ECAC Div. 3 Northeast Bowl in Fitchburg.
Camobreco threw three of his TD passes in a 10-minute span of the second quarter, when Bridgewater State turned a 7-0 deficit into a 20-10 halftime lead. Ben Bascon finished with eight catches for 83 yards and two scores.
Corey Hetherman struggled for the Falcons (8-3), completing just 17 of 36 passes for 105 yards. His 5-yard scoring pass to Caleb McKenzie in the third quarter was the 38th TD toss of his career, a school record.
Alfred 63, Maine Maritime 20 -- The visiting Mariners (7-3) couldn't keep up with the Saxons (9-2), who cruised in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl behind Paul Keeley's three touchdown passes.
Maine Maritime, which fell behind, 21-0, was led by Brandon Goodrich, who rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries.