The University of Massachusetts scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and the last 18 points of the game to rally past 15th-ranked James Madison, 21-14, yesterday in Harrisonburg, Va., in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup. The No. 18 Minutemen had lost two straight games.
Caleb Violette’s second field goal of the game was a 26-yarder with 3:04 left in the third quarter to pull UMass (5-3, 3-2) within 14-6. Violette’s first field goal was a 33-yarder on the Minutemen’s first possession.
Kyle Havens completed the comeback with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Havens hit Julian Talley for a 2-yard score with 13:04 to go, and then completed his first 2-point conversion pass of the season (on his fifth try) when he found Dan Sheeran, tying the game at 14-14.
On the next possession for the Dukes (4-4, 1-4), the Minutemen made a crucial stop on fourth and 1 at midfield to get the ball back. Jonathan Hernandez rushed for 42 yards on the go-ahead drive, and Havens tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Krevis with 7:29 remaining.
Hernandez finished with 137 yards on 28 carries, going over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. Havens completed 15 of 19 passes for 163 yards, without a turnover. Talley had four receptions for 66 yards.
Jamal Sullivan ran for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns for James Madison and finished with 73 yards on the ground. Drew Dudzik passed for 179 yards (13 of 25) and ran for 98 more.
Rhode Island 30, Towson 20 — Ayo Isijola ran for two touchdowns, Steve Probst threw for another score, and the visiting Rams ended a three-game losing streak.
Trailing, 10-7, in the second quarter, URI (3-5, 2-3) reeled off 20 straight points to deal the Tigers (1-7, 0-5) their sixth straight loss.
Probst was 13 of 23 for 182 yards for the Rams, who were penalized 11 times for 108 yards. Towson committed nine penalties for 100 yards.
Joe Migliarese’s 4-yard touchdown reception put URI ahead for good with 4:09 left in the first half and Isijola’s second TD, a 1-yard run 37 seconds before halftime, made it 21-10. Louis Feinstein kicked two third-quarter field goals for a 27-10 lead.
Towson’s Chris Hart was 19 of 39 for 204 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 18 times for 100 yards.
Villanova 28, Richmond 7 — Chris Whitney ran for the first of three straight touchdowns by the host Wildcats (6-2, 4-1) in a meeting of the last two Championship Subdivision titlists.
Whitney, who had 116 yards on 11 carries, ran for a 45-yard touchdown with 5:46 left in the first quarter. The fifth-ranked Wildcats scored again less than four minutes later on Whitney’s 5-yard pass to Norman White, and then turned an interception into a 21-0 lead just before halftime.
James Pitts intercepted Richmond’s Montell White on the Spiders’ 41, and two plays later Aaron Ball ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
Richmond (4-4, 2-3), ranked 14th, rushed for just 59 yards and finished with 231 yards of offense. Kendall Gaskins had a 1-yard run late in the third quarter for the Spiders’ lone score.