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Associated Press / October 16, 2011

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Warren Smith threw for the first three Maine touchdowns, and the No. 12 Black Bears held on for a 27-21 win yesterday over Rhode Island in Orono, Maine.

After a 22-yard TD pass to Pushaun Brown, a 41-yarder to Mauri McDonald, and a 21-yarder to Derek Session by Smith, Maine (3-0, 5-1 Colonial) held a 21-0 lead with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

URI (1-5, 0-3) answered with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Robert Bentsen to Anthony Baskerville to close the gap. Then late in the third quarter, Bentsen threw an interception from his 4-yard line to seal URI’s fate. Maine’s Vinson Givans ran back the interception 12 yards for a 27-7 lead.

The Rams tacked on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it was too late.

Smith finished with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-26 passing.

Brown led the Rams with 103 yards on 29 carries.

William & Mary 24, UNH 10 - Brent Caprio threw two touchdown passes to guide the No. 16 Tribe past the visiting Wildcats.

William & Mary (4-3, 2-2) outscored sixth-ranked UNH, 17-0, in the second half.

Caprio’s 50-yard TD pass to Jonathan Grimes gave the Tribe the lead for good at 14-10 with 8:57 left in the third quarter. Caprio was 7 for 11 with 162 yards.

The win was the ninth straight over UNH for William & Mary, which matched its highest point total of the season.

It was the lowest point total of the season for the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1), who had scored at least 22 in each of their first five games. UNH led, 10-7, after a 15-yard TD pass from Kevin Decker to R.J. Harris with eight seconds left before halftime. Decker finished with 422 passing yards, but was intercepted once and sacked six times.

James Madison 34, Villanova 10 - Trailing, 10-6, midway through the third quarter, the No. 13 Dukes erupted for four touchdowns - two each in the third and fourth quarters - and pulled away from the Wildcats in Harrisonburg, Va.

Jordan Anderson ran for three touchdowns for James Madison (5-2, 3-1), two in the decisive second half. He scored on a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter when the Dukes took the lead for good, and an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to close the scoring. James Madison rushed for 253 yards, 19 more than Villanova’s total offensive output.

Dustin Thomas’s 25-yard TD pass to Kenny Miles in the second quarter gave the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4) an early lead. But in the second half, James Madison redshirt freshman quarterback Jace Edwards threw the first two touchdown passes of his career, including an 80-yarder to Kerby Long.

Towson 39, Old Dominion 35 - At Norfolk, Va., Grant Enders threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tom Ryan on fourth and 29 with 1:07 remaining, giving the No. 17 Tigers the win.

No. 18 Old Dominion had just sacked Enders and backup quarterback Peter Athens on consecutive plays prior to the winning pass. The Monarchs (5-2, 2-2) had one final possession, but Towson (5-1, 3-0) came up with two sacks of its own, followed by Kenton Powell’s interception of Taylor Heinicke to seal it.