New England Roundup

UConn regains winning form

Staff And Wire Reports / September 12, 2010

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Connecticut took out the frustration and anger of losing last week’s season opener at Michigan on tiny Texas Southern.

Jordan Todman ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Huskies routed the Tigers, 62-3, yesterday in East Hartford.

“It’s in the back of your mind, it doesn’t feel good to be 0-1,’’ said Todman. “So we were like, let’s put everything together. We worked hard this week. We studied film. We came out and executed, that was it.’’

Todman scored on two 1-yard runs and a 9-yarder, in racking up his seventh 100-yard game. The junior tailback didn’t play after intermission, after the Huskies (1-1) built a 45-0 lead. Backup Robby Frey ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

UConn scored the first five times it had the ball, and held the Tigers (0-2) to a single first down in the first half.

Pittsburgh 38, UNH 16 — Tino Sunseri threw for two touchdowns in a span of five minutes and backup running back Ray Graham ran for 115 yards and two scores to help the host Panthers pull away from the Wildcats.

Pitt (1-1) bounced back from an overtime loss in its opening game at No. 20 Utah and denied the Wildcats (1-1) — ranked No. 6 in the FCS — their sixth consecutive win over an FBS opponent.

Sunseri threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Cam Saddler with 18 seconds left in the first half, making it 17-3. Sunseri followed that with a 56-yard TD pass to Jon Baldwin with 4:42 gone in the second half.

Sunseri went 24 of 34 for 275 yards and an interception, while Baldwin made six catches for 100 yards.

Graham, picking up the yards that starter Dion Lewis couldn’t gain, ran for touchdowns of 64 and 8 yards in the second half during his first career 100-yard game.

New Hampshire drove 89 yards in 11 plays for Dontra Peters’s 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to get to within 24-10, but Graham’s two touchdowns gave Pitt a comfortable 28-point lead.

Peters was held to 15 yards on 11 carries after rushing for 197 in the Wildcats’ opener against Central Connecticut State. R.J. Toman was 15 of 29 for 183 yards and an interception as UNH was outgained, 445-298.

Maine 31, Monmouth 23 — Jared Turcotte carried 29 times for 144 yards, including a 51-yard TD scamper in the second quarter that put the Black Bears ahead for good at West Long Branch, N.J.

After Kyle Frazier’s 16-yard touchdown run gave Monmouth a 10-7 lead, the Black Bears had a fourth and 1 at their 49 with four minutes left in the first half. Turcotte broke two tackles in the backfield before bursting through for the score.

Turcotte also scored on runs of 3 yards in the first quarter and 7 yards in the fourth. The 7-yarder, which put Maine ahead, 31-20, came after Steven Barker returned a short kickoff to the 18-yard line of the Hawks (0-2).

Eric Spillane kicked his third field goal of the game, from 37 yards, with 3:05 left to cut the deficit to 31-23.

Fordham 27, Rhode Island 25 — Blake Wayne scored on an 8-yard run with 2:02 left and Fordham’s defense stopped a last-minute Rhode Island drive in New York.

Fordham (1-1) trailed, 23-14, after URI recorded a safety with 14:24 left in the fourth quarter. Xavier Martin answered with a 1-yard touchdown run and Wayne’s rushing score put Fordham ahead by 4.

Rhode Island (0-2) had a chance to win the game, driving to Fordham’s 4-yard line with 11 seconds remaining. But Steve Probst’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down.

Central Conn. 45, Bentley 14 — Tailback Everette Benjamin rushed for 132 yards and two TDs as the Blue Devils (1-1) rallied from a 14-7 deficit against the visiting Falcons, who are 0-2 for just the second time in program history.

Bryant 44, Saint Anselm 21 — Sophomore Jordan Brown rushed for three touchdowns (19, 61, and 9 yards) and the Bulldogs opened a 27-0 first-half lead and cruised past the Hawks (0-2) in Smithfield, R.I.

WNEC 30, Mass. Maritime 6 — JJ Jachym rushed for a career-high 177 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Bryce Brown ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and completed a 46-yard scoring pass as the Golden Bears (1-1) rolled over the Buccaneers (0-2) in Springfield.

Maine Maritime 47, Anna Maria 0 — Todd Murphy rushed for a pair of scores and Nic Bourassa caught a TD pass and had a 65-yard punt return for a score as the Mariners (1-0) routed the host Amcats (0-2).

WPI 27, Worcester St. 20 — Trevor Dunne caught a 27-yard TD pass from Pat McAuley in overtime and the Engineers (1-1) stopped the visiting Lancers (1-1) on the 1-yard line on the ensuing possession to seal the nonconference victory.

West Liberty 49, Southern Conn. 35 — In New Haven, Kevon Calhoun rushed for three TDs as the Hilltoppers (1-1), ranked 20th in Division 2, overcame a stellar effort by the Owls’ Kevin Lynch, who had 30 completions for 376 yards and three TDs.

MIT 21, Becker 13 — Quarterback Kyle Johnson rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, as the Engineers (0-1) rallied from a 13-0 deficit to beat the Hawks (0-2) in Cambridge.

Bridgewater St. 10, UMass-Dartmouth 7 — Junior Dave Leombruno booted a 37-yard field goal with six seconds remaining, capping a 13-play, 71-yard drive and giving the Bears (2-0) the victory over the visiting Corsairs (1-1).

RPI 6, Endicott 3 — Peter Nilson converted a pair of field goals to lead the Engineers (0-1) past the host Gulls (1-1).

New Haven 30, Lincoln 0 — Wide receiver Sherieff Hall hauled in an 86-yard scoring toss from Ronnie Nelson on the opening series, and the Chargers (2-0) were off to the races against the visiting Lions (1-1).

Norwich 25, St. Lawrence 14 — Chris Denton had seven receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns and Kris Saboruin passed for 223 yards to lead the Cadets (2-0) past the host Saints (0-2).

Mount Ida 41, Plymouth St. 16 — Scott Drosendahl passed for three TDs and Paul Shaughnessy rushed for 128 yards to lead the Mustangs over the host Panthers.

Springfield 51, Husson 0 — Antoine King rushed for 125 yards, including a 91-yarder for a TD, and the Pride (2-0) exploded for 24 points in the third quarter to rout the host Eagles (0-2).

Montclair St. 34, Westfield St. 0 — Chris D’Andrea collected 221 all-purpose yards and scored two TDs as the 23d-ranked (Division 3) Red Hawks (2-0) stifled the visiting Owls (1-1), who had just 103 total yards.

Curry 28, Fitchburg St. 0 — Robert Bambini had six receptions for 116 yards and two TDs to spark the visiting Colonels (1-1) past the Falcons (0-2).

Robert Morris 35, Sacred Heart 31 — Jeff Sinclair found tight end Shadrae King in the end zone from 8 yards out with 17 seconds remaining to give the Colonials (1-1, 1-0 NEC) the victory over the host Pioneers (1-1, 0-1).

Utica 59, Castleton St. 22 — Andrew Benkwitt completed 26 of 40 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns as the Pioneers (2-0) overpowered the Spartans (0-2) in Castleton, Vt.

Hartwick 20, Salve Regina 19 — Ryan Mosack tossed a 25-yard TD strike to Kyle Morenus with 3:19 left, and Heath Dunn kicked the conversion as the Hawks (2-0) edged the Seahawks (1-1) in Oneonta, N.Y.

Coast Guard 10, Merchant Marine 8 — Pat Bennett returned the opening kickoff 82 yards and blocked a field goal as the Bears (1-0) beat the Mariners (1-1) to win the Secretaries’ Cup in New London, Conn.

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