TOWSON, Md. – Arel Gordon rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown, Ron Whitcomb ran for two scores and Maine defeated Towson 28-7 on Saturday.

Daren Stone returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and the Black Bears (3-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) recorded nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Maine outgained the Tigers on the ground, 255 yards to 41.

Sean Schaefer was 27-for-40 for 290 yards and a touchdown for Towson (4-1, 1-1), but he halted three drives with turnovers.

Maine, which snapped an eight-game road losing streak to ranked teams, took a 7-0 lead with 5:00 left in the opening quarter. Gordon capped a nine-play, 85-yard drive with a 32-yard scamper down the right sideline.

Facing a fourth-and-2 from their own 32-yard line early in the second quarter, the Tigers were forced to punt. Maine’s Alex Goyins blocked Bill Shears’ kick and Stone scooped up the loose ball at the 21, returning it for a 14-0 lead.

Schaefer looped a 9-yard strike to Andrae Brown on the first possession of the second half, trimming the lead in half.

But Maine responded with an eight-play march covering 80 yards, and Whitcomb’s 2-yard keeper made it 21-7. Whitcomb scored on a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Towson failed in its bid for its first 5-0 start since 1986 and its 100th victory at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Williams 27, Bates 7

LEWISTON – Pat Lucey passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns as Williams scored 24 points in less than eight minutes of the third quarter to erase a 7-3 halftime deficit and defeat Bates 27-7.

Lucey hit Jon Drenckhahn on a 38-yard pass to give the Ephs (3-0) a 13-7 lead. After a 29-yard touchdown run by Kevin Flynn, Lucey connected with Brendan Fulmer on a 46-yarder.

Brandon Colon passed for 200 yards for Bates (0-3), including a 51-yarder to Matt Gregg that put the Bobcats at the Williams 1-yard line. Jamie Walker took it in for the score. Scott Sobolewski hit two of three field goal attempts and all three extra point attempts for Williams.

Colby 24, Wesleyan, Conn. 21

WATERVILLE – Brian Bachow kicked a 22-yard field goal for Colby with 26 seconds remaining and made a solo tackle on Joe Pepe on the ensuing kickoff to preserve a 24-21 victory over Wesleyan.

Bachow made the tackle on the Wesleyan 46-yard line and the Cardinals got as far as the Colby 31 before Chafic George intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game.

Justin Smith passed for 215 yards and three touchdowns for Colby (1-2). His 9-yard touchdown pass to Dan Prunier tied the game 21-21 in the fourth quarter. The Wesleyan defense scored the first touchdown 1:51 into the game as Quincy Francis forced a Colby fumble, recovered the ball and ran 38 yards into the end zone.

Zach Librizzi passed for 232 yards for Wesleyan (1-2).

Tufts 16, Bowdoin 6

BRUNSWICK – Chris Guild ran for a touchdown on the first series of the game and Matt Russo passed for a third-quarter score as Tufts beat Bowdoin 16-6.

Guild’s 9-yard run capped a 45-yard drive that put the Jumbos ahead 6-0.

Tufts (3-0) widened its lead to 13-0 on an 8-yard pass from Russo to David Halas.

Mike Karrat scored on a 1-yard pass from Tom Duffy in the fourth quarter for Bowdoin (0-3) before Oliver Snider closed out the scoring with an 18-yard field goal for Tufts.

Tufts had 318 yard of total offense to 240 for the Polar Bears.

Maine Maritime 12, Worcester St. 3

WORCESTER, Mass. – Brandon Hamilton rushed for 123 yards and threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Goodrich to give Maine Maritime a 12-3 win over Worcester State.

Maine Maritime (3-2, 2-1 NEFC Bogan) took a 6-0 lead on Jim Bower’s 9-yard run in the first quarter. Hamilton and Goodrich hooked up in the fourth quarter. Pat Good led Worcester State (2-4, 1-3), completing 15 of 30 passes for 146 yards.

Springfield 43, Husson 16

BANGOR – Andrew Jackson ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns as Springfield used its dominant ground game for a 43-16 win over Husson.

Springfield (5-0) amassed 373 yards on the ground as Aland Joseph and Derron Walker also ran for touchdowns. Chris Sharpe threw a touchdown pass.

Husson (3-3) was led by Bryan Ferguson who ran for 67 yards and a score.


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