College Football: Week 5 scores and updates across New England

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 19: Kurt Rawlings
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 19: Kurt Rawlings /

New England isn’t huge in college football in the FBS, but a few wins could be earned this week. The FCS teams get some love here too! Follow for live score updates and news.

A team from New England is not going to win the FBS National title this year in college football. Some are simply fighting to become bowl game eligible.

In the FCS though, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats have a shot at winning it all. They routinely make the tournament and could make a deep run this postseason. Holy Cross has already handed them a loss this season though, as they look to make their own run.

This week, ‘Chowder and Champions’ is giving you a one-stop shop for college football across New England. We will update scores, provide analysis, and give you the latest news. Of course, we may not be as quick as some other places you can check the scores, but we will give you a uniquely New England perspective and insight. Make sure you check back in throughout the afternoon and into the night for the latest on your team.

Holy Cross Crusaders v. Lafayette Leopards (10-7 Lafayette)

The Crusaders are 2-2 so far on the season with losses to UConn and Dartmouth, but they did knock off UNH a few weeks ago. Holy Cross should easily win this one.

Game Notes

A slim 7-0 lead heading into halftime for the Crusaders, and that’s where it remains halfway through the third quarter. Miles Alexander punched it in for HC in the second.

The Crusaders already have three interceptions on the day as well.

Lafayette added a touchdown and an extra point in the third quarter. The final frame will be a true grit test for the Crusaders.

With the final play of the game, Lafayette boots a long 43-yard field goal for the win. They upset Holy Cross 10-7.

Boston College Eagles v. Central Michigan Chippewas (28-8 Boston College)

The first New England game to kickoff will be the Eagles game on the road in Michigan. Boston College is a 10-point favorite here as they look to improve to 2-3 after three straight losses to Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Clemson. Their former players are not happy.

Game Notes

The Eagles have three rushing touchdowns in the first half. One from AJ Dillon and two from Jon Hilliman. BC is winning the field position battle as well, with 5 punt returns for 139 yards.

Late in the third frame, Hilliman adds another TD. It’s now 28-8 Eagles. Heading into the final quarter, BC maintained that lead.

A Lukas Denis interception and 58-yard return set the Eagles up nicely in the middle of the fourth quarter, but Hilliman fumbles and gave the ball back to the Chippewas. CMU failed to move the ball and had to go for it on 4th down. They failed to convert and gave the ball right back to the Eagles offense.

CMU failed to move the ball and had to go for it on 4th down. They failed to convert and gave the ball right back to the Eagles offense. An AJ Dillon fumble gave the ball back to CMU, but with just 54 seconds remaining. When the final whistle blew, it was 28-8 Boston College.

Harvard Crimson v. Georgetown Hoyas (41-2 Harvard)

Harvard is 1-1 early in their season as they throttled Brown last week 45-28. The Hoyas are just 1-2 and will likely be handed another loss by the Crimson.

Game Notes

As the second quarter moves along in D.C., the Crimson have a 24-0 lead over the Hoyas. A 26-yard FG from Jake McIntyre gave Harvard the 24-point lead with plenty of time left to play in the half.

The Hoyas get on the board in the 2nd with a safety. Still a solid lead for the Crimson.

Just before the third quarter ended, Harvard added another score. Charlie Booker punched in the one-yard rush for the score to put the Crimson up 31-2 heading into halftime.

Another FG from McIntyre made it 34-2 in the third quarter. In the 4th, Joe Viviano found Henry Taylor for a 30-yard score. The Crimson drove 94 yards to get the score that put them up 41-2. That’s how it all ended. It’s a huge win for Harvard on the road.

UConn Huskies v. SMU Mustangs (49-28 SMU)

The UConn Huskies are 16.5-point underdogs this week at SMU. The Huskies beat Holy Cross in week 1, their week 2 USF matchup was postponed, and then UConn dropped two straight to Virginia and East Carolina. SMU on the other hand os 3-1, with their lone loss coming against TCU.

Game Notes

UConn received the opening kickoff to get things rolling at SMU. On first down, Bryant Shirreffs hits Mason Donaldson for a 31-yard gain. The Huskies drive down the field but miss a 44-yard FG.

SMU takes their opening possession and drives for a score. Ben Hicks completes a pass to Courtland Sutton for the 6-yard TD. The extra point is good for a 7-0 Mustangs lead.

UConn responded right away, as Shirreffs hits Aaron McLean for a 64-yard touchdown! The extra point tied the game at 7.

Sadly, the Mustangs marched right down the field for a score to take a 14-7 lead. UConn is able to add a field goal in the second though to trim the SMU lead.

Now, it looks like SMU is getting their offense rolling. Another Mustangs touchdown makes it 21-10.

Nate Hopkins punches a score in for the Huskies on 4th down in the third quarter to cut into the SMU lead. 21-17 with 09:31 to play in the quarter. UConn drives on their next drive as well, but the SMU defense holds near the goal line. The Huskies settle for a field goal and it is now just a 1-point game. 21-20 SMU with 3:01 to play in the third quarter.

As the quarter winds down, SMU marches down the field and fires a TD pass. They go up 8-points at 28-20. Early in the 4th though, Shirreffs fires one for a score. He also rifles a pass into the end zone for the 2-point conversion. UConn and SMU are all tied up in the 4th at 28.

SMU came right back down the field and Hicks throws a deep ball for another TD. The Mustangs go up 35-28.

On the next UConn drive, the Mustangs forced a punt. The block the Huskies kick and recover right near midfield. A huge pass on SMU’s first play of the drive gets them to the 15, and a facemask pushes them inside the UConn 10. Three plays later they punch it in on a run for the score. With just 6:21 to play it’s a 42-28 SMU lead.

On a 4th-and-9 with 4:42 in the fourth quarter, the Huskies were forced to go for it. Shirreffs is sacked and UConn is really in a hole now. SMU is up two scores with the ball.

The Mustangs keep their foot on the gas with a huge run for a score. Now, it’s 49-28 SMU. This one might as well be over. UConn fumbles on the ensuing kickoff, and SMU recovers. They hold on for the W.

UMass Minutemen v. Ohio Bobcats (58-50 Ohio)

UMass is winless, but they really have had their chances to earn a W. All 5 games they’ve played have been pretty close, and last week they nearly upset Tennessee. This week though, they have another tough challenge with Ohio, The MAC power should take the win.

Game Notes

UMass and Ohio are now underway. The Minutemen will receive the opening kickoff.

The Minutemen march down the field on their opening drive, but they’re held to a field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Ohio came right back on their own opening drive to score a touchdown. Bobcats QB Nathan Rourke ran it in for the 7-3 lead.

Ross Comis responds with a score for the Minutemen to give them a 10-7 lead over Ohio.

The Minutemen then added another FG to increase the lead to 13-7 in the second quarter. Again though, Ohio responded. They scored a TD to take a 14-13 lead. The Bobcats kept things going, adding another touchdown to go up 21-13. A FG gave them another 3 in the quarter.

UMass won’t go quietly. Ford finds Breneman for a score to pull the Minutemen within 4. It’s 24-20 Bobcats now. They strike again before halftime to take a 27-lead over Ohio!

The Bobcats kicked a field goal right before the half to tie things up.

Ohio comes out of the locker room strong with a touchdown on their opening drive of the half. It’s now 34-27 Bobcats. They add another score in the quarter. A TD pass for Rourke makes it 41-27.

A late third quarter safety nets the Minutemen 2 points. They’re down 12 points now with 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd.

An Ohio score early in the second his this one looking ugly for UMass. They’re now down 48-29 and the defense is falling apart.

UMass adds a Marquis Young touchdown reception, but fail to convert on the 2-point conversion. The Minutemen are trying to claw their way back into this one, 48-35. Ohio is pulling away though, as they add another field goal to go up 16.

The Minutemen are still fighting, adding a touchdown with 2:20 remaining in the game. They convert the 2-pointer this time to make it 51-43. They immediately give up another score to Ohio though with just 1:42 left to play.

UMass scores again in this shout out, and they get the 2-point again. It’s now just 58-50 Ohio.

That score remains and UMass is now 0-6.

Central Connecticut Blue Devils @ Sacred Heart Pioneers (26-15 CCSU)

The Blue Devils are just 1-3 in 2017, with a win over Walsh last week.  Division opponent Sacred Heart is 2-2. This could be a very close game tonight.

Game Notes

CCSU strikes first with a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Drew Jean-Guillaume.

In the second quarter, the Blue Devils add a field goal to push their lead to 10. Sacred Heart gets one too though, to draw within a score.

After the SHU kick, Central Connecticut drives down the field right away. Jake Dolegala finds Jean-Guillaume for a 70-yard touchdown pass, but Frankie Palmer misses the PAT. 16-3 Blue Devils.

In the 3rd, Palmer adds another 3 for the Blue Devils.

Kevin Duke finally gets a TD for Sacred Heart as he rushes it in from 13-yards away. The 2-point conversion is no good though, and it’s 19-9 Central Connecticut.

After a fumble recovery at the SHU 8-yard line, CCSU was in prime position to add to their lead. Sacred Heart held them though, and took back over at their own 1-yard line.

Then, with just over 2:30 to play in the game, Jarrod Cann picked off SHU and returned it for a score. Kevin Duke did toss another TD for Sacred Heart, but it was too late and CCSU took this one 26-15.

Yale Bulldogs @ Fordham Rams (41-10 Yale)

The Yale Bulldogs are going to remain undefeated. They should be able to handle anything Fordham throws their way.

Game Notes

Yale scores first in this contest. Deshawn Salter rushes 38-yards for the score to make it 7-0. A Zane Dudek run gives the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead in the first frame.

Still in the 1st, Yale QB Kurt Rawlings tosses a 19-yarder to Jaeden Graham for a score. It’s 21-0 Yale over Fordham in the Bronx.

The Rams finally get on the board early in the 2nd with a field goal from Andrew Mevis.

Not to worry, Yale responds with another touchdown from Salter. He runs one in to make it 28-3.

In the third quarter, Salter added his third score of the night. This was a 1-yarder and Yale goes up 35-3. Zane Dudek then added another rushing touchdown for himself, putting Yale in front 41-3.

Zach Davis rushed for 20-yards and a score in the fourth quarter, but it won’t be enough for the Rams. The Yale Bulldogs win easily, 41-10.

UNH Wildcats v. Bryant Bulldogs (45-17 UNH)

The Wildcats are sitting pretty at 3-1, with the one loss coming from Holy Cross. That has them ranked at #14 in the FCS Coaches Poll. They should be able to stay on track against the Bulldogs.

Game Notes

UNH gets on the board first with a 50-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Rick Ellison. Morgan Ellman adds a 30-yard field goal to put the Wildcats up 10.

With 3:31 remaining in the first quarter Evan Grey barrels 31-yards for a score. Wildcats are on fire so far with a 17-0 lead.

Gavin Rowley gets the Bulldogs on the board with a 33-yard kick. They seem to be clicking now as Tom Kennedy pushes a rushing attempt across the goal line The extra point is good and it’s now just 17-10 UNH.

Evan Grey finds the end zone once again and the Wildcats pull away a bit, up 24-10. The Wildcats also add their first passing touchdown if the night with a 52-yarder from TrevorKnight to Neil O’Connor. 31-10 UNH.

Price Wilson then got his first passing TD for Bryant. It’s now a 31-17 game in Durham at halftime.

While the third quarter was scoreless, O’Connor hauled in a 19-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats up 38-17. And guess what? He added another. A toe-tapper in the back of the end zone has UNH up 45-17.

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Rhode Island Rams @ Brown Bears (24-21 Brown)

The latest game in New England features two teams from The Ocean State. The Rams are just 1-3, and the Bears are 1-1. URI beat Harvard, but Brown was throttled by the Crimson, Give the edge to the Rams here.

Game Notes

Rhode Island took just one play to score in this one. They take a 54-yard rush all the way in for the touchdown to go up 7-0 early.

The Brown Bears get down to the 1-yard line on their next possession, but they have to settle for three points.

In the second quarter, Harris completes a pass to Denny, and the extra point is good. The Rams are up 14-3.

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Brown scored on a 22-yard rush by Darius Daies and the Bears are now within 4. It’s 14-10 URI early in the third. A few minutes later, Brown came back with another touchdown. Thomas Linta hit Isaac Whitney for an 18-yarder. The Bears now have a 17-14 lead.

Daies added another rushing TD late in the third and it’s now a two score game at 24-14.

In the 4th, Rhode Island began to attempt their comeback with a 25-yard touchdown to make it 24-21 Brown.

The Bears would hold on, and won this Ocean State clash 24-21, improving to a 2-1 record.