Boston College was finally able to do something in Week 9 that it hadn't done since last year's season finale -- beat an FBS opponent. Meanwhile, UMass lost again, Harvard got back on track and UConn rested up in the bye week.
Boston College's comeback bid was successful, posting a 20-17 win over Maryland. The Eagles built a 13-0 lead by the early stages of the third quarter, only to surrender 17 straight points that put them in a must-score situation with less than five minutes to play. Chase Rettig led the Eagles on a 13-play, 85-yard drive over four minutes that led to his 14-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Coleman with 52 seconds left, and an interception on the ensuing Terps possession sealed the win. Victories are always good, but it's a case of too little, too late for the Eagles, who need to run the table to sniff bowl eligibility, and with Notre Dame and Virginia Tech still on the schedule, the chances of that happening aren't very good. Boston College improved to 2-6 overall (1-4 ACC).
UMass was blown out for the third straight week, losing to Vanderbilt, 49-7. Not much went the way of the Minutemen on offense, totaling only 264 yards. Mike Wegzyn and A.J. Doyle combined for 210 passing yards and the UMass rushing attack had only 54 yards. Vanderbilt's balanced attack -- over 200 passing and rushing yards -- was more than enough to send the Minutemen packing. In the second and third quarters combined, the Minutemen were outscored 42-0. The Minutemen dropped to 0-8 on the year (0-4 MAC).
Harvard rebounded from its epic fourth-quarter collapse last weekend with a 31-14 win over Dartmouth. The Crimson scored three unanswered touchdowns to open the game and closed out the game with 10 straight points, only allowing two Big Green touchdowns in the third quarter. Colton Chapple, who completed 17-of-31 passes for 170 yards and rushed for 88 yards and a score, paced a Harvard offense that racked up 212 rushing yards and 382 total yards. Treavor Scales had a big day, scampering for three touchdowns and 89 yards on 21 carries. Harvard moves to a region-best 6-1 overall (3-1 Ivy League).
UConn (3-5, 0-3 Big East) was off Saturday and faces South Florida next week.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD - WEEK 9
Boston College 20, Maryland 17.
Vanderbilt 49, UMass 7.
Harvard 34, Dartmouth 14.
Fordham 36, Holy Cross 32.
New Hampshire 40, Rhode Island 20.
Central Connecticut State 32, St. Francis (PA) 40.
Columbia 26, Yale 22.
Pennsylvania 20, Brown 17.
Albany 23, Sacred Heart 20.
Maine 24, William & Mary 10.
Bridgewater State 48, Maine Maritime 21.
Mass Maritime 35, Westfield State 13.
Curry 33, UMass Dartmouth 14.
Worcester Tech 36, St. Lawrence 17.
Salve Regina 31, Plymouth State 0.
Trinity (CT) 45, Middlebury 7.
Amherst 51, Tufts 7.
Norwich 50, Anna Maria 21.
Bates College 31, Colby 6.
Williams 34, Hamilton 26.
Mount Ida 55, Becker College 7.
Assumption 59, Pace 31.
New Haven 48, Southern Connecticut State 9.
Western Connecticut State 20, Montclair State 14.
Framingham State 39, Coast Guard 3.
Bentley 38, Merrimack 21.
American International 37, St. Anselm 34.
Worcester State 28, Fitchburg State 14.
MIT 34, Nichols 27.
Endicott 50, Western New England 45.
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