Times are tough for college football fans in New England. Seemingly nothing has gone right this season for the area's three FBS teams, and the one team that was doing well finally lost this weekend. Think we could get a do over? Please?
Boston College continued to be sub par with a 37-17 loss to Georgia Tech. After holding the Yellow Jackets to seven first-quarter points, the Eagles gave up 21 points in the second quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach. BC's offense would show some signs of life, outscoring Georgia Tech, 14-9, in the second half. Once again, though, it was too late. Chase Rettig finished with 264 yards, two scores and a yard. Andre Williams rushed for 51 yards, but losses dropped the team's rushing total to 32 yards on 16 carries. Alex Amidon continued to have his way, catching seven balls for 118 yards and one touchdown. Regardless, the defense continued to be ineffective, and as long as that trend continues, the Eagles will have a lot of difficulty winning another game. BC dropped to 1-6 overall (0-4 ACC). The bowl dream is almost dead.
UMass is still winless after being blanked by Bowling Green, 24-0. Mike Wegzyn (9-for-25, 23 passing yards) was picked off twice and A.J. Doyle tossed two more interceptions. UMass' total team passing yardage? 33 on 13-of-34 passing. Yikes. The running game was better, but that's not saying much when your leading rusher, Michael Cox, had 37 yards on 10 carries and your team totaled 85 yards on the ground. Bowling Green did most of its damage in the third quarter, scoring 13 points. UMass had six first downs and couldn't take advantage of 130 Falcons' penalty yards. UMass fell to 0-7 (0-4 MAC).
UConn couldn't do anything in the ground game, and Syracuse walked all over the Huskies en route to a 40-10 victory. The Huskies turned the ball over twice and accrued 296 passing yards from Chandler Whitmer, but finished with negative six rushing yards. Lyle McCombs, UConn's star running back, had 16 yards on 12 carries. After alternating wins and losses in the first few weeks of the season, the Huskies have dropped three straight. That skid could not have come at a worse time, as it places UConn at 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the Big East.
Harvard lost its first game of the season against Princeton, 39-34. The Crimson started strong, building a 21-0 lead heading into halftime, only to allow a 39-point second half highlighted by four unanswered Tigers touchdowns to close out the fourth quarter. Trailing 34-32 with less than a minute to play, Princeton put together a game-winning scoring drive that ended with a Quinn Epperly 36-yard touchdown pass with 13 ticks remaining. Despite losing, Colton Chapple threw for 448 yards and five touchdowns and the Crimson had three 100-yard receivers, with Kyle Juszcyk catching 15 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Harvard fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD - WEEK 8
Georgia Tech 37, Boston College 17.
Bowling Green 24, UMass 0.
Syracuse 40, UConn 10.
Princeton 39, Harvard 34.
Lafayette 30, Holy Cross 13.
Yale 27, Pennsylvania 13.
New Hampshire 28, Maine 21.
Duquense 35, Sacred Heart 3.
Robert Morris 37, Central Connecticut State 31.
Brown 21, Cornell 14.
Lehigh 42, Bucknell 19.
Bryant University 27, Monmouth 24.
Dartmouth 21, Colombia 16.
Delaware 47, Rhode Island 24.
Stony Brook 41, Gardner-Webb 10.
Colby 32, Hamilton 29.
Mass Maritime 42, Maine Maritime 23.
Endicott 54, UMass Dartmouth 15.
Gallaudet 48, Becker College 26.
Curry 34, Nichols 24.
Amherst 17, Wesleyan 9.
Trinity (CT) 27, Bowdoin 10.
American international 27, Bentley University 23.
Middlebury 38, Bates College 23.
Merrimack 81, St. Anselm 35.
Springfield 33, St. Lawrence 20.
Western New England 23, Plymouth State 3.
Williams 25, Tufts 7.
Bridgewater State 44, Fitchburg State 14.
Coast Guard 31, Worcester State 28.
Norwich 56, Husson 0.
Framingham State 30, Westfield State 16.
Merchant Marine 28, Worcester Tech 13.
Castleton State 54, Anna Maria 33.
New Haven 45, Stonehill 41.
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