Oh, the agony of interceptions, the pain of lost fumbles, the hurt of blocked punts and field-goal attempts, the ache of failed PATs.
Oh, the sting of ensuing defeat.
Rhode Island’s four college football teams, plus undefeated and nationally ranked Harvard, paid dearly for their errors on a blustery Saturday afternoon.
Western New England intercepted Salve Regina at the SRU 32-yard line with 1:05 left in a 21-21 game and scored the game-winning touchdown with 9 seconds to play. Salve Regina gotthe the WNE 48 with 2 seconds left, but QB Brandon Brasil’s Hail Mary pass fell short and incomplete. Final score, 28-21 WNE. The victory gave the Golden Gophers a 10-0 regular-season record, the New England Football Conference championship and a ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament. SRU finishes 7-2.
All Bryant needed to do to win the Northeast Conference and move on to the NCAA Division I FCS tournament was beat two teams with losing records in the last two weeks of the regular season. The Bulldogs responded to that challenge against Sacred Heart by throwing five interceptions, losing a fumble and having two Ricardo McCray touchdown runs called back because of penalties. Final score, 28-19 Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs can finish 6-5 with a victory at Robert Morris on Saturday.
Brown, which had already turned the ball over 25 times this season, continued on that self-destructive path against Dartmouth by losing it seven times on four interceptions and three fumbles. In addition, the kickoff team allowed an 89-yard return for a touchdown. Final score, 34-18 Dartmouth. Brown must beat an improving Columbia team on Frida night to finish 5-5. Dartmouth, 8-1, is tied with Harvard and Penn for first place in the Ivy League.
Rhode Island, trailing 12-7 with a minute remaining in the third quarter, had a punt blocked and recovered in the end zone by Stony Brook with 50 seconds left in the quarter. Final score, 19-7 Stony Brook. TheRams will wrap up what could be another one-win season at Towson.
Undefeated Harvard, winner of 22 straight and virtually invincible at home, turned the ball over three times – two fumbles and one interception – and lost to resurgent Penn, which had zero turnovers. Harvard lost fumbles at the Penn 18 and the Penn 11, had a field goal blocked, missed an extra-point attempt and failed on two two-point conversion attempts. Final score, 35-25 Penn.
Oh, the pain of it all.