For the second time in as many weeks, Utica College had its second-half comeback thwarted.

The Pioneers trailed by 7 after Josh Hood’s 17-yard touchdown catch capped a long drive with about 2 minutes remaining, but No. 19-ranked Alfred University recovered the ensuing onside kick and then barely converted a first down on fourth-and-one late in game to preserve a 24-17 victory Saturday in the Empire 8 Conference opener for both teams at Yunevich Stadium.

Utica College (1-2 overall), which trailed 10-3 at halftime, made it 17-10 late in third quarter when Rome Free Academy graduate Lindell Reed caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Miller.

However, Alfred answered on the next drive to return to a 14-point advantage early in the fourth quarter.

In his third career start, Miller threw for a career-best 193 yards and his first two touchdown passes. He also had two interceptions.

Reed, playing in his first game of the season, added 52 yards rushing on a team-best 12 carries. Hood added 78 yards receiving.

Alfred outgained Utica 424-267 on offense, with Jayden Gavidia accumulating 207 receiving yards on 13 catches. Bryce Morrison threw for 269 yards.

Utica College plays its third consecutive road next Saturday when they play at ranked Empire 8 opponent Brockport State at 4 p.m.

ALFRED UNIVERSITY 24, UTICA COLLEGE 17

Utica College 0 3 7 7 —17

Alfred U 7 3 7 7 —24

First quarter

A – Jayden Gavidia 9 pass from Bryce Morrison (Trevor Monk kick)

Second quarter

A -- Trevor Monk 43 field goal

U -- Maki Medici 22 field goal

Third quarter

A – Casey Boston 57 run (Monk kick)

U – Lindell Reed 16 pass from Peyton Miller (Medici kick)

Fourth quarter

A --Maleke Fuentes 27 run (Trevor Monk kick)

U – Josh Hood 12 pass (Medici kick)

 

Tufts tops Hamilton in OT

Quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt recovered his own fumble in the end zone on the opening overtime series and Tufts earned a 35-28 victory over Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference game Saturday in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Hamilton’s ensuing drive was halted on a fourth-and-seven from the Tufts’ seven-yard-line.

Hamilton sophomore quarterback Kenny Gray threw four touchdown passes and accumulated 365 yards, both career-bests.

Sophomore receiver Joe Schmidt caught all four touchdowns and finished with a career-best 214 yards on eight catches. Christian Donahue also had a career-best 102 yards receiving.

Hamilton tied the game twice in the fourth quarter on Gray’s touchdown passes to Schmidt to help force overtime.

Whitesboro’s Tyler Hudson, who moved from defensive end to linebacker this season led all players with 19 tackles.

TUFTS 35, HAMILTON COLLEGE 28 (OT)

Hamilton 13 0 0 15 0 —28

Tufts 7 14 0 7 7 —35

First quarter

T -- Ryan McDonald 11 run (Matthew Alswang kick)

H -- Joe Schmidt 70 pass from Kenny Gray (run failed)

H -- Schmidt 51 pass from Gray (Zach Altneu kick)

Second quarter

T -- Winton Blount 27 pass from Ryan McDonald (Alswang kick)

T -- Jack Dolan 16 pass from McDonald (Alswang kick)

Fourth quarter

H – Schmidt 9 pass from Gray (Will Budington pass from Gray)

T -- Andrew Sanders 31 run (Alswang kick)

H -- Schmidt 29 pass from Kenny Gray. (Altneu kick)

Overtime

T -- Ryan Hagfeldt fumble recovery in end zone (Alswang kick)

 

Buffalo State edges Morrisville State late

Kyle Hoppy threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Had Bryan with 51 seconds remaining to help Buffalo State top Morrisville State 53-48 in an Empire 8 shootout Saturday at Drake Field in Morrisville.

The teams traded scores for most of the game and Morrisville outgained Buffalo State 526-508 on offense. The Mustangs had 329 yards rushing.

Morrisville quarterback Brandon Gwinner threw for 197 yards, added for 149 rushing and totaled five touchdowns for Morrisville (0-1, 1-1).

Morrisville’s Nick Edmond rushed for a career-best 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21 carries.

Morrisville led 48-41 when Gwinner threw an 18-yard pass to Raffaele Bradshaw with 12:17 to play.

The Bengals answered on their next drive -- the extra point failed -- and then stopped Morrisville’s time-consuming, 15-play drive to set up the winner.

Hoppy totaled 364 yards passing for Buffalo State (1-0, 2-0).

BUFFALO STATE 53, MORRISVILLE STATE 48

Buffalo St. 14 14 7 18 —53

Morrisville St. 13 20 7 8 —48

First quarter

B -- Stephen Johnson 58 pass from Kyle Hoppy. (Justin Simoncelli kick)

M -- Nick Edmond 4 run (Kinsey Williams kick)

B – Anthony Covington 9 run (Simoncelli kick)

M -- Brandon Gwinner 2 run (Williams kick)

Second quarter

M -- Brandon Gwinner 1 run (Williams kick)

B -- Jamar Rutledge 96 kickoff return (Simoncelli kick)

M -- Joseph Faniel 25 pass from Gwinner. (Williams kick)

B -- Ricky Bailey 8 pass from Hoppy. (Simoncelli kick)

M -- Dajon Russell 20 pass from Gwinner. (Williams kick)

Third quarter

B – Antoine Holloman 1 run (Simoncelli kick)

M -- Nick Edmond 14 run. (Williams kick)

Fourth quarter

B -- Rutledge 19 run (run failed)

M -- Raffaele Bradshaw 18 pass from Gwinner (Gwinner run)

B -- Austin Neal 8 run (kick failed)

B -- Had Bryant 41 pass from Hoppy (pass failed)

 

Buffalo earns win over Colgate

Tyree Jackson threw for one touchdown and ran in another to lead host Buffalo in a 33-10 win over Colgate on Saturday night.

Colgate plays in the FCS, a division below Buffalo.

Emmanuel Reed rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 22 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run, and Johnathan Hawkins punched in a TD from the 1 as Buffalo (1-2) evened its series with the Raiders at 8-8.
The Bulls scored on each of their first half possessions to take a 30-3 lead into the half and then protected its advantage the rest of the way.
Jackson finished 9 of 16 for 184 yards passing with another 97 yards on the ground.
Colgate (1-2) got a 22-yard field goal from Chris Puzzi in the first quarter and Malik Twyman scored from the 5 for his first career touchdown late in the third quarter.

Colgate totaled 223 yards on offense compared to Buffalo’s 486.

Colgate’s T.J. Holl led all players with 18 tackles.

Buffalo 33, Colgate 10

Colgate 3 0 7 0 —10

Buffalo 20 10 0 3 —33

First quarter

B – Tyree Jackson 14 run (Adam Mitcheson kick)

B – Anthony Johnson 14 pass from Jackson (Mitcheson kick)

C – Chris Puzzi 22 field goal

B – Emmanuel Reed 10 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

B – Johnathan Hawkins 1 run (Mitcheson kick)

B – Mitcheson 26 field goal

Third quarter

C – Malik Twyman 5 run (Puzzi kick)

Fourth quarter

B – Mitcheson 21 field goal