We all know that the Duquesne Dukes won their opening matchup. How did the rest of the NEC fare on opening weekend? We’ll have a look below.
Eastern Kentucky 38, Robert Morris 6
This was going to be a tough game for the Colonials against a Top 25 team. They were down 21-0 before they knew what had happened. PSU transfer Paul Jones was the starter at quarterback for RMU, after some early rumblings that the coaches weren’t entirely happy with him.
James Madison 38, Central Connecticut State 14
Another Top 25 test for an NEC team this week. CCSU spotted JMU 21 points before they got in on the action themselves, and then spotted them another 17 points at the beginning of the second half. Blue Devils QB Clements couldn’t find a rhythm, completing just 10 of 24 passes and throwing two picks.
Sacred Heart 37, Marist 21
Sophomore quarterback and new starter R.J. Noel led the way with a solid performance in the air and on the ground, gaining a combined 304 yards. He also scored two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. By the time Marist got things going offensively in the fourth quarter, it was too late.
Bryant 17, Holy Cross 16
Bryant, who I still think is as strong a contender as the Dukes and Wagner for the NEC title, showed what their passing offense is capable of. Mike Westerhaus passed for 323 yards, 126 of them to star wideout Jordan Harris. Even with that, this was a tight game. Bryant snatched victory with very late field goal – under 0:38 left.
Wagner 28, Georgetown 21
The Seahawks trailed most of this game, but tied it late and pulled ahead of the Hoyas with under three minutes on the clock. Wagner’s Dominique Williams was the star, scoring the go-ahead touchdown and running for 162 yards.