A look at Saturday's football games involving teams from Connecticut ...
Sacred Heart (9-2) at Robert Morris (5-4), noon: Sacred Heart, 3-2 in the Northeast Conference and tied for second place with Duquesne, looks to clinch a share of the Northeast Conference title first-place Robert Morris (3-1) in its season finale. Sacred Heart would receive the conference's automatic FCS playoff bid with a victory and a St. Francis (Pa.) loss in either of its final games (Wagner, Robert Morris).
New Haven (7-3) vs. Assumption (6-4), noon: The Chargers (7-2 Northeast-10) are looking to win eight-plus conference games in four consecutive seasons for the first time. Third place is on the line against Assumption (6-3). New Haven quarterback Ronnie Nelson, the only New Haven player with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his career, has 36 total touchdowns this season (27 passing), which ranks sixth in Division II.
Western Connecticut (6-2) vs. Westfield State (5-4), noon: Western is coming off a bye and has won three in a row after a 35-12 victory over UMass Dartmouth Nov. 2. Senior running back Octavias McKoy has 1,679 rushing yards, second in Division III to Domonique Hayden of Thomas More. McKoy's average of 209.9 yards a game is best in the nation, ahead of Hayden (200.1). Western (5-2) can clinch second place outright in the MASCAC with a victory. Westfield State is 4-3 in the conference.
Central Connecticut (4-6) at Duquesne (5-4), 12:10 p.m.: Central (3-2 Northeast Conference) needs a victory to keep hopes of sharing the conference title alive. Duquesne (3-2) is tied with Sacred Heart for second-place behind Robert Morris (3-1). Central has allowed just four sacks and is tied with Portland State for the best average in the nation (.40 a game). Defense has been the problem. The Blue Devils have allowed 50-plus points four times. Junior running back Rob Hollomon has 1,284 rushing yards this season and 2,388 in his career, third on Central's all-time list.
Yale (5-3) at Princeton (7-1), 1 p.m.: Yale, which has won two in a row, is 3-2 in the Ivy League. Princeton (5-0) can clinch a share of the conference title with a victory. The Tigers are seeking their first Ivy title since 2006, when they shared it with Yale. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 74-51-10. In the first meeting in 1873, the ball burst after kickoff and it took 30 minutes to replace. Yale is coming off a 24-17 victory at Brown. Princeton has hosted Yale twice in the last 20 years while in first place. Both times, in 1995 and 2005, Yale won. This is the second-oldest rivalry in college football, second to Lehigh and Lafayette, who play each other for the 149th time Saturday.
Southern Connecticut (3-7) at Merrimack (6-4), 1 p.m.: Southern defeated Merrimack 40-34 at home Sept. 20. This game is part of Northeast-10 championship weekend. Southern junior linebacker Brian Wilcox enters the game with 99 tackles this season and is looking to become the first Southern player to reach 100 since J.R. Ferguson had 158 in 1996. John Moscatel has 1,070 rushing yards for the Owls. Southern has lost five games in a row, last winning Oct. 4 at home against Pace, 47-18.
Coast Guard (3-6) vs. MIT (5-3), 1 p.m.: Coast Guard won last year's meeting, the first in history, 35-21. MIT is coming off a 56-36 victory over Maine Maritime with Peter Williams throwing a program-record five touchdown passes. Coast Guard committed five turnovers and lost 25-14 to first-place Salve Regina last week. Both teams are 3-3 in the New England Football Conference and Coast Guard is looking to finish above .500 for the second season in a row.
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