Norfolk State wasn’t able to play the spoiler role in its season finale Saturday, losing 17-3 to South Carolina State at Dick Price Stadium.
Adrian Kollock ran for the clinching touchdown as the Bulldogs overcame four turnovers.
Richard Cue struggled to 41 yards on 3-of-14 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions for SCSU (9-3, 7-1 MEAC), which finished in a tie for first place with 14th-ranked Bethune-Cookman but lost the conference’s automatic bid via a head-to-head tiebreaker. Beating NSU kept alive S.C. State’s realistic hopes for an at-large bid.
Temarrick Hemingway hauled in the lone scoring pass for the Bulldogs.
Malik Stokes went 7-for-16 for 128 yards and an interception as NSU (3-9, 3-5) closed out its season with back-to-back losses. Rolandan “Deuce” Finch led the Spartans with 75 yards on 18 carries.
With 4:03 left in the third quarter, Cue and Hemingway hooked up for a 23-yard score to give SCSU a 10-3 lead. The Bulldogs' defense forced a three-and-out on the next two NSU possessions and forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Andy Vailas and Sean Goldrich each passed for a touchdown as host New Hampshire upended Colonial Athletic Association champion Maine 24-3, completing a remarkable turnaround that is expected to give the Wildcats their record 10th consecutive FCS playoff berth.
Nico Steriti added a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as UNH beat the Black Bears for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings. Steriti finished with 139 yards.
Marcus Wasilewski was 27-of-43 for 220 yards for Maine (10-2, 7-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped and was denied the first 11-win season in school history. ...
Josh Woodrum threw for three scores and ran for another as visiting Liberty routed No. 16 Charleston Southern 56-14 to gain a share of its sixth Big South championship.
But the Flames (8-4, 4-1) aren’t expected to gain their first FCS playoff bid. Coastal Carolina shared the title with Liberty (8-4, 4-1 Big South) and earned the automatic bid by virtue of its 55-52 double-overtime victory over the Flames on Oct. 19.
CSU (10-3, 3-2) would’ve gained an automatic playoff bid with a victory and still has at least an outside chance for an at-large berth.
Woodrum completed 23-of-28 passes for 239 yards and Desmond Rice rushed for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Liberty, which has won five ina row. Kyle Copeland rushed for a score and threw a late touchdown pass to Donte Sumpter for CSU. ...
Brandon Wesley threw for 204 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help Bucknell (6-5) rally from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to win 35-23 at VMI.
CJ Williams added 57 rushing yards and a touchdown and also caught a 48-yard touchdown pass for the Bison.
A.J. Augustine completed 18-of-27 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 33 yards and a TD for VMI (2-10). Deon Watts added 45 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Keydets.
Navy QB sets record
Sophomore Keenan Reynolds rushed for a Navy-record seven touchdowns - including one in each of the three overtime periods - and threw for another as the visiting Midshipmen won their third straight game, 58-52 over San Jose State late Friday night.
Reynolds, who has 15 rushing touchdowns in his last four games, ran for 240 yards while completing 4-of-6 passes for 46 yards against SJSU. He became the first FBS quarterback to rush for seven touchdowns. Reynolds' scores were from 12, 3, 38, 20, 25, 7 and 25 yards as Navy (7-4) ran for 432 yards.
David Fales was 42-of-56 for 430 yards and matched a career high with five touchdowns for SJSU (5-6).
Winston-Salem State beat visiting Slippery Rock 27-20 in the first round of the playoffs, earning WSSU a trip to Shepherd (W.Va.) for a round-of-16 game.
It was the Rams’ first contest since the CIAA championship game was canceled following an altercation between Virginia State and WSSU players that resulted in the beating of Rams standout quarterback Rudy Johnson.
Nash Nance threw for five touchdowns, three of them to Holton Walker, in a 42-34 Hampden-Sydney home win against Maryville in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers (9-2) earned the right to play Linfield (10-0), presumably in Oregon.
After an offensively dominated first half, the teams each scored just one touchdown in the second half. The Tigers stopped Maryville on fourth down three times in the fourth quarter, once at the H-SC 15. Walker had 16 catches for 268 yards. ...
Joe Callahan hit Steve Koudossou 11 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns, including three times for 82 yards on the final drive in which Wesley scored with 12.8 seconds left to defeat Johns Hopkins 29-24 in Baltimore. ...
Running back Steven Webb rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Hobart defeated Gallaudet 34-7 in Geneva, N.Y. The Bison, whose team consists entirely of players with at least some loss of hearing, finished 9-2.