Last-sec­ond field goal ends season for Dukes


The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - AREA ROUNDUP

Chris Puzzi kicked a 38-yard field goal as time ran out to give Col­gate a 23-20 win over James Madi­son on Satur­day and send the eighth-seeded Raiders to the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion play­off quar­ter­fi­nals.

Puzzi’s win­ning kick, his third field goal of the game, went inside the right up­right and came af­ter James Madi­son came up short on a fake punt on fourth and five, giv­ing the Raiders the ball at their 39-yard line with 2:46 left.

The Dukes (9-4), who have won two na­tional cham­pi­onships and were mak­ing their 15th play­off ap­pear­ance and fifth straight, tied the game at 20 on Ben DiNucci’s seven-yard run with 8:22 left in the fourth quar­ter.

Trail­ing 10-6 at half­time, Col­gate (10-1), host­ing its first FCS play­off game in 15 years, got touch­downs on Grant Bren­e­man’s 32-yard run and his 14-yard pass to Owen Rock­ett in the third quar­ter to lead 20-13. Rock­ett fin­ished with 104 yards re­ceiv­ing on five catches.

James Madi­son scored first on Car­don John­son’s two-yard run, and Ethan Ratke kicked two field goals. But DiNucci was in­ter­cepted five times, two by Tyler Castillo.

Col­gate will face top-seeded North Dakota State, which has won six of the past seven FCS ti­tles, in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

LIB­ERTY 52, NOR­FOLK STATE 17: Ken­tory Matthews rushed for 151 yards and four touch­downs and Frankie Hick­son ran for 100 yards and a score to power the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion in­de­pen­dent Flames (6-6) to a romp over the FCS Spar­tans (4-7) in a game that was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Sept. 15 but was post­poned be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Florence.

Lib­erty took the lead for good on Stephen Calvert’s 18-yard touch­down toss to Michael Bollinger with 52 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter. The Flames tacked on four touch­downs in the first 12:03 of the sec­ond quar­ter to make it 38-3.

JOHNS HOP­KINS 37, RENS­SE­LAER POLYTECH­NIC IN­STI­TUTE 14: David Tam­maro passed for 284 yards and a touch­down and ran for an­other 81 yards and a score, and the Blue Jays won in Bal­ti­more to ad­vance to the Di­vi­sion III na­tional semi­fi­nals for the first time in pro­gram his­tory.

Stu­art Wal­ters added 115 rush­ing yards and two touch­downs for Johns Hop­kins (12-1), which held RPI (10-2) to 42 rush­ing yards and moves on to face top-ranked Mount Union.

“I don’t re­flect very much on a lot of things,” said Blue Jays Coach Jim Mar­graff, who is in his 29th season lead­ing his alma mater. “But to take a mo­ment and [think about] where we were when I was a player, where we were when we first got here in 1990, to be­ing one of the fi­nal four teams in the coun­try . . . it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for us.”

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