SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Jose Depadua’s touchdown return on a blocked punt for Bryant sparked a landslide 34-7 victory over Assumption on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
Depadua’s 35-yard return put the first points on the scoreboard for Bryant (2-0) in the first quarter, and his 20-yard catch three minutes into the second stretched the Bulldogs’ lead 14-0.
In the third quarter, Bryant converted a second blocked punt into a touchdown with a 2-yard return by Chad Ward.
The Bulldogs’ defense held Assumption to just 170 total offensive yards. The Greyhounds struggled on third-down conversions, completing 1 of 15 attempts.
James Ward scored the only touchdown for Assumption (0-1) on a 2-yard run early in the third quarter. Saturday’s game was the first of the season for the Greyhounds, who are coming off a 3-7 season.
The Bulldogs’ win marks the first 2-0 start to a season since 2010. They play at the University of Maine on Saturday.
DELAWARE 42, DELAWARE ST. 21: Trent Hurley threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, to lead Delaware.
Rob Jones caught two of Hurley’s touchdowns, including a 33-yard pass in the second quarter to give the Blue Hens a 21-7 lead. After stuffing Delaware State on the next series, Jones returned the ensuing punt for a 62-yard touchdown, his third of the day. Jones had three catches for 43 yards.
The Blue Hens (2-0) added to their lead on a Nick Boyle 25-yard touchdown reception, giving them a commanding 42-14 fourth-quarter lead. Hurley was 24 of 31.
TOWSON 49, HOLY CROSS 7: Terrence West scored twice to break the school record for career touchdowns to lead Towson.
West, who is the fifth-leading rusher in Towson history, scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and again on a 3-yard plunge in the third for his 49th career TD to break Jason Corle’s 1999 record. West finished with 121 yards to lead the Tigers’ ground attack, which tallied 286 yards.
Peter Athens completed 17 of 23 for 232 passing yards for the Tigers.
STONY BROOK 24, RHODE ISLAND 0: Marcus Coker rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown, leading Stony Brook to a decisive victory.
Stony Brook’s Lyle Negron completed 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. The Seawolves’ defense held the Rhode Island ground game to just 67 yards. Bob Bentsen was 25 of 34 for 224 yards for Rhode Island (0-2).
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 24, NEW HAMPSHIRE 21: Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally.
Central Michigan found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire’s attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.
The Chippewas won without two key starters, quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton, who were injured in the season opener.
Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush’s touchdowns came in Central Michigan’s fourth-quarter rally.
Rush connected with Titus Davis on a play-action pass for a 97-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 before the Chippewas got the ball back and drove 66 yards for the winning field goal.
Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.