Duquesne's John Domit missed an 18-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, preserving Central's 28-27 comeback win Saturday at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. that secured the school's fifth-ever NEC Championship.
Jake Dolegala threw a go-ahead TD pass, his second of the game, to Cameron Nash with 2:17 to play, after recording his second rushing TD of the game just three minutes prior.
Prior to the go-ahead score, Duquesne was pushed back to their 1-yard-line after a third-down sack. The ensuing 29-yard punt by Mitch Maczura allowed Central start their game-winning drive at the 23.
In the second quarter, Dolegala also ran for a score and connected with Courtney Rush on a TD pass to give the Blue Devils (7-3) a 14-0 lead. The quarterback finished 21-for-33 for 276 yards.
After scoring 27 unanswered points, which include two touchdown runs by AJ Hines and two TD receptions by Nehari Crawford, Duquesne (7-3) led 27-14 with 10:29 remaining. In addition to the missed field goal, kicker Domit also missed an extra point on Crawford's second score.
Central won its seventh straight, its longest winning streak since 1967, and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in school history.
Yale 35, Princeton 31: Zane Dudek ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown, his third of the game to lead Yale to a wild come-from-behind win over Princeton in an Ivy League showdown at Princeton Stadium in N.J. Princeton (5-3) led 24-7 in the second quarter before Yale (7-1) stormed back with two TD passes from Kurt Rawlings and Dudek's second score for a 28-24 third-quarter lead. Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff, who threw for 454 yards, then threw his fourth TD pass of the game to put the Tigers ahead 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart 16, St. Francis (Pa.) 7: Ezekiel Ennis ran for a 76-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, setting the tone early in Sacred Heart's win over St. Francis (Pa.) at DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa. The Pioneers (4-6) outgained the Red Flash (5-5) 241-128 overall on the ground. St. Francis quarterback Freddy Bopst was intercepted twice, and kicker Eric Bofenkamp missed two field goals.
Merchant Marine 48, Coast Guard 23: Brice Moore had 40 rushes for 207 yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns, to help Merchant Marine (5-4) pull away from Coast Guard (3-7) at Cadet Memorial Field in New London. Justin Moffatt caught Coast Guard quarterback Ryan Jones' third TD pass of the game to briefly shrink the deficit to 27-23.
Southern 34, Pace 0: Quarterback Raymond Catapano threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as Southern (5-5) breezed past Pace (3-7) at Jess Dow Field in New Haven. The Owls defense recorded two interceptions and held Pace to 82 yards of total offense.
Merrimack 31, New Haven 21: Derrick Villard and Cam Hayes ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Merrimack (4-6) over New Haven (6-4) at Dellacamera Stadium in West Haven. Ajee Patterson put the Chargers ahead 21-17 with a third-quarter TD run, and Devin Martin led receivers with 7 catches for 183 yards.