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State Roundup: Central Falls On Road; Yale Wins Opener

Ma'lik Richmond played in Youngstown State's 59-9 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday at Youngstown, Ohio, a day after a federal appeals court declined a university request to keep the defensive end from playing.

Richmond, 21, was convicted of rape as a teenager in Steubenville, Ohio, and he sued Youngstown State this week after the school allowed him to join the football team but then told him he couldn't play this season. The school backed off its initial decision after a petition began circulating on campus demanding Richmond not be allowed to play.

He entered Saturday's game late in the third quarter with Youngstown State leading 52-6 and played for the rest of the game. He made two tackles.

Youngstown State, fifth-ranked in FCS, led 31-0 at the half.

Cameron Nash rushed it in from 5 yards out to cut the lead to 38-6 in the third for Central's touchdown.

Jacob Dolegala was 11 of 24 for 93 yards and an interception for Central (0-3). He rushed five times for 26 yards. Nash rushed for 62 yards.

Central's defense was led by Najae Brown, who had a team-high 10 tackles.

Yale 56, Lehigh 28: Kurt Rawlings threw for four touchdowns, Zane Dudek ran for two scores, and Yale opened its season with a win at Bethlehem, Pa., to take the Yank Townsend Trophy from the Mountain Hawks.

Rawlings hit Melvin Rouse II on a 37-yard TD pass on the Bulldogs' opening drive, and later found him for a 31-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to make it 34-21. Rawlings was 20 of 26 for 308 yards passing, with a 43-yard TD pass to Christopher Williams-Lopez and an 11-yarder to JP Shohfi.

The Bulldogs converted two turnovers into scores and broke the game open on Rawlings' TD pass to Shohfi after Ryan Burke recovered Brad Mayes' fumble on the Lehigh 25.

Dudek rushed for 131 yards on nine carries, scoring on a 69-yard run for the Bulldogs in the third and on a 29-yarder in the fourth.

Mayes was 18 of 31 for 304 yards passing for Lehigh, which lost its third straight.

New Haven 23, Saint Anselm 7: Ajee Peterson led the Chargers to the road win, completing 19 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

After a touchdown pass from Eric Fairweather to Kyle Hill put Saint Anselm up first, New Haven (2-1, 1-1 Northeast-10) would score 23 unanswered points. Devin Martin was Peterson's favorite target, catching eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Middlebury 30, Wesleyan 27: Jared Lebowitz was 22-for-44 for 352 yards and three touchdowns to lead Middlebury to the season-opening win at Middlebury, Vt.

Middlebury won despite Wesleyan's Mark Piccirillo finishing with 432 passing yards and four touchdowns. Wesleyan's Mike Breuler led receivers with 15 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

Stony Brook 45, Sacred Heart 7: Host Stony Brook (2-1) had three rushers with 70 or more yards and overwhelmed the Pioneers (2-1).

Pioneers quarterback Kevin Duke was held to 115 yards passing. He completed 14 of 27 passes and threw two interceptions, with no touchdowns.

Coast Guard 13, Nichols 0: At Cadet Memorial Field, Coast Guard held Nichols to 123 yards offensively to take the win and improve to 2-1.

Coast Guard's Ethan Goldcamp passed for 181 yards with Cam Cecchini rushing for a career-high 104 yards. Cole Austin kicked 19- and 20-yard field goals in the second half.

Though Coast Guard had six turnovers to Nichols' three, nine penalties cost Nichols 89 yards.

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