ALBANY, N.Y. -- Drew Smith ran for three touchdowns and Albany (N.Y.) routed Central Connecticut State 63-34 Saturday to win a share of its sixth straight Northeast Conference title.
However, the Great Danes (9-2, 7-1), who scored 42 unanswered points, missed out on the league's postseason berth. Wagner, which beat Duquesne 23-17 on Saturday, will advance based on its 30-0 win over Albany on Nov. 3.
Corey Connell's 42-yard fumble return made it 42-0 with 2:05 left in the first half.
The Blue Devils (2-8, 2-5) got on the scoreboard 4 seconds before the break on Andrew Clements' 1-yard run.
Trailing 63-14 late in the third, Clements passed for two touchdowns and Chuck Watson had a 70-yard interception return for a score in the fourth.
NCAA's Division I Council implemented a rule that all bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be chosen for a bowl game before any teams with a 5-7 mark can be considered.
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who wants to implement a more aggressive defense, is one of several new Coastal assistants with work ahead.
Which Big 12 defenses are best at buckling down in red zone? There's little surprise that TCU is No. 1, but the conference's order might be a surprise.
Rutgers hasn't had a lof of recent success on the football field, but new coach Chris Ash is bring fun and competition to the offseason.
Lovie Smith will have a huge opportunity to make an early statement about the direction of his program when Illinois faces North Carolina.
Mississippi State's early matchup with South Carolina should give a hint of what's to come as the Bulldogs try to extend their bowl streak.
|St Francis (PA)||4-2||6-4|
|William & Mary||6-2||9-4|