FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart jumped out to an early lead and the defense held off a resurgent Monmouth offense, holding on for a 24-21 win on Saturday.
Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2 Northeastern Conference) opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by RJ Noel with 10:37 left in the first quarter. Julian Hayes tied the game with a 58-yard touchdown run just over three minutes later before the Pioneers scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.
The Sacred Heart defense stiffened, however, as Preston Sanford intercepted Hill three plays later and, following a Sacred Heart turnover, forced a four-and-out on the ensuing drive.
Kevin Sperduto paced the Sacred Heart defense with 11 tackles, three for a loss, including 1 1/2 sacks.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
Randy Edsall will coach Maryland against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday, the school announced Thursday as rumors swirled about his job status going forward.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon will start against Oregon State on Saturday, a source told ESPN.
Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo returned to practice Thursday after charges that he attacked a woman he used to date were dropped, and he said he was "lucky" to be playing again.