MILTON, Mass. – Curry College quarterback Alex Corvese (Cranston, R.I.) was problematic for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth defense, spurring four touchdowns in the game including the eventual game-winner in the fourth quarter as the Colonels escaped by a 30-27 final.
Score: Curry 30, UMass Dartmouth 27
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-3, 2-1 MASCAC) | Curry College (4-1, 0-0 CCC)
How It Happened
After a quiet start to the first quarter, Curry College opened the scoring with 3:50 left as Corvese capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive, hitting Spencer Tyler (Yarmouthport, Mass.) on a 38-yard touchdown connection.
The Corsairs struck back in a hurry, taking just 3 minutes to knot the score as quarterback Jace Pena (East Providence, R.I.) linked up with sophomore Jacen Hudson (Hudson, N.H.) on a 26-yard catch-and-run for Hudson's first collegiate touchdown reception.
The Colonels' jumped ahead early in the second quarter with 10 unanswered points. The first came when Corvese launched his second touchdown pass of the game from 16 yards out. Following a stop defensively, the host upped the advantage 17-7 when Marc Mrozek (Stratford, Conn.) guided a 23-yard field goal through the uprights.
UMass Dartmouth went on its own scoring run before the end of the half that started when Pena found Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.) on a 20-yard touchdown to punctuate a four-play, one-minute drive. The touchdown marked the 20th of Bamgbose's career.
On the next defensive possession, the Corsairs came up with a crucial turnover after forcing a fumble in the midst of a promising drive for the Colonels. With just over two minutes left in the half, kicker James Tooker (Harwich, Mass.) pulled the Corsairs, drilling a 32-yard field goal.
Curry controlled the third quarter, outscoring the visitors by a 7-3 rate as Corvese scampered in from three yards away.
UMass Dartmouth took its first lead with 12:41 left in the game after trailing 24-20 as Pena and Bamgbose came together once again, this time on the first play of the drive as Bamgbose registered a season-long 61-yard reception to the house for his second touchdown of the game and fifth of the season.
But the Colonels battled back, taking the lead and eventually the game when Corvese powered in from one yard out with 6:06 remaining, picking up his fourth touchdown of the game to give his team the 30-27 decision.
Inside the Numbers
- The Colonels controlled the game of yards with 454 in the game to UMass Dartmouth's 356, with 377 of Curry's yards coming through the air.
- Pena finished his career outing with 214 yards in the air on 12-of-27 passing with three touchdown passes.
- UMass Dartmouth picked up 31 yards following interceptions as Scott Tupper (Holden, Mass.) came away with his third pick of the year and freshman Jessie Barbee (Springfield, Mass.) logged the first of his career.
- Senior Michael Slaughter Jr. (Springfield, Mass.) and junior Jimmy Hirtle (Tewksbury, Mass.) combined for 109 yards on the ground.
- The Corsair defensive effort was paced by sophomore Jake Tavares (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Jacob Burkhead (Plymouth, Mass.), who both logged a team-high 10 tackles. Tavares powered through the line for 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack, with Burkhead notching his first career fumble recovery.
- Curry College kept its drives alive with a 7-14 conversion rate on third downs, picking up a game-high 22 first downs.
- UMass Dartmouth is now 5-12 all-time against Curry College.
UMass Dartmouth are back at Cressy Field this coming Friday, hosting Bridgewater State as MASCAC play resumes with a 7 p.m. kickoff.