Senior McCoy Scott returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to help the Nichols College football team to a 23-15 win over Becker College Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Alumni Field.
Junior signal caller Michael Pina tossed for 140 yards and pair of touchdowns – both to freshman Hunter Ferreira – while senior Jacob Duffrene rushed for 140 yards, giving him two 100-yard games in his last three outings. Scott, meanwhile, finished with seven tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup while Ferreira's four receptions led all student-athletes.
Ferreira's 31-yard touchdown reception 2:26 into the contest staked the Bison (4-3, 2-1 CCC) to a 7-0 lead. On the next play from scrimmage, Becker (0-6, 0-2 CCC) junior Jake McHugh hooked up with freshman Marc O'Neal for a 93-yard touchdown that knotted the score at seven.
In the third, freshman Daniel Espinosa capped a nine-play, 42-yard drive with a 17-yard field goal to put NC back on top, 10-7. Four minutes later, Scott intercepted sophomore QB Alpha Barry and scampered 60 yards to extend the Bison lead to 16-7 (PAT failed).
Following a 66-yard run by Duffrene, Ferreira hauled in his second TD reception of the afternoon from four yards out as NC pushed its lead to 23-7 with 5:32 remaining. O'Neil's second scoring catch of the day on the ensuing drive capped the scoring.
Three things you need to know...
-Today's game marked the sixth all-time meeting between Becker and Nichols. The Bison have won two of the last three and lead the series, 4-2.
-The Bison's 4-3 record is their best through seven games since the 2007 season, when they were 5-2 under head coach Bill Carven.
-Scotts interception return was the fifth-longest in program history.
"This is a great win for our program. To be able to go into the bye week over the .500 mark will help keep our guys focused for a big game against Western New England. Offensively, Jacob and Hunter both had impressive games. Defensively, McCoy's interception was a huge factor in the win. That gave us the cushion that we needed. On special teams, we made our first field goal of the season, which proved pivotal for us as well." -Nichols head coach Dale Olmsted
Saturday, October 27 vs Western New England, 12:00 p.m.
Hawks no match for Bison