Football: Springfield grounds Norwich, 42-3

Matthew Chaffee football action vs. Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Norwich University football team led 3-0 after the first quarter, however Springfield came storming back to score 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-3 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman kicker Clyde Tamburro (Elizabethtown, Pa.) nailed a 41-yard field goal to account for Norwich's offense on the day. Tamburro's field goal with 51 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Cadets a brief lead.

The Norwich defense forced six fumbles and recovered four of them to limit the high-powered Springfield offense early. However, the nation's No. 1 rushing attack finally got going as the Pride ran for 360 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, which were both season lows for Springfield through five games.

Springfield (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) also threw for three touchdowns, including a back breaker late in the first half to go up 21-3. On the previous possession, NU had a 45-yard field goal attempt by Tamburro blocked.

Senior defensive back Austin Roberts (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was all over the field, leading the NU defense with 12 tackles. Senior Zach Adler (Stratham, N.H.) had nine tackles and a fumble recovery as well to lead the Cadets' defense.

Freshman Rashawn Fraser (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led the ground game with 15 yards on two carries, while Nolan Aurelia (Stratford, Conn.) had two catches for 14 yards to lead the receiving corps.

Norwich (0-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) will try again for its win of 2017 on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when it hosts the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium on Parent and Family Weekend.