SMITHFIELD — For the second straight week Bryant football coach Chris Merritt had the unit he wanted on the field to win the game late in the fourth quarter.

After the Bulldogs’ defense snuffed out Merrimack’s comeback attempt last Saturday, FCS newcomer Long Island University took over possession of the ball at its own 44-yard line with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left in Saturday’s Northeast Conference clash needing a touchdown to earn its first victory of the season.

The Bulldog defense, which had been gashed during a long touchdown march earlier in the quarter, didn’t allow Shark quarterback Clay Beathard the chance to win the game.

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