McLafferty had a 52-yard reception, then followed with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Hill to give Monmouth (6-5) a 7-3 lead. Monmouth scored again during Bryant's next series on offense when Tevrin Brandon returned a blocked punt 18 yards for a TD, pushing the Hawks' lead to 14-3. Hayes ran for a 14-yard score to cap the scoring for Monmouth.
Hayes had 20 carries for 84 yards while McLafferty finished with four receptions for 84 yards.
Bryant (4-7) scored two touchdowns in the second half. Ryan Black rushed for a 14-yard TD. Mike Westerhaus hit Jordan Harris for an 11-yard score to bring the Bulldogs within three with 12:31 remaining. Westerhaus led a 12-play drive to the Hawks' 18, yet Tom Alberti missed a 35-yard field goal attempt, ending Bryant's threat.
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.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
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.