A weekly attempt by the Overtime! Blog staff to neatly summarize what transpired on the gridiron…
What a way to kick off your Walter Payton Award candidacy, Mr. Rob Hollomon!
After powering Central Connecticut to a headline-grabbing upset of No. 7 Towson, Hollomon pulled in the Sports Network’s National Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Week award.
Hollomon, who is one of five Preseason All-Americans in the NEC, totaled 280 all-purpose yards as CCSU stunned a Towson program that advanced to the NCAA FCS Championship Game last season.
The senior running back capped a 161-yard rushing performance by plunging into the end zone for the game-winning score with 00:36 remaining. Totaling 209 yards from scrimmage, the all-purpose extraordinaire also made a game-high nine receptions for 48 yards.
Hollomon, who is coming off a junior campaign during which he led all of FCS in all-purpose yardage (189.2 ypg), landed on the official preseason list of 20 candidates for the Walter Payton Award, an honor known as the “Heisman of FCS.”
— Brandon Lawrence (@blawrence914) September 1, 2014
SIDE NOTE: It was by no means a bad opening day for the NEC’s other Walter Payton Award hopeful. Senior running back Keshaudas Spence gained 139 yards on the ground in Sacred Heart’s thumping of Marist. The burly back became SHU’s all-time leading rusher in the process, surpassing Ed Priccolo (3,052).
Central Connecticut stunned the nation’s No. 7-ranked team to solidify a winning Week 1 for NEC football.
It was nothing Dominique Williams hadn’t done in a NEC game before.
The former Wagner running back, who graduated as the fourth all-time leading rusher in #NECFB history, put his athleticism on display during the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason win over Kansas City on August 23.
Williams, who totaled 39 yards rushing on five carries, hurdled over a Kansas City defensive back during the fourth quarter of the 30-12 victory.
Williams’ latest prime play may cause Wagner fans to reminisce about that time in 2012 when he leapt over a defender during a 31-21 win over Bryant.
Williams in 2014…
Williams in 2012…
The NEC released the results of five preseason polls in five days last week.
There’s never a shortage of excitement when the NEC’s two Constitution State members line up against one another.
Thus was the case back in 2009 at Arute Field, and the circumstances would become even more exciting as the annual battle between Central Connecticut and Sacred Heart wore on.
After James Mallory’s 9-yard burst gave CCSU a 17-12 lead with 6:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dale Fink and Sacred Heart attempted to answer.
Fink, who would eventually finish his career as the all-time leading passer in NEC history, needed only six plays to march the Pioneers down into the red zone.
With under 3:00 left on the clock, Sacred Heart was five yards away from the potential game-winning score and then Marcus Dorsey (#8) did this…
And, just in case you were wondering, yes, Dorsey’s play did make the #SCTop10 that evening.
There’s a certain level of anticipation for the NEC’s 19th season on the gridiron, and it was evident across social media last week as the conference ceremoniously kicked off the new campaign by hosting a Google Hangout.