It was a good week to belong to the NEC’s Nutmeg State contingent.
Central Connecticut broke into the win column with a last-minute victory at CAA member UAlbany and intra-state rival Sacred Heart moved to 4-0 on the season by piling up a program-record 78 points.
CCSU joined Duquesne as NEC teams who have beaten former league rival Albany this season. The Blue Devils put together a complete effort to pull out the road win. Linebacker Chuck Watson made 15 tackles to lead a defensive effort that limited the Great Danes rushing offensive to 2.8 yards per carry. Steve Calitri coolly kicked the longest field goal of his collegiate career to break a 17-17 tie with 00:17 remaining. And preseason All-American all-purpose runner Rob Hollomon had his usual day at the office – 205 yards from scrimmage, including 41 on the game-winning drive. Central will have a chance to post another win over a CAA member in Week 5 when it visits Rhode Island.
Visiting Chowan, a Division II member, stunned the Homecoming crowd at Campus Field by jumping out to a 14-0 lead over Sacred Heart before the Pioneers exploded with one of the top offensive performances in the program’s history. By the end of the first quarter, SHU held a 22-14 lead and was on its way to a romp. The Pioneers’ defense was almost as effective at scoring points as the offense. Sacred Heart scored three defensive touchdowns and nearly had two others.
The wet weather in Loretto was not nearly enough to put a damper on Saint Francis 2013 home opener. Like Sacred Heart, Saint Francis also out-classed a Division II opponent in Week 4. The Red Flash blasted Lincoln 38-7 behind a 230-yard rushing day from running back Kyle Harbridge. The performance moved Harbridge within 445 yards of becoming Saint Francis’ all-time leading rusher. After a solid effort at nationally-ranked James Madison in Week 3, the SFU defense was stifling as it limited Lincoln to a total of 91 yards.
Duquesne and Wagner both suffered road losses to teams from FCS power conferences. The Dukes fell at Youngstown State despite a 362-yard passing day from rookie QB Dillon Buechel, while Wagner wasn’t able to get going at Delaware. After being limited to only 34 yards at Syracuse in Week 3, Wagner running back Dom Williams bounced back (as we expected him to) by rushing for 120 yards against the Blue Hens.
Duquesne will be idle in Week 5, but Wagner will have a chance to get the sour taste out of its mouth. The Seahawks open Northeast Conference play at home against Bryant in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.
Wagner and Bryant will play the first conference contest of the season and the lone league game on the Week 5 slate.
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Postgame Tweet Sheet
CCSU’s Stephen Calitri kicks a 40-yard FG with 17 seconds to play. UAlbany trails 20-17. #CAAFB
— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) September 22, 2013
— Ray Saunders (@ray96saunders) September 22, 2013
No better feeling than watching the guys get the W today. Enjoy it tonight and than we move forward. 1-0 this week.
— Jay Glezman (@CoachGlezman) September 22, 2013
So is this @G_Hill28 pick 6 I keep hearing about going to be on sportscenter or what????
— Nick Leiningen (@NLeiningen2) September 21, 2013
Man s/o to my entire squad, after being down 2 TD’s we didn’t give up and I’m proud of everyone for fighting through that adversity
— Gordon Hill (@G_Hill28) September 21, 2013
In sports all you can control is effort. Not the weather, the refs, or anyone else. All you can control is you and how hard you work.
— Phillip G Faccone Jr (@HamboneFaccone) September 22, 2013
Week 4 Headlines
Sacred Heart sets record, beats Chowan 78-35 – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Sacred Heart posts win – Connecticut Post (Staff Report)
Freshman leads Youngstown State over Duquesne – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Wagner never had a chance in loss to Delaware – Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
Danes hit road at a loss – Albany Times Union (Mark Singelais)
Dual-threat Noel leads Sacred Heart’s turnaround – Connecticut Post (Bill Paxton)