Central Connecticut stunned the nation’s No. 7-ranked team to solidify a winning Week 1 for NEC football.
Preseason All-American Rob Hollomon’s one-yard touchdown rush with 00:36 remaining proved to be the difference in the Blue Devils’ 31-27 triumph over Towson, which is coming off an appearance in the 2013 NCAA FCS Championship Game.
The victory was the fourth by a #NECFB team this week, and the second over a member of the vaunted CAA. Bryant was the first to break into the win column, defeating Stony Brook Thursday night on the road.
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NEC preseason favorite Sacred Heart manhandled Marist (Pioneer Football League) while Wagner out-classed Patriot League member Georgetown, bringing the conference’s Week 1 record to 4-2 vs. FCS teams. The only losses were to Fordham (ranked No. 11 in Sports Network Poll) and Eastern Kentucky (Receiving votes in Sports Network Poll).
Duquesne provided a thrill with its effort at FBS member Buffalo. The Dukes erased a 21-0 deficit and took a 28-24 fourth-quarter lead before ultimately succumbing.
Week 1 SCOREBOARD
Bryant 13, Stony Brook 7 (Thursday)
Eastern Kentucky 29, Robert Morris 10 (Thursday)
Central Connecticut 31, #7 Towson 24
Sacred Heart 28, Marist 7
Wagner 21, Georgetown 3
Buffalo 38, Duquesne 28
#11 Fordham 52, Saint Francis 23
Eye-popping Offensive Numbers
Rob Hollomon (CCSU) – 209 yards from scrimmage, 2 TD at Towson
Chris King (DUQ) – 8 catches, 199 rec yards, 2 TD at Buffalo
Nick SanGiacomo (CCSU) – 78.6 completion pct., 22-28-0 passing, 2 TD at Towson
Khairi Dickson (SFU) – 244 rush yards, 2 TD at Fordham
Keshaudas Spence (SHU) – 3,104 career rush yards – Spence became SHU’s all-time program leader during his 139-yard effort vs. Marist
Overtime! Blog will have more coverage of the NEC’s successful Week 1 later this weekend.