A weekly attempt by the Overtime! Blog staff to neatly summarize what transpired on the gridiron…
Just the Facts
3 facts from the week that was in NEC football
– Bryant and Sacred Heart are both 2-0 for the second straight season.
– Saint Francis Khairi Dickson (392) and Duquesne Chris King (360) are the national Division I FCS leaders in rushing yards and receiving yards, respectively.
– Duquesne is one of only two NEC teams to have not yet played a home game. The Dukes make their Rooney Field season debut in Week 3 against Dayton.
40 Words or Fewer
Summing up every game on last week’s slate using no more than 40 words.
BRYANT – 40-14 win vs. Merrimack
The Bulldogs continued their mastery of an old Division II rival, dominating Merrimack in their home opener. Steering clear of a letdown following a Week 1 win over Stony Brook, Bryant shot out to a 40-0 lead through three quarters.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT – 19-0 loss vs. Albany
The momentum from their stunning season-opening win did not carry over into Week 2 for the Blue Devils. CCSU managed only 195 yards of total offense and did not convert on either of its red zone opportunities.
DUQUESNE – 34-23 loss at #21 Youngstown State
Quarterback Dillon Buechel threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, but could not dig the Dukes out of a 28-0 hole. Duquesne had more passing yards and first downs as well as a greater time of possession than YSU.
ROBERT MORRIS – 16-13 loss at North Dakota
Rookie running back Rameses Owens’ breakout performance wasn’t enough to carry the Colonials to a road win over a Big Sky member. After falling behind 16-13, RMU was unsuccessful on two field goal attempts.
SACRED HEART – 27-14 win vs. Lafayette
Sacred Heart slew a defending conference champion for the second week in a row as the defense continued its stingy ways. The Pioneers held Lafayette’s offense to 229 yards and kept them out of the end zone.
SAINT FRANCIS – 27-13 win vs. Clarion
It was a fruitful home opener for the Red Flash who jumped ahead of Clarion early and didn’t look back. In a tune-up for a Week 3 bout at James Madison Khairi Dickson rushed for 148 yards and two scores.
WAGNER – 34-3 loss at Florida International
The Seahawks were unable to follow in the footsteps of fellow FCS member Bethune Cookman, which handed FIU a Week 1 loss. A 21-yard field goal was all Wagner’s had to show for its three trips into the red zone.
A look at the week’s top performers and the reasons why they earned an Overtime! Game Ball.
Maduka Nwanekezi (Bryant)
As if all-NEC defensive end Jeff Covitz didn’t pose enough of a threat, Bryant’s D-Line also features the fierce Nwanekezi. The 6-foot-3 senior logged 4.0 tackles for a loss, including 2.5 quarterback sacks, during the Bulldogs’ runaway win over Merrimack.
Rameses Owens (Robert Morris)
Robert Morris has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Myles Russ in 2010, but Owens is already more than one-fifth of the way there. The rookie running back was sensational in Sioux Falls, rushing for 199 yards on a workman-like 39 carries.
Dillon Buechel (Duquesne)
The sophomore signal caller turned in his second straight impressive performance as the Dukes faced another prime opponent on the road. Buechel, who threw for 344 yards in Week 2, leads the NEC in pass yards (669), completions (43), passing touchdowns (5) and TD:INT ratio (5:1).
Semo Sila (Saint Francis)
The SFU linebacker set the tone for the team’s home opener. The Red Flash jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Clarion in the game’s first 3:03 and Sila set up both scores. The Hawaii-born footballer blocked a punt and then came up with an interception to end Clarion’s next possession.
TaMaric Wilson (Sacred Heart)
The Pioneers’ secondary is so deep and talented that Wilson may be overlooked at times. The junior safety more than made his presence felt against Lafayette, logging 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL and an INT.
Week 3 Schedule
Saturday, September 13
Dayton at DUQUESNE – 12:00 pm
WAGNER at Monmouth – 1:00 pm
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT at Holy Cross – 1:00 pm
Maine at BRYANT – 1:00 pm (Watch on NEC Front Row)
SAINT FRANCIS at James Madison – 4:00 pm
ROBERT MORRIS at Lafayette – 6:00 pm
Assumption at SACRED HEART – 6:00 pm (Watch on NEC Front Row)