The Central Connecticut football team fell to Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon by a score of 59-36. The Blue Devils (2-5, 1-1 NEC) and Pioneers (6-1, 1-1 NEC) played an exciting game, which featured several long scoring plays.
Sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo passed for a career-high 363 yards and fell just short of Keith Toolan's school record of 377 set in 1997. SanGiacomo was 21-of-38 for two touchdowns in the game, but he also threw three interceptions.
Junior running back Rob Hollomon rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns. Hollomon also caught a touchdown pass in the game. Hollomon now has 11 touchdowns on the season with 10 coming on the ground.
Junior running back Darius Lee saw extensive action in the second half and rushed for a career-high 91 yards on 21 carries. Lee scored a touchdown in the third quarter, it was his first score of the season.
Junior wide receiver Tyrell Holmes caught six passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. For the second consecutive week he had a receiving touchdown of 60+ yards. His 64-yard catch and run came in the third quarter and answered a Sacred Heart touchdown drive.
Sacred Heart used less than four minutes to score on their opening drive of the game, but CCSU answered with a touchdown drive in 2:25.
The CCSU scoring drive was set up by a 49 yard kickoff return by Hollomon. Hollomon followed by capping the drive with a touchdown catch.
The Pioneers scored the next 21 points to take a 28-6 lead, CCSU missed the extra point on its opening touchdown, with 12:49 left in the second quarter.
Over the next eight minutes, CCSU controlled the ball and pushed in a pair of rushing touchdowns by Hollomon.
However, Sacred Heart scored the final points of the half on a Chris Rogers field goal. The Pioneers took a 31-19 lead into the half.
Sacred Heart opened the third quarter by forcing a CCSU turnover and the Pioneer's quickly capitalized with a 72-yard touchdown pass on their third play of the drive.
CCSU answered with a drive and a touchdown, Lee's first score of the season, to make it a 38-26 game, but Sacred Heart scored again just one minute and 15 seconds later.
SanGiacomo found Holmes for a 64-yard passing touchdown to make it 45-33, but two straight Sacred Heart scores ended CCSU's comeback hopes.
Junior Steve Calitri connected on a 27-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the game to set the final score at 59-36.
RJ Noel threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns, while Keshaudas Spence rushed 23 times for 211 yards and two scores. Spence averaged 9.2 yards per carry.
Senior Antwoine Reese had nine tackles for the CCSU defense.
CCSU posted a season-high 583 yards of total offense, compared to only 522 for Sacred Heart, but the Pioneers capitalized on a 4-1 edge in turnovers.
The Blue Devils return to action in two weeks at Arute Field against Salve Regina. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
April 25, 2014 Blue Tops White in Annual Spring Game
February 11, 2014 Six Home Games Highlight 2014 Football Schedule
February 4, 2014 Football Adds 11th Student-Athlete to Recruiting Class
January 22, 2014 Rossomando Named Head Football Coach at CCSU
January 21, 2014 Hollomon Tops FCS in All-Purpose Yards Per Game
December 18, 2013 Hollomon Earns All-America Honor
December 2, 2013 Fuller, Reese Named FCS All-New England
November 27, 2013 Seven Blue Devils Earn All-NEC Honors
November 25, 2013 McInerney Resigns as Head Football Coach
November 23, 2013 Football Edged by Bryant in Season Finale
November 21, 2013 Football Game Notes
November 16, 2013 Football Drops 24-21 Decision at Duquesne
November 9, 2013 Football Hosts Robert Morris Saturday
November 9, 2013 Football Falls to Robert Morris
November 5, 2013 SanGiacomo, Linares Receive NEC Awards
November 2, 2013 Football Wins Big at Wagner, 52-17
October 31, 2013 Football at Wagner, Saturday at 1 p.m.
October 26, 2013 Central Dominant in Home Win on Saturday
October 12, 2013 Football Falls to Sacred Heart
October 11, 2013 Football at Sacred Heart, Saturday at 1 PM
October 7, 2013 Holmes Named NEC Offensive Player of the Week
October 5, 2013 Football Wins on Homecoming
October 4, 2013 Football Hosts SFU on Homecoming, 1 PM
September 28, 2013 Football Falls to Rhode Island
September 27, 2013 Football Travels to Rhode Island
September 25, 2013 Watson, Calitri Earn ECAC Honors
September 23, 2013 Watson, Hollomon, Calitri Earn NEC Honors
September 21, 2013 Football Visits Albany, 7 p.m.
September 21, 2013 Football Wins 20-17 at Albany
September 14, 2013 Football Falls to Holy Cross
September 14, 2013 Home Opener: Football vs. Holy Cross 6 p.m.
September 10, 2013 Hollomon Earns Gold Helmet Award
September 9, 2013 Hollomon Earns NEC Offensive Player of the Week
September 7, 2013 Football Travels to #19/23 Lehigh
September 7, 2013 #19/23 Lehigh Outlasts Blue Devils in 2OT Thriller
August 31, 2013 Football Falls to #15 James Madison in Opener
August 15, 2013 Update 8/26: Follow Football Preseason Camp
August 12, 2013 Hollomon Named All-NEC, CCSU Picked Sixth
August 9, 2013 NEC Football Preseason Hangout
August 6, 2013 Football Opens Preseason Camp
August 6, 2013 In Loving Memory: Jamar Johnson
July 15, 2013 Football Season Tickets on Sale
July 8, 2013 Hollomon Named to CFPA Watch List
July 1, 2013 Hollomon Named Preseason All-America
May 29, 2013 Former Blue Devil Earns Honor