The Central Connecticut football team will host Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon at Arute Field. The Blue Devils (4-5, 2-1 NEC) and Colonials (4-4, 2-1 NEC) enter the game tied for second in the Northeast Conference. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Here are some notes on the Blue Devils heading into Saturday's game...
With three games left in the regular season the Blue Devils are tied for second place in the Northeast Conference standings. Today CCSU hosts the team they are currently tied with the Colonials of Robert Morris. The Blue Devils (4-5, 2-1 NEC) and Colonials (4-4, 2-1 NEC) are both looking to finish the season strong and claim the Northeast Conference Championship and the automatic berth to the NCAA Playoffs.
Three Weeks Left
With three weeks left the Blue Devils control their own destiny in the hunt for the Northeast Conference Championship and the automatic berth to the NCAA Playoffs, but the road through the final three games will not be easy. The Blue Devils are currently tied for second place at 2-1 in the NEC standings. Robert Morris (2-1) and first place Duquesne (3-1) are the only other one-loss teams remaining. Victories over Robert Morris, Duquesne and Bryant to close the season would give CCSU a 5-1 record and an outright NEC Championship.
The Colonials hold a 14-5 advantage in the all-time series between these programs, but CCSU has won four straight meetings at Arute Field. Since 2004, the Blue Devils hold a 5-4 edge in the series.
The Central Connecticut offensive line has been outstanding this season leading the way for a unit that is scoring 31.5 points per game. The Blue Devils lead the country in sacks allowed. The CCSU o-line has allowed only three sacks all season for a national-best mark of 0.33 per game.
100+ Rushing Yards
The Blue Devils have rushed for 100+ yards in 32 consecutive games. The last time CCSU failed to reach 100 rushing yards was Nov. 6, 2010 against Robert Morris.
The CCSU offense has been clicking with 173 points scored and 2,065 yards of total offense over the last four games. The team is averagng 43.2 points and 516.2 yards per game, as well as a huge 7.7 yards per play. A trio of Blue Devils have produced a major chunk of this yardage with sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo throwing for 1,027 yards and 10 touchdowns, junior running back Rob Hollomon rushing for 612 yards and scoring 12 total touchdowns and junior Tyrell Holmes has posted 466 receiving yards and a five toucdowns.
Touchdown Records May Fall
With three games left in the regular season a trio of Blue Devils are closing in on a trio of single-season touchdown records. Sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo's 15 touchdown passes this season leave him just two shy of the school record of 17 set by Scott Dolch in 2004. Junior wide receiver Tyrell Holmes has caught seven touchdowns this season and needs three more to match John Mulligan's record of 10 set in 1966. Junior running back Rob Hollomon has 18 scores this season and need just two more to tie the school record of 20 touchdowns scored in a season. Stan House (1996) and Justise Hairston (2006) currently hold the record. Hollomon would also match the school record for points in a season with his 20th touchdown.
Margin of Victory
The 35 point margin of victory for the Blue Devils was the most since the 2008 season when CCSU defeated Saint Francis U 36-0.
52 Points at Wagner
The 52 points CCSU scored at Wagner were the most in a game for the Blue Devils since the 2007 season. That year the Blue Devils won 56-34 over Southern Connecticut. CCSU's last time topping 50 against a Division I and NEC opponent was a 62-21 victory over Saint Francis U during the 2006 season.