Football Edged by Bryant in Season Finale
The Central Connecticut football team fell to Bryant, 29-16, on Saturday at Arute Field. The game was the regular season finale for both squads. The Blue Devils (4-8, 2-4 NEC) over came a 14-3 deficit, but the Bulldogs (5-7, 3-3 NEC) used a 82-yard scoring pass to take back control of the game.
The Blue Devils scored first, receiving the kickoff and marching 59 yards on 12 plays. The drive took just over six minutes off the clock and was capped by a 30-yard field goal by junior Steven Calitri.
Bryant posted the next two scores with a one yard touchdown run by Ryan Black and a one yard rush by Michael Perry. The back-to-back touchdowns gave the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead.
The Blue Devils answered with a 28-yard field goal by Calitri with 3:37 left in the half. Calitri also opened the second half scoring with a 36 yard field goal.
A pair of interceptions by senior Chris Linares helped CCSU gain the momentum in the second half. The two picks give Linares 11 for his career moving into fourth place on CCSU's career list.
The Blue Devils regained the lead with four seconds remaining in the third quarter on a nine-yard scoring pass from sophomore Nick SanGiacomo to senior Denzell Jones. The Blue Devils added the extra point to take a 16-14 lead.
Bryant regained the lead at the 11:50 mark in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs added another score with 2:47 left in the game to make it a 29-16 final score.
Junior Rob Hollomon rushed for 109 yards. Hollomon finishes the season with 1,452 rushing yards. He has run for 2,556 yard in two seasons with CCSU.
Senior Antwione Reese registered 12 tackles to pass 250 for his career.
SanGiacomo was 26-of-50 for the game and through for 295 yards and a touchdown.
Perry finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns for Bryant.