Sacred Heart pulled into a second-place tie with Monmouth and remained one game back of first-place Albany by downing Wagner, 42-20, in front of a NEC-TV audience on Halloween Night. Sacred Heart sophomore quarterback Dale Fink (Swansea, IL/ALthoff Catholic) threw four touchdown passes in the victory. Wagner running back Shane Smith (Susquehanna, PA/Milford Academy) rushed 18 times for 106 yards and one touchdown to keep the Seahawks within striking range until Sacred Heart cornerback Rishard Brown (Miami, FL/Palmetto) turned the tide on a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown. The senior defensive back's key play extended the Pioneers' lead to 35-20 with exactly 4:00 to play in the third quarter.
Robert Morris cruised to its second consecutive home victory on three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Erik Cwalinski (Jacobsburg, OH/Shadyside) and sophomore tailback Myles Russ' (Boca Raton, FL/West Boca) 163 rushing yards. The Colonials' defense limited the Blue Devils' high-octane attack to 255 yards of total offense and junior running back James Mallory (Buffalo, NY/Kenmore West) under 100 yards rushing for the first time in four games. CCSU sophomore Josue Paul (Delray Beach, FL/Pope John Paul II) returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 86 yards for a score.
Duquesne became the third NEC team to fall at the hands of future league member Bryant this season, stumbling 24-10 at Bulldog Stadium. Dukes' sophomore quarterback Connor Dixon (South Park, PA/South Park) went 16-of-28 passing for 193 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown strike to senior receiver Alex Roberson (Waynesboro, GA/Curtis Baptist), but was intercepted twice. Bryant received a combined 223 rushing yards from Jerrell Smith (129) and Lindsey Gamble (94).
School NEC Overall Streak 1. Albany 5-0 1.000 6-3 .667 W5 2. Sacred Heart 4-1 .800 8-1 .889 W2 Monmouth 4-1 .800 5-4 .556 L1 4. Robert Morris 3-2 .600 4-5 .444 W2 5. Central Conn. St. 2-3 .400 5-4 .556 L2 6. Wagner 1-4 .200 3-6 .333 L2 Duquesne 1-4 .200 2-6 .250 L5 8. St. Francis (PA) 0-5 .000 0-8 .000 L8
Note: Bryant University, which has a 5-4 overall record, is 3-2 in play against NEC opponents. BU will join the Northeast Conference in 2012.