Northeast Conference Football - Week 4 Recap

Week Four of the Northeast Conference schedule was home to a number of firsts. Two teams opened their NEC schedules on Grymes Hill where they combined for the most points in history of league play.

Two-time defending league champion Albany, which has not lost to a NEC opponent since 2006, won its first conference contest. Central Connecticut State claimed the Northeast Conference's first win over an Ivy League foe while Monmouth tailback Dave Sinisi recorded the NEC's first 200-yard rushing performance of the season in his team's final non-league game.

Wagner 56, Saint Francis (PA) 48
Wagner and Saint Francis (PA) combined to score the most points (104) in the history of Northeast Conference play. The host Seahawks emerged victorious from the three-overtime affair on Grymes Hill, which contained 14 touchdowns and more than 800 yards of total offense. Wagner freshman quarterback Nick Doscher rushed for 144 yards on 24 carries and three TDs while throwing for 98 yards in the 56-48 victory. Seahawks freshman running back Dominique Williams added 102 yards and four TDs on the ground. Saint Francis (PA) rookie quarterback John Kelly threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns, much of which went to senior receiver Antoine Rivera. The former all-NEC honoree caught a career-high 10 passes for 154 yards and three scores.

Albany 22, Sacred Heart 9
Albany extended its Northeast Conference win streak to 14 games by defeating Sacred Heart for the 10th time in 12 all-time meetings. UA senior tailback David McCarty, a Walter Payton Award hopeful, rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown in the 22-9 victory, which served as the NEC opener for both programs. Sacred Heart closed within 16-9 on Matt Fisher's 23-yard field goal with 9:00 remaining, but Albany converted a game-changing fourth-down situation when freshman Andrew Smith gained six yards a fake punt play. Sacred Heart's Matt Fisher converted on all three of his field goal attempts, putting one through the uprights in each of the final three quarters.

Bryant 20, Robert Morris 13
Bryant overcame a 10-0 deficit on the road to win its inaugural Northeast Conference game, 20-13, over Robert Morris. Bulldogs' senior tailback Jerell Smith rushed 24 times for 111 yards, his eighth career game above the 100-yard mark, in helping his team reel off 20 consecutive points. Bryant, which is in its first season of NEC Football following a transitional campaign into the Division I FCS ranks last year, downed Robert Morris for the second time in as many seasons. The Colonials received 80 yards on 20 carries from junior tailback Myles Russ.

Central Connecticut State 22, Columbia 13
Senior quarterback Aubrey Norris came off the bench in the second quarter to spark Central Connecticut State to a 22-13 victory over Columbia, the first-ever by a Northeast Conference program over an Ivy League institution. CCSU trailed 13-0 following a second-quarter touchdown pass by Columbia's Austin Knowlin, but the Blue Devils scored 22 unanswered points, the first two of which came on a blocked extra point that Dominique Rose returned for the two-point score. In his first offensive series, Norris drove the team 79 yards in nine plays, capped by his 28-yard scoring scramble, to cut the deficit to 13-9 before the half. Norris was a perfect 8-for-8 passing for 135 yards and rushed 10 times for 75 yards.

Monmouth 31, Old Dominion 28
Preseason All-American David Sinisi rushed for 216 yards, 109 of which came in the final quarter, to carry Monmouth to a 31-28 road victory over Old Dominion. Sinisi's dominant late-game display allowed the Hawks to hold onto the ball for 13:14 of the fourth quarter and preserve a three-point lead. After rushing for a pair of first-half touchdowns, Sinisi erased a 21-17 third-quarter deficit by throwing a 24-yard touchdown strike to Bobby Giles. The win was Monmouth's second straight following an 0-2 season start.

Dayton 24, Duquesne 17
Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino proved too much for Duquesne to handle as he ran-and-passed the Flyers to a 24-17 win over the Dukes at Welcome Stadium. Valentino, who accounted for 348 of Dayton's 442 total yards, threw for 272 and ran for 76 more. Dropping its third consecutive road game in as many weeks, Duquesne fell to Dayton for the first time since 2001. The Dukes scored on the first play from scrimmage when Larry McCoy, who finished with 118 yards on 14 carries, raced 67 yards down the right sideline to put the Dukes ahead, 7-0, 13 seconds into the game.