Northeast Conference Football - Week 6 Recap

Defending Northeast Conference champion Albany and Central Connecticut State both remained perfect in league play. The former won its 16th consecutive game against an NEC opponent while the latter posted its seventh straight home triumph.

Sacred Heart broke into the win column this week by knocking off NEC foe Saint Francis (PA). Wagner survived a late scare in pulling out a road win over Monmouth. Bryant fell to Fordham in the lone non-conference action of the week.

Central Connecticut State 42, Robert Morris 21
Senior James Mallory and junior Brian Fowler each rushed for over 100 yards in powering Central Connecticut State past Robert Morris. In becoming the first teammates since 2000 to each exceed the century mark in the same game, Mallory and Fowler led the Blue Devils to a seventh consecutive home win. CCSU rushed for 332 yards on the day, and generated 490 of total offense in the victory. Still looking for its first victory, Robert Morris received another 100-yard effort from junior tailback Myles Russ who carried 16 times for 135 yards.

Albany 55, Duquesne 10
Quarterback Vinny Esposito was responsible for three first-half touchdowns in leading UAlbany out to a 41-7 halftime advantage over Duquesne. Esposito, who totaled 173 yards passing on seven completions, threw for scores of 81 and 32 yards and logged a five-yard TD run. The Great Danes' 55-10 win was their 16th consecutive over a Northeast Conference opponent, tying the longest such streak in league annals. UA's Preseason All-American David McCarty rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns before a homecoming crowd of 6,255 at University Field. Duquesne quarterback Connor Dixon was 20-of-31 passing for 194 yards and one touchdown.

Wagner 27, Monmouth 24
Wagner withstood Monmouth's fourth-quarter comeback attempt when the game-tying 37-yard field goal fell short as the clock expired at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, NJ. Wagner's victory means the home team in this Northeast Conference rivalry has not won any of the last five meetings. Seahawks' senior receiver Lon Woods caught six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third score. Monmouth trailed Wagner, 27-17, entering the final period, and cut the lead to three when David Sinisi scored from eight yards out on the quarter's first play. The Walter Payton Award candidate carried 27 times for 124 yards.

Sacred Heart 29, Saint Francis (PA) 7
Sacred Heart senior Brian Friedman pounded his way to a career-high 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Pioneers past Saint Francis (PA) Saturday afternoon at Campus Field. Friedman led a SHU attack that piled up a season-high 206 rushing yards on the ground to secure its first win of the season. Sacred Heart avoids what would have been its second 0-5 start in program history (1992). Saint Francis' senior receiver Antoine Rivera caught eight passes for 94 yards to move into eight place on the Northeast Conference's all-time receiving yards list.

Fordham 35, Bryant 7
Bryant fell behind early and was unable to recover in a non-conference road loss to Fordham. The host Rams held a 21-0 lead 4:48 into the second quarter when reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week John Skelton rushed for a 34-yard score. Bulldogs' senior Jerell Smith, who entered Week Six as the NEC's second-leading rusher, carried 19 times for 86 yards.