Scores

Final

Monmouth 51

(2-5, 2-3 FCS Indep.)

Cent Conn St 36

(5-3, 3-1 NEC)

11:00 AM ET, October 27, 2007

Arute Field, NEW BRITAIN, CT

1 2 3 4 T
MONM 7 21 17 651
CCSU 0 21 0 1536

Top Performers

Passing: B. Burke (MONM) - 222 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Sinisi (MONM) - 26 CAR, 192 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: N. Colagiovanni (CCSU) - 5 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Monmouth, N.J. 51, Cent. Connecticut St. 36

Associated Press

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- Redshirt sophomore David Sinisi broke a Northeast Conference record with six touchdowns and tied the school mark with five rushing scores to lead Monmouth to a 51-36 victory at Central Connecticut State on Saturday.

Sinisi finished with 192 yards on 26 carries, but his numbers were just part of one of the biggest shootouts Arute Field has seen in years.

Sinisi scored from 37 yards out to open the scoring with 4:10 left in the first quarter, but Central (5-3, 3-1 NEC) countered at the 14:54 mark of the second quarter when Aubrey Norris hit Josue Paul for a 22-yard quick strike on the left side.

Sinisi put his team back on top with a three-yard run 1:39 later, but Jo Jo Freeman tied the game at 14 two plays after that with a 43-yard run for Central.

Sinisi caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Brett Burke with 11:05 left in the half to make it 21-14, and Burke then hit Kevin Hahn from the seven to push the Hawks (2-5, 2-2) to a 28-14 lead.

When the wild times were over, 35 points had been scored in 5:44.

The teams, however, did not slow down. Central tried to open things up late in the half, with Nick Colagiovanni getting a 19-yard touchdown pass from Norris with 1:04 to go in the half that made it 28-21.

Central Connecticut ended up with the ball back, but Dennis Bien hit the left goal post on a 40-yard field goal try at the halftime horn.

Central committed four turnovers in the first half and six in the game, while the teams combined for 620 yards in the first half and 1,077 in the game -- the second-most in NEC history.

Things did not improve for Central in the second half.

Sinisi scored twice more in the first nine minutes of the third quarter. A Fred Weingart field goal made it 45-21, and Sinisi scored again early in the fourth quarter to solidify the rout.

Freeman scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Central Connecticut quarterback Ryan Holmes rushed for another down the stretch, but the game was out of reach for the Blue Devils by that point.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONM
CCSU
1st Downs2428
Total Yards524553
Passing222259
Rushing302294
Penalties7-482-30
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers16
Possession35:5324:07

Passing Leaders

MonmouthC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Burke19/252228.920
Central Connecticut StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holmes7/131189.101

Rushing Leaders

MonmouthCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sinisi261927.450
Kiley7527.400
Central Connecticut StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Freeman191306.820
Hull66010.000

Receiving Leaders

MonmouthRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sinisi48621.510
San Miguel5459.000
Central Connecticut StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Colagiovanni510320.610
Roberts35819.300

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONMCCSU
TD04:10David Sinisi 37 Yd Run (Fred Weingart Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERMONMCCSU
TD14:54Josue Paul 22 Yd Pass From Aubrey Norris (Dennis Bien Kick) 77
TD13:15David Sinisi 3 Yd Run (Fred Weingart Kick) 147
TD12:49Jo Jo Freeman 43 Yd Run (Dennis Bien Kick) 1414
TD11:05David Sinisi 46 Yd Pass From Brett Burke (Fred Weingart Kick) 2114
TD09:10Kevin Hahn 7 Yd Pass From Brett Burke (Fred Weingart Kick) 2814
TD01:04Nick Colagiovanni 19 Yd Pass From Aubrey Norris (Dennis Bien Kick) 2821
THIRD QUARTERMONMCCSU
TD11:37David Sinisi 4 Yd Run (Fred Weingart Kick) 3521
TD06:20David Sinisi 5 Yd Run (Fred Weingart Kick) 4221
FG01:34Fred Weingart 37 Yd 4521
FOURTH QUARTERMONMCCSU
TD09:41David Sinisi 7 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 5121
TD08:07Jo Jo Freeman 8 Yd Run (Ryan Holmes Run For Two-Point Conversion) 5129
TD05:00Ryan Holmes 16 Yd Run (Dennis Bien Kick) 5136