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.
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.