LORETTO, Pa. -- Eric Richardson scored on 2-yard run with 2:21 left in the game to help Central Connecticut State defeat St. Francis (Pa.) 14-13 and clinch the Northeast Conference championship on Saturday.
It is the first outright NEC title for the Blue Devils (9-2, 7-1), who clinched a berth in the Gridiron Classic, which will be played against the Pioneer League champion on Dec. 5.
St. Francis (2-9, 1-7) took a 13-7 lead on Kyle Harbridge's 31-yard run with 12:28 left in the game, capping a 68-yard drive. The Red Flash missed the extra point.
The Blue Devils drove 75 yards in seven plays, tying the game on Richardson's 2-yard run. Wesley Baker added the extra point for the winning margin.
Aubrey Norris was 11-for-15 for 177 yards and a 46-yard pass to Josue Paul for Central Connecticut State's first touchdown.