Scores

Final

Cent Conn St 14

(9-2, 7-1 NEC)

St Francis (PA) 13

(2-9, 1-7 NEC)

12:00 PM ET, November 21, 2009

DeGol Field, Loretto, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CCSU 0 7 0 714
SFU 0 7 0 613

Top Performers

Passing: A. Norris (CCSU) - 177 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Harbridge (SFU) - 23 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Paul (CCSU) - 7 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Cent. Connecticut St. 14, St. Francis, Pa. 13

Associated Press

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.

Harbridge finished with 95 yards on 23 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CCSU
SFU
1st Downs1415
Total Yards271227
Passing177101
Rushing94126
Penalties7-526-38
3rd Down Conversions4-127-16
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers32
Possession25:1434:46

Passing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Norris11/1517711.812
St. Francis UC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kelly11/221014.601

Rushing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mallory24572.4012
Richardson3248.0115
St. Francis UCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harbridge23954.1131
Yearwood7243.406

Receiving Leaders

Central Connecticut StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Paul79313.3146
Colagiovanni15050.0050
St. Francis URECYDSAVGTDLG
Rivera66811.3028
Winston3175.7010

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCCSUSFU
TD04:49Josue Paul 46 Yd Pass From Aubrey Norris (Wesley Bakker Kick) 70
TD00:16Russel Fisher 51 Yd Interception Return (Josh Thiel Kick) 77
FOURTH QUARTERCCSUSFU
TD12:28Kyle Harbridge 31 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 713
TD02:21Eric Richardson 2 Yd Run (Wesley Bakker Kick) 1413