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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Magee sets NCAA rushing record as SCSU knocks off Saint Anselm

By Bill Cloutier
NEW HAVEN — Trailing Saint Anselm by double digits in the fourth quarter, the Southern Connecticut State football team was staring at 0-5.

That’s about the time SCSU running back Vaughn Magee said enough is enough.
Vaughn Magee scored 4 TDs on Saturday

Magee gained 187 of his career-high 297 yards in the fourth quarter as SCSU rallied for a 45-34 victory in a Northeast-10 Conference game at Jess Dow Field Saturday. The total was an NCAA Division II record for the most yards in a quarter.

“I thought Vaughn really carried us,” SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh said. “When we needed the big play, Vaughn was the guy to make the play.”

Magee scored three of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Southern (1-4, 1-2 NE-10) reverse a 34-23 deficit in the final 11 minutes. He scored on runs of 25, 44 and 26 yards in the final quarter and also had Southern’s first TD of the game, an 11-yard run in the first.

“We didn’t give up,” Magee said. “We were down double digits, but we talked at the half that we’ve been in bad situations like this before. We have to keep our heads up. I just wanted to win so badly. I wasn’t giving up.”

Magee said he told the coaching staff to give him the ball down the stretch.

“I told them I believe in this line, let’s keep running,” Magee said. “The guys were telling me, ‘Come my way.’ The receivers were saying the same thing.”

Said Cavanaugh: “We figured he had the hot hand so we’d stay with him, and we really needed him in the fourth quarter. And the defense finally dug in. They were put in a hard situation, but they shut them down and got the ball back for us. Then we were able to get settled down offensively and came up with a win.”

The first half was full of miscues typical of 0-4 teams. There were dropped passes, numerous penalties, a missed field goal and a safety. Just when it looked as though the Owls would take a lead into the break after getting a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Jablonski to Jayson Holt with 1:41 left, the Hawks drove the length of the field and Shea Cerio booted a 25-yard field goal to give Saint Anselm (0-5, 0-3) 17-16 advantage.

Jablonski opened the second half with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Willie Epps to give the Owls a 23-17 lead, but the game changed drastically soon after.

Making his first collegiate start, Saint Anselm freshman quarterback Andrew Murphy threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bernard as Bernard broke away from a pair of SCSU defenders before midfield. Jablonski then immediately threw an interception and Murphy responded with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Ahkeem Williams.

Murphy finished 29 of 43 for 405 yards, just three yards short of the school record. Bernard grabbed 13 passes for a school-record 226 yards. Cerio then made it 17 straight points for the Hawks with a 29-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter.

But Southern didn’t quit, and the Hawks didn’t score again.

“It was a good lesson for the guys,” Cavanaugh said. “We always tell them you have to keep playing the game, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Said Magee: “When you’re down you can’t start pointing fingers at one another. I was telling them that we’ve been in this predicament before. We can’t get this loss.”

Jablonski finished 21-for-36 for 292 yards and two touchdowns for SCSU, which visits Pace next weekend.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

College football picks for Week 5

Arizona State rolled last week making us 2-0 on the best bets for the season. And both have been blowouts.
This week we're going with a total. I like the Michigan State-Ohio State game to go well under the total of 43.5.. It looks like a field goal fest throughout this game.

Best bet: Ohio State game under 43.5
Preferred: Arizona, Buffalo, La. Tech and Arkansas State

Picks are in BOLD

NCAA Football
Defense will rule the day
in OSU-Michigan State game

Virginia Tech-x 7 (45) Cincinnati
at UConn 17½ (42½) Buffalo
at Illinois 1½ (41½) Penn St.
at Iowa 6½ (46) Minnesota
Texas Tech 2½ (58) at Iowa St.
Clemson 9½ (59½) at Boston College
Louisiana Tech 2½ (61½) at Virginia
Ohio 24 (54½) at UMass
Ball St. 1 (53½) at Kent St.
at North Carolina 24 (60) Idaho
at Northwestern 12 (58½) Indiana
at Purdue 16½ (64½) Marshall
at Wake Forest 3 (59½) Duke
South Carolina 21 (47½) at Kentucky
at Air Force 15 (56) Colorado St.
TCU 17 (54½) at SMU
at N. Illinois 10½ (58½) Cent. Michigan
UCLA 20½ (60) at Colorado
San Jose St. 2½ (58) at Navy
Oregon-y 28½ (70½) Washington St.
Texas 2½ (66) at Oklahoma St.
at Texas A&M  13½ (62½) Arkansas
at West Virginia  12½ (79½) Baylor
at Michigan St. 3 (43½) Ohio St. --Under is best bet
at Georgia  13½ (61½) Tennessee
at California 2½ (54½) Arizona St.
at Arizona 3 (56½) Oregon St.
at Alabama 31 (54½) Mississippi
Miami (Ohio) 5½ (58½) at Akron
at UCF 2½ (48½) Missouri
at East Carolina 4½ (51) UTEP
at Miami 2½ (55) NC State
Florida St. 17 (53½) at South Florida
at W. Michigan 2½ (57½) Toledo
Nevada 20 (64½) at Texas St.
Louisville 10½ (49½) at Southern Miss.
at New Mexico St. 3½ (54) UTSA
at Nebraska  13 (50½) Wisconsin
Tulsa 13½ (59½) at UAB
at Utah St. 17½ (52½) UNLV
Houston-z 4½ (74) Rice
Boise St. 26½ (51½) at New Mexico
at Fresno St. 7½ (59½) San Diego St.
W. Kentucky 2½ (55½) at Arkansas St.
Troy 9½ (50½) at South Alabama
at La.-Lafayette 6 (55) FIU
North Texas 6½ (46½) at FAU
at Georgia Tech 27½ (62½) Middle Tenn.
Louisiana-Monroe 18 (56) at Tulane

x-at Landover, Md.
y-at Seattle
z-at Reliant Stadium

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Haven football notebook

NO RUNNING: For the third straight week the New Haven defense held their opponent to less than 50 yards on the ground. New Haven gave up a total of 22 rushing yards to Saint Anselm in a 45-0 victory Saturday. The Chargers had given up 13 and 22 rushing yards in the previous two games in wins over Saint Augustine’s University (N.C.) and Pace University. Opposing teams are only racking up an average of 19 rushing yards per game in the last three weeks. The Chargers (4-0, 3-0 Northeast-10) also only gave up 189 total yards to the Hawks (0-4, 0-3 NE-10).
WATCH: Extra Charge to see why the Chargers aren’t just long touchdown passes and high-scoring games anymore.

STILL ON THE SIDELINES: Starting senior quarterback Ryan Osiecki is still out with a strained muscle in his back. Back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson got the start and passed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters before the game got out of hand.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Hamden native and Hyde Leadership graduate Justen Wilson scored his first collegiate touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The freshman rumbled 31 yards for the score and finished with 61 rushing yards on eight carries. He averaged 7.6 yards a carry.
WATCH: Sights & Sounds for an inside look at the New Haven Marching Band.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson with 250 passing yards and four passing touchdowns
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Junior safety/linebacker Herbens Antenor with six tackles and a fumble recovery.

Friday, September 21, 2012

LIU suspends Boyd, Olasawere after alleged assault

The following report comes from the New York Daily News. The Blackbirds have been the top program in the NEC for the past few seasons and look to be the overwelming choice to win the title again this year. Boyd and Olasawere could be the best two players in the conference.

Julian Boyd
Long Island University Brooklyn has suspended the four members of its men’s basketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 fight on campus, LIU Brooklyn Director of Athletics John Suarez said in a statement.

“No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident,” Mr. Suarez said. “Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter.”

Four members of the Long Island University Brooklyn men’s basketball team were arrested last night and charged with assault in the third degree, the New York Post reported. Seniors Julian Boyd, the Blackbirds leading scorer and rebounder in 2012, Jamal Olasewere, the team’s second leading scorer, C. J. Garner, third in team scoring, and reserve Troy Joseph were all picked up on the university’s Downtown Brooklyn campus after they were accused of assaulting three men and two women on the university track team during a fight at a campus dorm on Sept. 15 Sept. 14.

The arrests come at a time when the LIU basketball program, which has qualified for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament the past two seasons, hopes to win its third Northeast Conference championship in a row. Not only will the Blackbirds play three dates at the new Barclays Center, in November the team is scheduled to travel to Lexington, Kentucky to tip-off against the national champion Wildcats.

Student-athletes on the campus have already come to the players’ aid, according to the Blackbirds Hoops Journal, garnering more than 300 student signatures on a petition supporting the four arrested athletes.

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Saint Anselm at New Haven football preview

Three storylines
Senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki’s status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. He said he doubts he’ll play, coach Pete Rossomando said if Osiecki can play, he will play. The quarterback missed his first UNH career start last week as New Haven routed Pace 44-10. With winless Saint Anselm up on the schedule, a bigger question looms....

DO YOU REALLY NEED HIM?: New Haven back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson has passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns since taking the reigns in the second quarter of Week 2. The Chargers have scored 68 points in the last two weeks and look pretty much the same. This week’s opponent should still be handled easily by UNH. Nelson, who will return for his fourth year of eligibility next season, only benefits from the extra reps if he is to start next season. New Haven also has a bye week after the Saint A’s game, so does it really make sense to use Osiecki?
BACK HOME: The Chargers spent the last two weeks away from Ralph DellaCamera Stadium. New Haven went 2-0 on their road trip that included a 24-21 victory over Saint Augustine’s University and a 44-10 drubbing of Northeast-10 opponent Pace University. The last team to beat UNH at home was Saint Anselm on Nov. 6, 2010.
Three players to watch
Sr. quarterback Ronnie Nelson, New Haven:
If he plays, he’ll have a big day.
Jr. running back Mike DeCaro, New Haven: If the Chargers go up big early, he’ll get a lot of carries to run out the clock.
Sr. DB/KR Kevin Anderson, Saint Anselm: He has 296 return yards, is averaging 29 yards per return and has already returned a kick for a touchdown.
Next three gamesOct. 6 vs. Assumption (1-1, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Bentley (2-0, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Stonehill, (2-1, 2-0 NE-10), 8 p.m., (CBS College Sports)
— @NHRHenryC

Thursday, September 20, 2012

College football picks for Week 4

Two winners are in the bank so far,

After a fine week where we nailed our best bet (UCLA) in a blowout, here are the picks for Week 4.

This week's best bet: ARIZONA STATE
Preferred: W. Michigan, Auburn, and USC

Picks are in BOLD

(All times ET)

9 p.m.
BYU at Boise State (-6.5, -110)

The Sun Devils should roll on Saturday night

8 p.m.
Baylor (-7.5, -110) at Louisiana-Monroe

12:00 p.m.
Bowling Green State at Virginia Tech (-19.5)
Central Michigan at Iowa (-15.5, -110)
UAB at Ohio State (-37)
Ole Miss (-17.5, -110) at Tulane
Maryland at West Virginia (-27)
UTEP at Wisconsin (-17.5)
Massachusetts at Miami (OH) (-26)
Virginia at TCU (-17)

12:20 p.m.
Kentucky at Florida (-24.5)

12:30 p.m.
Army at Wake Forest (-7, -110)

2 p.m.
Connecticut (-1) at Western Michigan

3 p.m.
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech (-14.5, -110)

3:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State (-33)
East Carolina at North Carolina (-16.5, -110)
Temple at Penn State (-7.5, -110)
Marshall (-2.5) at Rice
Missouri at South Carolina (-10, -110)
Kansas at Northern Illinois (-9.5)
Oregon State at UCLA (-7.5, -110)

4 p.m.
Colorado at Washington State (-20.5)

4:30 p.m.
South Florida (-10.5) at Ball State

5 p.m.
Wyoming at Idaho (-2)
FAU at Alabama (-49.5)

6 p.m.
Memphis at Duke (-23)
California at USC (-16, -110)

7 p.m.
Utah State (-13) at Colorado State
Rutgers at Arkansas (-7, -110)
Southern Miss at Western Kentucky (-4.5)
Louisville (-13.5) at FIU
South Alabama at Mississippi State (-34.5)

7:30 p.m.
Michigan at Notre Dame (-5.5, -110)
Akron at Tennessee (-35)

7:45 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Georgia (-16, -110)
LSU (-20.5) at Auburn

8 p.m.
Kansas State at Oklahoma (-14, -110)
Clemson at Florida State (-14.5, -110)
Fresno State at Tulsa (-6, -110)
Syracuse at Minnesota (-1, -110)
New Mexico at New Mexico State (-6.5)
Louisiana Tech at Illinois (-2.5, -110)
San Jose State at San Diego State (-3)

10 p.m.
Utah at Arizona State (-7, -110)
Air Force (-10.5, -110) at UNLV

10:30 p.m.
Arizona at Oregon (-23.5, -110)
Nevada (-8.5, -110) at Hawaii

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SCSU football off to worst start since 1990

NEW HAVEN — The last time the Southern Connecticut State football team started a season 0-3 was in 1990. The Owls actually went 0-4 that season before rebounding to finish the season 5-5.

SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh probably wouldn’t sign for that finish now, but if things don’t turn around soon, this could be a forgettable season. Saint Augustine’s scored 30 unanswered points to knock off Southern 30-14, sending the Owls to their worst start since George H.W. Bush was president, before 3,007 in their home opener Saturday.
JJ Jablonski is tackled by a Saint Augustine defender

SCSU led 14-0 in the first quarter, but never scored again.

“We had the momentum at that point, but it wasn’t like we were fired up about it,” Cavanaugh said. “We have to learn to play for four quarters. We’re not there yet.”

The day began superbly for the Owls, who entered the game having scored a total of six points in their previous two setbacks. The Owls raced out to a two-touchdown lead as junior running back Vaughn Magee scored from a yard out and Jake Jablonski capped another impressive drive with a 6-yard pass to Jayson Holt, his first career touchdown.

But as promising as it began, that’s how quickly it deteriorated. For the third straight week, the Owls fizzled on both sides of the ball. And Saint Augustine’s pounced. The Falcons, who lost a gritty 24-21 decision to New Haven last week, scored 16 points before the half was over and never looked back.

“I just felt that we got into a rhythm in the first quarter and things were clicking, and then it was like they scored a touchdown and kind of packed our bags,” Jablonski said. “I’m not sure why. We just didn’t show up as a team. We didn’t show up in the second half. It’s shocking we didn’t score again.”

Quarterback Teddy Bacote got the Falcons’ offense going, connecting with Tyron Laughinghouse on a 57-yard score. Laughinghouse slipped through a missed tackle at the SCSU 40 and raced untouched the rest of the way for the score.

The Falcons then used a couple of big plays to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Roderick Davenport, but they missed the extra point and still trailed 14-13. Undaunted, Saint Augustine capitalized on Jablonski’s second interception to take a 16-14 lead into the half on a 30-yard field goal by Michael Lima.

The Falcons’ defense then totally shut down Jablonski and company forcing three straight punts, and Saint Augustine’s finally capitalized on a 24-yard scoring pass from Bacote to Laughinghouse on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 23-14.

SCSU had chances to reverse its fate, but consecutive drives ended deep in the red zone and in utter frustration.

After a 43-yard pass from Jablonski to Vito Fornarelli, Southern was set up with a first-and-goal on the Falcon 3-yard line. After two runs by Magee failed, Jablonski completed a pass to Jerome Cunningham, but the tight end slipped just before the goal line. Southern was stuck at the 1, and Jablonski was stuffed on the ensuing fourth-down keeper.

“That’s disappointing,” Cavanaugh said. “The ball’s inside the 1-yard line and we can’t get in.”

The Owls forced the Falcons to punt and again moved the ball into the red zone. But like last week, in a 13-0 loss at Stonehill, Southern again was denied for the second time in the game from inside the 10. Jablonski appeared to have a sure touchdown with a pass to Willie Epps in the corner of the end zone, but the ball hit Epps in the facemask after the talented wide receiver lost the ball in the sun.

“The game should have never come down to those plays,” Jablonski said. “You can’t blame Willie. You can’t blame the call. You can’t blame anything. We had opportunities, we just didn’t take advantage.

“There’s just a lot of other situations where we don’t have to punch it in from the 1 to stay in the game. If we make the plays, we could have been up three touchdowns.”

Southern was perhaps caught trying to force a fumble in the game’s final minute when Davenport broke through the middle of the SCSU defense for a 54-yard touchdown to close out the scoring.

Jablonski, who missed last week’s game due to a upper chest injury, finished 20-34 for 249 yards, but he started off 10-for-11. Magee went over the century mark for the second straight game, gaining 104 yards on 27 carries.

Bacote was 20 for 32 passing for 225 yards for the Falcons (2-1). Davenport finished with 87 yards on 12 carries.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Haven's Karlos Locke wins two awards

#leadingthecharge – University of New Haven Freshman Karlos Locke blocked two punts last Saturday in a 44-10 victory over Pace University and walked away with two Northeast-10 awards Monday. Locke was named the NE-10 Special Teams Player and Rookie of the Week.
Locke’s first block put the Chargers on the Setters’ 27-yard line and the second went for a safety.

   The Chargers (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) are back home Saturday to take on Saint Anselm at 1 p.m.

New Haven football drops in AFCA poll

#leadingthecharge –‘The University of New Haven dropped a spot in the American Football Coaches Association top-25 poll this week. The Chargers fell to No. 8 after routing Pace University 44-10 last Saturday.
New Haven was No. 7 last week after defeating Saint Augustine’s University 24-21. The Chargers take on Saint Anselm Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Haven football Week 3 notebook

FULL NELSON: Making his first career New Haven start, senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson passed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on 8-for-10 passing to lead UNH over Pace University 44-10, Saturday at Pace Field in Pleasantville, N.Y.
With starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki out for a week with a strained muscle in his back, Nelson dominated the Pace (0-3, 0-2 Northeast-10) defense.
Nelson, who came into the game in the second quarter last week, has passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns in the last two weeks.
The Chargers (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) have a back-up that’s better than most NE-10 team’s starters. #loaded.
Game video courtesy of Andy Beardsley, UNH Sports info director, from

NOT RUNNING WELL: The Chargers run defense held the Setters to just 22 rushing yards. Pace averaged 0.8 yards per carry. The Setters did manage to score a touchdown, but it was in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. Last week at Saint Augustine’s University, New Haven only gave up 13 rushing yards.
BACK HOME: So after winning back-to-back games on the road, the Chargers return to DellaCamera Stadium to host Saint Anselm and Assumption the next two weeks. New Haven has not lost a home game since Nov. 6, 2010 when it lost to Saint Anselm 35-26. The Chargers play Saint Anselm this Saturday.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Sr., WR Demetrius Washington-Ellison had 89 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. He caught a 55-yard pass, the longest of the game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: The entire defense held Pace to just 22 rushing yards and only 10 points.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Haven football at Pace preview

Three storylines
Senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki will miss a start for the first time in his Charger career. Senior back up Ronnie Nelson will make his first career start Saturday at Pace University. Osiecki only played the first quarter of New Haven’s 24-21 victory over Saint Augustine’s University in Week 2 before bruising his throwing hand.
An MRI revealed that he strained a muscle in his back and will miss one week, according to coach Pete Rossomando.
Nelson stepped up and passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns last week for UNH (2-0, 1-0 Northeast-10. Will the Pace University (0-2, 0-1 NE-10) defense be able to cool off a sweltering Nelson?

STAT GAME: In three meetings with Pace, the Chargers have gone 3-0, outscoring the Setters 170-52. Pace has been outscored 119-7 in two games this season. New Haven should have no issues taking the Setters down. We could see a lot of the Chargers’ second team in the second half if this gets out of hand.
BIG 10: A win Saturday will mark the 10th straight UNH NE-10 conference win. New Haven finished last season 8-0 in the conference and defeated NE-10 contender Merrimack College 45-18 in Week 1. The last time UNH lost a NE-10 game was Nov. 6, 2010 in a 35-26 defeat to Saint Anselm
Three players to watch
Sr. quarterback Ronnie Nelson, New Haven:
Making his first career start and coming off a strong performance at Saint Augustine’s University, Nelson should have a field day against the porous Pace pass defense.
Sr. wide receiver Jason Thompson, New Haven: If Nelson has a good game, so will Thompson. Look for the wide receiver to toast the Pace defense for some deep receptions.
Sr. Defensive back Davis Lopez, Pace: Lopez ranks second in the NE-10 with 22 total tackles. He’s averaging 11 tackles per game.
Next three gamesSept. 22 vs. Saint Anselm (0-2, 0-1 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (1-1, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Bentley (2-0, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
— @NHRHenryC

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

College Football picks for Week 3

Bill Cloutier’s college football selections

Best Bet: UCLA
Preferred: Utah, Penn State

Pick is in Bold
Week 3

NCAA Football
at South Florida 9½ 8½ (46) Rutgers

Washington St. 11 10½ (55) at UNLV

Led by QB Brett Hundley,
UCLA is this week's best bet


at Penn St. 6½ 5½ (46) Navy
at Michigan 45 46 (56) UMass
at Northwestern 4 3½ (53) Boston College
at Purdue 22 23½ (50½) E.Michigan
N. Illinois 1½ 3 (49½) at Army
at Florida St. 25 27½ (54) Wake Forest
UConn Pk 2½ (42½) at Maryland
Texas A&M 10½ 13 (56½) at SMU
Virginia Tech 10½ 10½ (43) at Pittsburgh
Southern Cal 9 8 (56) at Stanford
at Southern Miss. 8 8 (57½) East Carolina
at Ohio St. 16 17 (52½) California
Texas 12 10½ (47½) at Mississippi
at Missouri 8½ 6½ (64) Arizona St.
BYU 3½ 4 (46½) at Utah
at Louisville 3½ 3½ (51) North Carolina
at Georgia Tech 11 10½ (53) Virginia
Alabama 15½ 20 (53½) at Arkansas
at Boise St. 19 20½ (53½) Miami (Ohio)
TCU 22 21 (59½) at Kansas
at Louisiana Tech 21 20½ (65½) Rice
at Minnesota 4 2½ (57) W. Michigan
at Toledo 6½ 3½ (57½) Bowling Green
at South Carolina 33½ 33½ (54½) UAB
Ohio 6½ 6½ (66½) at Marshall
at Texas Tech 32 33 (61½) New Mexico
at Tennessee Pk 3 (47) Florida Tennessee
at San Jose St. 12½ 10½ (49) Colorado St.
at Wisconsin 13½ 14 (51) Utah St.
at LSU 42 42½ (54½) Idaho
at Michigan St. 4 5 (43½) Notre Dame
at Indiana 3½ 2½ (62½) Ball St.
at Fresno St. 14 14 (55) Colorado
at UTEP 12½ 12½ (55) New Mexico St.
at UCLA 18 17 (73½) Houston
at Georgia 44½ 43 (53) FAU
at Nebraska 24 24½ (67½) Arkansas St.
at NC State 33 31½ (50½) South Alabama
at UCF 15 17 (50) FIU
at Oklahoma St. 21 22½ (73) La.-Lafayette
at Kansas St. 28½ 28½ (55) North Texas
Middle Tenn. 2½ 3½ (56) at Memphis
at Kentucky 5½ 7½ (48½) W.Kentucky
Mississippi St. 16 16 (57) at Troy
at Auburn 15½ 16½ (52½) Louisiana-Monroe

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Haven moves up in poll

#leadingthecharge --The University of New Haven continues to move up in the polls. On Tuesday, the Chargers entered the Top-25 poll in at No. 10, moving up three spots from last week.
On Monday, New Haven moved up five spots in the American Football Coaches Association Top-25, coming in at No. 7.
In Week 2, New Haven (2-0, 1-0 Northeast-10) defeated Saint Augustine’s University 24-21 in Durham, N.C.
Starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki only played one quarter after bruising his throwing hand.
Coach Pete Rossomando said Osiecki should be able to start Saturday at Pace University.
1 Pittsburg State
2 Minnesota Duluth
3 Grand Valley
4 CSU-Pueblo
5 Missouri Western
6 California
7 Minnesota State
8 Winston-Salem
9 Saginaw Valley
10 New Haven
11 Northwest Missouri
12 West Alabama
13 Texas A&M-Kingsville
14 Bloomsburg
15 Washburn
16 Abilene Christian
17 Hillsdale
18 Midwestern State
19 West Texas A&M
20 Valdosta State
21 Humboldt State
22 IUP
23 Kutztown
24 Central Missouri
25 Ouachita Baptist

Kyle Casey gone in Harvard cheating scandal?

This surprising story, which also may mean discipline for Harvard football players comes from
Kyle Casey

Harvard senior co-captain Kyle Casey plans to withdraw from school and is likely to miss the entire 2012-13 season after being implicated in a widespread academic cheating scandal, multiple sources told With Harvard's fall registration deadline looming Tuesday, Casey faced the decision of whether to withdraw in order to attempt to preserve his final year of eligibility.

On Aug. 30, Harvard College announced in a letter that its administrative board was investigating allegations that approximately 125 undergraduates "may have committed acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam." The exam was for Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, a spring 2012 class with an enrollment of 279. Sources said that Casey and at least one other men's basketball player are among a group of athletes and non-athletes whose cases are pending review. The first-team all-Ivy League forward is facing a charge of academic dishonesty that could carry a one-year suspension from school.

Neither Harvard coach Tommy Amaker nor Casey returned calls or messages from SI requesting comment on Monday night. According to sources, Casey had the option of enrolling for the fall 2012 semester and fighting the allegations, but risked losing his final season of Ivy League eligibility if the administrative board did not rule in his favor. By withdrawing for two semesters, Casey is leaving the door open for re-admission to Harvard -- and a return to the basketball team -- in 2013-14 once his case is settled. This March, with Casey averaging a team-high 11.4 points per game, the Amaker-led Crimson won their first-ever Ivy League title and reached their first NCAA tournament since 1946.

In an Aug. 31 story in the New York Times, Harvard's dean of undergraduate education, Jay Harris, said that the alleged cheating scandal is "unprecedented in its scope and magnitude." The Harvard Crimson reported this week that the school's football team was bracing for potential lineup changes due to players being implicated in the scandal.
Harvard, which has won at least 20 games in each of Amaker's past three seasons -- including a 26-5 record in 2011-12 -- is the early favorite to repeat as Ivy League champion next season. Casey, a former two-star recruit from Medway, Mass., who also considered attending Stanford and Vanderbilt, was the Crimson's top returning scorer and rebounder, but it appears that his college career has been put on hold.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

New Haven ranked 7th in the nation

#leadingthecharge – The University of New Haven football team is the 7th best team in the nation. New Haven moved up five spots in the American Football Coaches Association top-25 poll, coming in at No. 7. New Haven defeated Saint Augustine’s University 24-21, despite losing senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki to a hand injury.

According to coach Pete Rossomando, Osiecki bruised his throwing hand in the first quarter of the St. Aug’s win and did not return. He said Osiecki bruised the hand in Week 1 as well but, should start in the next game.
Led by senior backup quarterback Ronnie Nelson’s 150 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, New Haven knocked off Saint Augustine’s in Durham, N.C. The Chargers were No. 12 in the poll after a 45-18 NE-10 victory over Merrimack College in Week 1. The Falcons (1-1, 0-0 CIAA) received 12 votes in the poll after defeating Wingate 28-10 in Week 1.
New Haven takes on NE-10 opponent Pace (0-2, 0-1 NE-10) in Pleasantville, N.Y., Saturday at 1 p.m.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stonehill sends SCSU to second loss to start season

EASTON, Mass. — A day of frustration could be summed up on what appeared to be the Southern Connecticut State football team’s most promising drive.

SCSU moved the ball to the Stonehill 4-yard line with 5 minutes to play, threatening to cut into a 13-0 deficit. But once there, the Owls’ normally potent offense imploded. SCSU committed two penalties and quarterback Bobby Lippincott was sacked, leaving the Owls facing a 4th-and-21.
SCSU QB Jake Jablonski (above)
missed the game with an upper chest injury.

The drive, and Southern’s comeback hopes, ended with an incomplete pass to tight end Jerome Cunningham in the end zone, sealing Southern’s fate in a 13-0 loss to Stonehill in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Coughlin Field.

It was a day of firsts for the Owls, and none proved positive. Stonehill posted its first win in 16 contests against Southern. It was also the first time SCSU was shut out since Sept. 9, 2000, a span of 128 games.

“I’m not shocked we got shut out,” SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh said. “It all comes down to execution and making plays. At times we did, and at times we didn’t.

“At times we ran the ball well and at times we threw the ball well. Stonehill played well. They had a good defensive plan against us, and the turnovers were a factor.”

Lippincott threw three interceptions for Southern in his first collegiate start. Lippincott was subbing for Jake Jablonski, who did not make the trip after suffering a chest injury in the Owls’ season opener a week ago.

“It’s easy to put the blame on the quarterback, but we have access to the film, and I’m sure we’re going to see other reasons other than him,” Cavanaugh said. “Maybe he’s hurried. There are a lot of other reasons. It’s also his first start and his second game.”

Lippincott, a redshirt freshman from Barkhamsted, finished 15 of 33 for 163 yards. He was also sacked six times. Vaughn Magee was the lone offensive bright spot for SCSU, rushing for a career-high 151 yards on 31 carries.

Southern scored just six points in its season-opening loss at Indiana (Pa.) last week. The Owls, who typically feature a high-octane offensive unit, have been shut down due to youth and inexperience.

“This was a learning experience,” SCSU linebacker Jack Cooper said. “We played hard on both sides of the ball. We win as a team and lose as a team. We just didn’t make enough plays.”

Stonehill took the lead on a 37-yard field goal by Stephen Grzywacz with 3 seconds to play in the first half. The drive began on the SCSU 38 following Lippincott’s second interception of the half. The staunch Southern defense got a big sack from A.J. Marsiglia, his second of the game, but Grzywacz, who hit the crossbar on a 38-yard attempt in the first quarter, knocked it through. It proved to be all the offense the Skyhawks (1-1, 1-0 NE-10) needed.

Grzywacz missed a 28-yard attempt to the left with five minutes to play in the third quarter as Southern’s defense stood tough. But turnovers continued to haunt the Owls, and when they marched to the Stonehill 18-yard line in the third quarter, Lippincott was again picked off to end the threat.

That proved to be the backbreaker as Stonehill marched 80 yards on six plays on the ensuing drive for the game’s only touchdown. The scoring march was highlighted by a 39-yard pass to John Gomes, who set the Stonehill record for career receptions on the play (126).

“We had some breakdowns schematically in the fourth quarter,” Cavanaugh said. ”The difference between last week and this week is that we showed up, we were excited and we played hard. We made mistakes that were costly, but everything we did wrong today could be corrected.”

Gomes then finished the drive by snaring a 5-yard touchdown pass from Logan Meyer to make it 10-0.

Grzywacz added a 25-yard field goal with seven minutes left in the game. Meyer finished 9 of 22 for 141 yards.

“I never felt we were out of the game,” Cooper said. “We all kept playing hard. We’re a young team who’s definitely going to learn from this. In previous years we’ve started 0-2 and we’ve ran the table. We open up at home next week and we’ve got to come out and get a win.”

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Week 2 New Haven Notebook

A1: Playing with the New Haven A-team wasn’t new to back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson, who practiced with them early in training camp when starting senior quarterback Ryan Osiecki was out with strep throat. So on Saturday against St. Augustine’s University when Osiecki left the game in the first quarter with a bruised throwing hand, Nelson eased in and finished with 150 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to lead the Chargers over the Falcons 24-21.
According to coach Pete Rossomando, Osiecki hurt the hand in Week 1 as well. The coach said Osiecki couldn’t grip the football but, he should be okay.
“He probably could’ve played,” Rossomando said. “I decided to keep him out. I didn’t want him to get that next big hit.”
Nelson usually takes some snaps with the A-team in games to run keepers. He looked good in camp and got extra reps with Osiecki out.
“He’s exactly what we thought he would be,” the coach said. “Ryan is 1, he’s 1A.”
NAIL BITER: The last time New Haven won a game this close was a 35-32 Week 1 win over West Chester last season. With New Haven up 24-21 with 19 seconds left in the game, St. Augustine’s junior quarterback Teddy Bacote threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 4 from the Falcons’ 31-yard line, ending St. Augustine’s chances of an upset.
AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…: The Chargers have been outscored 10-0 in the first quarter this season but, in the second quarter have outscored opponents 31-7. Last night New Haven trailed 7-0 after one before scoring 10 in the second. Against Merrimack in Week 1, New Haven trailed 3-0 after one and outscored Merrimack 21-7 in the second quarter.
RECORDS: New Haven is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast-10.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson passed for 150 yards, two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Junior linebacker Matthew Fallico led the team with eight tackles, four for a loss, a sack and an interception.
WATCH: Post game interview with coach Pete Rossomando right here courtesy of

UP NEXT:  At Pace in Pleasantville, N.Y. at 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Haven battles St. Augustine's University LIVE

The Chargers head down to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Falcons.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Haven at Saint Augustine's University preview

Three storylines

DANGEROUS: The Chargers agreed to play a home-and-home against Saint Augustine’s University last year. Last season was a down year for the Falcons and New Haven took advantage in a blowout win at home. This season New Haven travels to Durham, N.C., to play a more athletic and experienced St. Aug team. The Falcons received 12 votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll after a 28-10 win over Wingate. The long road trip and a solid unranked team opposing it could be a recipe for disaster for 12th ranked New Haven.
ROAD TRIP: This is the farthest the Chargers football team will travel for a regular-season game since returning in 2009. UNH will travel 1,208 miles to and from Durham County Stadium in Durham, N.C. That means the players will sit on a bus for 22 hours without traffic. Does bus lag exist?
ONE SHOT: Success in non conference games determines the strength of your conference in Division II. Northeast-10 teams went winless in non conference games last week. The Chargers are poised for another NCAA tournament run and this could be the NE-10’s only good non conference win of the season. A loss here would weaken any NE-10 team’s chances of getting a good seeding if it qualifies for the NCAA tournament.

Three players to watch

Sr. running back Victor Jones, New Haven: He only played in four games last season before tearing his ACL. In Week 1, he rushed for a team-high 71 total yards and broke off a 63-yard run. With confidence in his knee, Jones should have another strong week.
Sr. wide receiver Josh Smart, New Haven: Senior receivers Demetrius Washington-Ellison and Jason Thompson are well-known, respected and feared deep threats. This opens up the underneath route for possession receiver Josh Smart. If Saint Augustine chooses to defend against the big play, Smart will finish with 5-7 receptions.
Jr. quarterback Teddy Bacote, St. Augustine’s University: The junior impressed last season throwing for 2,282 yards and 22 touchdowns. Against New Haven last season, he passed for 316 yards and two scores but, threw two interceptions. Last week in the Wingate win, he passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns.  

Next three games

Sept. 15 at Pace (0-1, 0-1 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Saint Anselm (0-1, 0-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (0-1, 0-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
— @NHRHenryC

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Haven's Thompson, Herd, named Players of the Week

#leadingthecharge – New Haven swept the Week 1 Northeast-10 Player of the Week honors. Fellow seniors wide receiver Jason Thompson (104 rec. yds, two TDs) and defensive end Tom Herd (three tackles, two sacks, int., TD) won offensive and defensive player of the week honors, respectively.

The Chargers routed Merrimack College 45-18 last Saturday. Thompson and Herd both had impressive plays. Thompson caught a 54-yard pass that set up a Mike DeCaro touchdown and Herd intercepted a pass at the line of scrimmage and ran it back 27 yard.
UNH makes its longest road trip of the season this week, traveling to North Carolina to face St. Augustine’s University. The Chargers defeated the Falcons last season in New Haven.
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