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By Tommy Liljedahl Despite a disappointing 0-5 start, the CCSU football team remains optimistic during a much needed bye week. “Obviously, this is not the start we wanted,” said Head Coach Jeff Mcinerey. “But we knew this team was going to take some time to take shape, especially with the new quarterbacks.” Andrew Clements, junior, […]
Fifteen Blue Devils were honored in the pre-game ceremonies, despite only fourteen suiting up for the game. The atmosphere around Arute grew solemn as the seniors lined up on the sidelines with family members flanking them on either side. The first player honored was number 94, Rich Royster. The 2011 season was dedicated to Royster, who was killed in a car accident, and it was his mother who met Head Coach Jeff McInerney and Athletics Director Paul Schlickmann at midfield.
Fourteen graduating seniors took to Arute field in front of family, friends and Blue Devils fans for the last time Saturday play Northeast Conference rivals, the Robert Morris Colonials. In the final home game of the season CCSU managed to snap a six-game losing streak, while handing RMU its fourth consecutive loss, 31-24.
Football drops fifth straight against Albany, 63-35
The loss at UMass was the third in a row for CCSU, who was predicted to win it all at the beginning of the season. The Blue Devils have gotten into a funk after the back-to-back home conference losses, which continued in Massachusetts Saturday night.
As the afternoon wore on it was clear that the Blue Devils would not regain its momentum, and for the second straight week at home, CCSU lost, this time to the Pioneers 37-24. The last time the Blue Devils lost back-to-back games was in 2003.
Going into Saturday’s game against the Hawks, the Blue Devils boasted a home-game win streak of 15 games. CCSU’s streak, which began with the first game of the 2008 season and lasted almost four years, also happened to be the longest in the country.
Keeping a game close isn’t anything new for Head Coach Jeff McInerney and his football team. Whether it’s maintaining an early lead, coming back late in the fourth, or even in overtime, chances are McInerney has seen it on the field and coached his team through it. Saturday’s away game against Wagner College was no different, with the Blue Devils topping the Seahawks 28-24.
On Sept. 3 the Blue Devils sat back in the second half and barely won against the Southern Connecticut Owls. This weekend the CCSU football team came alive in the third and fourth quarters against James Madison University, which kept them in the game losing only by five, 14-9.
After watching the first Sunday of the NFL season, I can wholeheartedly say that I was disappointed. It may be because I am a New York Giants fan, a team that was an embarrassment this week, but it transcends beyond winning and losing. The NFL has become boring. It’s predictable and extremely frustrating to watch as a sports fan.