No. 21 New Haven Rallies To Defeat SCSU, 59-38
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Southern Connecticut State University football team jumped out to a 13-point third quarter lead over No. 21 nationally ranked New Haven on Friday night, but the Chargers rallied back to claim a 59-38 win over the Owls.
Southern Connecticut moved to 4-2, 3-1 in Northeast-10 play. New Haven is now 5-1, 3-0 in league action.
Senior running back Rashaad Slowley (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) finished with 184 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also hauled in a team and career-high six catches for 60 yards. Willie Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) had five catches for a team-high 106 yards.
The game was a back-and-forth affair in the early going. The Chargers returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown and added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. UNH stopped the Owls on their opening drive and then moved the ball into the red zone, but Sam-uel Johnson (Newark, N.J.) intercepted a pass to give the Owls possession at the SCSU 14.
From there, Slowley broke free for a 75-yard run and then eventually punched in the tying touchdown on an 11-yard run. Christopher Hazelton (Bristol, Conn.) added the PAT to tie the score.
UNH went back in front on a 23-yard field goal, but the Owls countered with a 39-yard field goal from Hazelton to even the score at 10-10 after one quarter.
The Chargers went back in front just eight seconds into the second quarter to make it 17-10. The next six points came courtesy of a pair of Hazelton field goals, from 26 and 34 yards out, to close the gap to a point at 17-16 with 42 seconds left in the half.
However, UNH fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Owls quickly cashed in when Kevin Lynch (Medfield, Mass.) hit Jerome Cunningham (Waterbury, Conn.) on an 18-yard pass to give the hosts a 23-17 lead at the break.
In all, the Owls scored 20 consecutive points, culminating with a 22-yard run from Slowley in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Hazelton’s PAT gave the Owls a 30-17 lead with 13:14 left in the frame.
The Chargers scored three touchdowns before the end of the frame, though, to pull back in front, 38-30 after three quarters.
SCSU evened the score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Slowley scored from 10 yards out and Lynch followed with a successful two-point rush to even the score at 38-38.
However, UNH scored the final 21 points of the game to post the win.
Hazelton set a new career-high with three field goals in the contest.
Johnson had a team-high 10 tackles, while Davel Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) added nine tackles and an interception.
The Owls return to action on Oct. 15 for a road game at Bentley.