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Football Opens NEC Play Under The Lights Saturday

Football Opens NEC Play Under The Lights Saturday

The Central Connecticut football team plays its home opener Saturday night at Arute Field, welcoming Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart University. The 6:00 pm game will air on ESPN3 with Dave Popkin and Kevin Gilbride calling the action. 



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Football tailgating is back for 2022. Please take a moment to read the CCSU Tailgating Policy so that all of our fans can have a safe and enjoyable time at the game. Tailgating is avialable beginning THREE hours before kickoff, 3:00pm.

CCSU Athletics and ConnectiCare are partnering to support Maria's Place. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate.

Gates to Arute Field open at 5:00 pm on Saturday.

  • The two squads have won or shared a league-title in each of the last five seasons. The Blue Devils won the 2017 and 2019 championship.
  • Isaiah Green earned NEC Prime Perfomer honors on September 5 in recognition of his 8.0 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced fumble at UConn.
  • The Blue Devils are 16-19 in home openers since moving to Division I for the 1986-87 season. Since joining the NEC, for the 1997 season, CCSU is 12-12. SHU has been the opponent in a home opener three previous times, with Central winning the past two, 2004 and 2009.
  • Three of the top five tacklers in NEC play are on the CCSU roster. Artest Banks and Anthony Wynn are averaging a league-best 12 tackles per game, while Chizi Umunakwe is third with 11.
  • Malik Thomas had a career-best 63 yards rushing in the season opener. That total equaled his career total and his 12.6 yards per carry is tops in the NEC entering the second week.
  • Kyren Petteway totalled 100 all-purpose yards in the season opener. He had seven catches for 61 yards, carried the ball once for 17 and had 22 return yards.
  • Central is one of 13 FCS teams to have a blocked kick in the opening weekend.  LuQuay Washington blocked a UConn field goal in the second quarter of the season opener.
  • CCSU is the only NEC team entering week two with a positive turnover margin. The Blue Devils are +2, after recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass at UConn.
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