Senior Gunnar Jespersen threw for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Central Connecticut defense came up with a huge interception late in the fourth quarter, as the Blue Devils came away with a 28-24 Northeast Conference road victory at Wagner on Saturday.
Sophomore Chris Linares posted his second interception in as many weeks as the Blue Devils move to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league action. They return to play at home next week against Monmouth at 12 p.m.
The Blue Devils took a 14-0 lead at 7:04 in the second quarter on a two-yard run from Jespersen. They had taken the lead on the first drive of the game. Freshman Andrew Murdock forced a fumble on the opening kickoff, and then CCSU went seven plays and 35-yards for the game's first score, making it 7-0. Senior Brian Fowler scored his first rushing touchdown of the season from five-yards out. Jespersen's rushing touchdown capped an impressive seven-play, 83-yard drive to give Central the 14-0 lead.
Wagner answered before halftime, cutting the lead to 7-0 on a two-yard run from Dominique Williams. His second score of the game tied it at 14-14 with 14:41 to play in the third quarter. The Blue Devils received the second half kickoff, but fumbled on the first offensive play, giving Wagner the ball. Williams ran just once for the score and the tie.
Senior Deven Baker took a Jespersen pass 73-yards for the third score of the game for the Blue Devils, and the 21-14 lead in the third quarter. The scoring play is the longest of the season for the Blue Devils and the longest of Baker's career. He now has three scoring catches on the season.
Wagner answered again, this time on a three-yard run from quarterback Nick Doscher, tying the game with 14:10 left in the fourth quarter.
But the Blue Devils answered one final time, this time on a 36-yard scoring play from Jespersen to sophomore wideout Denzell Jones. It was the first scoring catch in the career of Jones, and the deciding touchdown in the victory.
With the score 28-24, Linares had his second interception of the season, sealing the victory. The Blue Devils have now intercepted five passes in the first three games of the season.
Jespersen finished the game 12-for-19 for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Fowler rushed 12 times for 63 yards and the score.
Sophomore Antwione Reese led the defense with 12 tackles. Senior Isaiah Boddie had seven.
The Blue Devils return home next week, where they hold claim to the nation's longest home winning streak at 15 games, to face Monmouth at 12 p.m.
May 17, 2012 Ranglin Signs With KC Chiefs
April 27, 2012 Blue Tops White in Annual Spring Game
April 10, 2012 Flag Football Fundraiser to Honor Royster and Mariani
March 26, 2012 Blue Devils Set to Begin Spring Ball
March 13, 2012 Open Mac - Previewing the Spring Game
February 16, 2012 Football Wine Tasting Fundraiser, March 9
January 31, 2012 Blue Devils Complete Recruiting Class, Announce 2012 Schedule
January 31, 2012 Tommy Buzzo Joins CCSU Football Staff
January 27, 2012 Central Wins EPA 2011 Game Day Challenge
January 19, 2012 Hall of Famer Kevorkian Passes Away
January 10, 2012 McInerney Receives Extension as Head Football Coach
December 14, 2011 Football Honors Seniors at Annual Banquet
November 29, 2011 Williams Named All-New England
November 23, 2011 Four Blue Devils Named All-Conference
November 21, 2011 Football Pair Honored on Monday
November 19, 2011 Football Posts 42-21 Win at Bryant
November 5, 2011 CCSU and RMU on NEC TV on Saturday
November 5, 2011 Football Wins on Senior Day
October 29, 2011 Football Falls in Snowy Loretto to SFPA
October 22, 2011 Football Hosts Albany - Watch Live
October 22, 2011 Albany Hands CCSU NEC Loss
October 15, 2011 Duquesne Stops Football, 28-21
October 8, 2011 Football Falls Short at UMass
October 1, 2011 Football Falls on Homecoming
September 24, 2011 Football Home Streak Stopped at 15
September 22, 2011 Watch as Blue Devils Look for 16 Straight
September 17, 2011 Blue Devils Win 28-24 at Wagner
September 17, 2011 Listen to Football for Free at 1 p.m. Today
September 12, 2011 Linares Earns NEC Weekly Honor
September 10, 2011 Listen Live for Free to Football at JMU Tonight
September 10, 2011 Central Nearly Stuns JMU, 14-9
September 5, 2011 Holmes Earns NEC Honor
September 3, 2011 Football Wins 15th Straight at Home
August 30, 2011 Tuesday Football Practice Photo Gallery
August 26, 2011 Pair of Blue Devils Throw Out Pitches for New Britain Rockcats
August 3, 2011 Football Picked to Win NEC Title in Preseason Coaches Poll
July 13, 2011 2011 Season Tickets are Now Available