Central Connecticut football sophomore Rob Hollomon was named Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt freshman Nick SanGiacomo was named NEC Rookie of the Week for their roles in helping the Blue Devils' overcome a 13-0 deficit in a 32-30 victory over Saint Francis (PA).
The Philadelpha native followed up his 208-yard rushing performance at Robert Morris, which came in a 37-31 setback, by compiling 207 yards on the ground in the win over Saint Francis (PA). In all, Hollomon totaled 287 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns against the Red Flash. The transfer from Kent State carried 24 times and added two receptions for 80 yards. He averaged 11.0 yards every time he touched the football.
The Blue Devils turned a 20-9 deficit into a 22-20 advantage on the strength of his two long scoring runs of 49 and 45 yards. Hollomon also came out of the backfield for a 49-yard catch-and-run that moved the ball from CCSU's own 14 into Saint Francis' half of field and set the stage for the Blue Devils' first touchdown.
Hollomon now owns the top-two individual rushing performances in Northeast Conference play this fall. His latest effort allowed him to join the likes of former Blue Devil Justise Hairston (2006) as the lone men to ever eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark in back-to-back Northeast Conference contests.
Sparking the Blue Devil comeback was SanGiacomo who came off the bench to total 240 yards of total offense. The New Jersey native went 8-of-14 passing for 212 yards and one touchdown in Central's comeback victory. He added 28 yards rushing on five carries. SanGiacomo's biggest play of the day, a 73-yard touchdown pass, came only 29 seconds after Josh Thiel gave Saint Francis a 23-22 lead on a 50-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller entered the game with 14:13 remaining in the second quarter and went 3-for-3 passing for 53 yards on his first drive, which ended with a five-yard TD run by Rob Hollomon.
Hollomon was also honored by the College Football Performance Awards for the second consecutive week. Hollomon was honored as the CFPA National All-Purpose Performer of the Week. In addition, Hollomon and senior tight end Anthony Julbes both received honorable mention recognition at their positions from the CFPA.
The Blue Devils will play at Monmouth this Saturday, before playing their final home game of the season on November 10 against Bryant.