Robert Morris scored 21 unanswered points and held the Blue Devils scoreless over the final 29 minutes to come from behind and win 27-24 at Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Rob Hollomon ran for two touchdowns in the first half and in the process surpassed former Blue Devil Stan House for Central Connecticut's career rushing record. House, who played from 1994-97, held the CCSU rushing record for nearly 20 years. His total of 3,347 was passed by Hollomon on a three-yard rush late in the second quarter. Hollomon finished the day with 3,430 career rushing yards and 874 yards on the season.
The Colonials improve to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in Northeast Conference action. The Blue Devils (2-5, 0-2 NEC) will return to action at Arute Field next Saturday afternoon.
A 20-yard touchdown run by Brenden Lytton early in the third quarter put the Blue Devils up 24-6, but RMU posted 21 straight points to take the lead.
The Colonials connected on a field goal by Hunter Khaleghi to cut the deficit to 24-9. RMU added a 25-yard scoring pass to Nic Lamica early in the fourth quarter, then a field goal by Khaleghi and then with 3:49 left to play an 11-yard scoring pass from Derik Abbott to Duane Mitchell to go ahead 25-24.
The Colonials converted the two-point attempt to take the 27-24 lead.
The Blue Devils final chance to tie or take the lead came to an end after four penalties hampered CCSU's drive. The chance was set up when sophomore Jevon Elmore blocked a Robert Morris punt with 1:52 left to play.
Hollomon finished with 164 yards on 28 attempts and a pair of touchdowns. The two touchdowns give Hollomon 30 rushing scores for his CCSU career.
Sophomore Asia Bolling led the defense with 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the game. Freshman Shacor Privott also recorded a sack, while senior Josh Alaeze combined with Bolling to drop the quarterback.
Freshman Landon Reecher was also credited with a forced fumble which was recovered by junior Josh Celerin.
The Blue Devil offense finished with 340 yards of total offense. CCSU had posted 206 yards in the first half, with 113 coming on the ground.
Robert Morris posted 180 yards of total offense in the first half, but the Blue Devil defense limited the Colonials to just 55 rushing yards. RMU finished the game with 386 yards of offense.
Sophomore Ed Groth opened the scoring with a career-long 33-yard field goal on CCSU's first possession of the game.
April 17, 2015 Football Registers 206 to "Be The Match"
April 7, 2015 Football Announces 2015 Schedule
April 3, 2015 Rossomando Gives Update on Spring Practice
March 31, 2015 Football Spring Practice in Full Swing
February 3, 2015 Football Announces Signing Day Recruits
December 13, 2014 Hollomon Named All-New England
November 26, 2014 Five Football Blue Devils Earn All-NEC
November 24, 2014 Bolling Earns Three Player of the Week Awards
November 22, 2014 Blue Devils Win in Final Seconds at Saint Francis
November 21, 2014 Football Travels to SFU for Season Finale
November 15, 2014 Football Falls to Howard in Harmony Classic on Saturday
November 13, 2014 Football Hosts Howard in NAACP Harmony Classic
November 10, 2014 Minor Named Special Teams Player of the Week
November 8, 2014 Football Falls at Home to Sacred Heart
November 7, 2014 Football Hosts Sacred Heart Saturday at Arute Field
November 1, 2014 Football Falls at #24 Bryant
October 30, 2014 Football Visits Bryant Saturday, Game Available on ESPN3
October 25, 2014 Football Drops Home Decision to Wagner on Saturday
October 24, 2014 Football Welcomes Wagner on Saturday
October 18, 2014 Blue Devils Fall, Hollomon Sets Career Rushing Mark
October 16, 2014 Football Visits Robert Morris on Saturday
October 11, 2014 Football Falls to Duquesne on Homecoming
October 10, 2014 CCSU Set for 2014 Homecoming Weekend
September 29, 2014 Three Blue Devils Earn Weekly Awards
September 27, 2014 Hollomon, Blue Devils Run by URI
September 25, 2014 Football Hosts URI Saturday at 4 PM
September 22, 2014 Pauldo Earns NEC Rookie Honor
September 20, 2014 Dartmouth Tops Football on Saturday Night
September 18, 2014 Football Visits Dartmouth on Saturday Night
September 13, 2014 Football Falls to Holy Cross
September 12, 2014 Football Visits Holy Cross
September 6, 2014 Football Falls in Home Opener
September 5, 2014 Football Home Opener Saturday at 6 PM
September 3, 2014 Hollomon Earns Gold Helmet Award
September 1, 2014 Hollomon, Fields Earn NEC Honors
September 1, 2014 Hollomon: FCS National Offensive Player of the Week
August 30, 2014 Blue Devils Beat #7 Towson to Open 2014 Season
August 29, 2014 Football Opens Season Saturday at #7/13 Towson
August 28, 2014 The Coach Rossomando Rundown: Week One
August 21, 2014 Breakfast with Coach Rossomando
August 5, 2014 Updated 8/23: Football Concludes Preseason Camp
August 4, 2014 Four Named Preseason All-NEC, CCSU Picked Fourth
August 1, 2014 2014 #NECFB Kickoff Google Hangout on Monday
July 7, 2014 Hollomon Named to Walter Payton Watch List
July 1, 2014 Hollomon Preseason All-America First Team
June 23, 2014 Holmes on CFPA Wide Receiver Award Watch List
June 18, 2014 Hollomon on CFPA Running Back Watch List
April 25, 2014 Football Adds to Recruiting Class
April 24, 2014 Football Spring Game Friday at 8 PM
April 14, 2014 Eight Added to Football Coaching Staff
March 31, 2014 Week Three Update: Football Spring Practice
March 26, 2014 CCSU Football Set for Spring Practice
February 11, 2014 Six Home Games Highlight 2014 Football Schedule
February 4, 2014 Football Adds 11th Student-Athlete to Recruiting Class
January 22, 2014 Rossomando Named Head Football Coach at CCSU