Courtesy: Southern CT State University Sports Information
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes from Raymond Catapano to Devante Jenkins served as pivotal plays in a 21-point rally as the Southern Connecticut State University football team downed Pace today, 21-7.
The Owls are now 2-4, 2-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while Pace is 1-5, 0-5 in league action.
Catapano entered the game late in the first half and finished 9-of-15 for 127 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Jenkins led all Owls’ wideouts with five catches for 74 yards and two scores. Robert Thomas rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.
SCSU trailed 7-0 heading into the final quarter before finally getting on the board. Catapano connected with Jenkins on a 26-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 7-6. However, a muffed hold kept the Setters in front by a point.
The Owls’ defense held Pace, and SCSU went ahead for good on its next drive. Marching 73 yards in eight plays, Catapano scrambled to find Jenkins on a 28-yard touchdown that put the Owls up 12-7. Catapano then hit Ryne Griesenauer on the ensuing two-point try for a 14-7 cushion.
Thomas put an exclamation point on the win with a 10-yard touchdown scamper in the final minute to secure the win.
Southern used a stellar second half on both sides of the ball to secure the win. The Owls outgained the Setters by a 255-79 margin in the final 30 minutes.
Jhaaron Wallace had 10 tackles and a sack to lead the defense.
The Owls are back in action next Saturday for Homecoming against Assumption.