EASTON, Penn. - It was not quite the final tune up the Central Connecticut State football team was looking for before getting into Northeast Conference play.
Lafayette scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including the go-ahead touchdown by C.J. Amill on a 23-yard run with 33 seconds remaining, to hand the Blue Devils a 31-24 loss Saturday night. Now at 2-3 on the season, CCSU will start its NEC schedule next Saturday at Robert Morris.
Amill finished with 59 total yards - 34 rushing and 25 receiving - and three touchdowns. He returned a punt 57 yards for touchdown with 5:28 in the first quarter to put the Leopards up 7-0 and later scored on an 11-yard run to tie the game at 14-14 40 seconds before halftime.
Amill’s third touchdown came after CCSU quarterback Jacob Dolegala tied the game, 17-17, with a 3-yard run with 2:23 left in the fourth quarter to cap off a 10-play, 60-yard drive.
Dolegala finished the night with nine rushes for 32 yards. He also completed 23-of-36 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown to Tyshaun James, which came in the first quarter.
But the Leopards returned the kickoff following Dolegala’s touchdown run 37 yards to their 44-yard line and drove 56 yards in seven plays, eating 1:50 off the clock. After a Sean O’Malley incomplete pass and a five-yard loss on a run from Amill, O’Malley completed his next four throws for 38 yards, including one to Quinn Revere on 3rd and 15 for a first down to extend the drive.
O’Malley completed 30-of-41 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown. Revere caught 10 of those throws for 86 yards, while Chris Granjean brought in six passes for 104 yards.
The Blue Devils did get the ball back to attempt a game-tying drive, but Lafayette linebacker Billy Shaeffer forced a fumble from Arthur Gilmore after a 13-yard completion.
CCSU took a 17-14 lead into the break after junior kicker Francis hit on a school-record 50-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It was the second and last time the Blue Devils held a lead in the game.
The first came on a Enyce Walker 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Walker led the team with 73 rushing yards on 11 carries.