MANCHESTER, N.H. - Senior running back Rashaad Slowley
(Mount Vernon, N.Y.) set a new a Southern Connecticut State University record with six touchdowns and finished with 205 yards on 35 carries as the Owls won their Northeast-10 Conference opener at Saint Anselm on Saturday, 59-34.
The win concluded a three-game road trip to open the season for the Owls, who are now 2-1, 1-0 in league play. St. Anselm is 0-2, 0-1.
Slowley eclipsed the old mark of five touchdowns, set by five different individuals on six different occasions previously. It was his second career outing with more than 200 yards. Slowley has now rushed for 12 touchdowns in his career against Saint Anselm.
(Middletown, Conn.) set a new career-high with nine catches for 134 yards in the contest. Kevin Lynch
(Medford, Mass.) finished 20-of-27 for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Willie Epps
(Norwalk, Conn.) added four catches for 80 yards.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair in the early going. Saint Anselm scored on its opening drive, but the Owls quickly answered with an eight play, 76-yard drive that culminated on Slowley's first touchdown of the day. Christopher Hazelton
(Bristol, Conn.) added the PAT to even the score at 7-7.
Saint Anselm responded with a touchdown of its own to regain the lead at 14-7. Southern Connecticut countered with a three-play, 56 yard drive ending in a seven-yard run from Slowley.
The Hawks' Marc Wilson then took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards the other way for a touchdown to put the hosts back on top, 21-14.
SCSU answered with a 44-yard drive that ended in another tying touchdown in the closing seconds of the first quarter. This time, Lynch hit Privott from 20 yards out to even the score at 21-21 after the PAT.
That touchdown started a run of 24 straight points for the Owls that allowed them to take control of the game. Hazelton's 33-yard field goal nearly five minutes into the second quarter gave SCSU the lead for good. Slowley added his third touchdown of the day, a four-yard run, before intermission to give SCSU a 31-21 lead at halftime.
The Owls then took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 73 yards in three plays, capped by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Lynch to Epps that extended the lead to 38-21.
The Hawks closed back within 11 at 38-27, but Slowley found pay dirt from 12 yards out to stretch the lead to 45-27. Slowley then added touchdown runs of five and three yards around one final St. Anselm touchdown to make it a 59-34 final
The Owls return to action on Friday night for their home opener, a 7 p.m. start against Pace.