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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sinisi's record setting day/Much info also on the MU web site

Who saw this coming?????


By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER
The Monmouth University football team took a ride on the back of David Sinisi Saturday.

The redshirt sophomore made it an impressive trip with a school and Northeast Conference single game record six touchdowns, one on a pass from quarterback Brett Burke, as the Hawks outscored Central Connecticut State, 51-36, at Arute Field in New Britain, Conn.

Sinisi also recovered a fumble on special teams.

The outcome marked a remarkable turnaround for Monmouth (2-5, 2-2) which had the last two weeks off after absorbing a 29-point defeat Oct. 13 at the hands of Wagner.

CCSU (5-3, 3-1) entered the game leading the NEC in offense and defense but Sinisi's final TD of the day on a seven-yard run with 9:41 left in the fourth quarter gave Monmouth a 51-21 lead.

""We played well, we did a good job, we played very, very well on offense,'' said Kevin Callahan, Monmouth coach.

Monmouth scored 49 points in its Oct. 6 victory over Sacred Heart but Saturday's showing was more impressive.

""We're playing the first place team, undefeated in the NEC and we're on the road, so this couldn't have come at a better time,'' said Callahan.

""All season we've been playing hard but we haven't been putting it together,'' said Sinisi who extended his nation's longest touchdown scoring streak to 19 games. ""It kind of came down to execution for us,'' he said.

""I've got to give all the credit to the line for blocking for me and the other running backs and for giving Brett time to hit his receivers.''

Sinisi said he twice scored five touchdowns while playing for Cedar Grove High School. ""I wasn't too worried about it during today's game,'' said Sinisi. ""I was focusing on helping the team win.

""When I look back on it right now, it's a great feeling.''

Sinisi rushed for 192 cards and collected another 48 on four receptions. The total included a 46 score on a screen pass from from Burke (19-25-0, 222 yards, 2 TD) with 11:04 left in the second quarter that gave Monmouth the lead for good, 21-14.

Monmnouth led at the half 28-21 after a second quarter that featured a total of 35 points in a span of 5:44.
It put the game away in the third quarter as Sinisi scored on runs of four and five yards and Fred Weingart made a 37-yard fied goal.

""We are young, we've had our ups and downs,'' Sinisi said. ""We just went into today's game off the bye week coming together as a team.''

The former Monmouth school record of five TD in a game was held by Chris Reed (1998 vs La Salle).

The Monmouth defense forced five Blue Devil turnovers including the first career interception by redshirt freshman Bobby Cole (Jackson).

The teams combined for 1,077 yards of total offense.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jim said...

Tony,
If there was any situation for this team to 'rollover' & be dead, this was it!! The MU performance today goes a long way to show the character, dedication AND hard work by the players & coaches!! Just hope they keep the same effort at SFPA next week.

6:57 PM, October 27, 2007  
Blogger JMG1mON said...

Tony, sorry I haven't been on much but I have a question for you. Can you check with Callahan or maybe make some other inquiries and see what the record is for most consecutive games with a touchdown is??? Sinisi has to be closing in on it. I've heard the record is 22 (I believe that was rushing only, not sure if that would include rushing and/or receiving as well).

Great win today. I echo Jim's post, Monmouth showed lots of heart and character today. Lets hope we can win out, and salvage a .500 season. Which, in my opinion, really would not be all that surprising based on all we lost to graduation.

1:17 AM, October 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good game for them to play on tv too. Sinisi is a beast, I know it's early on but I wonder how he'll stack up career wise, I think he has a chance to be one of, if not the, best rb in MU history. Just my opinion.

11:29 AM, October 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony,

this is the answer that jmg1mon is looking for, I think,

MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES SCORING
A TOUCHDOWN
Career
27—Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech (from Sept. 2, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2002; 57 touchdowns)

1:01 PM, October 28, 2007  

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