Danbury, CT (10/23/10) — Junior quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ)completed 11 of 22 passes for 257 yards and tossed four touchdowns as 13th ranked Montclair State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 31-3 at The WAC on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Hawks, which moved up to number 13 in the American Football Coaches Association's Top 25 on Monday, are now 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. They face Cortland State next Saturday in upstate New York for the top spot in the NJAC along with Rowan. The Red Dragons are 6-1 mark in the league while Rowan University is 5-1 in the NJAC. MSU hold the tie-breaker with the Profs by virtue of its 26-7 win back on September 18.
The 7-0 start marks just the fourth time in program history that MSU began the year with seven consecutive wins (1960, 1964 and 2001).
Against the Colonials, Montclair State took advantage of three WestConn fumbles and amassed 452 total offensive yards on the afternoon.
Fischer hooked up with Bobby Roesing (Secaucus, NJ) from five yards out and Jake DelVento (Island Heights, NJ)tacked on the extra point to give the visitors a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Following a fumble off a bad Colonials' snap, Fischer found Joe LaSala (Clark, NJ) open on the first play from scrimmage. LaSala raced 50 yards to pay dirt and MSU's lead doubled.
DelVento booted a 30 yard field goal with 5:30 remaining in the first half for a 17-0 advantage.
With 2:14 left before the break, Fischer connected with Roesing again, this time from 62-yards away and the Red Hawks led, 24-0. Roesing had three catches for 87 yards on the day.
Junior kicker James Campbell (Oakdale, NY) put the Colonials on the scoreboard when he drilled a 35 yard field goal with three ticks remaining in the second stanza. Campbell was forced into double duty with the injury to punter Chris Sloat (Stratford, CT). He punted six times with an average of 34.7 yards and a long of 47 yards.
Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ) closed out the scoring for the game when he raced down the right side line 37 yards after Fischer found him open in the flat. He finished with a game-high six catches for 88 yards.
Adler Florian (Stamford, CT) led the WestConn offense with 60 yards on nine carries, the bulk coming out of the "wildcat" formation. He also had two catches for eight yards.
Freshman signal caller Kevin Smolensky (Lyndhurst, NJ) completed just four of 20 attempts for 12 yards and was intercepted once.
Defensively, Dan Avento (Montvale, NJ) was all over the field, collecting 12 total tackles, and three tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He also recovered one of WestConn's five fumbles.
For WestConn, now 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the NJAC, Greg Galasso (Brewster, NY) had nine tackles and a tackle for a loss. Keith Getz (North Plainfield, NJ) added six take downs in the loss.
Taquan Boyd (Englewood, NJ) had six carries for 41 yards and returned five kick offs for 97 yards on the day.