Smith wins NEC Rushing title as Career Day propels football to victory

Nasir Smith rushed for a career-high 218 yards to secure the Northeast Conference rushing title in the Central Connecticut football teams’ 39-13 win over Stonehill on Saturday.

Smith carried 29 times for 218 yards, an average of 7.5 yards per carry and four touchdowns. The effort put him in 10th Ranked in Blue Devils rushing history for 1,826 yards as he rushed for 1,219 yards this season — the seventh-best single-season effort in program history.

Smith’s 1,219 rushing yards is the highest for any NEC running back this season, and his 110.8 yards per game is also the highest in the conference. He finished with 14 total touchdowns tying in the NEC, the most in the league with his 13 rushing scores.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: CCSU 39, Stone Hill 14
Records: CCSU (2-9; 2-5 NEC); Stonehill (4-5; 2-5 NEC)
Location: WB Mason Stadium | North Easton, MA

KEY MOMENTS

  • Stonehill took the opening shot 75 yards, over 14 plays and 7:06, and went 7-0 with an eight-yard pass
  • Shon Mitchell connected with Erik Surratt for a 17-yard gain in second and 19th, which helped extend the opening drive, which Smith finished with a 30-yard touchdown run
  • Stonehill converts 4th Low
  • Isiah Williams made a jump catch in the back of the end zone and held the 26-yard pass 6:40 into the first half, giving the Blue Devils a 12-7 lead
  • Joe Basante put the Skyhawks back on top with a three-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left in the first half
  • Smith, with some help from his friends, took the ball 15 yards for the go-ahead score, a play after converting a fourth down
  • After the defense was stopped on the drive that followed, Mitchell wasted no time finding Surratt in step for a 70-yard touchdown and a 25-14 advantage
  • Stonehill drove into CCSU territory on the next drive before Isaiah Greene intercepted a pass from Ashur Carraha to hand the ball back to the Blue Devils
  • Smith hit his third TD of the game from 10 yards and capped a 90-yard drive that gave CCSU a 32-14 lead
  • Greene came on the table with his second pick of the game at 8:19, this time in the end zone to fend off the Skyhawks
  • Smith scored his fourth touchdown on a 30-yard streak, on the fourth down, and eclipsed 200 yards to rush to the game to complete scoring

BY NUMBERS

  • Mitchell completed his first seven passes, including a TD throw, and finished 13-15 for 235 yards and two touchdowns
  • For the second time this season, the Blue Devils had a rusher and a receiver eclipsing 100 yards in a game, with Smith (218 rushing) and Surratt (132 receiving) pulling off the feat
  • Chizi Umunakwe finished his sixth game in double figures this season with 12 tackles and finished the year with 94 total tackles – the NEC leader
  • Surratt’s 132-yard reception on seven catches is a career high
  • Smith holds two of the top three single-game rushing totals at the NEC this season

NUMBER TO KNOW

218 – Smith’s all-time career rushing record, which gave him the 2022 NEC rushing title

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