DANBURY, CT - Senior running back Kyle McKinnon (New London, CT) scored a pair of touchdowns, but the Western Connecticut State University football team's eight-game win streak came to a close as Framingham State University defeated the Colonials, 48-26 at Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday night.
McKinnon ended the night with 85 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of four and 30 yards and now has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. His four-yard scoring run came at the 10:08 mark of the second quarter.
By then, the Colonials, now 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, were battling back after falling behind, 28-0 in the first quarter.
Framingham State, now 7-2 overall and atop the MASCAC with a 6-1 record, by virtue of the tie-breaker, raced out to a 7-0 advantage following a two-yard run by Rufus Rushins (Lynn, MA) at the 10:33 mark of the first stanza and the extra point from Henrique DeBoni (Rio Claro, Brazil).
The Rams then scored a twice within a two-second span. Rashawun Rivers (Westfield, MA) blocked a punt by WestConn's Jordan D'Onofrio (Orange, CT) and Cawin Dixon (Brockton, MA) scored from 23 yards out. Then after the ensuing kick-off went for a touchback, Ryan Quinn (Billerica, MA) returned an interception from David James (Stamford, CT) 22 yards. DeBoni, last week's MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, tacked on a pair of extra points and the visitors had a 21-0 advantage.
Before the first 15 minutes were in the books, Rushins plowed in from one yard out for the second of his four TDs of the night. He scored from three and two yards out at the 4:22 and 37 second mark of the second quarter to give the Rams a 35-6 bulge heading into intermission.
WestConn chipped back after Austin Thornberg (East Haven, CT) returned a fumble recovery two yards after the snap on DeBoni's punt attempt sailed over his head with 10:08 remaining in the third stanza.
McKinnon's 30-yard TD made it 41-19 after D'Onfrio's point after was blocked.
Quron Wright (Worcester, MA) scored on a 12-yard run with 7:39 remaining in the final quarter and DeBoni's kick closed out the scoring for the Rams. Wright finished with a game-high 169 yards on 17 carries.
James hooked up with Nick Kimball (New Milford, CT) from three yards out in the closing minutes.
With wind howling near 40 miles an hour, the airways were not cleared for take off for either teams on Saturday.
James completed just 12 of 23 passes for 144 yards while Adam Wojenski (Stratford, CT) completed seven of 13 passes for 56 yards. The Bunnell High School product followed Wright with 12 carries for 60 yards as the Rams marched off 324 rushing yards.
Defensively, WestConn's Jordan Fletcher (Manchester, CT) was credited with nine tackles to lead all players. Vinny Scancarello (Monroe, NY) and Jihad Bryant (Lawrence, NJ) added eight and seven tackles respectively for the Colonials.
Joshua Smiley (Springfield, MA) and Anthony Behonick (Rutland, MA) led Framingham State with seven tackles apiece.
The Colonials wrap up the regular season next Saturday when they play host to Westfield State University on Senior Day. Kick off is slated for 12 noon.
The Rams travel to Worcester State on November 10 to face the Lancers. It too starts at 12 bells.