Vinny Esposito threw two first-half touchdown passes, and tailback David McCarty scored twice in leading the University at Albany to a 27-3 Northeast Conference victory over Saint Francis, Pa., on Saturday before a homecoming crowd of 5,284 at rain-swept University Field.
UAlbany (5-3, NEC 4-0) posted its fourth straight win by reaching the end zone on its opening two possessions before a driving rain and gusty winds made the field hardly playable as the game progressed.
The Great Danes marched eight plays for their first touchdown.
Esposito hit McCarty in the right flat on third-and-seven, and the
junior cut back, using his blockers, on a 22-yard score.
After cornerback Daniel Avery came up with his first career interception, UAlbany drove 62 yards in just five plays. Esposito found wide receiver Tim Bush with a third-down completion for 11 yards. Reserve tailback Justin Gannon later broke through off left guard and split the defensive backfield en route to paydirt on a 45-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.
UAlbany upped its lead to 21-0 late in the first quarter. Defensive end Mike Kelly sacked Saint Francis quarterback Colton Sipe, a redshirt freshman who was making his first start for the injured George Little, to force a punt. Esposito, who completed 7 of 11 attempts for 134 yards, then delivered a 58-yard scoring strike to Bush, who maneuvered around the cornerback into open space on the right sideline as he hauled in the pass.
St. Francis (0-8, NEC 0-5) had an opportunity to get back into the contest in the second period. Zak Campbell’s 34-yard field goal finished off a 14-play drive.
McCarty rushed for 122 yards on 31 carries, and has reached the century mark in 13 of his last 14 starts.
St. Francis 0 3 0 0 — 3
Albany 21 0 0 6 — 27
A — McCarty 22 pass from Esposito (Glass kick).
A — Gannon 45 run (Glass kick).
A — Bush 58 pass from Esposito (Glass kick).
SF — Campbell 34 field goal.
A — McCarty 1 run (run failed).
RPI 44, ST. LAWRENCE 8
CANTON — Senior wide receiver Eren Savasli caught 11 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and the defense allowed 198 yards of total offense as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute routed winless St. Lawrence in a Liberty League game.
First-place RPI, the 22nd-ranked team in the nation, improves to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. The Saints fall to 0-7 and 0-4.
RPI 6 10 21 7 — 44
St. Lawrence 0 0 8 0 — 8
R — Fil 7 pass from Robertson (kick failed).
R — Munier 2 run (Nilson kick).
R — Nilson 26 field goal.
SL — Rooney 11 pass from Kearney (Cooney pass from Kearney).
R — McCarth 26 pass from Robertson (Nilson kick).
R — Fil 73 punt return (Nilson kick.)
R — Savasli 20 pass from Robertson (Nilson kick).
R — Savasli 23 pass from Robertson (Nilson kick).