University at Albany’s dreams of winning another Northeast Conference championship in its final season as a member of that league took a major hit Saturday.
Nick Doscher threw for a pair of touchdowns, and the Wagner defense held the Great Danes to just 188 yards of total offense as the Seahawks overcame preparation obstacles due to Hurricane Sandy to capture a 30-0 victory on University Field.
Wagner moved into first place in the conference by a half game and now owns the tie-breaker over the Great Danes.
The Seahawks (6-3 overall, 6-1 NEC) won despite a disrupted work week due to Hurricane Sandy. The Wagner campus was evacuated Sunday, and players reconvened Tuesday to prepare for Albany (7-2, 5-1) on a campus that was still shut down and without electricity.
Wagner’s six-game winning streak is its longest since 1988, and its longest ever in NEC play.
The Great Danes, who won last year’s NEC title and will move to the Colonial Athletic Association next year, were ranked 18th in the nation by the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll and 20th by The Sports Network Top 25.
UAlbany was playing the game without senior tailback Drew Smith (Guilderland), who was suspended for violating team rules. Smith, the team’s top rusher, was also one of the nation’s leading scorers. He is the Great Danes’ catalyst in the red zone and was a master in the wildcat formation.
Doscher was 10-of-15 passing for 253 yards and two TDs, including an 88-yarder to Anthony Carrington early in the third quarter that stretched Wagner’s lead to 20-0. Doscher has not thrown an interception since Wagner’s season opener, and the Seahawks have not committed a turnover during their six-game winning streak.
Wagner 14 13 3 0 — 30
Albany 0 0 0 0 — 0
Wag—D.Williams 11 run (Lopez kick), 11:43.
Wag—Sidaras 2 pass from Doscher (Lopez kick), 3:29.
Wag—Carrington 88 pass from Doscher (kick failed), 11:35.
Wag—D.Williams 7 run (Lopez kick), 3:28.
Wag—FG Lopez 40, 5:55.
First downs 17 11
Rushes-yards 50-160 23-85
Passing yards 253 103
Comp-Att-Int 10-15-0 18-33-0
Return yards 8 0
Punts-avg 3-38.0 7-43.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-21 6-48
Time of possession 39:02 20:58
SPRINGFIELD 42, RPI 21
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Joel Altavesta, Jonathan Marrero, and Sam Weiss played key roles in leading the Pride over the Engineers at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.
The win was the third straight for the Pride and upped its record to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the Liberty League. RPI fell to 5-3 overall, and evened its record to 3-3 in the Liberty League.
The score was 21-21 at the half, and both teams piled up huge offensive numbers.
But the game became a defensive struggle through much of the third and fourth quarters, with SC scoring one touchdown in the third period to take a 28-21 lead before adding two more TD’s in a 36-second span with less than three minutes remaining in the game, one by Marrero and one by Altavesta.
Springfield did produce 503 yards of total offense, including 407 yards in rushing offense, and had its chances in the second half to break the game open before it actually did.
RPI gained 294 yards of total offense, including 150 through the air and another 144 on the ground.
For the Pride, Altavesta, a senior tailback, rushed for a game-high 170 yards and one touchdown. Freshman quarterback Marrero added 104 yards rushing and two TDs. Senior halfback Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.) added another 62 yards and one TD.
Marrero also completed five passes in seven attempts for 96 yards and two more scores.
For RPI, senior quarterback Mike Hermann ran for 90 yards on 14 carries. He also completed 13 passes in 32 attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice and sacked twice.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Pride, junior safety Sam Weiss recorded a game-high eight tackles, seven of which were unassisted. He also had one interception and two pass break-ups.
For RPI, senior defensive back Joe Tedder led all tacklers with 10.
RPI hosts Union in the annual Dutchman’s Shoes Trophy game Saturday.
RPI 14 7 0 0 — 21
Springfield 14 7 7 14 — 42
RPI — White 34 fumble recovery (Franks kick).
S — Davis 5 run (Peacock kick).
RPI — Wood 6 pass from Hermann (Franks kick).
S — Baier 15 pass from Merero (Peacock kick).
RPI — Weber 4 pass from Hermann (Franks kick).
S — Poggio 10 pass from Marrero (Peacock kick).
S — Marrero 14 run (Peacock kick).
S — Marrero 7 run (Peacock kick).
S — Altavesta 1 run (Peacock kick).
First downs 14 29
Rushes-yards 31-144 79-407
Passing yards 150 96
Comp-Att-Int 13-32-0 5-7-0
Return yards 42 118
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Punts-avg 5-42.8 2-40.5
Penalties-yards 3-40 7-65