Senior quarterback Nick Becker passed for 308 yards with two touchdowns to lead Union College to a 27-14 Liberty League win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy Saturday.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the 3-3, 3-6 Dutchmen.
Matthew McDaniels rushed for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the 1-3, 4-3 Mariners.
Becker was 21-for-38 for his first career 300 yard game in just his fourth career start. Darnel Thomas finished the day with 99 rushing yards on 26 carries for the Dutchmen, who host RPI in the annual Dutchman’s Shoes Trophy game this Saturday. Wideout Josh Callahan grabbed four passes for 102 yards.
Merchant Marine grabbed the momentum on the opening kickoff as Tyler Washington forced a fumble and Patrick Keyes recovered to give the Mariners prime field position. However, Daniel Kennedy missed a 35-yard field goal wide right to keep the game scoreless. The Dutchmen later scored the first points of the game as Becker hit T.J. Franzese with a six-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
After the Mariners missed another field goal, this time from 25 yards out, the Dutchmen grabbed a 10-0 edge on a David Pope 28-yard field goal with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter. Just over four minutes later, Union scored 17 unanswered points with Becker hitting Andrew Baker for a 60-yard TD pass.
Union quickly moved into scoring position early in the second half, but another interception, this time by Patrick Clarke at the 17-yard line, appeared to end the threat. However, after a USMMA false start, an errant pitch was bobbled and wound up in the end zone, where Jake Lebowitz dove on it for a Union touchdown. McDaniels sparked the Mariners again with a 51-yard run late in the third quarter, eventually setting up his own 17-yard touchdown that cut the deficit to 24-14.
The Dutchmen padded their lead with 11:55 to play, as Pope knocked through a 31-yard field goal. The Mariners got three more possessions, including one following Union’s fourth turnover, but were unable to threaten down the stretch.
Union 7 10 7 3 — 27
Merchant Marine 0 7 7 0 — 14
U — Franzese 6 pass from Becker
U — Pope 28 FG.
U — Baker 60 pass from Becker (Pope kick).
MM — McDaniels 43 run (Kennedy kick).
U — Lebowitz fumble recovery (Pope kick).
MM — McDaniels 17 run (Kennedy kick).
U — Pope 31 FG.
First downs 20 18
Rushes-yards 45-137 55-277
Passing yards 308 48
Comp-Att-Int 21-38-2 6-20-1
Return yards 25 21
Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-1
Punts-avg. 7-37.6 8-34.5
Penalties-yards 6-64 5-25
MAINE 33, UALBANY 27
ALBANY — Marcus Wasilewski threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns to guide Maine over the Great Danes in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Bob Ford Field.
The nationally ranked Black Bears (9-1, 6-0 CAA) are off to their best start in program history. They have won six straight. John Ebeling hauled in two TD catches, including a short four-yard toss from Wasilewski in the fourth quarter that gave Maine the lead for good.
Nigel Jones rushed for just 42 yards on 12 carries, but two were for touchdowns. Derrick Johnson caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 23-yard TD.
Albany (1-9, 0-6) tied the game at the half with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Will Fiacchi to Kevin Chillis, then closed the gap in the fourth quarter on a four-yard rushing TD by Omar Osbourne. The Danes couldn’t reach the end zone again.
The loss spoiled Bob Ford bobblehead day, with the first 500 fans getting a Ford bobblehead.
Maine 7 7 13 6 — 33
UAlbany 7 7 6 7 — 27
Me—N.Jones 1 run (Decloux kick), 10:36.
Alb—Fiacchi 10 run (O’Riordan kick), 3:11.
Alb—Chillis 44 pass from Fiacchi (O’Riordan kick), 6:43.
Me—D.Johnson 23 pass from Wasilewski (Decloux kick), 4:41.
Me—N.Jones 6 run (kick failed), 14:04.
Alb—Parker 16 pass from Fiacchi (kick blocked), 9:18.
Me—Ebeling 13 pass from Wasilewski (Decloux kick), 3:42.
Alb—Osbourne 4 run (O’Riordan kick), 14:35.
Me—Ebeling 4 pass from Wasilewski (kick failed), 11:16.
Springfield 35, RPI 28
TROY — Timothy O’Brien rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while also passing for 91 yards, leading Springfield over the Engineers in a Liberty League game at ECAV Stadium.
RPI slides to 1-5 and 4-5. Springfield improves to 5-3, with a 2-3 mark in the league.
After RPI scored in the opening quarter on a 26-yard pass from Jessie Maynard to Pat Hogan, the Pride scored 21 second-quarter points. O’Brien ran for two touchdowns, and Christian Rodriguez added another scoring run. Joe Cozzolino scored on a 47-yard TD pass from Brendan McGlynn in the second period for RPI.
O’Brien’s third rushing touchdown of the day for Springfield was matched by McGlynn’s second TD pass for 19 yards to Logan Gaddar.
Jonathan Merrero scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for Springfield on a 91-yard run. McGlynn hooked up with Gaddar for a 30-yard scoring strike that was his third TD pass of the game.
Springfield 0 21 7 7 — 35
RPI 7 7 7 7 — 28
RPI — Hogan 26 pass from Maynard (Franks kick).
S — O’Brien 1 run (Rouse kick).
RPI — Cozzolino 47 pass from McGlynn (Franks kick).
S — Rodriguez 7 run (Rouse kick).
S — O’Brien 33 run (Rouse kick).
S — O’Brien 52 run (Rouse kick).
RPI — Gaddar 19 pass from McGlynn (Franks kick).
S — Marrero 91 run (Rouse kick).
RPI — Gaddar 30 pass from McGlynn (Franks kick).
EAST COAST PREP 38, HUDSON VALLEY CC 13
TROY — The Vikings dropped to 2-7 after losing to 7-4 East Coast Prep.
LaSalle graduate Tyler Gagnon scored the Vikings’ two touchdowns on runs of 39 and four yards.