St. Lawrence University junior Mike Tateosian caught nine passes for 121 yards and a score, while rookie Miles Crump added 85 yards and two touchdowns, but the Saints football team was unable to stop quarterback Mike Hermann and the Rensselaer offense, as the Engineers racked up a 46-27 win in Troy, NY on Saturday afternoon.
Rensselaer (4-1, 2-1) keeps its hopes of a Liberty League title alive with the victory, which came thanks to a 302-64 advantage in rushing yards. Hermann accounted for four scores, three passing touchdowns and another running, while TJ Strunk and Andrew Armato also found the end zone for RPI. Meanwhile, the Saints fall to 0-6 (0-3) despite a three-touchdown outing from sophomore Danny Metzgar.
Both teams finished with 26 first downs in the game, while the Saints held a 360-306 advantage in passing yards. Junior Evan Shifley had a career game for the Saints, catching eight balls for a game-high 129 yards. Defensively, Matthew Day finished as the game's leading tackler, making 15 stops for RPI while adding an interception. Senior Derek Delzer led the Saints with seven tackles.
St. Lawrence took a 7-0 lead than to an impressive 12-play, 76-yard drive orchestrated by starting quarterback Zane Fish. The visitors converted on two third downs, and on 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, sophomore CJ Stewart plowed into the end zone for a touchdown. Chris Dris added the extra point.
Rensselaer would respond with a scoring drive of its own, capped by a 9-yard touchdown rush by Strunk. Andrew Franks' extra point tied the score at 7-7, though RPI was back in the end zone only 56 seconds later. Nick Borkowski intercepted Fish on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving Hermann the ball at the Saints' 23. The quarterback then found Austin Caswell on first down for a 23-yard score to put the Engineers on top 13-7, with Franks again adding the PAT.
Rensselaer threatened again on its next drive, but Caswell fumbled the football at the St. Lawrence 10-yard line. Though linebacker Andrew Cox recovered the ball for St. Lawrence, he ran into the end zone and was tackled for a safety, growing the home team's lead to 16-7. RPI would tack on three more points early in the second quarter after getting the ball on the safety on a 31-yard field goal by Franks for a 19-7 cushion. The Engineers would then cap the first half scoring with 6:28 left in the second quarter, as Hermann found Reggie Colas for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 25-7.
Fish was intercepted two more times, including on 2nd-and-goal at the RPI 9-yard line, which kept the Engineers in control. On 1st-and-10 from the 12, Hermann rushed the length of the field, 88 yards, for a back-breaking touchdown midway through the third quarter. Franks' extra point try was good for a 32-7 Rensselaer lead.
Metzgar replaced Fish on the ensuing drive and marched 65-yards in 10 plays for a St. Lawrence touchdown. The Natick, MA native was 5-for-7 on the drive including three completions to Tateosian, the last a 10-yard touchdown toss. Dris added the extra point to make it 32-14, which capped the third quarter scoring.
Rensselaer continued to move the ball on its first drive of the fourth, which ended with an 18-yard touchdown run by Armato. Metzgar and the Saints' offense came right back and scored on a 79-yard drive, finished by a 13-yard pass to Crump to bring the score to 39-21. The two teams again exchanged touchdowns on consecutive drives, with Hermann finding Steven Burpoe for a 41-yard touchdown, while Metzgar found Crump from 7-yards out to bring the game to its final score of 46-27.
Hermann finished 19-of-35 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Metzgar was 13-of-22 for 189 yards and three scores, while Fish was 14-of-26 for 171 and three interceptions.
St. Lawrence will have its bye week next week before returning to action on Saturday, October 20 when it hosts Springfield College at Leckonby Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00pm.