On a rainy Saturday at the East Campus Athletic Village, the RPI Engineers downed the St. Lawrence University Saints by a score of 10-7.
After the Engineer run defense got torched in back-to-back games against the University of Rochester and Susquehanna University, they redeemed themselves against the Saints by limiting them to 44 yards on the ground. Freshman quarterback Mike Hermann, as he has been all season, carried the team to victory by scoring the team’s only touchdown by rushing it in from 11 yards out in the third quarter to put the Engineers up 10-7. Hermann also contributed with 142 yards passing and 23 yards rushing.
The Engineer ground game was on target. Overall the team gained 124 yards on the ground—led by junior running back Nick Costa who had 26 carries for 89 yards. Wide receivers freshman Austin Caswell and juniors Pat McCarthy and Ray Davis led the receiving corps with 55, 39, and 27 receiving yards, respectively. Even with the horrible weather conditions, the offense was able to score enough points to complement the excellent defensive performance by the Engineers.
The Engineer defense was back to its dominant self against the Saints after getting being beaten in previous weeks by Liberty League foes. It forced the Saints to turn the ball over three times and stifled its offense throughout the game. It also limited the Saints offense to an impressive 1.4 yards per rush attempt and limited their total offense to 237 yards. The Saints were able to move the ball but were not able to score on the Engineer defense as their only score came on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone. The defense—led by senior linebacker Stefan Schulz (eight tackles, one fumble recovery), senior safety Joe Albano (eight tackles), and senior safety Tim Acker (four tackles, one forced fumble)—helped the Engineers win the game.
Overall this was a solid game for the Engineers as they overcame an early deficit to win the game. The defense held the Saints offense for the whole game and the Engineer offense was able to put up enough points to earn the victory in the rainy and slippery conditions at the East Campus Stadium. The 1,219 fans in attendance left the stadium in a good mood regardless of the weather as the Engineers were able to come back and snap their two game losing streak. If the Engineers want to compete for the Liberty League title, they will have to defeat the undefeated Union College Dutchmen at Union College next Saturday during the Dutchman’s Shoes Trophy Game, in which Rensselaer is currently the reigning champion.
Following the match, Hermann was tabbed as the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for football for the fourth time this season. In six games this season, Hermann has completed 69 of 131 passes for a total of 938 yards. In addition, he has aided the Engineers’ offsense with seven touchdown throws, and six interceptions. Hermann leads the team with six touchdowns, and has amassed a total of 270 rushing yards.