On Saturday, October 11, RPI football hosted St. Lawrence for their homecoming matchup. The Institute found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they suffered their second loss of the season, 24-10.
RPI had a weak day offensively producing only 245 yards of total offense. The Engineer rushing attack created an impressive 145 yards on the ground while the passing attack fell short with only 100 yards. The Saints topped RPI in both offensive categories by rushing for 154 yards and throwing for 223 yards.
The Engineers had two separate quarterbacks play as they suffered a devastating loss when junior starting quarterback Jeff Avery suffered an injury. Before getting hurt, Avery had zero completions on two attempts. Coming in for the injured Avery was sophomore quarterback Tommy Morgan. Morgan had three completions on 13 attempts for 100 yards with two picks. Freshman running back Mike Tivinis lead the way on the ground rushing nine times for 40 yards.
After deferring possession to the second half, RPI regained possession with 11:02 left in the first quarter. The Engineers produced one of their strongest offensive attacks driving down the field. Sadly, the drive culminated with a 43-yard field goal to give RPI their only lead for the night. St. Lawrence responded by putting together a long, sustained drive ending on the RPI 3-yard line where they converted a 20-yard field goal to tie the score. On the kickoff, the Engineers fumbled the ball giving it back to St. Lawrence on their 19-yard line. The Saints scored only four plays later on a successful passing attempt into the corner of the end zone, taking the lead 10-3.
Two minutes into the second quarter, The Institute took a huge loss as Avery sustained an injury after he took a big hit from a Saints defender. The rest of the half was a defensive battle as both teams were able to thwart all offensive movement.
The Engineers started the second half with possession, but after a four-and-out had to give the ball back to St. Lawrence. The Saints took advantage of their strong defensive play as they found the end zone with 10:57 left in the third quarter. The final St. Lawrence scoring came after a Morgan interception, the Saints regained possession on their 28-yard line. Riding on the momentum from the interception, St. Lawrence drove down the field and scored again to make the score 24-3.
RPI, rushing to make a comeback, failed to produce much of an offensive attack for the rest of the game. The Institute’s senior defensive leadership motivated their team to hold the Saints off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. With 1:25 left in the game, Morgan found sophomore Joey Giacone streaking down the middle for the Engineers first and only touchdown of the afternoon. The game ended with St. Lawrence coming out on top 24-10.
RPI travels to Rochester next week to play University of Rochester in another Liberty League matchup. The Engineers return home on October 25 to play powerhouse Hobart College for Parent and Family Weekend.