Week 4 action in the local college football season will take place on Saturday.
Before kickoff, here are the clashes between Union, UAlbany and RPI this week.
UTICA IN THE UNION, 1 pm
A brilliant start to the season that saw Union (3-0 overall) outperform their three opponents 139-40 put the Dutch back in the NCAA Division III national rankings, coming in at number 25 in this week’s poll.
Union are coming off a 21-6 win last week at Springfield, which combined a dominant defensive effort with a 124-yard performance from Ike Irabor, who won Liberty League Offensive Player of the Week. Quarterback Donovan Pacatte has accounted for 10 touchdowns this season — seven carries, three passes — and the Cobleskill native is completing 65% of his passes with an average of more than 18 yards per completion.
Saturday’s game will be Union’s non-conference final, and the first game at Frank Bailey Field since the team’s historic 76-7 victory over Worcester State two weeks ago.
Utica (3-0 overall) also comes in unbeaten but has played significantly closer games than the Dutch, with the Pioneers winning their last two games by eight combined points. The Pioneers’ starting quarterback is Braeden Zenelovic, who moved to Utica before this season after starting his career at UAlbany.
CONNECTICUT STATUS CENTRAL IN UALBANY, 3:30 pm
The last time the Blue Devils visited Tom & Mary Casey Stadium was in the first round of the 2019 NCAA FCS tournament, with UAlbany claiming their first national playoff victory.
Just under three years later, and when the two teams meet on Saturday, they are both looking for their first win of the season.
UAlbany (0-1 CAA, 0-3 overall) came close in consecutive weeks against New Hampshire and Fordham, but failed to make key defensive stops to turn the tide. The UAlbany offense had a standout day in Saturday’s 48-45 loss to Fordham, with quarterback Reese Poffenbarger throwing for a school record of 412 yards – the first 400-yard passing game in the show’s history – while the running back Todd Sibley Jr. for 123 yards and three touchdowns, adding 46 yards and a score on a pair of receptions.
Central Connecticut State (0-1 NEC, 0-3 overall), coached by former UAlbany assistant Ryan McCarthy, are coming off a 70-6 loss to Southeast Louisiana last week and have scored just 19 points out of three. games.
RPI IN ST. JOHN FISHER, 4pm
The RPI offense struggled through the first two weeks of the season, but the Engineers (2-1 overall) got things back on track in last week’s 37-0 win over the WPI, which saw Dylan Burnett rush to 130 yards and a touchdown while Matt Petercuskie threw a pair of touchdown passes.
RPI’s defense has been fierce over three games, allowing just 17 points in total. Connor Noyes was the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the WPI, which included nine tackles, a sack, and an interception, and the Engineers fired the WPI quarterbacks eight times.
Now, after three straight home games, the Engineers embark on a three-game road trip, starting with the final non-conference game of the season. They will be in Rochester to face a team from St. John Fisher (1-2 overall) who started his season with a 62-21 win over Buffalo State but has since lost back-to-back games to Framingham State and Hobart.
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