TROY, N.Y. — Allegheny coughed up the football three times in the first half, allowing 19th-ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to build a 24-7 lead. The Gators never recovered as the Engineers cruised to a 52-14 win in non-conference football action on Saturday.
Allegheny’s first two drives ended on fumbles, which RPI turned into scores. The Gators did cut the lead in half with a 10-play, 64-yard drive, capped by a nine-yard touchdown pass from Nazareth Greer to Austin French.
The Gators got an interception on the Engineers’ ensuing possession. But that drive ended with Allegheny’s third fumble of the half. RPI turned the miscue into a field goal and added a touchdown just before the end of the half for the 24-7 lead.
Allegheny’s last score came with 9:39 left in the fourth quarter on a six-yard TD run by Greer. Greer finished the game 30 of 47 for 318 yards. It was the second 300-yard game of Greer’s career.
Ben Bachik had eight catches for a career-best 112 yards. Dwaine Barber hauled in five passes for 84 yards and senior Alex Victor made seven catches for 54 yards. French finished with four grabs for 35 yards.
Three Gators recorded double-digit stops with Corey Laskey leading all players with a career-high 16 tackles (seven solo).
Allegheny is off next week and returns to action on Sept. 21 in its North Coast Athletic Conference and home opener against Wabash. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Grand Valley too much for Scots
ALLENDALE, Mich. — Edinboro’s offense struggled on Saturday in its season opener against No. 12 Grand Valley State at Lubbers Stadium.
The Scots accumulated just 120 yards total, while the Lakers racked up 572 as GVS rolled to a 35-10 win in non-conference football action.
Grand Valley jumped on top early with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns.
Edinboro did get on the board with a 38-yard field goal by Vicente Arriagada in the third quarter, but trailed 21-3 at the half.
The Scots added a defensive score in the third quarter when Deandré Dowdell intercepted Cole Kotopka and returned it 46 yards for a TD. That was all Edinboro could muster.
Ta’Nauz Gregory led the Scots with 54 yards on four receptions.
Edinboro had just 13 yards total rushing.
Alfred blanks Thiel
GREENVILLE — The Mike Winslow era got off to a sluggish start on Saturday as Thiel fell to Alfred 42-0 in its season opener at Alumni Stadium.
The Saxons scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Thiel quarterback Marko Bakovic completed 10 of 14 passes for 96 yards and Emmanuel Ramsey was the Tomcats’ top gainer on the ground with 32 carries on 18 carries.
Thiel finished the game with just 107 yards of offense to Alfred’s 520.