Football returns home to host Curry
This Weekend The Union College Dutchmen host Curry College this Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff at Frank Bailey Field is set for 1 p.m. (ET). Media Coverage Andrew Santillo will have the call on Saturday, and fans can watch for free at UnionAthletics.com/video, or listen for free at UnionAthletics.com/audio. Beginning in 2018 all Union home football games will be streamed for free on UnionAthletics.com. Last Time Out The Dutchmen improved to 3-0 with a dominant win at No. 25 Springfield last Saturday. The win marks Union's first over a ranked opponent since 2009. Andre Ross Jr. had six catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Will Bellamy completed 14 of 28 passes for 274 yards. Ike Irabor rushed for 105 yards on 11 attempts, with one TD. Springfield entered the game averaging 431.5 yards rushing (3rd in the NCAA). Springfield was limited to 126 yards rushing and zero yards passing. Colin Lama led Union with 12 total tackles. Hunter Ordukhanyan had 10 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Last Season vs Curry Union claimed a 17-14 win at Curry last season. The Dutchmen held a 3-0 lead at halftime, before the Colonels went up 7-3 in the third quarter. Union then scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the eventual win. Tucker Newman, Evan Gilland and Bobby Law each had seven tackles in the contest, with Gilland also intercepting one Curry pass. Airing Out the Pigskin The Dutchmen rank 16th in the nation for passing offense, averaging 336.3 yards per game. With 1,009 yards through three games, Union ranks eighth in the nation for total passing yards. Sophomore QB Will Bellamy is sixth in the nation for total passing yards and 11th for passing yards per game. He is also ranked 27th in the nation for completion percentage (.661) and 16th in passing efficiency (172.3). You Shall Not Pass Union ranks 15th in the NCAA for total defense, as the Dutchmen give their opponents an average of 214.3 yards per game. Union also ranks 48th in the NCAA for rushing defense, allowing only 85.7 rushing yards per game. Rookie Sensation Wide receiver Andre Ross Jr. has earned three-straight Liberty League Rookie of the Week honors, and twice been named to D3Football.com's National Team of the Week. Ross Jr. recorded six catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Union's dominant 45-10 win at No. 25 Springfield on Sept. 15. It marked the third-consecutive week that the wide out has surpassed 100 yards in a game, and the second-straight week with three touchdown catches. The Washington, D.C., native already has seven touchdowns on the season, with 24 total catches for 495 yards. He currently ranks second in Division III in both receiving yards and touchdowns, and his 165.0 yards per game is the top total among first-year players in the entire NCAA (All Divisions) and fourth overall in the NCAA so far this season.
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