Union defeats St. Lawrence for first league win
CANTON, N.Y. – The Union College football team picked up its first Liberty League victory of the season, topping St. Lawrence 29-7 on Saturday afternoon at Leckonby Stadium. The Dutchmen improve to 5-2 on the season with a 1-2 record in Liberty League play, while St. Lawrence drops to 2-5 with a 1-1 record in the Liberty League. Union kept St. Lawrence to just 199 yards of total offense, which includes a season best of just 24 yards rushing against. It also marks just the second time this season that Union has kept its opponent under 200 yards.
First-year wide receiver Andre Ross Jr. had two touchdown catches.
Sophomore QB Will Bellamy threw for 165 yards, completing 20 of 32 passes with no interceptions.
First-year running back Ike Irabor rushed for 118 yards on 33 attempts.
Junior wide out Griffin Beal led the receiving corps with 89 total yards on nine catches.
The Union defense recorded its first safety of the season.
Union record a season-high four sacks in the contest.
How It Happened The Dutchmen started the contest with strong defense, forcing a fumble on the first play which put St. Lawrence on their one-yard line. On the ensuing play, George Reed broke through the line and tackled SLY running back Tyler Grochot in the endzone for the safety and 2-0 lead. Union would go on to score 13 more points in the first quarter, as Will Bellamy connected with Andre Ross Jr. for a 5-yard TD on Union's first possession of the game, and Marcos Rodriguez made two 29-yard field goals to give Union the 15-0 lead after 15 minutes. In the second quarter, Bellamy and Ross Jr. combined again for Union's second touchdown of the day, this time with the first year hauling in a 17-yard pass to put Union up 22-0. The two teams would then settle into a defensive battle for the third quarter and half of the fourth, but St. Lawrence finally got on the board at the 7:12 mark of the final quarter with a 7-yard pass. The Dutchmen then responded with a 45-yard drive, capped off by a 2-yard TD run by Derek Khnaizir, to secure the 29-7 win. Up Next for the Dutchmen Union returns to Frank Bailey Field at Bertagna-Class of 1985 Stadium for its final home game of the season, hosting Rochester on Nov. 3, for a 1 p.m. (ET) kick off.
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Total Offensive Yards294199
Time Of Possession39:4820:12
14:25 - UNION - TEAM 1 yd safety
10:50 - UNION - Andre Ross Jr. 5 yd pass from Will Bellamy (M. Rodriguez kick ) 9 plays, 32 yards, TOP 3:27
05:24 - UNION - M. Rodriguez 29 yd field goal 8 plays, 41 yards, TOP 3:47
03:46 - UNION - M. Rodriguez 29 yd field goal 3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 0:00
01:08 - UNION - Andre Ross Jr. 17 yd pass from Will Bellamy (M. Rodriguez kick ) 1 plays, 17 yards, TOP 0:06
07:12 - SLU - Andrew Murphy 7 yd pass from Aaron Ruthman (Austin Pinard kick ) 13 plays, 78 yards, TOP 4:28
03:31 - UNION - Derek Khnaizir 2 yd run (M. Rodriguez kick ), 7 plays, 45 yards, TOP 3:41
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#15 Will Bellamy
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