Irabor and Dutchmen rush past Rochester
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- First-year running back Ike Iraborhad 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Union College football team defeated Rochester, 35-14, on Saturday afternoon at Frank Bailey Field at Bertagna-Class of 1985 Stadium. The Dutchmen rushed for 299 yards in the win, 196 of which were recorded in the first half. With the win Union improves to 6-2 (2-2 Liberty League), while Rochester falls to 1-8 (0-5 Liberty League).
Union College scored on five of its first six possessions, including the first three of the game.
Ike Irabor rushed for 175 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.
Andre Ross Jr. scored his 12th touchdown of the season.
Griffin Beal led the receiving corps with 40 yards on five catches.
Union's defense kept Rochester to just 39 rushing yards.
The Dutchmen had four sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
Rochester's Matt Gallagher completed 11 passes for 136 yards.
How It Happened On the opening drive, Union received the ball at its own 28-yard line. The Dutchmen proceeded to march down the field in seven plays, and Will Bellamy completed a two-yard pass to Andre Ross Jr. for the game's first score. Union forced Rochester to punt after a three-and-out on the Yellowjackets' first possession. The Dutchmen once again marched down the field, this time using 13 plays to advance 68 yards which was capped off by a nine-yard touchdown run by Travis Demby. In the second quarter, Union completed its longest drive of the game to go up 21-0. Irabor capped off the 77-yard drive with a nine-yard rushing TD with five minutes remaining in the half. Irabor started off the second half with a bang, completing a game-best 45-yard run for his second touchdown of the day on Union's first possession of the third quarter. On the Dutchmen's next possession, Bellamy capped off a 27-yard drive with a five-yard pass to Pack Brown to put Union up 35-0. With the five-touchdown lead, Union put in its reserves for the remainder of the game. In the fourth quarter Rochester was able to score twice through the air to bring the final score to 35-14. Up Next for the Dutchmen Union takes on recently crowned Liberty League champion Rensselaer next Saturday, Nov. 10, in Troy, N.Y. for a noon kick off. The Dutchman Shoes Trophy is in its 69th season and Union has not claimed the trophy since 2012.