SCHENECTADY – Until Saturday afternoon, Trevor Bisson had never seen a Union-RPI football game in person – or any RPI football game, to the best of his memory – let alone played in one.
He will remember the first one forever.
Bisson finished a brilliant men’s soccer career with RPI last Saturday when the Engineers were eliminated from the Liberty League tournament. Two days later, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native – who was a place kicker for three years in high school – got a call to see if he would try for the football team, which had lost starting kicker Conor. MacDougall due to an injury.
“I did a test [Monday]”Said Bisson,” and we are here now. “
On Saturday, Bisson entered Frank Bailey Field with four seconds left in the fourth quarter, with a 36-yard field goal attempt between the RPI and the Dutchman Shoes Trophy – and the Liberty League Championship, to start.
Bisson’s kick split the amounts to deliver the shoes to RPI with an unlikely 19-17 win, and with it an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. He closed a wild fourth quarter as the Engineers scored nine points in the final 29 seconds of the game to claim a miraculous victory as the rivalry returned after there had been no game in 2020 when the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Everything they’ve been through for a year and a half, two years.
anything you could imagine was against us, ”said RPI coach Ralph Isernia. “These guys got over it. It’s incredible. I’m so happy for these guys.
“I am so happy for our team,” said Bisson. “My God, this is fantastic.”
For Union (4-2 Liberty League, 8-2 overall), the loss was a devastating end to what had been a promising regular season. The Dutch won their first eight games before losing last week in Ithaca, then dropped a 10-point lead on Saturday as RPI took over the Dutchman Shoes for the first time since 2017.
With Union already knocked out of the Liberty League title race before Saturday, a win would have made a general NCAA bid likely. The Dutch will know at 5 p.m. on Sunday whether they have earned a place in the 24-team peloton.
“They are heartbroken and crushed right now,” Union head coach Jeff Behrman said. “But I like the way they behaved after this game. Win or lose, they behaved with class.
RPI (5-1, 9-1) trailed 17-7 when Union quarterback Donovan Pacatte scored on a 3-yard run in the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Engineers responded with a long run that resulted in a 26-yard Bisson field goal, then recovered the ball and unleashed a 15-play, 80-yard run that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass from George Marinopoulos to Vinnie McDonald with 29 seconds remaining.
After a time out, RPI opted to go for the 2-point conversion, but Marinopoulos was unable to connect with Peter Lombardi, keeping Union 17-16.
“I was disappointed because I missed the shot,” said Marinopoulos, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. “I had a few guys come and get me from the sidelines and said, ‘Hey. We’re going to get that side kick and we’re going to score.
The ensuing side kick was attempted from the 50-yard line following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty imposed on Union following the 2-point conversion, with RPI’s Diego Fernandez hitting a skid ball that Jimmy Leblo recovered in the fray at Union 38.
“The game isn’t over until it’s over,” Behrman said. “It has been proven today.”
Two assists from Marinopoulos to Sterling Walker-Sutton gave the ball to Union 20, and a spike cleared the way for Bisson – the 2021 Liberty League’s male defensive player of the year – to carve his name in the history of RPI football.
You know, every five days after he changed his sport.
“He’s got a one-leg boom,” Isernia said.
The Union offense failed for most of the day, with Ike Irabor limited to 58 yards on 31 carries and quarterback William Bellamy ending the day 8 of 16 passing 59 yards.
RPI’s offense was held in check for most of the day, but pulled a rabbit out of its hat on the last play of the first half when Walker-Sutton came halfway across the field to carry an attempt at Hail Mary from Marinopoulos before breaking a tackle. and scoring to bring the Engineers to 10-7 at halftime.
“They scored 10 points in the last two seconds of each half,” Behrman said. “They scored a touchdown and they scored the winning basket.
“Credit to them, they found ways to earn. “
U – Field goal Lau 36
U – Irabor 2 run (Lau kick)
RPI – Walker-Sutton 35 pass from Marinopoulos (kick from Bisson)
U – Course Pacatte 3 (Lau kick)
RPI – Bisson 26 field goal
RPI – McDonald 13 pass from Marinopoulos (failed pass)
RPI – Bisson 36 field goal
THE GREAT DANISH WIN
ALBANY – It took a while, but Albany football is back to its winning ways.
A week after the Great Danes scored an eight-game winless start to the season – and an 11-game losing streak – UAlbany finished their home schedule on Saturday scoring 34 points in the first half en route to a no -41-14 conference win over Morgan State at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
“It was good to take the lead and play well early on,” said Albany head coach Greg Gattuso. “The first half, we really dominated, we played very well and took advantage of mistakes. We were able to get a very good victory, two in a row now. “
Running back Karl Mofor, a week after setting a school record with 45 rushing attempts for a career-best 222 yards, ran three short touchdowns on his senior day and finished with 90 yards on 24 carries.
Meanwhile, Albany’s passing game flourished, with Jeff Undercuffler throwing for 328 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing 17 of 31 passes. Roy Alexander and Ian Renninger each had touchdowns, and tight end Thomas Greaney caught three passes for 113 yards, including a 73-yard second quarter pass that set up a 1-yard Caylin Parker touchdown run.
UAlbany (2-8 overall) racked up five sacks in defense, Jared Verse collected a pair to give him 9 1/2 on the season.
The Danes scored 20 points in the second quarter to open a 34-0 halftime lead before the game was delayed more than an hour before the start of the second half due to thunder and lightning in the area.
UAlbany will end his season next Saturday at his rival Stony Brook.
UA – Mofor 4 run (burn kick)
UA – Renninger 4 pass from Undercuffler (Burns kick)
UA – Parker 1 run (kick failed)
UA – Undercuffler’s Alexander 23 pass (Burns kick)
UA – Mofor 1 run (burn kick)
MS – Kimbrough 17 run (Akubuo stroke)
UA – Mofor 2 run (burn kick)
MS – Kimbrough 4 run (Akubuo stroke)
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