THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR UPSETS
Union College shocks RPI in ‘Shoes Game” 34-10
TROY, N.Y. >> For the first time in six years “The Shoes” will have a new home as Union College football upset No. 14 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Liberty League final Saturday afternoon at RPI’s East Campus Stadium, 34-10.
The win, the regular season finale for both, saw the coveted Dutchman Shoes Trophy exchange hands and receive a new address for the next year.
“It’s emotional for the team, but more importantly for the seniors,” Union College football coach Jeff Behrman said. “They hadn’t won the shoes and I don’t believe anyone but us believed that we’d win them and they came out and they proved it.
“They were fired up and they got it done. Proud that they stuck with it and kept playing.”
The Dutchmen were a force on defense, forcing five turnovers, including a 79-yard interception return by Jack Reilly late in the contest. His day included a fumble recovery and a subsequent score.
“It’s what they’ve been doing all year,” Behrman said. “They’re a veteran group over there and they showed why they’re one of the top defenses in the league.
Big plays by Dan Gioioso, sacking the quarterback and a big play by (Jack)Riley. I’m not sure how many turnovers we
The Union College football teams celebrates Saturday’s 34-10win at rival RPI and the return of the ‘Dutchman Shoes’ to Schenectady.
The Union College fotball team holds up the coveted ‘Dutchman Shoes’ trophy after Saturday’s 34-10win against rival RPI.