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we had, but they took ad­van­tage of their op­por­tu­ni­ties. All week we talked about do your job, no more, no less, just make the big play when the op­por­tu­nity is there and they did.”

Union Col­lege fresh­man Ike Ira­bor scored three touch­downs in the ri­val game, lead­ing the Dutch­men (7-2 over­all) and send­ing off his se­niors in style.

“Rens­se­laer jumped out to a 7- 0 lead at 3:56 of the first quar­ter when se­nior Nick Cella com­pleted a 5-play, 38-yard drive with a one-yard carry. RPI was set up with short field po­si­tion af­ter a 20-yard punt and even­tu­ally got to the one yard line on a 31-yard pass from Ge­orge Marinopou­los to Conor Davies. Cella fin­ished the se­ries with his fifth touch­down of the sea­son.

Union an­swered im­me­di­ately with Ira­bor scor­ing from a yard out and then took ad­van­tage of con­sec­u­tive Engi­neers turnovers to take a 13-point lead. Gio- ioso in­ter­cepted a de­flected ball to put Union at the 32yard line and two plays later Ira­bor scored from five yards away on a re­cep­tion from sopho­more quar­ter­back Will Bel­lamy for a 14-7 lead at 13:41 of the sec­ond quar­ter - just 53 sec­onds af­ter ty­ing the game. RPI’s next pos­ses­sion ended af­ter four plays when Jack Reilly re­cov­ered a fum­ble on the 31-yard line and the Dutch­men scored two plays later. Bel­lamy found An­dre Ross Jr. from 27 yards out for a 20-7 lead at 10:59 of the sec­ond frame.

RPI cut into the lead with a 23-yard field goal from San­jay Kr­ish­nan to open the third quar­ter and the score re­mained 20-10 un­til 6:09 re­mained in the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter forc­ing a turnover on downs at the RPI seven yard line, Union got a seven yard scam­per from Ira­bor for a 27-10 edge. Reilly had a 79-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down four min­utes later for the fi­nal mar­gin.

The Engi­neers were led by Cella, with 23 car­ries for 115 yards and a touch­down. Marinopou­los fin­ished 18- of-38 for 193 yards and hit Davies with six of those passes for 86 yards.

Gioioso was a force for the Dutch­men, fin­ish­ing with 13 tack­les, in­clud­ing 3.5 sacks (19 lost yards) and 6.5 tack­les for lost yards (24), along with his in­ter­cep­tion. Evan Gil­land (four solo) and Colin Lama (two solo) both had nine tack­les. Ira­bor fin­ished with 118 yards on 23 car­ries on the ground and 24 re­ceiv­ing yards on two re­cep­tions. Bel­lamy threw for 200 yards (15 of 26) and Ross Jr. had five re­cep­tions for 82 yards.

The sea­son con­tin­ues for the Engi­neers (8-1 over­all, 4-1 Lib­erty League) who share the league ti­tle with Ithaca af­ter Satur­day’s loss. RPI will await the 5:30 p.m. an­nounce­ment Sun­day evening for find out their op­po­nent in the up­com­ing NCAA play­offs. RPI had al­ready earned the Lib­erty League’s au­to­matic bid prior to Satur­day’s con­test.

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Union Col­lege se­nior line­backer Jack Reilly closes in on RPI quar­ter­back Ge­orge Marinopou­los once again late in Satur­day’s game at RPI.

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