RPI comes home after drop­ping two games on the road, faces Buf­falo State

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Sports Staff [email protected] @TroyRecord­S­port on Twit­ter

TROY, NY >> The Rens­se­laer Polytech­nic In­sti­tute En­gi­neers re­turn to East Cam­pus Sta­dium for the first time since Oc­to­ber 5 as Buf­falo State vis­its for a Lib­erty League con­test.

The meet­ing be­tween the two will not be their first meet­ing, but the first with Lib­erty League im­pli­ca­tions ever. Buf­falo joins the Lib­erty League from the Em­pire Eight Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Rens­se­laer has played the Bengals three times, all since 2015 and have a 2-1 record against the new con­fer­ence ri­val. RPI won the first and third meet­ings.

In 2018, RPI to­taled 501 yards of to­tal of­fense against the Bengals en route to the 44-14 win over Buf­falo State. In 2017, Buf­falo State scored 24 unan­swered points and lim­ited Rens­se­laer to 89 to­tal yards in the sec­ond half to reg­is­ter a 33-21 come­from-be­hind vic­tory. Fi­nally, in

2015,Austin Amery scored the game-win­ning touch­down in the fourth quar­ter and Rens­se­laer scored 17 unan­swered points in de­feat­ing Buf­falo State 20-13 at Arute Field on the cam­pus of Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State.

Since the last time the Engi­neer’s have been home they have fallen to 4-3 this sea­son and 1-2 in con­fer­ence. Last week RPI fell to St. Lawrence 35-21 and the week be­fore lost to Ho­bart Col­lege 41-27.

Las week at St. Lawrence, Ju­nior wide re­ceiver Joseph Vis­cardo matched his own school record with four touch­down catches and sopho­more quar­ter­back Tyler Gro­chot threw five touch­down passes, one shy of the pro­gram record, to lead St. Lawrence to a 35-21 win over Rens­se­laer. The Saints raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first half and scored early in the fourth quar­ter to build a 35-0 lead be­fore the En­gi­neers scored the fi­nal 21 points. RPI quar­ter­back Ge­orge Marinopou­los threw three touch­down passes in the fi­nal 11 min­utes with Joe Scaglione (16 yards), Peter Lom­bardi (22 yards) and Marc Meis­lahn (2 yards) scor­ing.

Marinopou­los was 29 for 47 for 286 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion.

RPI is now 3-4 off of bye weeks un­der sev­enth year head coach Ralph Iser­nia.

For Buf­falo State last week, they were un­able to over­come an early deficit as No. 25 Union spoiled the Bengals’ home­com­ing, 28-14. Zak Ciezki had an ef­fi­cient day for Buf­falo State, go­ing 28 for 38 for 284 yards with a pair of touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions.

The Bengals have lost their first five games with three com­ing on the road. They fell to St. John Fisher (23-6), at Utica (26-15), to Brock­port (5522), at Cort­land (59-21) and at na­tion­ally-ranked Ithaca (48-14). Buf­falo State then de­feated Rochester 13-7 on a 28-yard run by Mar­tin Bai­ley and a 51-yard touch­down pass from Zak Ciezki to Jor­dan Evert be­fore be­ing de­feated by na­tion­al­lyranked Union 28-14 last week.

RPI’s of­fense is still head­manned by Marinopou­los un­der cen­ter, who now has thrown 1565 yards with a com­ple­tion per­cent­age of 62.45 (148/237). Marinopou­los has thrown 17 touch­downs and 6 in­ter­cep­tions.

On the ground, Dy­lan Bur­nett leads the charge with 269 yards on 48 car­ries. Right be­hind him is Joe Scaglione, who has rushed for 230 yards for 54 at­tempts.

BY JOE BOYLE [email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM @BOYLERALER­TTROY ON TWIT­TER

RPI cel­e­brates on Septem­ber 8 at East Cam­pus Sta­dium after win­ning the Tran­sit Tro­phy over WPI in week two of the reg­u­lar sea­son this year. RPI beat WPI 25-14.

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