Engineers travel to Grove City for ECAC’s James Lynah Bowl
TROY, NY » Rensselaer Football will conclude its 2019 season with a bowl game against Grove City on Saturday in hopes they can rebound from last week’s 33-0 loss to Union.
Grove City and RPI have never played against each other, which is ironic, because RPI will face Union a week after their 117th matchup with Union, the team they have played the most in school history.
Saturday is the 19th time in the past 28 years the Engineers will play in the post-season and its 13th ECAC appearance. RPI last played in an ECAC game in 2016 when it defeated Maritime 38-6 in the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl. The Engineers are 10-2 all-time in ECAC contests. This will be the sixth straight year that RPI will continue into some sort of post season competition, with NCAA
playoff games in 2017 and 2018 and ECAC Bowl games in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Not only have RPI and Grove City never met, they share no common opponents and the Engineers have only faced one of the Wolverines’ 2019 opponents once in its history − RPI defeated Carnegie Mellon 11-0 on November 25, 1911 in Pittsburgh.
This game will be a crapshoot.
The Engineers were 3-1 in non-league games in 2019, having defeated Allegheny (52-14 on Sept. 7), Utica (35-33 on Sept. 21) and Anna Maria (38-0 on Sept. 28) but losing at WPI (6-3 on Sept. 14). RPI found all of its success at home this season, going 0-4 on the road and 6-0 at home. The Engineers
are 15-1 in their last 16 games in Troy over the past three years.
RPI will need to bounce back from last week’s demoralizing loss to Union. In the loss, RPI totaled just 212 yards on 66 plays and turned the ball over twice, once on a fumble and once on a pick. Quarterback George Marinopoulos threw for 131 yards and Delano Munoz Whatts led the ground game with 37 yards.
Eleven members of the Engineers were named AllLiberty League, including junior defensive end Amaechi Konkow on the First Team. RPI’s Second Team selections include offensive linemen Luke Kosciol and Thomas Olausen, linebacker John Sadak, defensive back Joey Gutowski and athlete Peter Lombardi. RPI players tabbed for Honorable Mentions were offensive lineman Rick Denboske,
receivers Marc Meislahn and Vinnie McDonald, kicker Sanjay Krishnan and punter Zac Montrief.
Grove City finished their season with an 8-2 record, 7-2 against Presidents Athletic Conference opponents. The Wolverines finished third in PAC standings this year, two sports behind Case Western Reserve (9-1, 8-1) and one behind Carnegie Mellon (82, 7-2). Grove City has two conference championships in its school history which were back to back in 1997, 1998. Head Coach Andrew DiDonato is coming off of a 2018 campaign where he received the PAC Coach of the Year award. Grove City beat Morrisville State College 56-48 in least years James Lynah Bowl game in Grove City, Pennsylvania. That was the first postseason victory in Grove City College football history.