College football: UAlbany and RPI set for critical home games

It’s a slightly lighter week in college football in the Capital Region, as with Union goodbye this week, there are just two games on the region’s slate.

Union (2-0 Liberty League, 5-1 overall) is idle after back-to-back wins over Buffalo State and St. Lawrence to give the Dutch a strong start in Liberty League play. In the team’s five wins this season, they have outscored their opponent 228-47. Michael Fiore was the offensive star in last week’s 44-7 win over St. Lawrence, rushing for a career-high 126 yards and four touchdowns, while Donovan Pacatte returned to quarterback after missing the Buffalo State game following an injury to its non-pitcher. shoulder supported on Sept. 24 against Utica.

While Union awaits its return to action next Saturday at home against Rochester, UAlbany and RPI have crucial mid-season games on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s two games.

HAMPTON AT UALBANY, 3:30 PM

After another loss in a game decided by a touchdown or less – UAlbany’s 10th consecutive loss in a one-scored game – last week against newcomer CAA Monmouth, the Great Danes (0-2 CAA, 1-4 at total) are back at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium for their comeback game against the conference’s other newest member.

Albany’s problems this year aren’t on the offensive end, where the team is averaging 36.3 points over its last four games. Quarterback Reese Poffenbarger has won three CAA Rookie of the Week awards this season and is 96 of 158 passes for 1,346 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. Four UAlbany receivers have at least 12 catches and 200 receiving yards, while running back Todd Sibley has rushed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, however, UAlbany is giving up 41.8 points and 212 rushing yards per game. In last week’s 38-31 loss to Monmouth, the Great Danes gave up 273 yards rushing, including 75 and 99 yard touchdowns.

Hampton (0-2, 3-2) is looking for its first CAA victory, taking back-to-back losses to Delaware (35-3) and Maine (31-24). The Pirates struggled to control the ball, turning the ball over more than 15 times in five games.

HOBART AT RPI, NOON

The Engineers (2-0 Liberty League, 4-2 on aggregate) are back at home at ECAV Stadium for a game that will be crucial in the team’s defense of their Liberty League title.

After struggling offensively in its non-conference schedule with just 58 points in four games — including 37 in a blowout win over WPI — RPI found its footing in conference play, picking up 31 and 42 points respectively in back-to-back wins on Rochester and Buffalo State. The passing game is still a work in progress for the engineers, but running back Dylan Burnett was extremely productive with 651 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, RPI’s defense has yet to allow an opposing offense to score two touchdowns in a single game – one of Buffalo State’s scores in last week’s 42-14 RPI win came on an interception return – and was extremely opportunistic with 12 interceptions. , including a team record from Carlos Davis.

Hobart (0-1, 3-2) is coming off a 31-7 loss to Ithaca in its Liberty League opener, but the Statemen have a balanced running game led by Tim Denham Jr. (297 yards, 6 touchdowns) and quarterback David Krewson is efficient, completing 60% of his passes with six touchdowns.

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