Football Hosts RPI In 2016 Home Finale on Saturday

Football Hosts RPI In 2016 Home Finale on Saturday

Springfield, Mass. - November 3, 2016 - The Springfield College football team will play its final home game of the 2016 campaign when it plays host to RPI in a Liberty League clash beginning at 12:00 pm. 

Last Time Out…

Despite a gusty effort, the Springfield College football team was defeated by nationally-ranked Hobart, 12-7, on a rainy and windy Boswell Field on Saturday in Liberty League action.

Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) rushed for a game-high 92 yards and accounted for Springfield's only touchdown of the game. Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) added 72 yards on the ground for Springfield, which outgained the Statesman, 289-233, for the contest. The Pride had 15 first downs compared to Hobart's 11 and owned a 35:15-24:45 edge in time of possession.  Springfield led for the majority of the game before Hobart benefited from an 18-yard TD with 1:47 left in regulation for the 12-7 win.

A season ago…

Despite a pair of touchdown runs from sophomore quarterback Jake Eglintine (Gansevoort, N.Y.), the Springfield College football program suffered a 17-14 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in a Liberty League contest at East Campus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Springfield's defense was led by sophomore linebacker Dominic Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.), who had a game-high 11 tackles, including a one yard sack. Freshman Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) added a four-yard sack among his seven tackles. 

Trailing 14-10 in the final frame, Rensselaer scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over five minutes remaining to seal the come-from-behind victory. 

National Ranks...

Springfield currently ranks fifth Division III football in rushing, averaging 303 yards per game. 

As a team, the Pride ranks second in yards per completion (21.62), 15th in red zone offense (.895), and 17th in sacks allowed per game (0.88).

Individually, Wilcox ranks 47th in the nation in average yards per rush (6.07), while Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) is 52rd in tackles for loss per game (1.6). 

All-time series vs. RPI …

Springfield owns a 6-4 edge in the nine meetings in a series that dates back to 1924.  The last four times these two teams have met, they have been seperated by just seven total points, with Springfield owning a 104-103 edge.

About RPI…

RPI owns a 4-4 record on the season and has dropped three of its last five outings. The Engineers enter the game averaging just over 23 points per game and 290 yards of total offense a contest.  The Engineers are also coming off their bye week and dropped a 19-7 contest to WPI on October 22.  RPI ranks second in the league, allowing just 18.1 points per game and will use special teams to their advantage, having the best field goal percentage (8-of-9) and kickoff coverage (net 46.7 yards) in the league.