/seasons/2012/contrib/201209293nyvpk

Ithaca Tops Utica in E8 Play

More news about: Utica

Box Score

Ithaca, NY (9/29/2012) - The Ithaca College football team jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first half and used great ball control (38:43 time of possession) and a balanced offensive attack (490 yards of total offense) in the second half to down visiting Utica College 40-22 in Empire 8 Conference action at Butterfield Stadium Saturday afternoon. 

"A few costly mistakes early on put us in a hole that was difficult to fight out of.  I've got to hand it to Ithaca for putting together a great game plan.  They controlled the time of possession and that made it difficult for us to fight back," said UC Head Coach Blaise Faggiano, who won a national championship during his playing days at Ithaca College. "Our guys proved once again that we never give up, and I am certainly proud of them for their effort.  We will get right back to it tomorrow and Monday and start preparing for another tough one against Buffalo State next weekend."

Ithaca (4-0, 2-0 Empire 8), which is receiving votes in the AFCA and D3football.com national polls, remained undefeated on the year and avenged a 20-15 loss at the hands of the Pioneers last season.  The Bombers had just three full possessions in the second half, which led to two touchdowns, while the Pioneers (2-2, 0-1 E8) only had three offensive drives in the entire second half as well, scoring on two of them. 

It was a matchup of arguably two of the top wide receivers in the Empire 8 as Ithaca's Joseph Ingrao and UC's Jeremy Meier both posted great showings.  Ingrao finished the afternoon with 10 catches for a game-high 174 yards and one touchdown, while Meier, who entered the game ranked sixth nationally in average receiving yards per game, added 10 catches for 151 yards. Meier, who has 1,772 career receiving yards, now needs 23 yards to move into second on the College's all-time list. 

Senior quarterback Andrew Benkwitt, who was starting in his 34th straight game, completed 25-of-39 passes for 294 yards and one touchdown.  Benkwitt also ran for a score of his own in the fourth quarter. He was slightly outdone by Ithaca's Phil Neumann, who also completed 25 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. 

"We certainly did not play bad today – Ithaca just played a near perfect game," said Faggiano of his alma mater's production on both sides of the ball.  "You can't give up 40 points and expect to win at this level and that is something that we need to work on."

Two straight Pioneer turnovers (failed fake punt, Jamie Murphy lost fumble) led to 14 points on the board for the host Bombers midway through the first quarter. Jared Prugar caught a 29 yard pass from Neumann for the Bombers first score, and Josh Oliver used the wildcat formation to rush for an eight yard touchdown to spot Ithaca a 14 point advantage.

After a UC punt, the Bombers opened the second quarter just as it did in the first, scoring on a four yard touchdown connection, Neumann to Ingrao. 
Utica got on the board at the midpoint of the second quarter when freshman place kicker Thomas Woodburn capped a 17 play, 73 yard drive with a 26 yard field goal. 

Following an Ithaca field goal, the Pioneers punched in a quick score in just over a minute as they marched 72 yards in eight plays to cut their deficit to 14 points, 24-10, at the half.  Jesse Baldassare stuck home his second touchdown of the year from three yards out to put a much needed boost into the Pioneers' offensive unit.  Baldassare finished the day with a respectable 17 carries for 76 yards. 

After a scoreless third quarter, a costly roughing the passer penalty led to a first and goal for the Bombers and Oliver capitalized with another wildcat formation rushing touchdown from five yards out to extend the home teams lead back to 21 points, 31-10. Ithaca's scoring drive ate up 6:28 of the clock as the Bombers drove 95 yards on 13 plays.

The Pioneer defense had trouble securing a third down stop in the second half, ultimately leading to Ithaca's 14-of-19 conversion rate on third downs throughout the contest.

Each team exchanged blows in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns a piece, but two blocked extra points by Ithaca led to the final 18 point lead as time expired.  Utica junior receiver Jamie Murphy, who had a huge game for the Pioneers against Ithaca last season, scored the final touchdown of the contest and finished the game with four catches for 33 yards. Murphy's touchdown catch moved him into a tie for eighth on the College's all-time receiving touchdowns list. Ithaca's final scoring drive took up 8:51 on the clock (14 plays, 82 yards).

UC's Joe Giametta had another solid day, tallying a team-best 13 tackles, while senior defensive end Michael Herberger hawked the Ithaca quarterback all day, totaling seven tackles and one sack.  Herberger is now tied for sixth on the College's career sacks list with six.  Senior captain Genaro Scampone added seven tackles and one sack, while senior Kyle Taft picked up a sack of his own. 

Ithaca's Clay Ardoin, from nearby Dolgeville, carried the load on the ground for the Bombers, totaling 139 yards on 20 carries.
 
Utica remains on the road Saturday when they travel to Empire 8 Conference newcomer Buffalo State to take on the Bengals for the first time in program-history.  UC will look to snap its two game slide as it heads into a six game stretch of conference contests.  The game, which will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.  Ithaca will travel to Alfred University next weekend to take on the Saxons at 1 p.m.

Quick Hitters: Benkwitt, who started his 34th consecutive game, is the only quarterback in school-history with 700 or more completions … Benkwitt now has 69 career touchdown passes … Jeremy Meier needs 24 receiving yard to move into second place on the College's all-time receiving yards list … Matt Dunn needs five catches to reach the 100 mark for his career … Dunn needs one touchdown catch to tie for third on the College's all-time receiving touchdowns list – He currently has 11 touchdown catches … Murphy needs 40 yards receiving to move into ninth on the all-time receiving yards list (He currently has 563)… Michael Herberger moved into a tie for sixth place on the College's all-time sacks list (He currently has 6.0).

                                                                                                                   --- www.ucpioneers.com ---

Oct. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Guilford 28, Ferrum 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Westfield State 41, at Fitchburg State 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wilkes 31, at FDU-Florham 16
Video
Oct. 13: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Plymouth State 29, at Framingham State 28
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Hamilton 62, Bowdoin 27
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Gallaudet 35, Castleton 25
Video Box Score
Final
at Hobart 52, Rochester 7
Video Box Score
Final
Nichols 23, at Becker 15
Video Box Score
Final
Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Hope 70, Finlandia 6
Video Box Score Photos Photos
Final
King's 51, at Alvernia 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Morrisville State 41, Utica 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Centre 33, Trinity (Texas) 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Cortland 41, Buffalo State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Husson 56, at Alfred State 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
Video Box Score
Final
Western Connecticut 23, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Amherst 35, Colby 9
Video Box Score
Final
Stevenson 20, at Widener 6
Video Video Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 44, at Bates 13
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Carnegie Mellon 17, Bethany 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Salisbury 17, Montclair State 15
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 34, at Methodist 9
Video Box Score
Final
Wabash 7, at Ohio Wesleyan 0
Video Box Score
Final
Misericordia 25, at Lebanon Valley 21
Video Photos
Final
Denison 20, at DePauw 12
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Western New England 56, Curry 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Randolph-Macon 45, at Shenandoah 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Kalamazoo 20, at Albion 19
Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Thiel 7
Box Score
Final
Wooster 27, at Oberlin 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Washington and Lee 40, Emory and Henry 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap Recap
Final
at Hiram 28, Kenyon 24
Video Box Score
Final
Wesley 54, at Kean 6
Video Box Score
Final
Trine 50, at Olivet 49
Video Box Score
Final
Southern Virginia 23, at Apprentice 21
Box Score
Final
at St. John Fisher 42, Hartwick 14
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
MacMurray 27, at Crown 21
Video Box Score Recap Live stats
Final
at Martin Luther 28, Westminster (Mo.) 12
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Macalester 47, Lawrence 21
Video Box Score
Final
Ithaca 24, at Union 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Marietta 63, Wilmington 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Coast Guard 15, Maine Maritime 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Tufts 24
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin 42, at Mount St. Joseph 34
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
Manchester 21, at Bluffton 17
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hanover 48, Defiance 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Baldwin Wallace 44, Muskingum 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Grove City 28, Waynesburg 3
Video Box Score
Final
Merchant Marine 17, at Springfield 14
Video Box Score
Final
Middlebury 21, at Williams 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Huntingdon 52, Brevard 17
Video Box Score
Final
Hampden-Sydney 42, at Bridgewater 21
Video Box Score
Final
at SUNY-Maritime 35, Dean 7
Video Box Score
Final
Endicott 66, at University of New England 38
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Texas Lutheran 28, East Texas Baptist 21
Video Box Score
Final
Augustana 41, at North Park 7
Video
Final
Louisiana College 35, at McMurry 23
Video
Final
at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wartburg 31, at Coe 19
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Eureka 44, at Concordia-Chicago 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Carleton 36, at Augsburg 34
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Rockford 37, at Lakeland 20
Video Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Hamline 14
Video Box Score
Final
at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Concordia (Wis.) 23, at Aurora 20
Video Box Score
Final
at Benedictine 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Loras 44, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score
Final
St. Norbert 21, at Chicago 20
Video Box Score
Final
Bethel 35, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 41, Buena Vista 26
Video Box Score
Final
Millikin 32, at Carthage 29
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Knox 28, at Grinnell 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Central 17, Simpson 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Ripon 49, Beloit 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-River Falls 21, UW-Stout 19
Video Box Score
Final
Monmouth 45, at Illinois College 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
Video
Final
UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
Video Box Score
Final
Austin 34, at Millsaps 23
Video Box Score
Final
at Lake Forest 42, Cornell 0
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Bridgewater State 44, Mass-Dartmouth 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Pacific 23, at Puget Sound 22
Video Box Score Recap
Final
George Fox 28, at Willamette 6
Video Box Score
Final
at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Southwestern 21, Belhaven 10
Video Box Score
Final
Rowan 17, at TCNJ 14
Video Box Score
Final
Adrian 28, at Alma 23
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Averett 24, at N.C. Wesleyan 14
Video Box Score
Final
Heidelberg 21, at Otterbein 7
Video Box Score
Final
Anderson 63, at Earlham 0
Video Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-La Crosse 63, UW-Stevens Point 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Birmingham-Southern 13, at Sewanee 10
Box Score Video
Final
at St. Scholastica 47, Greenville 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 20, Minnesota-Morris 17
Video
Final
La Verne 42, at Whittier 23
Video Box Score
Final
at Chapman 62, Occidental 0
Video Video Box Score
Final
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20, at Redlands 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Cal Lutheran 28, Pomona-Pitzer 24
Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 14: All times Eastern
Final
LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
Video Box Score
Oct. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 13: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
Video Box Score
Final
Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap Recap
Final
Wesley 54, at Kean 6
Video Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
Video Box Score
Final
Trine 50, at Olivet 49
Video Box Score
Final
at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
Video Box Score Photos
Final
John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
Video
Final
UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
Photos Recap Box Score Video
Final
at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
Video Box Score Recap