September 7, 2013

Utica Looks Sharp in Season-Opening Win Over Lewis & Clark

More news about: Utica

Utica College 42, Lewis & Clark 22 - Final

Utica, NY (9/7/2013) – The Utica College football team jumped out to a 42-6 lead in the first three quarters of play and never looked back as it went on to defeat visiting Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) 42-22 in the season-opener for both squads at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium Saturday.  UC amassed 470 yards of total offense and junior quarter back Connor Butkiewicz (Southington, CT/Southington) completed 26-of-35 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Pioneers to a season-opening victory for the fifth consecutive season.  The Pioneers have scored at least 40 points in each of their last five season opening contests. 

"In the first half we ran the ball well and threw the ball effectively.  The offensive line blocked extremely well – we had great balance today," said Head Coach Blaise Faggiano, who is the College's all-time leader with 24 career victories. "Connor (Butkiewicz) has a great presence out there.  He's a leader on our football team and this was his first start.  He has our former four-year starter Andrew Benkwitt (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) on the sidelines now helping him out and those two have a great relationship which really helps.  I thought Connor had a great first start today." 

Senior all-conference running back Jake Larson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove) had a big day for UC in his first start since a knee injury kept him out of the lineup for the entire 2012 season. Larson finished the day with 124 yards rushing on 24 carries and two touchdowns.  He now needs 25 yards rushing to become just the fourth running back in school-history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a career. 

"Larson is special young man.  Last year when he was hurt he did a nice job on our coaching staff helping with the running backs.  He's a real team player and we're certainly glad to have him back out on the field helping us out in pads this year," said Faggiano. 

Utica's deep receiving corps was led by senior Jamie Murphy (Canadaigua, NY/Marcus Whitman) and junior Anthony Acevedo (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford).  Murphy caught a team-best ten balls for 96 yards, while Acevedo added seven catches for 85 yards.  Senior captain Joe Gerbino caught a touchdown pass, as did sophomore wide out Gregory Palmer (Richland, NY/APW)

Lewis & Clark was led by senior quarterback Keith Welch who completed 22-of-37 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with a team-high 64 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground.  Welch also threw two interceptions to Utica junior safety James Lenahan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac).  Lenahan's two picks moved him past current Pioneer assistant coach Lazarus Morgan for third place on the College's all-time interceptions list. 

The Utica defense was led by it's deep line backing crew as it benefitted from ten tackles a piece from senior's Joe Giametta (Seaford, NY/MacArthur) and Ryan Hansen (Woodcliff Lake, NJ/Pascack Hills).

Freshman running back Ryan Burnett had a great first game as well for UC as he compiled 82 yards on 12 carries and crossed the goal line for his first career touchdown. 

Lewis & Clark struck first in the contest as it capped a 14-play, 80 yard drive with a 21 yard touchdown pass from Welch to Andrew Frisina to put the visitors on top 6-0.  The ensuing extra point was blocked by freshman Greg Elliot and junior corner back Rob Alexander picked up the blocked kick and returned it 88 yards for a defensive point after touchdown to make the score 6-2 with 8:51 to go in the first quarter. 

"What a great play by Rob Alexander and freshman Greg Elliot after we allowed the first touchdown of the game," said Faggiano. "That was a big momentum swing for us."

UC took the next drive 75 yards on 11 plays, capped by Jake Larson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove)'s five yard touchdown plunge to put the Pioneers on top 9-6 with 4:27 left in the first quarter.  Larson's touchdown was part of a barrage that ended in 42 consecutive points for the Pioneers. 

Another big turning point in the contest was late in the second quarter when the Pioneer defense forced a turnover on downs in Lewis & Clark territory with 1:24 remaining in the half.  Ryan Hansen (Woodcliff Lake, NJ/Pascack Hills) stopped L & C running back Curtis Shirey for a four yard loss on 4th-and-1 to give UC possession on the Lewis & Clark 34 yard line.  Butkiewicz found Gerbino inside the ten yard line and Gerbino took it to the house to give Utica a 22-6 lead with just ten ticks left on the first half clock.

Sophomore kicker Thomas Woodburn (West Islip, NY/West Islip) converted on two field goals of 31 and 21 yards, and he was nearly perfect on extra points going 5-for-6 on the day (one blocked).

The Utica starting defense caused seven turnovers (four on downs, two interceptions, one fumble recovery) in the first three quarters of play.  "I thought the defense played well today.  When you are playing this type of offense you are going to see a lot of different guys in the box score with tackles and that's what happened today," said Faggiano of the UC defensive unit. 

Lewis & Clark's defense was led by 13 tackles from Andrew Traver, and 11 tackles each from Joaqui Murillo and Stein Retzlaff.  Utica sophomore Frank DeNome (New Windsor, NY/Cornwall) recorded his first collegiate sack for the Pioneers. 

The Pioneers will return to the gridiron next Saturday night when they host Union College under the lights at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast locally on WTLB 99.1 FM/1310 AM (ESPNUR) and on UC's student radio WPNR 90.7 FM. Links for live stats, video and audio for Saturday's contest are available on the Pioneers schedule page at www.ucpioneers.com. 

Quick Hitters: Jamie Murphy (Canadaigua, NY/Marcus Whitman) now needs 56 yards receiving to become the seventh receiver in school-history to break the 1,000 yard receiving barrier … Murphy needs eight more catches to become one of just six players in school-history to catch over 100 balls … Anthony Acevedo (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) moved into fifth place on the College's all-time receiving yards list … Thomas Woodburn (West Islip, NY/West Islip) moved into fourth place on the College's all-time PAT kicks made list … Jake Larson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove) is now five touchdowns shy of become the College's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns. 

--- www.ucpioneers.com ---
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
Video Preview Live Stats
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video Live Stats Audio
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
Video Live Stats
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
Video Audio
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Preview Live Stats
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Video Video Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
Video Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Video Live Stats Tickets
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
Video Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
Audio
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Video Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
McPherson at Nebraska Wesleyan
Live Stats
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
Video Live Stats Audio
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Video Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Preview Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Preview Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
Video Live Stats Audio
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats Audio
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Video Live Stats Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
Video Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Live Stats Audio
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video Live Stats Audio
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Preview Live Stats Audio
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats Audio