/seasons/2017/contrib/20170923itpsp6

Saxons runs past Rochester for 45-7 Homecoming victory

More news about: Alfred

ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University football team rushed for 423 yards in a 45-7 Homecoming Day victory over non-conference foe Rochester Saturday afternoon at Yunevich Stadium.

Alfred got 188 yards on the ground from senior tailback Maleke Fuentes on just 15 carries, with more than 100 of them coming on long touchdown runs of 49 and 58 yards. First-year tailback Nas Smith added 138 yards on 12 attempts, scoring on a 72-yard run that put the Saxons up 14-0 early in the second quarter.

For the game, the Saxons (3-0) averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and tallied 508 yards of total offense.

"Obviously, we ran the ball very well today," said AU head coach Bob Rankl. "Maleke and Nas had great individual games, but a lot of the credit has to go to our offensive line. They really stepped up and played well today."

The Saxons (ranked 17th in the national coaches poll and 23rd in the D3football.com poll) scored on their opening drive, marching 95 yards in 10 plays, with sophomore tailback Aaron Griffin scoring on a 15-yard run with just under seven minutes left in the opening frame.

Rochester (1-2) made it into AU territory on its next two drives, but came up short each time. The Yellowjackets turned the ball over on downs at the AU 33-yard line with 3:22 left in the first. The Saxons went three and out on their ensuing possession and Rochester took over at their own 40 with 2:12 remaining in the quarter. The Yellowjackets drove to the AU 10-yard line and had first-and-goal, but four plays later, a botched field goal attempt ended with AU taking over at their own 16-yard line 18 seconds into the second quarter.

After two runs and a short pass put the ball at the Saxon 28, Smith busted through the line and sprinted 72 yards for his first collegiate touchdown, giving Alfred a 14-0 advantage 1:55 into the period.

The teams exchanged punts on their next two drives, and on Rochester's third possession of the quarter, the Yellowjackets again drove deep into AU territory. But on second-and-goal from the AU 12-yard line, Rochester quarterback Matt Gallagher was intercepted at the goal line by sophomore linebacker Nick Milgate, who returned the ball to the AU 35.

After a pair of runs put the ball near midfield, AU junior quarterback Bryce Morrison connected with junior wideout Jayden Gavidia and senior wide receiver Rodney Etienne on consecutive first-down passes to the Rochester 27. On the next play, Morrison threaded a pass between two defenders, hitting Gavidia for the 27-yard TD and putting Alfred up 21-0.

AU boosted its lead to 28-0 midway through the third. After taking over at their own 39-yard line following a punt, the Saxon gained 11 yards on three plays before Fuentes scored on a 49-yard run with 7:35 left in the third.

Rochester got on the board on the Yellowjackets' ensuing drive, with Gallagher tossing a six-yard TD pass to tight end Daniel DiLoreto on fourth-and-two.

Alfred answered on its next drive, going 38 yards in seven plays before senior Trevor Monk booted a 26-yard field goal 44 seconds into the fourth to give his team a 31-7 advantage.

Alfred closed out the scoring with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Rochester punted on its possession following Monk's field goal and AU took over at its own 42-yard line with 12:29 left in regulation. On the first play from scrimmage, Fuentes busted off his second long TD run, scoring from 58 yards out to give the Saxons a 38-7 lead. After Rochester punted again, Alfred drove 62 yards in 12 plays, with Griffin capping off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left.

Griffin finished with 60 yards on 10 carries and sophomore backup quarterback Casey Boston had 34 yards on four attempts. Morrison finished eight-of-15 for 85 yards and a touchdown and Gavidia had four catches for 57 yards and a score.

Gallagher threw for 248 yards and a TD on 30-of-43 passing, with wideout David Angie catching seven passes for 40 yards and DiLoreto five for 50 yards and a touchdown.

The AU defense was led by senior linebacker A.J. LiCata (Lake View, NY/Frontier) with a team-high 13 tackles. First-year strong safety Raeqwon Greer had nine tackles and a forced fumble and junior linebacker Cole Reed had eight tackles (one sack). Milgate had seven tackles to go with his interception.

Linebacker Josh Churchin had 13 tackles to pace the Rochester defense. Linebacker Christian Marini had 11 tackles and safety Austin Carr had six and a pass breakup.

Alfred returns to conference play Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. at home against Buffalo State.

The definitive history of the USFL: Football for a Buck, by Jeff Pearlman. Available now!
Sep. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 54, at Augsburg 7
Video Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Framingham State 34, Bridgewater State 13
Video Box Score
Final
Ursinus 35, at Juniata 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Salve Regina 27, Dean 18
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Thomas More 35, UW-Platteville 28
Video Box Score Recap
Final
MIT 31, at Endicott 29
Video Box Score Recap
Final - 3OT
RPI 23, at Utica 20
Video Box Score Live stats
Final
FDU-Florham 49, at Alvernia 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
St. Olaf 33, at Carleton 21
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Williams 41, at Bowdoin 6
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Montclair State 24, Southern Virginia 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Misericordia 36, Widener 35
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Brockport 65, St. Lawrence 12
Video Box Score
Final
at Wesleyan 52, Middlebury 21
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Stevenson 50, at Albright 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Western Connecticut 32, at Plymouth State 28
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Tufts 29, at Hamilton 2
Video Box Score
Final
Amherst 19, at Bates 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Western New England 31, at Husson 28
Box Score Recap
Cancelled
Apprentice at Gallaudet
Final
at Curry 41, Anna Maria 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Denison 42, Allegheny 0
Video Box Score
Final - OT
Muhlenberg 37, at Susquehanna 34
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 31, at St. Vincent 14
Video Box Score
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 35, at Colby 0
Video Box Score
Final
at DePauw 45, Hiram 7
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 21, at McDaniel 14
Video Video Box Score Recap
Cancelled
University of New England at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
Final
Rochester 20, at Alfred State 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Ithaca 21, at Alfred 13
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 23, Lebanon Valley 10
Video Box Score
Final
at King's 65, Hartwick 48
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 9, Wooster 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Delaware Valley 21, Wilkes 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Salisbury 28, Kean 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Northwestern (Minn.) 24, at Greenville 7
Video Box Score
Final
at MacMurray 41, Minnesota-Morris 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 45, Otterbein 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Dickinson 30, Gettysburg 7
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 22, Maine Maritime 7
Video Box Score
Final
Marietta 46, at Muskingum 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Ohio Northern 49, Wilmington 16
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 54, Rose-Hulman 35
Video Box Score
Final
Franklin 51, at Anderson 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Union 45, at Springfield 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Norwich 40, Castleton 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 47, at Kenyon 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 56, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
Berry 42, at Rhodes 35
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Worcester State 22, at Fitchburg State 16
Video Box Score
Final
at Eureka 34, Finlandia 12
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Sewanee 28, Austin 20
Video Box Score
Final
Augustana 35, at Elmhurst 0
Video Box Score
Final
Carthage 31, at Carroll 0
Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 32, Washington U. 19
Video Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Concordia (Wis.) 26, Alma 15
Video Box Score
Final
Hope 53, at Wisconsin Lutheran 12
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Albion 57, at Concordia-Chicago 42
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Olivet 42, at Benedictine 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Adrian 27, at Aurora 5
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Simpson 27, Nebraska Wesleyan 21
Video Box Score
Final
Kalamazoo 23, at Rockford 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Trine 56, at Lakeland 6
Video Box Score
Final
at Wartburg 63, Buena Vista 0
Video Box Score
Final
Dubuque 27, at Coe 18
Video Box Score Photos
Final
St. Scholastica 46, at Crown 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Central 63, Luther 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Missouri Baptist 38, at UW-River Falls 28
Photos
Final
Millsaps 10, at Trinity (Texas) 7
Video Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 17, at Lincoln (Mo.) 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Millikin 48, North Park 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Dickinson St. 35, at UW-La Crosse 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Iowa Wesleyan 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Johns Hopkins 47, at Moravian 3
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Wittenberg 45, at Oberlin 14
Video Box Score
Final
Bluffton 34, at Earlham 0
Video Box Score
Cancelled
Allen at Brevard
Video Live stats
Final
WPI 45, at Becker 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Centre 45, at Hendrix 6
Video Box Score
Final
Willamette 25, at Occidental 6
Video Box Score
Final
Lewis and Clark 46, at Whittier 27
Video Box Score
Final
Puget Sound 56, at La Verne 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Whitworth 31, Chapman 28
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 10, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Pacific 21, Cal Lutheran 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Linfield 13, Redlands 0
Video Box Score Recap
Postponed
Ferrum at Averett
Video Live stats
Final
at Manchester 57, Defiance 26
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Rowan 22, William Paterson 6
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Geneva 27, at Thiel 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethany 22, Waynesburg 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 36, Carnegie Mellon 14
Video Box Score
Final
Heidelberg 44, at Capital 40
Video Box Score
Final
Case Western Reserve 49, at Grove City 23
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Hobart 56, at Shenandoah 48
Box Score Photos
Cancelled
Christopher Newport at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
Final
at St. Thomas 62, Hamline 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 24, Wheaton (Ill.) 14
Video
Final
Hardin-Simmons 57, at Louisiana College 21
Box Score
Final
at East Texas Baptist 51, Southwestern 21
Video Box Score
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 68, at Sul Ross State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Stevens Point 51, Dakota St. 28
Video
Final
St. John's 45, at Gustavus Adolphus 13
Video Box Score
Final - 2OT
at Howard Payne 37, McMurry 31
Video Live stats Audio
Final
Texas Lutheran 23, at Belhaven 0
Video Box Score
Final
George Fox 40, at Pomona-Pitzer 6
Video Box Score
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Cancelled
Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
Video Live stats Audio
Sep. 21: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
Live stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
Sep. 15: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 35, UW-Platteville 28
Video Box Score Recap
Final - 3OT
RPI 23, at Utica 20
Video Box Score Live stats
Final
at Brockport 65, St. Lawrence 12
Video Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 21, Wilkes 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 21, at McDaniel 14
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 45, Otterbein 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 56, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
Berry 42, at Rhodes 35
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Union 45, at Springfield 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Oshkosh 17, at Lincoln (Mo.) 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Trine 56, at Lakeland 6
Video Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 32, Washington U. 19
Video Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Dickinson St. 35, at UW-La Crosse 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wittenberg 45, at Oberlin 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Linfield 13, Redlands 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 36, Carnegie Mellon 14
Video Box Score
Cancelled
Christopher Newport at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
Final
Case Western Reserve 49, at Grove City 23
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Thomas 62, Hamline 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 68, at Sul Ross State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 24, Wheaton (Ill.) 14
Video
Final
Hardin-Simmons 57, at Louisiana College 21
Box Score
Final
St. John's 45, at Gustavus Adolphus 13
Video Box Score