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No. 19 Rensselaer Posts 52-14 Victory Over Gators

TROY, N.Y. – Senior Marc Meislahn scored two 1-yard touchdowns and junior George Marinopoulos threw two touchdowns and ran for one as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) football team defeated Allegheny College 52-14 in a non-league football game at East Campus Stadium. The contest was the first of the season for both the No. 19 Engineers and the Gators.

Meislahn, a slot receiver who missed nearly all of 2018 due to an injury, helped RPI to leads of 7-0 and 38-7. He finished with eight yards rushing along with 46 receiving yards on three catches. He was one of 11 Engineers to catch the ball and one of 10 to run with it. Of Rensselaer's 502 yards of total offense, 356 came through the air with Marinopoulos, a quarterback, connecting for 276 yards and two scores on 23 of 35 passing. He had a 1-yard touchdown on the ground.

Senior Nick Smith had a team-high five receptions for 71 yards, followed by Meislahn's 46 yards and 43 from Vinnie McDonald, who had four receptions, including a 1-yard touchdown with only two seconds left in the first half that gave the Engineers a 24-7 lead. McDonald also threw a 76-yard pass to classmate Dennis DeCicco which helped set up the first career rushing touchdown for Marinopoulos.

RPI's first possession came after a sack-fumble by senior Alec Hazard – one of five Allegheny turnovers – that put the Engineers near midfield. Nine plays later, Meislahn leaped over the linemen in front of him for the lead.
A fumble on Allegheny's second possession gave the ball back to Rensselaer at its own 3-yard line. Marinopoulos and McDonald hooked up for 29 yards to get to the 32-yard line and sophomore Dylan Burnett eventually capped the 11-play, 97-yard drive with a touchdown run of four yards.

The visiting Gators began the second quarter with their first scoring drive, which ended with Nazareth Greer finding Austin French from nine yards out. Allegheny appeared to have tied the game at 14-14 when Hunter Cazin intercepted Marinopoulos inside the 20-yard line, but he fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone and RPI regained possession on a touchback. That drive ended with a 34-yard field goal from Sanjay Krishnan for a 17-7 lead.

Rensselaer outscored the Gators 21-0 in the third quarter with Marinopoulos finding Bryce Todd from 19 yards for a 45-7 lead with 10 seconds remaining in the frame.

Greer got Allegheny back on the board with a 6-yard run five minutes into the fourth quarter and later drove the visitors to the RPI goal line, but a fumble recovery by Ryan Skivington two yards deep in the end zone was returned all the way down the field for a 52-14 lead with 4:47 to play.

Greer completed 30 of 47 passes for 318 yards with eight passes going to Ben Bachik, who had 112 receiving yards. Alex Victor caught seven passes for 54 yards for the Gators, who managed only 31 rushing yards.

Senior John Sadak led the Engineers in tackles with eight, along with an interception, while Joey Gutowski had seven stops. Twenty-nine players had a hand in at least one tackle.

Corey Laskey had 16 tackles for Allegheny, while Kyle McGee and Chase Balla both had 13.

The Gators are back on the field on September 21 when they host Wabash at 1pm. Rensselaer travels to WPI next Saturday for the Transit Trophy Game (2:30pm).

Sep. 14: All times Eastern
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at Lawrence Tech 34, Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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at Norwich 30, St. Lawrence 24
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Montclair State 28, at Salve Regina 11
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Shenandoah 35, at N.C. Wesleyan 19
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Cortland 31, at TCNJ 7
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University of New England 35, at Alvernia 28
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Ferrum 55, at Greensboro 7
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Hamilton 37, at Bowdoin 24
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Union 54, at Anna Maria 7
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at Plymouth State 48, Maine Maritime 6
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Wittenberg 36, at Hiram 12
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at Wesleyan 30, Colby 10
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at Wooster 17, Oberlin 0
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at Hanover 49, Adrian 28
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Guilford 19, at Methodist 14
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at Franklin and Marshall 54, Juniata 0
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Susquehanna 28, at Johns Hopkins 27
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Hobart 38, at Morrisville State 24
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Ripon 45, at Finlandia 12
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Washington and Jefferson 59, at Thiel 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 45, Waynesburg 21
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Wesley 24, at Delaware Valley 18
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McDaniel 13, at Moravian 10
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Muhlenberg 38, at Dickinson 9
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Ursinus 48, at Gettysburg 10
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at Washington and Lee 42, Sewanee 7
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UW-Whitewater 20, at Concordia-Moorhead 10
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at St. Scholastica 41, Presentation 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 30, at Northwestern (Minn.) 7
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Ohio Northern 39, at Muskingum 10
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Trine 35, at Bluffton 20
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at Heidelberg 35, Wilmington 10
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at Middlebury 17, Williams 13
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Linfield 35, at Rowan 14
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Baldwin Wallace 45, at Otterbein 28
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Ohio Wesleyan 42, at Kenyon 0
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at Fitchburg State 12, Castleton 10
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at Central 45, DePauw 19
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Millsaps 35, at Westminster (Mo.) 10
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Olivet 54, at Concordia-Chicago 24
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at UW-Stevens Point 31, Wabash 28
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Carleton 20, at Lawrence 10
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at Simpson 27, Chicago 23
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at Greenville 31, Kalamazoo 17
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Concordia (Wis.) 31, at Augsburg 0
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at Lake Forest 44, Grinnell 0
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Bethel 38, at UW-River Falls 20
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at Crown 23, Beloit 6
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Aurora 48, at Elmhurst 22
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Howard Payne 56, at McMurry 37
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at UW-La Crosse 33, Illinois Wesleyan 27
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at Knox 44, Iowa Wesleyan 0
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Gustavus Adolphus 41, at UW-Stout 31
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at WPI 6, RPI 3
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St. Olaf 33, at Luther 20
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at La Verne 43, Willamette 33
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at Pomona-Pitzer 20, Lewis and Clark 0
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at Pacific Lutheran 17, Cal Lutheran 10
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Hartwick 30, at Alfred State 20
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at Western Connecticut 41, Dean 16
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Alma 35, at Manchester 7
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Randolph-Macon 30, at Averett 27
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Albion 48, at Franklin 26
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at Berry 34, LaGrange 9
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at Anderson 27, Cincinnati Christian 23
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Hampden-Sydney 27, at Christopher Newport 24
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Carnegie Mellon 31, at Geneva 6
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Marietta 44, at Capital 7
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Bridgewater 37, at Stevenson 22
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at Centre 27, Maryville (Tenn.) 22
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at Grove City 26, Bethany 15
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Austin 27, at Southwestern Assemblies 26
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at Hardin-Simmons 16, Trinity (Texas) 10
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at Dubuque 37, Pacific 26
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at Buena Vista 27, Concordia (Neb.) 24
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Hendrix 26, at Texas Lutheran 23
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 56, Albright 15
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Valley City State 67, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Wartburg 38, Monmouth 9
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Rose-Hulman 30, at Rhodes 0
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Hamline 31, at Macalester 27
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Louisiana College 20, at Belhaven 14
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at Texas A&M-Kingsville 72, Sul Ross State 0
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at Redlands 58, Puget Sound 7
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at Coe 38, Cornell 0
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Moravian at Johns Hopkins
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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at RPI 52, Allegheny 14
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Centre 45, at Hanover 31
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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at UW-La Crosse 21, Concordia-Moorhead 14
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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