UR used a record-breaking offensive performance to roll past the Gettysburg College Bullets 41-20 this weekend, giving the Yellowjackets their first victory of the season.
UR’s ground attack ate up 310 rushing yards, the team’s highest single game total since 2003. UR kept the ball in the offense’s position for 100 plays, breaking the school record of 98 set in 2003.
Quarterback and senior Aaron Molisani paced the UR ground attack with 110 yards on 18 carries, including two rushing touchdowns. Molisani gave UR a second quarter lead with a one-yard plunge into the end zone.
The Bullets answered UR and cut the lead to 7-6. Molisani answered right back when he connected with wide-out and senior David Ferris on one of his two touchdown passes, the first from 26 yards out. On UR’s ensuing drive, Molisani hooked up with Ferris again from four yards out. However, the Yellowjackets failed to convert the extra-point attempt giving UR a 20-6 half time lead.
Molisani picked up where he left off late in the third quarter, capping another long drive with a touchdown run from one yard out.
UR continued to grind it out with the running game, leading to two more scores in the fourth quarter. Running back and senior Galen Williams scooted for a 15-yard touchdown run on the team’s first possession in the quarter. On the next drive, back and freshman Mike Sondericker capped UR scoring with a touchdown from one yard out.
Gettysburg scored two late touchdowns against UR’s reserves, the final off of a blocked punt that eventually led to the final score.
Offensively, UR’s ground attack was keyed by Molisani along with back and sophomore Matt Bielecki who had 101 yards rushing on 27 carries. Williams chipped in 63 yards on 12 carries and Sondericker added 43 yards on 13 carries.
Molisani added 149 yards passing completing 9 out of 22 attempts. Bielecki led UR receivers with 82 yards on three catches, while Ferris added 53 yards on four catches.
UR’s defense rebounded with a stout performance holding the Bullets under 300 yards of total offense. The unit was led by linebacker and sophomore Joe Galantini who made six sacks.
UR begins an season this weekend by entering Liberty League play against Union College for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
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