On Saturday, Oct. 20, UR football traveled to Schenectady, N.Y., where they lost to the Union College Dutchmen at Frank Bailey Field. The 20-7 victory raised Union to 4-3 overall and dropped UR to 3-4 overall.
It took a while for the game to begin as torrential downpours and lightning delayed the match for an hour halfway through the first quarter. After the game resumed, Union was the first to score as running back T.J. Franzese put six on the board with a six-yard run. On the following drive, junior quarterback Dean Kennedy threw an interception, but the Dutchmen were forced to punt after only two minutes of possession.
However, the Dutchmen got the ball back and were able to pick up their second touchdown — another short run by Franzese — less than a minute into the second quarter. Union kicker Tosin Kazeem’s extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 13-0 after just barely one quarter of play.
Union’s success didn’t stop there, though. Six minutes into the second half, Union running back Darnell Thomas busted out a big 14-yard run into the end zone to conclude an 84-yard drive. The Yellowjackets were held to zero points in the first half.
UR’s first — and only — touchdown came with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. After recovering a fumbled punt, the ’Jackets lined up on Union’s 22-yard line. Kennedy then proceeded to throw a 22-yard pass to junior tight end Ken Apostolakos. Just four snaps later, Kennedy connected with Apostolakos again — this time for a touchdown. UR couldn’t get anything else going after that, though, and they threw two more interceptions in the third quarter and a fourth on the last play of the game.
Kennedy had only thrown multiple interceptions in one other game this season, and in that match-up he only threw two.
UR’s struggles against Union continued with sub-par ground game performances. In his second start this year, senior fullback Quinton Mitchell rushed for 29 yards on 14 plays, giving him an average of 2.1 yards per carry. Kennedy ran for four yards on 14 plays, leaving him with a dismal 0.3 average. With a 3.4 average, the bare minimum needed in order to move the ball down the field, the Yellowjackets weren’t going anywhere with 2.1 and 0.3 yards per carry.
The Yellowjackets’ next game is Saturday, Nov. 3, at home against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Ondo is a member of the class of 2014.