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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).

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at Johns Hopkins 41, Moravian 0
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at St. Lawrence 32, Morrisville State 22
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MIT 13, at Becker 6
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Alfred State 27, at Rochester 21
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Brockport 55, at Buffalo State 22
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DePauw 21, at Kenyon 7
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Massachusetts Maritime 42, at Maine Maritime 21
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Salve Regina 62, at Dean 35
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Juniata 44, at Ursinus 38
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at Framingham State 48, Westfield State 21
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Wesley 20, at Endicott 17
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Amherst 24, at Colby 10
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Middlebury 28, at Bates 0
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at Union 27, Springfield 17
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Hanover 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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Wesleyan 28, at Hamilton 10
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at Carnegie Mellon 20, Washington and Jefferson 13
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WPI 31, at Husson 12
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Averett 35, at Ferrum 12
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at Franklin and Marshall 34, McDaniel 17
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at Plymouth State 34, Worcester State 9
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Wilkes 24, at Lycoming 17
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at Ohio Wesleyan 55, Oberlin 3
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at Muhlenberg 24, Susquehanna 17
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Wabash 48, at Allegheny 35
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at Delaware Valley 28, Stevenson 21
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at Widener 48, FDU-Florham 10
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Dickinson 56, at Gettysburg 20
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Lakeland 28, at Kalamazoo 7
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Concordia-Chicago 23, at Finlandia 12
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Greenville 42, at Northwestern (Minn.) 14
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MacMurray 38, at Minnesota-Morris 14
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Williams 44, Tufts 8
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at Mount Union 45, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Franklin 34, at Bluffton 19
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Bethany 41, at Waynesburg 17
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John Carroll 14, at Otterbein 7
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Nichols 37, at Anna Maria 20
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at Wilmington 42, Ohio Northern 38
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at Alma 51, Rockford 16
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at UW-Platteville 41, Thomas More 10
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at St. Olaf 36, Carleton 19
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at Concordia-Moorhead 48, Augsburg 0
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Nebraska Wesleyan 37, at Buena Vista 16
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 20
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Wartburg 62, at Luther 10
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Millikin 41, at North Park 7
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UW-Whitewater 28, at St. Xavier 20
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St. Thomas 74, at Hamline 14
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King's 41, at Hartwick 19
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at Olivet 21, Benedictine 6
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at Adrian 32, Wisconsin Lutheran 29
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Sul Ross State 21, at McMurry 7
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Western Connecticut 42, at Bridgewater State 33
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North Central (Ill.) 46, at Washington U. 13
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Bridgewater 35, at Shenandoah 17
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Coe 24, at Loras 7
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Berry 14, at Trinity (Texas) 10
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Simpson 21, at Dubuque 14
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Birmingham-Southern 49, at Sewanee 30
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Texas Lutheran 31, at East Texas Baptist 21
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Salisbury 63, at Albright 28
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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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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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Washington and Jefferson 16, Wittenberg 8
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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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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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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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Washington U. 43, at Chicago 7
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