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Engineers score late to slip past Statesmen

Hobart quarterback David Krewson threw as many touchdowns against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s vaunted defense as the Engineers’ previous six opponents combined, but RPI scored a pair of fourth quarter TDs, the last with 24 seconds remaining to eke out a 16-13 Liberty League win at East Campus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

FOR THE RECORD
Hobart: 3-3 overall, 0-2 Liberty
Rensselaer 5-2, 3-0 Liberty

NOTABLE NUMBERS

  • RPI had a 288-201 advantage in total offense.
  • The Engineers converted on 8-of-18 third downs, including 2-for-2 on the game-winning drive.

DEFENSES RULE THE FIRST HALF

  • Only two drives before halftime crossed midfield.
  • In the first quarter, Paisley Nickelson’s interception gave the Engineers the ball at the RPI 45. Rensselaer advanced into the red zone, but Jack Daley recovered an RPI fumble at the Hobart 23 to quell the threat.
  • The Engineers again reached Hobart territory midway through the second quarter, but cornerback Abdoulaye Diallo came up with his first interception of the season at the Hobart 13.
  • RPI took a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to a safety just over a minute before the break. Backed up inside their own 20, Hobart lined up in the wildcat formation. An errant pass from center bounded past running back Rayshawn Boswell. He was hit as he attempted pick up the loose ball in the end zone and the ball bounced out the back of the end zone.

PASSING ATTACK

  • Coming into the game, RPI had only allowed two passing touchdowns, one in their season opener and one last week. Hobart quarterback David Krewson matched that total in the second half.
  • In the third quarter, he directed a 10-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Krewson to wide receiver Alex LaBella. Hobart’s two-point try was no good, leaving the Statesmen a 6-2 lead with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
  • On their ensuing drive, the Engineers failed to convert on a fourth-and-6 at their own 40, giving the Hobart offense a short field. Six plays later, Krewson threw a 33-yard touchdown to wide receiver Rane Daramola. This time, Tobias Wefering kicked the extra point to make it 13-2 with 12:51 left in the fourth quarter.

THE COMEBACK

  • The teams traded punts on their next drives, but Hobart’s was into the wind and only traveled 20 yards before going out of bounds at the Hobart 34. Two plays later, RPI quarterback Jake Kazanowsky threw a 29-yard TD pass to D.J. Palmer. The Engineers tried for two, but the Statesmen stuffed the run to keep it a 13-8 game.
  • Hobart was able to bleed nearly five minutes off the game clock with its next drive, before punting with 2:50 left in the game.
  • Kazanowsky (33-20-1, 168 yds, 2 TDs) directed a 10-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off with an 8-yard TD pass to Palmer with 24 seconds left. Kazanowsky scrambled for the two-point conversion and a 16-13 lead.
  • Hobart got close to midfield and heaved a Hail Mary as time expired. Krewson’s pass was complete to Daramola, but he was tackled seven yards short of the end zone.

HOBART LEADERS

  • Krewson was 8-of-18 passing for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
  • Daramola had three catches for a game-high 92 yards and a TD.
  • Three Statesmen defenders reached double digits in tackles. Linebacker Anthony Romano led the way with a game-high 15 stops. Linebacker Peterson Monexant added 11 tackles and free safety Jay McCoy had 10.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

  • Hobart will head out of the road again next weekend, traveling to St. Lawrence (2-4, 0-2). Kickoff on Saturday, October 22, in Canton is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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