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Rochester Stuns Football With 36-35 Win In Final Seconds

Joel Altavesta Box Score

Rochester, N.Y. - September 28, 2013 - The University of Rochester football team scored a touchdown and rushed for a two-point conversion with no time on the clock to stun Springfield College, escaping with a 36-35 Liberty League win.

The Pride is now 3-1, 0-1 in league play.

Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass.) rushed for three touchdowns and 154 yards, while Keith Rodman (Northvale, N.J.) also broke the 100-yard mark, tallying 109 yards and a score for the Pride. Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.) added 98 yards on the ground as well, as the Pride finished the day with 403 yards rushing.

Defensively, Matt Berni (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I.) each had 11 tackles, and Sam Weiss (Glasser, N.J.) added eight stops and an interception.

Springfield was hurt all day by turnovers, fumbling the ball away three times and having one of its 14 pass attempts picked off.

After Rochester scored to tie the game at 28-all with 3:29 left in regulation, the Pride put together an eight-play, 64 yard drive that resulted in a one-yard score by Marrero with just 49 seconds left. The drive was kept alive by a Yellowjacket pass interference call on a Springfield 4th and 7 that resulted in the Pride getting the ball on the 10 yard line.

The Yellowjackets (2-1 overall, 1-0 Liberty League) answered back, marching 63 yards in seven plays for the winning score. Rochester quarterback Dean Kennedy completed three of five passes on the drive. On third-and-six from the Springfield 44, he completed a pass to Thomas Hayes for 26-yard gain down to the 18. After a throwdown to stop the clock and an incompletion to Hayes, Rochester faced third-and-10 on the Springfield 18. Kennedy scrambled from pressure, then rolled to his right and lofted the pass to Derek Wager who made a leaping catch over a defender. Myles Allen bulled his way off right tackle for the winning two-point conversion.

Springfield will hit the field next Saturday when it hosts Union in a key conference clash beginning at 12:00 pm.

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