Schenectady, N.Y. -- November 12, 2011 -- Senior quarterback Josh Carter had a brilliant final game of his career as he rushed for a school record 299 yards and four touchdowns but it wasn't enough as the Springfield College football team fell to Union College 44-36 at Frank Bailey Field Saturday. Both teams ended the season with 6-4 records.
Carter finished up by rushing for 1,490 yards and 27 TDs this season. He averaged 149.0 yards per game on the ground. On the day, he scored on TD runs of 38, 63, 60, and 64 yards. He also scored 170 points on the season, an average of 17.0 points per game. Besides his four TD runs, he also scored two two-point conversions on the day. Odds are good that he may have won a national scoring title in Division III. He enjoyed a significant edge ahead of his closest competitor before the start of the game.
For his career, Carter rushed for 3,654 yards and 58 TDs, doing so on 601 carries. He wound up averaging 6.08 yards per carry.
With Hobart's victory at Rochester, the Statesmen tied the Dutchmen in Liberty League play with 5-1 records, but Hobart received the automatic NCAA Division III playoff bid by virtue of an October 8 win over Union.
Union senior wide receiver Justin Gallo had seven catches for 96 yards and broke the career receiving yard record, finishing his career with 3,288 yards. Tight end Eric Zavadsky also finished his career with a career high 104 yards and three touchdowns on four catches. Sophomore T.J. Franzese had a career best 149 yards rushing and two TDs on the ground for the Dutchmen. Noah Joseph led Union with 11 tackles and Jeff DeVico and senior Jon Stidd had 10 each.
Franzese opened the scoring just 3:18 into the game on a four-yard run, and the kick failed for a 6-0 Union lead after an eight-play, 58-yard drive. Carter took off for a 38 yard keeper one minute later and the kick was blocked, and it was 6-6 after a four play, 60 yard drive in 54 seconds. Union took the lead with an Adam Henry 29-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the first quarter to cap an eight-play, 38-yard drive in 2:50. Dylan Schuck ran in from one yard out with 1:02 left in the quarter on the 11th play of a 73-yard drive that consumed 4:18 and it was 16-6 Union.
Springfield got to within two when Carter burst through an opening for a 63-yard touchdown run and his two point run was good, making it 16-14 just 44 seconds into the second quarter. Zavadsky caught a 25-yard pass from Connolly with 11:31 left in the period. This was a seven-play, 56-yard drive in 2:38. But Springfield got to within one at 23-22 when Carter ran for another long one, 60 yards, with 4:42 left in the half. The seven-play, 84-yard drive took 2:26, and he then hit Brian White with a pass on the two-point conversion. But Zavadsky's 19 yard TD catch from Connolly with 3:11 left bumped it up to 30-22 after a four-play, 59-yard drive in 1:25
. Union opened the third quarter scoring with 8:22 left in the period. Franzese ran in from three yards out after an impressive 12-play drive that took 4:01 and ate up 64 yards for a 37-22 lead. Carter tacked on another long run, this one for 64 yards, but his rush failed after the four-play, 77-yard drive in 1:26, and with 6:51 to play in the third it was 37-28 Union.
Davis caught just one of the two completions on the day from the rushing QB, a 29 yarder with 18 seconds left in the third after a seven-play, 81-yard drive in 1:58. Carter's rush brought the Pride to within one, 37-36, which was the score heading into the fourth quarter.
Zavadsky's 50-yard touchdown pass with 5:40 left in the fourth and the point after provided the 44-36 final. He caught a tipped pass intended for Justin Gallo at the one and rolled into the endzone. It was a five-play, 61-yard drive in 2:01. Carter and Springfield took over with 5:35 left at their own 32. On seven plays they made it to the Union nine but Carter was sacked on a fourth-and-four for a 12 yard loss with 2:25 left to end the threat.