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No. 4 Football Shuts Out Utica, 46-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 2, 2004 – Springfield College senior fullback Tim Lutgens (Greenwich, N.Y.) scored three touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Pride blanked visiting Utica (N.Y.), 46-0, in an Empire 8 Football Conference game on Benedum Field this afternoon.

The Pride (3-0, 2-0 E-8), which scored 28 fourth-quarter points and totaled 484 yards of offense, won its 17th-consecutive regular-season game, extending a school record.

While SC’s vaunted offense recorded a season-high 46 points, it was the Pride’s underrated defense that set the tone. SC recorded two first-half safeties and yielded just 86 yards of total offense. Junior defensive end Nick Burdett (Needham, Mass.), who totaled 4.5 tackles (four solo), registered a sack that forced a Utica fumble and resulted in the first two points of the game. Senior linebacker Justin Fletcher (Orwell, Vt.) led SC with five tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, and a fumble recovery.

SC rushed for 384 yards this afternoon. Senior halfback Will Davis (Cumberland, R.I.) led the way with 81 yards on 10 carries. Senior quarterback Ryan Sylvia (Marion, Mass.) added 74 yards on the ground and completed 3-of-7 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Sylvia moved into fifth place on Springfield College’s career rushing list (2,552 yards), and Lutgens, who gained 69 yards, climbed into seventh (2,305).

Burdett’s sack of Utica quarterback Nick Martin, who subsequently fumbled into the end zone, gave SC a 2-0 lead at 6:45 of the first quarter. Lutgens scored from one-yard out at 10:59 of the second quarter to make it 9-0. With 3:18 left in the half and the ball on their own 10, the Pioneers (2-2, 0-1 E-8) snapped the ball over Martin’s head into the end zone for another SC safety. Lutgens scored his second TD, a six-yard jaunt, with :25 to play in the half to give SC a 18-0 cushion.

After a scoreless third quarter, Lutgens recorded his third TD of the game, and eighth of the season, when he scored from two yards out with 13:55 remaining. Sylvia hooked up with junior tight end Jim McCarthy (Tewksbury, Mass.) for a 13-yard scoring strike, McCarthy’s first career TD, at 9:08 of the fourth quarter. Freshman halfback Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) scored his first collegiate touchdown, a 15-yard run, with 6:30 left, and junior fullback Andre Clayton (Manchester, Conn.) exploded for a career-long 48-yard score with just 1:45 remaining.
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