No. 4 Football Faces Western Connecticut In First Road Test
Complete '04 statistics
Game Day Quick Facts
What’s At Stake:
The Pride, which hits the road for the first time in ‘04, puts its school-record 17 regular-season game-winning streak on the line.
SC leads the series, 8-2. Both losses came in Danbury (1999 and 2001).
The Last Time Out:
The Pride was too much for Utica (N.Y.), rolling to a 46-0 victory; the Colonials coasted past Plymouth State, 45-13.
The Last Meeting:
QB Ryan Sylvia broke a 7-7 third-quarter deadlock with a 13-yard TD run and SC went on to a 21-7 victory on Oct. 11 in Danbury. FB Tim Lutgens recorded a career-best 195 yards on 35 carries, including two TDs, and the Pride dominated time of possession by nearly 13 minutes.
About Saturday’s Game:
Saturday's contest at Western Connecticut is the Pride's first road test of the '04 season. SC was 6-0 in 2003, picking up wins at Montclair State, Western Connecticut and Union. The Pride is 17-5 away from Benedum Field since the 2000 season ... three Empire 8 schools rank in the top-25 nationally in the two D-III national polls: SC at No. 4 (AFCA), Ithaca at No. 16 (D3football.com) and St. John Fisher at No. 16 (AFCA) and 17th (D3football.com). Six of the seven E-8 schools have a winning record ... although SC rushed for 384 yards vs. Utica (Oct. 2), the win snapped a streak of 11-straight games with a 100-yards rusher. Senior HB Will Davis had a team-high 81 yards on 10 carries last Saturday ... senior Kevin Domurat has averaged 8.6 ypc in his three seasons as SC’s starting HB (1,411 yards on 162 carries)... seniors Ryan Sylvia and Tim Lutgens are steadily climbing SC’s all-time lists. Sylvia moved into fifth place on the career rushing list (2,552 yards), and Lutgens climbed into seventh (2,305). Lutgens is also tied for fifth in rushing TDs with 28. Sylvia’s career numbers are listed on page 2 ... the Pride leads the E-8 in four offensive statistical categories: rushing (392.3), fourth-down conversions (5-for-6, 83.3%) time of possession (32:55) and sacks allowed (one).
News & Notes
For the Defense:
SC’s high-octane offense gets most of the headlines, but it is the defense that has been the foundation of this 3-0 start. The Pride leads the E-8 in six defensive categories: scoring defense (11.0 ppg), pass defense (114.0 ypg), rush defense (80.7 ypg), total defense (194.7 ypg), pass efficiency defense (71.6) and opponent third-down conversion (12-46, 12.1%) ... in two E-8 games, SC has allowed only 15 first downs.
Wild, Wild Western:
The Pride and the Colonials have hooked up for some classic games in the past five seasons:
1999: Western Conn. 56, SC 48
The teams combine for 35 fourth-quarter points and 1,084 yards of total offense in Danbury.
2000: No. 21 SC 43, No. 10 Western Conn. 36
On Benedum Field, the Pride overcomes a 27-14 halftime deficit with 22 third-quarter points.
2001: Western Conn. 13, SC 7
With 4:04 to play, a penalty on a Luke Quigley 81-yard punt return for a TD nullifies what would have been the go-ahead score for the visiting Pride.
2002: SC 18, No. 14 Western Conn. 15
Mike Judge rushed for 57 of the 78 yards on the game-winning drive, scoring the decisive five-yard TD and the two-point conversion with 2:25 left.
When SC rolled up 484 yards on the ground in the victory over Alfred (Sept. 25), it marked the 10th time in the last 24 games it cracked the 400-yard barrier ... SC’s best rushing performance in this stretch was a 586-yard effort against Union (Nov. 16, 2002) ... the Pride has won three of the last four D-III national rushing titles (2000, ‘02 and ‘03). Last season, SC led all D-I, II and III teams at 398.5 ypg.
Movin’ On Up:
Senior QB Ryan Sylvia has several school records in his sights. Sylvia set a D-III record for most rushing TDs by a QB with 20 in ‘03. Here’s a look where Sylvia ranks on SC’s all-time list.
1. Kevin Cahill, 44 TDs
2. Jay Miller, 42 TDs
3. Ryan Sylvia, 37 TDs
1. Kevin Cahill, 276
2. Jay Miller, 258
3. Ryan Sylvia, 222
1. Kevin Cahill, 4,842 yards
3. Shawn Tarpey, 3,590 yards
4. Ryan Sylvia, 3,517 yards
1. Kevin Cahill, 3,209 yards
3. Bill Burkhead 2,608 yards
4. Mike Lasorsa 2,548 yards
5. Ryan Sylvia, 2,543 yards
In ‘03, senior QB Ryan Sylvia and senior FB Tim Lutgens became the first D-III duo to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in the same season since 1997. Lutgens (team-high 1,307 yards) and Sylvia (1,122 yards) teamed up to mark just the second time in SC history that two SC backs broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same regular season, and the 12th time in D-III history.
Game #4: No. 4 SC 46, Utica 0
Springfield, Mass., Oct. 2, 2004
Senior FB Tim Lutgens 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.
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 DE Nick Burdett, 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.
SC rushed for 384 yards this afternoon. Senior HB Will Davis led the way with 81 yards on 10 carries. Senior QB Ryan Sylvia added 74 yards on the ground and completed 3-of-7 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
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 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 an 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 TE Jim McCarthy for a 13-yard scoring strike, McCarthy's first career TD, at 9:08 of the fourth quarter. Freshman HB Chris Sharpe scored his first collegiate touchdown, a 15-yard run, with 6:30 left, and junior FB Andre Clayton exploded for a career-long 48-yard score with just 1:45 remaining.