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Union College Football Suffers Heartbreaking Loss To Utica

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Senior quarterback Drew Connolly became the 5th quarterback in Union College football history to pass for 5,000 yards in a career.

But the Dutchmen lost at Utica College, 28-27 Saturday night in Utica. The Pioneers improved to 2-0 while Union fell to 0-2.

Connolly joins Anthony Marotti ’06, Ben Gilbert ’01, Brett Russ ’91 and Dan Stewart ’84 with 5,000 or more career passing yards. Connolly hit Eric Zavadsky with an 18 yard pass on a fourth and two for his first completion of the game that put him at 5,016 yards. He finished this game completing 16 of 27 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Union’s Justin Gallo had his 10th career 100 yard receiving game, finishing with 137 yards on seven catches, including a 15 yard TD from Connolly. Dylan Schuck had his first career 100 yard rushing game, with 107 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

Noah Joseph, last week’s Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week, led the Dutchmen with eight tackles and a tackle for a loss. Adam Henry had field goals of 22 and 29 yards.

Matt Dunn caught a three yard scoring pass from Andrew Benkwitt with 3:20 left in regulation to give the Pioneers the 28-27 lead. Benkwitt was 27 for 35 for 337 yards and three touchdowns, while Jamie Murphy had 153 yards on eight catches and a two TDs while Jake Larson had 47 yards rushing.

Union’s home opener is set for Saturday, September 17 vs. Ithaca at 1:00pm.

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