UR football sets attendance record, loses to CWRU

Courtesy of UofRathletics.com

PRINCE ATHLETIC COMPLEX – Evening football can be a good drawing card for the University of Rochester. UR drew its largest home crowd in 11 years (3,131) on Saturday night.

Rochester lost its opener, 37-6, to Case Western Reserve University, but the Yellowjackets were not overrun by the visitors. CWRU totaled 315 yards in offense – 209 through the air, 106 on the ground. Rochester ran for 124 yards and passed for 163 more.

Sophomore quarterback Steven Genova completed 14 of 20 passes for 115 yards. He was sacked twice. Genova displayed a knack for scrambling. He gained a net of 48 yards on 13 carries.

First-year Nile Jones rushed 16 times for 47 yards. Junior Jason Cunningham rushed seven times for 14 yards, first-year James Bentayou gained 11 on three totes, and Elijah Underwood carried three times for a net of four.

First-year Ryan Eamer came in as the QB later in the fourth period. He hit 5 of 13 passes for 48 yards. First-year Aaron Whitley and junior Henry Josephson caught four passes apiece. Whitley gained 42 yards, Josephson had a net of 17 yards. Tyler Tanen gained 29 yards (three catches), Damon Yargeau had 23 (two catches). Cunningham (2/19) and Justin Daul (2/16) had two catches each.

The offense came from junior placekicker Dawson Klinger. He booted field goals of 29 yards in the third period and 32 yards in the fourth period. Last year, he made six field goals. He is now tied for 10th place on the Rochester career list with eight field goals.

UR finished with five tackles for loss. Sophomore Davis Friedman had two of those. Classmate Adam Huewe had one sack.

Case entered the game listed among Others Receiving Votes in the pre-season poll of D3football.com.

This was the first of four non-conference games for the Yellowjackets. They play at Endicott College in Massachusetts next Saturday. Rochester returns home on the 21st for a game against Alfred State College. It will be a football homecoming.

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