FINAL SCORE: Alfred State 55, Apprentice School 41
RECORDS: Alfred State 1-3, Apprentice School 0-4
WHERE: Pioneer Stadium/Alfred, NY
IN BRIEF: Homestanding Alfred State reeled off 27 unanswered points in the second and third quarters before withstanding a fourth quarter flurry from the Apprentice School to take a 55-41 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association victory on Saturday.
Rasheed Williams ran for 335 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns, all of those touchdowns coming in the 27-point explosion, to lead the Pioneers as they amassed 624 yards of total offense.
Apprentice School scored twice in 51 seconds to close the first quarter as Jonathan Whelan connected with Derek Banks on a 19-yard pass to tie the game 14-all with 4:12 left. After a 59-yard run by Williams, Xerius Blocker stripped Alfred State's Dileel Bartley of the ball and it bounced into the hands of Marlon Lane who returned it 92-yards for a touchdown to take a 21-14 lead with 3:21 left.
Alfred State tied the game on the second play of the second quarter as Gregory Hampton connected with Khris Greggs for a 62-yard score. After the Builders forced a fumble recovered by Leland Hamilton at the Alfred 18, Whelan found Chase Donahue on a 16-yard pass down to the two. A pair of Whelan one-yard runs later the Builders held a 28-21 lead with 11:48 left.
The hosts exploded for 27 points as Williams closed that outburst with a 41-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third to take a 48-28 lead.
Apprentice School found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter as Whelan connected with Donahue on a 34-yard score and Travis Turbin on a 19-yard scoring pass which brought the Builders to 55-41. An onside kick attempt failed and Alfred State was able to run out the clock.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Brock Bullock had his third game of 14 or more tackles with 15 to lead the defense. Izhia Roundtree and Teyquan Mayfield were next with 13 tackles apiece.
- The 121 yards rushing was a season high for the Builders.
- First game for the Builders this year without a sack.
Better known today as first wave through the record books
- The 463 yards of total offense by the Builders is the second most in school history, trailing a 566-yard game against SUNY Maritime on Oct. 20, 2007.
- The 92-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Marlon Lane set the school record for longest return. The former mark was 55 by DaMario Sampson vs. Southern Virginia on October 27, 2007.
- The 204 receiving yards by Donahue is only the second time a receiver has caught over 200 yards in passes in a game since 1980. He ended 23 yards from the record of 227 by Andre Ross set in 1992 against Wagner.
- The 96 combined points is the most points in a regulation game in the last 33 years and second most in a game trailing the 2007 Chowan game that was a 61-55 Apprentice School loss in three overtimes.
- Whelan and Donahue joined the longest completion list with an 80-yard strike late in the first quarter. That tied the sixth longest completion in a game and was last done in 2005 when Kyle Franklin connected with Travis Reid on an 80-yard pass against N.C. Wesleyan.
- Whelan threw for a career-high 342 yards which is the second most in a game only trailing the record of Phil Caralla against Lake Erie College on Oct. 11, 2008 when he threw for 388.