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Ithaca Eyes 4-0 Start in Liberty League Play at RPI on Saturday

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ITHACA, N.Y. – For just the fourth time, the Ithaca College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football teams will meet up on the gridiron, as Ithaca heads to Troy, N.Y. this Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff at East Campus Stadium. The Bombers will look to claim their fourth consecutive victory and run their Liberty League record to a perfect 4-0 mark. RPI is 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Liberty League.

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ALL-TIME SERIES:
Saturday's matchup is the fourth all-time meeting between Ithaca and Rensselaer, with IC owning a 2-1 advantage. The first meeting between the schools took place in 1946 as Ithaca prevailed, 16-7. IC and RPI would not play each other again for 55 years until an NCAA Quarterfinal contest in 2001 at RPI. The Bombers came out victorious once again, 27-10. Two years later, Ithaca traveled back to Troy, N.Y. for another NCAA showdown and fell to the Engineers, 21-16.

LAST TIME OUT: Last Saturday at the University of Rochester, Ithaca put up 46 points to secure a 40-point win over the Yellowjackets. The margin of victory is the highest since IC defeated St. Lawrence, 45-0, in 2009. Ithaca racked up 455 yards of total offense and scored six offensive touchdowns (five rushing) and one on special teams (a blocked punt).

BLOCK PARTY:
Ithaca blocked two punts last week in Rochester. The last time the team blocked two kicks (kick, punt, point after) in one game was in 2015 against Morrisville State. In addition, junior Ryan Bronson's recovery in the end zone was the first time the Bombers scored on a blocked punt since 2014, when Ryan Michaels had a scoop-and-score of 19 yards against Utica. 

BIG WEEK FOR BRONSON: Junior linebacker Ryan Bronson had a career game last weekend against Rochester. The Port Crane, N.Y. native recovered a punt in the end zone for a touchdown, had an interception and three tackles. Bronson was named the Liberty League Defensive Performer and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance.

A RUSH OF EXCITEMENT: For the first time since 2008 (Hartwick), the Bombers had five rushing touchdowns last week against Rochester. Four different Bombers (Isaiah D'Haiti-two, Nick Cervone, Anthony Capozzi, Tristan Brown) rushed for a touchdown for the first time since 2003 (St. Lawrence). In addition, Ithaca ran for a 221 yards, which is the highest team-total since 2015 (Alfred – 251 yards).

NABI TURNING HEADS: For the third consecutive week, freshman quarterback Wahid Nabi was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week. The last player to win the award three weeks in a row was Tyre Coleman for Hobart in 2011. In the last three games, Nabi has passed for a total of 906 yards and five touchdowns. He has also been named ECAC North Rookie of the Week the past two weeks.

D'HAITI'S CAREER DAY: Sophomore running back D'Haiti scored his first two career touchdowns against Rochester. D'Haiti rushed for 102 yards, eclipsing his total rushing yards from scrimmage last season by 68 yards. D'Haiti punched in a touchdown run of three yards and later broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run, which is the longest run-play for Ithaca since 2012.

GLADNEY ATOP THE CONFERENCE: Sophomore wide receiver Will Gladney leads the Liberty League in the following categories: receiving yards (614), receiving touchdowns (five), receiving yards per game (122.8) and receptions per games (8.0). In the first five games this season, Gladney has surpassed his total receiving yards from last season by 95 yards putting his career total at 1,133 yards. Among the NCAA Division III ranks, Gladney is ninth in receiving yards per game, 14th in receptions per game and 16th in receiving yards.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS: RPI enters Saturday's contest with an overall mark of 3-2 and 0-1 in Liberty League play. The Engineers got off to a 3-0 start, but have since dropped their last two games. They possess four different players who have rushed the ball 30 times or more (Ed Trimpert, Ethan Wells, Mike Tivinis and Nick Cella). Three of those backs – Cella, Tivinis and Wells – have all amassed more than 200 yards on the ground. Trimpert has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 752 yards.

RPI averages 26.6 points per game and allows 18.2 points per outing. Yardage wise, the Engineers average 353.2 (193.4 rushing, 159.8 passing) a contest and surrender 301 (191.8 passing, 109.2 rushing). The Engineers also perform exceptionally well inside the red zone, scoring 13 touchdowns on 18 trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

UP NEXT: The Bombers return to Butterfield Stadium next Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff against former Empire 8 foe St. John Fisher. It will be the 20th all-time meeting between Ithaca and Fisher, with the Cardinals holding a 10-9 edge in the win column.

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ITHACA | RENSSELAER | LIBERTY LEAGUE

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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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at Union 28, Hobart 23
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at Hamilton 27, Colby 24
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at Christopher Newport 27, William Paterson 19
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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at Allegheny 44, Kenyon 35
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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at Utica 34, Buffalo State 12
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Stevenson 26, Albright 23
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Albion 31, Alma 28
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 36, Rochester 14
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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at Salisbury 42, Southern Virginia 0
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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at Franklin and Marshall 56, Dickinson 0
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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Franklin 29, at Rose-Hulman 22
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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at Manchester 28, Bluffton 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Kean 26, at TCNJ 3
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at LaGrange 59, Greensboro 10
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at Worcester State 45, Mass-Dartmouth 40
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Muhlenberg 40, at McDaniel 13
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Western New England 45, at Becker 0
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at Maryville (Tenn.) 35, Methodist 14
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Adrian 36, at Kalamazoo 22
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Denison 31, at Ohio Wesleyan 20
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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at Benedictine 43, Olivet 37
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Birmingham-Southern 31, at Austin 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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Eureka 37, at MacMurray 20
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Nebraska Wesleyan 14, at Buena Vista 13
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Lakeland 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 0
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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Westminster (Mo.) 24, at Greenville 14
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) 30, at Martin Luther 14
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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St. Scholastica 49, at Crown 21
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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at WPI 41, Merchant Marine 7
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at Centre 42, Rhodes 35
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Hanover 49, at Earlham 14
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at Chicago 55, Beloit 12
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at Dubuque 28, Simpson 27
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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Redlands 42, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25
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Sul Ross State 52, at Howard Payne 15
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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at Otterbein 37, Baldwin Wallace 29
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Carnegie Mellon 42, at Thiel 10
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at Illinois College 23, Knox 13
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at Cal Lutheran 60, Whittier 34
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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