Troy’s Own RPI Football is moving on to the DIII Quarterfinals

The New York Division III football world got a serious shock this past Saturday. Previously undefeated and perennial powerhouse SUNY Brockport was upset by Troy’s very own RPI Engineers 21-13.1024x1024.jpg

Brockport went all the way to the National Championship in 2017 and beat RPI’s fellow Liberty League members by a combined score of 134-26 (!!!), making this a HUGE upset. What’s even more interesting? Brockport’s star quarterback Joe Germinerio was recruited out of Lasalle Institute in Troy.

How did the engineers do it? I was wondering the same thing when I checked the final score from down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (I was there for the Iron Bowl, more to come from that). Then I looked at the box score.

Brockport had 25 first downs compared to RPI’s 13.

Brockport out-rushed RPI 233-106.

Brockport out-gained RPI 327-248.

Here’s where the difference was made:

TURNOVERS: Brockport 5 RPI 1

Even the best teams will fall if they lose the turnover battle like that. 2 interceptions and 3 fumbles all recovered by the underdog is a recipe for disaster. If they played 10 times, Brockport would probably win 9. RPI took advantage and made Saturday that other 1. They advance to play 11-1 Johns Hopkins on Saturday in Baltimore.

The Blue Jay’s lone loss on the season came way back in September and they’ve outscored their 2 playoff opponents 107-27. It will be a tall task to pull off another upset. JHU hasn’t lost a home game since 2016, and that was against the mighty Mount Union. But don’t worry RPI fans, so far, Union has been the only team to get the best of you.


But good luck to RPI. They’re representing the Liberty League and the Capital District well. It should be fun to see how they come out against Johns Hopkins this Saturday.

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