Passing Records Set In SLU Football Win
Tyler Grochot broke three school records and tied another, and Joseph Viscardo broke a 30-year-old receiving record to lead the St. Lawrence University football team to a dominant 51-19 win over the University of Rochester on senior day at Leckonby Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Grochot, who completed his first 19 passes of the game, tied the program record for touchdown passes in a game with six and broke single-season records for pass attempts (378), completions (222) and passing yards (2,650). Viscardo had three touchdown catches to bring his season total to 14, two ahead of the record previously set by Kurt Lanning in 1989. The Saints raced out to a 20-0 lead early in the third quarter on a touchdown catch by Viscardo and two more by Andrew Murphy. Rochester trimmed the lead to 20-6 when Dan Diaz scored on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Derek Bufano, but the Saints responded with a scoring drive capped by Anthony Ferraro's 24-yard touchdown catch with just 39 seconds remaining in the half. St. Lawrence left a little too much time on the clock, however, as Rochester needed just 35 seconds to respond with a touchdown drive of its own. Bufano completed a 48-yard pass on the second play of the following drive, and Tyler Tanen made an acrobatic one-handed catch in the end zone to cut the Saints' lead to 27-12 at the half. The Saints, however, put the game away with 21 unanswered points on three straight drives in the third quarter. Viscardo caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on a jump ball to the front right corner to eclipse Lanning's single-season mark on the Saints' second drive of the second half, and after a 1-yard touchdown run by Jamie Battaglia, Grochot and Viscardo connected again, this time for a 6-yard score, to give the Saints a 48-12 lead. Bufano scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper early in the fourth quarter, and William Manory capped the scoring with a 24-yard field goal, his eighth of the season. The field goal came after the Saints ate up 8:28 on the clock with a 16-play, 69-yard drive engineered by Aaron Ruthman, who came on to play quarterback for the Saints for the entire fourth quarter. Grochot finished the game 32-for-39 passing for 294 yards. Murphy led the Saints with 10 catches for 90 yards, while Ferraro had eight catches for 70 yards and Viscardo added six for 57 yards. Battaglia rushed for 90 yards on just seven carries, and Peyton Schmitt added 56 yards on five carries as the Saints averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt. Bufano was 13-for-26 passing for 173 yards and also led the team with 62 rushing yards on seven attempts, including a game-high 49-yard run. Noah Shinaman had three catches for 66 yards for the Yellowjackets. Ricky Hober led the Saints' defense with 11 tackles, while Ethan Roberts added nine. Max Gilbert intercepted a pass for the Saints, and Rahmod Johnson played an excellent game in the secondary, breaking up three passes. Najeeb Awad had 10 tackles to lead Rochester's defense, while Devin Woodward had three tackles for a loss, including one sack, and added two quarterback hurries. The game was the final home game for 16 St. Lawrence seniors and three team managers. The Saints finished the year 4-1 at Leckonby Stadium this year and improved to 4-5 overall, 2-3 in the Liberty League. Rochester fell to 0-9, 0-5. The Saints will go on the road to face Buffalo State next weekend in the team's final game of the season.