Union Beats RPI for the Dutchman's Shoes
In a turnover filled game, Union scored last. Brian Slekes caught a pass in the back of the RPI end zone with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat Rensselaer 27-23.
The Times-Union reports that, "The Dutchmen appeared to have botched what looked like a sure victory by turning the ball over four times in the second half. Three
interceptions and a fumble by Union enabled the Engineers to hang
close despite being outplayed statistically."
It would have been great if RPI could have caught enough of a break to win. Instead they slip to 1-4.
Another account of the game is provided by the Schenectady Gazette: "The battle for the Dutchman's Shoes Trophy was won by a strong arm, a pair of soft hands and a few iron stomachs.... Down by three points with 2:27 left, Union marched 89 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ben Gilbert to senior
split end Bryan Slekes with 10 seconds remaining, to defeat Rensselaer, 27-23, Saturday at Frank Bailey Field."