RPI Football Shocked by Hobart, Makes NCAA Playoffs Anyway
On Saturday, Hobart shocked RPI 43-25 at '86 Field in Troy. With the victory, Hobart wins the UCAA championship for the second-consecutive year. This is the first time Hobart has beaten RPI in Troy since 1983.
Hobart amassed four fourth quarter touchdowns including two long touchdown passes in 38 seconds. Rensselaer had been leading 15-7 at halftime. The Engineers record is now 8-1, 3-1 in the UCAA.
At the time, the loss to Hobart was thought to be severely damaging to RPI's hopes for a birth in the NCAA tournament. However, that was before it was known that both Ithaca and Washington and Jefferson lost this weekend as well.
When the Division III Playoff Pairings were announced, RPI learned that it will face Curry in Troy on Saturday. As anyone could conclude from D3football.com's bracket analysis article, this is a doubly unusual turn of events:
One home location got switched because of facilities, as No. 5 RPI will host No. 4 Curry. Curry couldn’t host in their stadium and got sent on the road, where RPI has a field to spare (they’ll play on ’86 Field, for those in the know).
Maybe catching up on all that deferred maintenance around campus will directly help one of our highest profile athletic programs? We'll see on Saturday.