SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Springfield College defensive end Dwayne Robinson (Albany, N.Y.) recorded 3.5 sacks in the first half, and sophomore quarterback Ryan Sylvia (Marion, Mass.) ran for a touchdown and threw for a score Saturday as the Pride beat Plymouth State College, 41-0, in a Freedom Football Conference game at Benedum Field.
The verdict leaves PSC winless on the season (0-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference) and guarantees the team its first losing season since the 1979 squad finished 4-6. Springfield, ranked #2 in New England, improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the FFC, with the only blemish coming at the hands of Ithaca, which is ranked #7 in the nation in Division III.
Saturday was the Pride’s second shutout of the season, marking the first time since 1968 that SC has posted two shutouts in a season. The SC defense held the Panthers at bay, allowing just 179 yards of total offense and forcing three fumbles. Robinson, who also had eight tackles and five tackles-for-loss, and senior defensive end Jim Galliher (Dalton, Mass.), who totaled two tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks, led the Pride.
Offensively, SC racked up 429 yards on the ground to eclipse the 400-yard mark for the second time this season.
SC sophomore quarterback Michael Judge (Chatham, N.J.) ran for two first-half touchdowns (five and eight yards) and sophomore Tim Lutgens (Greenwich, N.Y) scored on a 25-yard rush to stake the Pride to a 21-0 halftime advantage.
SC extended its lead to 27-0 on Sylvia’s 40-yard scoring run with 13:37 left in the third quarter. Less than four minutes later, Sylvia hit senior split end Farrand Violette (Houston, Texas) with a 57-yard scoring strike to give the Pride a 34-0 lead. It was Violette’s first career touchdown.
Sophomore fullback Will Davis (Cumberland, R.I.) added a six-yard touchdown run with 6:19 left in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
The Pride travels to Worcester, Mass., to face WPI next Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. PSC returns home to host Bentley College next Saturday in the Homecoming contest at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.). The Falcons will bring a 7-0 record to Plymouth for the game.