ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A safety put Gallaudet University on the scoreboard first Saturday afternoon on the road against University of Rochester but the Yellowjackets outscored the Bison, 30-0, in the final three quarters en route to a 30-2 victory.
Gallaudet (0-2) ran the ball 48 times for 132 yards on the ground and held the ball for nearly 33 minutes but penalties (10 for 85 yards) and turnovers (two fumbles in the first half) did in the Bison in the non-conference game.
Rochester running back Myles Allen ran the ball 17 times for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter as the Yellowjackets (2-0) broke open a game they led 9-2 at halftime.
Sophomore Devante Walters (Rockdale, Ga.) sacked Rochester quarterback Jordan Golinowski (18 for 26, 169 yards) for a loss of five yards into the Yellowjackets' end zone for the safety at the 5:35 mark in the first quarter.
Gallaudet had the chance to increase its lead at the start of the second quarter when the Bison went for it on 4th and 1 at the Rochester 3 but they lost two yards and turned the ball over on downs as they clung to the 2-0 lead.
Two Bison possessions later, GU was backed up on its own 3 in the second quarter but junior running back BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) fumbled as Rochester defensive end Colin Woods recovered the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. Rochester missed the point after attempt as they led 6-2 with 5:20 left in the second quarter. Flores finished the game with 41 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Gallaudet's other first half turnover occurred on the first possession of the game when freshman Joell Dixon (Clinton, Md.) fumbled a punt return at his own 41 which gave the Yellowjackets new life after being forced off the field after three plays to start the game. The Bison defense held its own after seven more plays as Rochester went for it on 4th and 2 at the Gallaudet 16 and Nick Perpignan was stuffed by senior linebacker Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) and Robbie Owens (Waldorf, Md.).
Alleyne led the Bison defense with nine tackles while Toby Canterbury (Chicago, Ill.) had eight tackles (six solos) and senior linebacker Gregg McConville (Frederick, Md.) added eight tackles and two tackles for a loss of five yards and had a half sack for a loss of three yards.
In the second half the Bison punted four straight times and turned the ball over on downs in the last minute of play. Junior punter Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.) punted seven times for 303 yards (43.3 yards per punt average) and had a career best 80-yard punt after Gallaudet's first possession in the first quarter.
Junior quarterback Quentin Williams (Chesapeake, Va.) ran the ball nine times for 22 yards, sacked once and was 0 for 4 on passing opportunities. Freshman Antoine McKinney (Racine, Wis.) saw action in the fourth quarter under center and completed 3 of 7 passes for 36 yards, sacked once and ran the ball 13 times for 21 yards.
GU's last drive of the game was its best, statistically speaking, as it lasted 15 plays and covered 56 yards and lasted seven minutes but the Bison came away with no points. The Bison offense has not scored this season.
Gallaudet is off two weeks before it dives into conference play as it travels to Anna Maria College on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m.