WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior tailback Andy Breda (Hanover, Mass.) became Bentley College's all-time leading rusher, broke another school record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing day and tied another Bentley record by rushing for four touchdowns as the 8-0 Falcons, #19 in Division II, celebrated Homecoming with a 62-0 rout of Division III Plymouth State Saturday afternoon before 2,187 fans.
Undefeated Bentley, with its 23rd straight win over a New England opponent and 13th consecutive win at home, scored on its first seven possessions en route to a 48-0 halftime lead. Five of the Falcons' nine touchdowns came off turnovers, and the shutout was Bentley's 26th since 1990.
Breda, who like most of the Bentley starters played only the first half, gained 129 yards in 15 carries to displace Greg Novarro (2,628 yards from 1990-92) as the top rusher in the program's history. He currently has 2,661 in 529 carries, seven fewer than Novarro had. It was the second time in his career that he has scored four touchdowns, a feat he had previously achieved Nov. 16, 2002 at Stonehill.
Breda's first TD was a 13-yard run, and then junior Marc Eddy (Southboro, Mass.)connected with senior Taj Washington (Boston, Mass.) on a 31-yard scoring pass, and less than six minutes into the game, it was 14-0. Breda rushed for two more scores before the opening quarter expired.
Bentley added three more scores in the second quarter, a 26-yard run by senior fullback Patrick Kent (Melrose, Mass.), a nine-yard run by Breda that made him the school's career rushing leader and a 16-yard pass by Eddy to Washington. Eddy, who now has 23 TD passes on the season and 77 for his career, finished nine of 11 for 152 yards.
Following a scoreless third period, Bentley scored a pair in the final stanza, a 25-yard pass from sophomore Joe Burgoyne (Waltham, Mass.) to freshman Kyle Goodwin (Gloucester, Mass.) and a six-yard run by senior fullback Tim O'Donnell (Stoneham, Mass.).
Bentley amassed 27 first downs while giving up only five, and had a 494-104 edge in total offense. The Falcon offense was evenly split, with 244 yards on the ground and 250 through the air.
Plymouth State (0-7) received a big day from senior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H.), who saw action on offense, defense and special teams. He caught five passes for 61 yards, had four kickoff returns for 90 yards, a four-yard punt return and seven tackles.
Freshman Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) led the Panther defense with 10 tackles, including four solo. He also recovered a blocked punt for PSU.
Bentley, the number two team in the NCAA Division II Northeast Region, has a bye next weekend and returns to action Nov. 8 at Pace University. PSU, whose four October opponents are a combined 27-4, returns home to host Coast Guard next Saturday at Currier Field (12:00 p.m.). Coast Guard will bring a 1-5 record and a five-game losing streak to Plymouth.
(Courtesy of Bentley Sports Information)
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