American Int'l Runs Past Bryant

Sept. 9, 2006

From Bryant Athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ( AIC running back Marlon Beckles rushed for a game-high 136 yards on 30 carries and scored on a 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to help put the game away as the host Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0 on the season thanks to an impressive 20-7 win over Bryant University in Northeast-10 Conference action Saturday before 1,024 Saturday at John Homer Miller Field.

Bryant, winless now in four trips to Springfield, was held to only 188 yards of total offense in dropping to 1-1 on the year (1-1 NE-10).  The Bulldogs, trying to avoid a letdown following last week's big win over Southern Connecticut, struggled to get its high octane offensive into gear throughout the afternoon and made too many costly mistakes against a quick AIC defense. 

Bryant senior Lorenzo Perry, last week's conference and New England football player of the week, rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries marking the eighth time in his career Perry has gone over the 100 yard mark.  But the AIC defense made it tough for Perry and the rest of the Bulldogs as punter Jonathan Thorpe pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own territory several times throughout the game - including a booming 56-yarder in the second quarter.

After forcing Bryant to punt on its second possession early in the first quarter, AIC's Julius Walker returned a Brian Donnelly punt 49 yards for the game's first score.   The touchdown, followed by a missed extra point attempt, would be the only points in the game through three quarters as AIC led 6-0 at the half.

Bryant's defense played well throughout, keeping the Bulldogs within striking distance throughout the game and keeping the score close as Paul Polomski of Franklin, MA had a big game with 8 total tackles to go with an interception three tackles for a loss and a sack. 



And it appeared to help as the Bulldogs started to show some life late in the third as Perry made a nifty run to elude three AIC defenders for a solid gain. , but a first down pass completion to Chris Peaks was called back due to a holding penalty. Instead of having the ball on the 30 yard line, the Bulldogs were backed up their own 11 and again forced to punt after failing to convert the first down.

AIC would get the ball back on the Bryant 37 and six plays later score on a 14-yard touchdown run by Beckles to make it 14-0 following the two-point conversion.  The Yellow Jackets weren't through as Terrence Holley picked up a Bryant fumble after a completion on the Bryant 10 and scampered into the end zone to make it 20-0. 

The Bulldogs would finally get on the board with 2:21 left to go in the game as Perry darted around the left tackle and scored on a nice 25-yard run down the left sideline. It was the 21st touchdown in Perry's career, setting a new all-time school record for career rushing touchdowns.  

Granatell completed 14 of 24 passes for 100 yards. He was intercepted once and was sacked four times in the game.  Justin Kix caught eight passes for 57 yards. 

Bryant will return home next Saturday to host Merrimack College for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend at Bulldog Stadium.  Kickoff at Bulldog Stadium is at 1 p.m.

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