Sept. 16, 2007
The Pioneers had a punt blocked in Saturday's loss, their first punt blocked since the 2003 season. In a 42-7 loss at Albany, the Great Danes blocked a Dave Whalen punt in the second quarter that led to a touchdown.
Over the first two games, the SHU offense didn't have one turnover. Against the Gaels, the Pioneers turned the ball over five times. Fumbles by Dale Fink, Steve Tedesco and Evin Jones along with a pair of Fink interceptions. The SHU defense didn't force any Iona miscues.
The Pioneers came into the game averaging 273.5 yards on the ground but rushed for just 60 yards on 33 carries. The SHU offense did hold the edge in time of possession (31:07) and had 21 first downs, but their five turnovers were the difference.
The Pioneers went through the first two games without giving up a sack with their first team offense. Saturday, Iona dropped Fink six times on the afternoon, forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter that led to their final points.
Fink had the first setback of his young career, throwing two picks in the loss. He did finish with 223 yards passing, completing 25-of-38 passes. He and Joey Henley hooked up for a 14-yard score in the third quarter. Henley and Fink have hooked up for four scores through the three games this year, one touchdown behind his career-high total from his rookie season (2003 - 5).
Senior wide receiver Corey Bundy caught eight passes for 50 yards in the loss. His eight balls gave him 80 career receptions, moving him to 6th on SHU's all-time list.
Sophomore place kicker Joe Schroeder hit a career-long 35 yard field goal in the second quarter. It was Schroeder's second career field goal. Last season, he made a 22-yarder in SHU's win over Wagner at home.
Sophomore linebacker Chansler Davis had a career-game, making 11 tackles and a sack in the loss. Davis was thrust onto the field full-time after a second-quarter injury to starter Robert Occhiuzzi and made the most of the opportunity with a career-high total in tackles and his first-career sack. Senior safety John Wilson recorded double-digit tackles as well with 10 stops.