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UAlbany falls short against Stony Brook, 28-21, in OT

UAlbany Sports Information   11-04-2017

Score: No. 14/21 Stony Brook 28, UAlbany 21 (OT)

Location: LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (3-6, 1-5 Colonial Athletic Association); Stony Brook (7-2, 6-1 CAA)

Short story: UAlbany quarterback Will Brunson led a 96-yard drive that tied the game in the final two minutes of regulation, but Stony Brook’s touchdown in overtime was the winning score in its 28-21 victory at LaValle Stadium.

Key stats

  • Quarterback Will Brunson completed 23-of-35 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Great Danes were 12-for-19 on third-down conversions, including 5-for-5 on the game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter.
  • UAlbany compiled 301 yards of total offense.

Quotes from head coach Greg Gattuso

On QB Will Brunson: “I think he’s been coming. He’s had some great games. Today we protected him better. He ran at the appropriate times, made some big plays. Overall, I think the offense played one of its better games today.”

On the turnovers: “We gave them opportunities. It’s self-inflicted. They’re a good team. We shouldn’t be in the position that we’re in. We need to play better. The discipline, the penalties, the turnovers were silly.”

On the defense: “It’s been good. That’s who we are. When we’re generating big plays and forcing turnovers, we’re good.”

Recap

The University at Albany football team rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to tie the score in the final two minutes of regulation, but Stony Brook scored the only points of overtime in its 28-21 win Saturday at LaValle Stadium.

Great Danes quarterback Will Brunson threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman tailback Karl Mofor tied the game at 21 with a touchdown run with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

But Stony Brook, ranked No. 14 in this week’s STATS Top 25 poll, scored on the first drive of overtime on a 13-yard touchdown pass, and UAlbany’s drive ended with an incompletion on fourth down on the 5-yard line.

Brad Harris and Donovan McDonald caught touchdown passes for the Great Danes.

Stony Brook led 21-14 at halftime after taking advantage of two UAlbany turnovers.

The Seawolves recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the 16-yard line and took a 7-0 lead four players later.

After Harris’s 7-yard touchdown catch tied the game, Stony Brook recovered another Great Danes’ fumble at the UAlbany 9, leading to Stacy Bedell’s 4-yard touchdown run and a 14-7 lead.

Stony Brook added a touchdown on a 26-yard pass with 7:02 left in the second quarter, before McDonald’s 15-yard TD catch cut the lead to 21-14.

The scored held until Brunson, who completed 23-of-35 passes in the game, led a 19-play, 96-yard drive that culminated with the tying touchdown at the end of regulation.

UAlbany converted five third downs on the drive, including Brunson’s 18-yard scramble on 3rd and 16 and his 19-yard completion to Austin Ellis on 3rd and 17. Mofor’s 3-yard run finished the drive.

Stony Brook had a chance to win in regulation, but its 48-yard field-goal try as time expired was no good.

Up next

The Great Danes are on the road again next week to face Delaware. The regular-season finale follows on Nov. 18 against New Hampshire on Military Appreciation Day at Casey Stadium.

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