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UAlbany football loses at Delaware, 22-3

UAlbany Sports Information   11-11-2017

Score: Delaware 22, UAlbany 3

Location: Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

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

Short story: Facing one of the best defenses in the Colonial Athletic Association, the University at Albany football team lost to Delaware, 22-3, at Delaware Stadium on Saturday.

Key stats

  • UAlbany’s offense was forced to start two drives inside its own 2-yard line after being pinned deep by Delaware punter Nick Pritchard.
  • Great Danes linebacker Nate Hatalsky, the leading tackler in the CAA entering the game, finished with a game-high 19 stops, including five solo.
  • Fellow linebacker Eli Mencer stripped Delaware’s Joe Walker of the ball at the UAlbany 10-yard line and returned the fumble to the 19. It was Mencer’s CAA-leading fifth forced fumble of the season.

Key plays

  • Delaware took an 8-3 lead with 1:27 left in the third quarter on a safety that resulted from blocking a punt out of the back of the endzone.
  • Blue Hens tailback Khory Spruill’s 6-yard touchdown run with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter was the first touchdown of the game. It put Delaware ahead, 15-3.

Quotes from head coach Greg Gattuso

On the defense: “Our defense, it was one of the best performances and efforts I’ve ever seen. They were unbelievable. They were resilient; they played their tails off. We can hang our hats on our effort.”

On Nate Hatalsky and Eli Mencer: “They’ve been good. That’s where older guys, who’ve been around, they have a dedication that younger guys don’t always get. They play like there’s no tomorrow, because their tomorrow is fast approaching. Hats off to Nate Hatalsky.”

Recap

Delaware emerged from a defensive struggle with a 22-3 victory over the University at Albany football team Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

In a matchup featuring two of the top defenses in the Colonial Athletic Association, neither team scored a touchdown until Delaware tailback Khory Spruill’s 6-yard run with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter gave the Blue Hens a 15-3 lead.

Delaware (7-3, 5-2 CAA) also got two field goals from Frank Raggo and scored on a safety off a punt blocked out of the end zone in winning for the fifth time in six games.

Ethan Stark kicked a 39-yard goal for the Great Danes (3-7, 1-6 CAA), who lost their sixth straight.

Delaware entered the game allowing only 17.2 points per game, fourth-best in the CAA. The Great Danes were fourth-best, allowing 19.2. 

The teams entered halftime tied at 3 after Delaware’s Frank Raggo booted a 29-yard field goal with five seconds left before the intermission.

Earlier, Stark had put UAlbany on the board in the final minute of the first quarter with a kick that was the end result of an 18-play, 80-yard drive that the Great Danes had started inside their own 1-yard line.

Raggo’s second field goal put the Blue Hens ahead 6-3 with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

On the Great Danes’ next possession, UAlbany was punting out of its own end zone when Delaware’s Christian Lohin blocked the kick out of play, resulting in a safety. That put the Blue Hens ahead 8-3.

Spruill ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Up next

The Great Danes close out the regular season with Military Appreciation Day at Casey Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18. Before kickoff against New Hampshire, the Great Danes will honor their senior class.

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