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Offense shines in 35-28 win over St. Francis (Pa.)

UAlbany Sports Information   09-22-2018

Score: UAlbany 35, St. Francis (Pa.) 28

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany 2-2, Saint Francis (Pa.) 1-3

Short story: Dev Holmes’ 24-yard touchdown catch with 7:50 to play was the winning score in the University at Albany football team’s 35-28 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday at Casey Stadium. The win evened the Great Danes’ record at 2-2 heading into a bye week.

Key stats

- UAlbany rolled up 503 yards of total offense.

- Dev Holmes (128) and Jerah Reeves (104) both had more than 100 yards receiving.

- Running backs Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks and Karl Mofor ran for 92 yards apiece. The Great Danes rushed for an average of 6.1 yards per carry and 172 total yards.

- Quarterback Vincent Testaverde threw for 300 yards for the second straight game, totaling 331. That ties for the sixth-highest single-season total in program history.

- UAlbany improved to 16-0 all-time against St. Francis (Pa.).

Quote

Head coach Greg Gattuso: “You saw tonight what we can do on offense when we’re clicking. … It’s the kind of offense we want to be. Hopefully, we can continue to play like this. We’re tough to defend right now, and that’s what we want.”

Recap

Freshman wide receiver Dev Holmes caught the game-winning touchdown for the second straight week, lifting the University at Albany football team to a 35-28 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

One week after his 88-yard TD catch was the decisive score in a victory over Morgan State, Holmes ran a slant pattern for a 24-yard touchdown with 7:50 left that snapped a 28-28 tie.

The Great Danes had a banner day offensively in evening their record at 2-2 heading into the bye week, amassing 503 yards of total offense.  There were big plays galore: Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks scored on a 31-yard touchdown run, and Jerah Reeves caught a 65-yard touchdown in a back-and-forth contest.

Ethan Stark also connected on field goals of 31 and 21 yards in the first half.

UAlbany built a 20-14 halftime lead on the strength of Ibitokun-Hanks’ touchdown ran at 4:27 of the first quarter and Holmes’ first TD, an 11-yard catch with 11:46 left before halftime.

St. Francis (Pa.), of the Northeast Conference, took the lead back, 21-20, less than four minutes into the third quarter on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Bear Fenimore to Cyrus Holder.

But the Great Danes answered with a big play of their own. Testaverde fired a pass to Reeves at midfield, and when two Red Flash defensive backs collided, he raced to the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. Ibitokun-Hanks ran for the two-point conversion, giving UAlbany a 28-21 lead.

Saint Francis tied the game at 28 on a 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.

After Holmes’ touchdown, the UAlbany defense held St. Francis (Pa.) on two more possessions. On the Red Flash’s final drive, Eli Mencer sacked Fenimore on fourth and 10 from the SFU 28.

Three plays later, UAlbany was in the victory formation.

Up next

After a bye week, UAlbany returns to Colonial Athletic Association play at William & Mary on Oct. 6.

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