Football falls to Richmond, 27-24
Football score: Richmond 27, UAlbany 24
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 2-4, 0-3 CAA; Richmond 3-4, 1-3 CAA
Short story: Richmond kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds left to come away with a 27-24 victory over the University at Albany football team Saturday night in a CAA game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
- Juwan Green had UAlbany’s sixth 100-yard receiving performance of the season. He caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Jerah Reeves was just five yards from his third straight 100-yard game.
- Dante Mount had his first career interception. He also recovered a fumble and was second on the team with 13 tackles (eight solo).
Richmond kicker Griffin Trau booted a 25-yard field goal in the final seconds, and for the third straight year, the University at Albany football team fell just short against the Spiders, losing 27-24.
After playing to multiple overtimes in each of the past two meetings, the teams traded the lead four times Saturday in another back-and-forth game.
Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, Dev Holmes and Juwan Green all scored touchdowns and Ethan Stark kicked a 27-yard field for the Great Danes during their annual “Pink Game” in support of the American Cancer Society. UAlbany student-athletes wore the names of men and women affected by cancer on the backs of their uniforms in front of 4,085 fans at Casey Stadium.
Green, in a breakout game, caught seven passes for 130 yards, including a spectacular 54-yard touchdown catch on a pass thrown by Holmes that tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. On the play, Vincent Testaverde threw a swing pass to Holmes, who then heaved down the sideline for a wide-open Green.
Holmes then gave the Great Danes the lead, 14-7, in the second quarter when he caught a 13-yard touchdown from Testaverde.
But Richmond went to halftime ahead, 17-14, after quarterback Joe Mancuso scored on a 28-yard scramble and Trau kicked his first of two field goals.
In the second half, the teams traded third-quarter touchdowns, with Ibitokun-Hanks bouncing off several tacklers on his way to a 13-yard TD, and Richmond answering when it recovered a fumble in the end zone, a play that put the Spiders ahead, 24-21.
Stark tied the game at 24 with 4:02 to go, but on the ensuing possession, Richmond drove 57 yards on 11 plays to set up the game-winning kick.
Levi Metheny led the Great Danes’ defense with 14 tackles, including 10 solo. Dante Mount finished with 13 (eight solo) and came up with two turnovers, intercepting a pass in the end zone and recovering a fumble.
UAlbany is back at home next weekend for its Homecoming game, against Towson at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
To make the Homecoming experience as enjoyable as possible for all fans, UAlbany has made several changes to the parking and tailgating procedures for Saturday’s game. Most notably, Dutch Lot will be divided into two separate lots – one for tailgating and one for fans who wish to proceed directly to Casey Stadium. For more information, CLICK HERE.
To purchase tickets for Homecoming, CLICK HERE.