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Undercuffler's 1st TD pass not enough in loss at Maine

UAlbany Sports Information   10-27-2018

Football score: No. 24 Maine 28, UAlbany 9

Location: Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine

Records: UAlbany 2-6, 0-5 CAA | Maine 5-3, 4-1 CAA

Short story: The University at Albany football team fell to No. 24 Maine, 28-9, on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game in Orono, Maine. Great Danes freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw his first career touchdown pass, and Ethan Stark kicked a 38-yard field goal.

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Karl Mofor on running the ball in the second half: "We just started running the ball a little but more, gaining some confidence. Once we started moving the ball, we were able to keep going back to it."

Brian Dolce on the defense: "We played well pretty much the whole game, minus a few mistakes here and there." 

Recap

Freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw his first career touchdown pass and Ethan Stark kicked a 38-yard field goal in the second half, but the University at Albany football team couldn’t complete a comeback in a 28-9 loss at No. 24 Maine on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Undercuffler’s 15-yard strike to Reeves over the middle was his first career completion, and it brought the Great Danes to within 21-9 with 11:59 to play. UAlbany’s two-point conversion try was stopped short.

Undercuffler was the third quarterback UAlbany used after Vincent Testaverde and Will Brunson left with injuries.

On a blustery, overcast afternoon during which snow fell in the second half, the Great Danes fell behind 21-0 at half and dropped their fourth straight game.

Maine opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the game when on its first play from scrimmage quarterback Chris Ferguson connected with Earnest Edwards on a 77-yard touchdown pass.

Ferguson extended the lead later in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run.

The Black Bears added another touchdown before halftime when Jefferson Ramos got to the end zone from 6 yards out with 1:09 left before the break.

Stark’s field goal with 9:16 left in the third was set up by Levi Metheny’s second interception of the season. Metheny, who finished with nine tackles (four solo), picked off Ferguson’s pass across the middle near midfield.

Undercuffler’s touchdown pass came on the first play of the fourth quarter. But on the ensuing drive, Maine went 70 yards on eight plays, scoring on a five-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 28-9.

Looking ahead

UAlbany returns home to host Delaware at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, on Military Appreciation Day.

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