Bill Ziskin

James, Mofor Power Football's 45-3 win over Bryant

UAlbany Sports Information   09-07-2019

Score: UAlbany 45, Bryant 3

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

Records: UAlbany 1-1 | Bryant 0-2

Short story:  Karl Mofor and Alex James powered a running game that churned out 362 yards and helped the University at Albany football team capture a 45-3 victory over Bryant on Saturday in the Great Danes’ home opener.

Key stats

  • UAlbany won its sixth straight home opener.
  • Alex James ran for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including an 80-yard score, while Karl Mofor piled up 124 yards. Both established new career highs.
  • Five different Great Danes scored touchdowns.
  • Dylan Burns’ 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.
  • Quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score.
  • UAlbany forced three turnovers — a fumble and two interceptions, one of which Jarren Williams returned for a touchdown.

Coach Gattuso: “It feels good to have a game where we drop a lot of points and play a lot of guys. Bryant came out and threw a lot at us early in the game. But we hung on and stopped them on fourth down a couple times. We got the running game going. Alex (James) had the big run. (James and Karl Mofor) were pretty darn good in this football game, fighting for yards. We ran the ball really well tonight.”

Recap

Behind a powerful running game and opportunistic defense, the University at Albany football team routed Bryant, 45-3, on Saturday in front of 5,014 fans in the home opener at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

Facing its former Northeast Conference rival for the first time since 2012, UAlbany scored the first 38 points en route to its most lopsided victory since 2010. 

The Great Danes amassed 362 yards on the ground, including 229 from Alex James, who opened the scoring with an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added an 83-yard gain in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Undercuffler also ran for a touchdown, plus threw TD passes to LJ Wesneski and Jerah Reeves. Freshman quarterback Jah Dabney scored his first career touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.

UAlbany’s defense, which held Bryant scoreless until the fourth quarter, caused three turnovers, one of which went back for a touchdown. With UAlbany already leading 14-0 on the strength of James’ run and Reeves’ catch, Jarren Williams intercepted a pass that bounced off a Bulldogs receiver and dashed 63 yards for the touchdown.

Wesneski’s 7-yard TD grab on the Great Danes’ next possession made it 28-0 at halftime.

Defensively, UAlbany was led by Levi Metheny’s 12 tackles. Josh Wynn recorded his second career interception in the first quarter, and Tyler Carswell recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Up nextUAlbany returns to the road next Saturday, Sept. 14, when it faces Monmouth in a nonconference game. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

 

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