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Football tops Lafayette, 36-7, on Hometown Heroes Day

UAlbany Sports Information   09-21-2019

Score: UAlbany 36, Lafayette 7

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

Records: UAlbany 2-2 | Lafayette 0-4

Short story: Donovan McDonald returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to set the tone in the University at Albany football team’s 36-7 rout of Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

Key stats

  • UAlbany now has won three straight home games dating back to last season.
  • Karl Mofor carried the ball 25 times for a career-high 135 rushing yards. He also caught four passes for 58 yards, 48 of which came on a touchdown catch in the first quarter.
  • Jeff Undercuffler (19-for-25, 212 yards) threw four touchdown passes. He now has thrown eight TD passes over the past two games.
  • Donovan McDonald’s 98-yard kickoff return was the longest in program history.

Coach Gattuso

On the game: “I thought we were really ready to play. There’s an energy in the locker room when you walk in sometimes, and they had it today. They were ready to play. They came out and played a really good football game. That team has a lot of explosive weapons, and we were able to control them. I thought the defense did a good job passing rushing and causing problems for the QB. … You win a game 36-7 against an up-and-coming Patriot League team, that’s a good win for us at home.”

On Hometown Heroes Day: “This game means a lot to us. I hope that in the future we can continue to get more people to come and support our police, our fire and our military. Boy, they have tough jobs, and it was really cool to honor them all. The coaches were wearing Albany Police hats, UAlbany Police hats, we had fire department hats from the city, we had the local fire department here from McKownville … this is just a great day.”

Recap

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw four TD passes and Karl Mofor ran for a career-high 135 yards as the University at Albany football team rolled past Lafayette, 36-7, at Casey Stadium.

In its final nonconference game before the start of CAA play, the Great Danes jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead, thanks in part to Donovan McDonald’s 98-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

UAlbany now has scored 71 points over its past two games, 48 of which have come from Undercuffler’s eight touchdown passes.

The win came on Hometown Heroes Day, on which UAlbany honored our community’s active and retired military as well as first responders, including police officers, firefighters and EMS workers. UAlbany student-athletes wore decals on the backs of their helmets with the names of “Hometown Heroes.”

Facing Lafayette, of the Patriot League, for the first time, UAlbany seized command early. Already up 6-0 after McDonald’s return, Undercuffler faked a handoff, then connected with a wide open Mofor for a 48-yard TD pass that made it 12-0 with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, on a fourth and 3 from the Lafayette 18-yard line, Undercuffler connected with Wesneski over the middle. The Danes’ tight end then broke three tackles before diving into the end zone to make the score 19-0.

Undercuffler later found Murad Hussain (three yards) and Juwan Green (14 yards) for touchdowns.

Defensively, UAlbany forced a pair of Lafayette turnovers, including an interception by Levi Metheny. Danny Damico and AJ Mistler led the Great Danes with eight tackles each, while Eli Mencer, Mazon Walker and Mistler all had a sack.

Up nextUAlbany is home again Saturday, Sept. 28, when it hosts William & Mary in its CAA opener at Casey Stadium. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. for the annual “Pink Game.” CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 

 

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