Football defeats W&M, 39-31, in CAA opener
Score: UAlbany 39, William & Mary 31
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 3-2 (1-0 CAA) | William & Mary 2-3 (0-1 CAA)
Short story: The UAlbany football team’s offense exploded for 27 points in the second half to propel the Great Danes to a 39-31 victory over William & Mary in the CAA opener for both teams.
- Dylan Burns connected on a program-record four field goals. He made kicks of 43, 42, 25 and 27 yards.
- UAlbany scored 36 or more points for the third consecutive game.
- Jeff Undercuffler threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
- Karl Mofor ran for 95 yards on 24 carries and also caught four passes for 53 yards.
- UAlbany dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 35:51 compared to William & Mary’s 23:58.
Coach Gattuso: “Our big message today was that you earn confidence, and I think we’re starting to play that way. That’s a pretty good football team over there. We gave up some points and some big plays, but we were able to recover from that by generating some turnovers and some big plays of our own. That’s a big win for us. Conference games are a battle.”
The University at Albany football team won its fourth straight game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium and began CAA play with a victory Saturday, defeating William & Mary, 39-31, in the annual “Pink Game.”
UAlbany rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half behind big offensive performances from Jeff Undercuffler (291 yards, three touchdowns), Karl Mofor (95 yards rushing, 53 yards receiving) and Jerah Reeves (92 yards receiving), among others.
Dylan Burns also kicked four field goals, setting a new program single-game record.
Wesneski and Undercuffler connected with 2:55 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD pass, bringing the Great Danes within two points. On the play, Undercuffler faked a handoff, then zipped a pass to a wide-open Wesneski in the end zone.
Burns added a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give UAlbany its first lead of the game, 25-24, and Juwan Green followed with a 7-yard touchdown catch less than four minutes later to put UAlbany ahead, 32-24.
Mofor’s 6-yard TD run with 1:44 left made the score 39-24.
Still, UAlbany needed a defensive stand to hang on. The Tribe answered Mofor’s TD with an 83-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to eight and then recovered an onside kick. But the Great Danes’ defense held when Josh Wynn intercepted a pass, his second of the game, as time expired.
Levi Metheny led the defense with 11 tackles.
Up next: UAlbany next plays Saturday, Oct. 5, on the road against Richmond in another CAA matchup.