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Football defeats Rhode Island, 35-28, on Homecoming

UAlbany Sports Information   10-19-2019

Score: UAlbany 35, Rhode Island 28

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

Records: UAlbany 5-3 (3-1 CAA) | Rhode Island 1-6 (0-4 CAA)

Short story: The University at Albany football team scored 29 second-half points to come from behind and beat Rhode Island, 35-38, in a CAA game on Homecoming at Casey Stadium.

Key stats

  • The Homecoming crowd of 7,763 was the sixth-largest in Casey Stadium history.
  • Juwan Green caught a pair of touchdown passes. He now has 10 for the season, which ties UAlbany’s single-season record (Dan Gmelin, 1997, and Ryan Kirchner, 2011).
  • Jeff Undercuffler threw four touchdown passes, bringing his season total to 24. He is now just one shy of the program single-season record, set by Dan DiLella in 2011.
  • The Great Danes scored their fourth defensive touchdown of the season when Nick Griffin picked up a fumble and returned it 55 yards.
  • UAlbany forced four turnovers, recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass.
  • The Great Danes have won five straight games at Casey Stadium.

Coach Gattuso: “At halftime, I challenged them. I want to see who we are. I said, ‘We’ll know who we are based on how we play in the second half.’ That was it. I thought we came out and played a great second half.”

Recap

Jeff Undercuffler threw four more touchdown passes and the University at Albany got yet another defensive TD to beat Rhode Island, 35-28, on Homecoming at Casey Stadium.

With the win, UAlbany (5-3 overall) improved its CAA record to 3-1. The Great Danes now have won four of their past five games heading into a bye week.

Undercuffler hit Juwan Green and LJ Wesneski twice each for touchdowns as UAlbany came back from a 14-6 deficit at halftime.

The Great Danes’ defense also forced four turnovers, including a strip sack by Eli Mencer that Nick Griffin picked up and brought back 55 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 14 in the third quarter.

UAlbany scored again just two minutes later. Rhode Island fumbled the kickoff, and Alex Badine fell on the ball, giving the Great Danes possession at the Rams’ 23. Four plays later, Undercuffler rifled a pass through traffic to Wesneski to make it 21-14.

After Rhode Island tied the game, Undercuffler and Wesneski hooked up again, this time on a 14-yard score that gave UAlbany a 28-21 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Green, who had caught a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, brought in his second TD pass, from 10 yards out, to push the lead to 35-21 with 10:19 to play.

The Rams got within 35-28 with 4:31 to go, but UAlbany’s four-minute offense was able to run the rest of the time off the clock.

Up nextFollowing a bye, UAlbany is back at Casey Stadium to face Maine on Saturday, Nov. 2. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

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