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Defense Leads Football's 21-17 Win Over Delaware

UAlbany Sports Information   11-09-2019

Score: UAlbany 21, Delaware 17

Location: Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

Records: UAlbany 6-4 (4-2 CAA) | Delaware 4-6 (2-4 CAA)

Short story: The University at Albany football team’s defense shut down Delaware in the second half, and Jerah Reeves caught the game-winning touchdown pass as the Great Danes topped the Blue Hens, 21-17, in a CAA game Saturday, Nov. 9

Key stats

  • UAlbany’s defense recorded three sacks and recovered two fumbles.
  • Karl Mofor ran for 132 yards, helping UAlbany gain 186 yards on the ground for the game.
  • Jeff Undercuffler threw three more touchdown passes, raising his season total to 31.
  • Juwan Green caught seven passes for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • UAlbany had the ball for 10 minutes, 23 seconds of the fourth quarter.

Coach Gattuso: “We challenged the defense. We thought the first half we were giving things away. The second half, we weren’t doing. And the turnovers turned up big for us. We had two big turnovers that took away their momentum and we were able to win the game.”

RECAP

The University at Albany football’s defense forced two key second-half turnovers to help the Great Danes capture a 21-17 CAA victory over Delaware on Saturday.

With UAlbany trailing 17-14, Eli Mencer stripped the quarterback on Delaware’s first drive of the second half, and Tyler Carswell forced a Blue Hens’ fumble on the Great Danes' 1-yard line later in the third quarter.

Jeff Undercuffler’s 14-yard touchdown strike to Jerah Reeves with 10:54 left in the fourth gave UAlbany the lead and proved to be the winning score.

That was one of three touchdown passes on the day for Undercuffler, who also threw a pair to Juwan Green.

Karl Mofor helped the Great Danes hold the ball for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, picking up key first downs on his way to a 132-yard game.

The Great Danes struck first, with Green’s 15-yard touchdown catch from Undercuffler giving UAlbany a 7-0 lead.

After Delaware tied the game, the pair hooked up again, this time on a 64-yard score, to make it 14-7. On the play, Green outran two defenders, caught Undercuffler’s perfect pass in stride and raced to the end zone untouched.

The Blue Hens responded with a touchdown and then a field goal as the first half expired to take a 17-14 lead into the intermission.

But from that point, UAlbany’s defense held, forcing two third-quarter fumbles and getting a key sack by Danny Damico on third down that took the Blue Hens out of field-goal range.

Up nextUAlbany returns home Saturday, Nov. 16 to take on New Hampshire on Senior Day. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

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