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Football beats Stony Brook to keep Golden Apple Trophy

UAlbany Sports Information   11-23-2019

Score: UAlbany 31, Stony Brook 26

Location: Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany 8-4 (6-2 CAA) | Stony Brook (5-7, 2-6 CAA)

Short story: The University at Albany football team locked up second place in the CAA on Saturday with a 31-26 victory over rival Stony Brook in the regular-season finale. The Great Danes took home the Golden Apple trophy for the second straight year.

Fans are invited to join the Great Danes in SEFCU Arena for Sunday’s FCS Selection Show. Doors open at noon, and the show will be streamed live on the videoboard beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Key stats

  • Juwan Green, who finished with six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, established a new program single-season record for receptions. He has 71, surpassing the previous mark of 67 set by Tim Bush in 2008.
  • Karl Mofor carried 31 times for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns.
  • UAlbany’s defense posted five sacks, including 2.0 from Eli Mencer, who now has 13.5 for the season. The Great Danes’ defense also totaled 11.0 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.

Coach Gattuso: “At the end of the day, we knew Stony Brook is a great football team. We knew they were going to come back. But we hung in there and kept playing. That’s a really good win for us on the road against a quality opponent.”

Recap

The University at Albany football team is poised for its second FCS playoff appearance after defeating Stony Brook, 31-26, on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

The Great Danes will learn of their FCS playoff selection and opponent Sunday during the annual Selection Show at 12:30 p.m. The show is broadcast live on ESPNU, but fans are also invited to watch with the team at SEFCU Arena.

UAlbany raced to a 24-0 lead and then held off the Seawolves in the annual rivalry game between two of New York’s SUNY schools.

The Great Danes got 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Karl Mofor to lead the offense, while the defense sacked Stony Brook’s quarterback five times, helping fend off a Seawolves’ comeback bid.

UAlbany led 14-0 before Stony Brook had managed a first down. Mofor opened the scoring with a 2-yard run just four minutes into the game, and he added a 3-yard score five minutes later.

Then, with 3:25 left in the first, Jeff Undercuffler hit Juwan Green in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass, making it 21-0 at the end of the first.

But Stony Brook rallied in the final seven minutes of the half, closing the gap to 24-14 on a strip sack returned for a touchdown with 6:04 to go.

The Seawolves got within 24-20 in the third quarter, before Mofor’s third touchdown, another 3-yard run, pushed the lead to 31-20 with 5:36 to play.

As the clock wound down, UAlbany players doused Head Coach Greg Gattuso with Gatorade, then raced to collect the Golden Apple Trophy, which they will keep for the second straight year.

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