Football Hammers Hawks, 55-24, In 250th Win

Photo: Kevin Chillis totaled a career-high 207 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.

ALBANY, N.Y. - The University at Albany football team proved once again its readiness to play at the next level Saturday afternoon at University Field, as the Great Danes earned a commanding, 55-24, victory over the visiting Monmouth University Hawks. With the varsity program's 250th win, UAlbany improved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Northeast Conference. Monmouth dropped to 3-2 and was handed its first league loss of the fall (2-1).

"I think we played, at times, absolutely lights out. As good as we could play," said Head Coach Bob Ford.

Combining for 263 rushing yards, senior Drew Smith piloted the ground game with 109 rushing yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns in the victory. Kevin Chillis averaged 28.7 yards per carry, as he totaled 86 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Likewise, Presley Beauvais handled the ball three times, contributing a 67-yard touchdown run. All three Great Dane players single-handedly out-rushed the Monmouth team as a whole, as the Hawks managed just 53 rushing yards against the UAlbany defense.

Quarterback Will Fiacchi recorded his third 200-plus yard passing game this season, as he completed 16-of-30 attempts for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Ryan Kirchner was the go-to man of the afternoon, hauling in five passes for 121 yards and a score. With 142 receptions, he is now just five catches away from tying the program career receptions record. Chillis was also key in the passing game, with twocatches and a touchdown for a 52receiving yards. The junior from Buffalo, N.Y. totaled a career-high 196 all-purpose yards in the victory.

As a whole, the UAlbany offense was outstanding, going 11-for-18 on third-down conversions and 1-for-1 on fourth-downs. "That's phenomenal," Coach Ford commented. "Against that defense, that's phenomenal. I give Ryan McCarthy and our offensive staff and Mike Simpson and our defensive staff a lot of credit. I think we're well prepared going into ball games and it shows."

Defensively, the Great Danes stepped up to the challenge of facing the NEC's top offensive team on paper. Not only did the UAlbany defense hold the Hawks to 53 yards on the ground, they disrupted the passing game with three interceptions. Senior Jon Morgan led the team with seven tackles, including six solo, while also breaking up two passes. Chris Wilk brought down five, as Dean Mercuris, Jake Dwyer, and Tramaine Wilson recorded picks and ran for over 10 yards each.

On their first drive of the afternoon, the bus ride up from Jersey seemed to have no effect, as the Hawks took a quick 7-0 lead, following a 12-play, 82-yard drive down the gridiron. However, that would be the last lead for Monmouth the rest of the way.

What looked like a quick  three-and-out turned out to be the turning point of the game. With fourth-and-10 on the 23-yard line, Coach Ford called for a fake punt, resulting in Chillis running for 77 yards into the end zone.

“I thought we could (convert)," said Ford when questioned on the spectacular and surprising play call. "And because I’m 75-years-old and I can call anything I want to call.”

With the game tied, 7-7, after Sean Kenny's kick, the Danes' defense forced the Hawks to punt. On the very first play of the drive, Fiacchi passed to Kirchner down the left sideline, and the Rumson, N.J. native legged out an 81-yard touchdown to give UAlbany the lead for good.

With 1:27 to go in the first quarter, Smith gave the Great Danes a 21-7 advantage, following a 61-yard rushing touchdown past the Hawk's secondary.

The pace slowed slightly in the second quarter, as both squads traded field goals, starting with Kenny's 18-yarder at the 8:47 mark. On their next drive, Monmouth's kicker, Eric Spillane, responded with one of his own from 38 yards out, making the score 24-10.

Out of the halftime break, UAlbany struck first, with Smith's four-yard rush across the goal line with 11:08 on the clock. After Wilson's interception put the ball back into the hands of the host team, the Great Danes widened the gap with Kenny's 49-yard field goal. Not only was it a career-best for the reigning NEC Special Teams Player of the Week, but it also tied for the second-longest made field goal all-time at UAlbany.

Despite trailing by 24 points mid-way through the third quarter, the Hawks did not go silently. Monmouth quarterback Kyle Frazier completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Neal Sterling and on the kickoff following the score, the Hawks forced and recovered the Great Danes' fumble, putting the ball right back into their hands. The Hawks capitalized and made it a 10-point game, 34-24, heading into the fourth quarter.

However, mirroring the first period, UAlbany put 21 points up on the board in the final stanza, while the defense shut out the visitors. It only took one play for the Great Danes to end the drought, as Fiacchi connected a 44-yard pass to Chillis who accelerated out of the Hawks' reach.

Defensive end Dean Mercuris quickly gave the Danes possession once again, snagging the ball off the line and ran 17 yards before being brought down at midfield. Smith entered the end zone for the third time, capping the 11-play, 53-yard drive with a seven yard explosive run up the middle, doubling up the Hawks, 48-24, with 7:20 on the clock.

With just under a minute and a half to go in the game, Beauvais, a redshirt freshman, recorded his first career touchdown, breaking away with a 67-yard scamper to give UAlbany their last points of the day.

The Great Danes continue NEC play next Saturday when they travel to take on Bryant University at 12:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.






Monmouth (3-2,2-1) vs. University at Albany (4-1,2-0)

Date: Sep 29, 2012 • Site: Albany, N.Y.  • Stadium: University Field  •  Attendance: 2482

Score by Quarters  Score 
Monmouth   7  3  14  0  24 
University at Albany  21  3  10  21  55 

 

SCORING SUMMARY   MU -ALBANY  
1st  09:51  MU   GEORGE, Tyler 24 yd pass from FRAZIER, Kyle (SPILLANE, Eric kick) 
         12 plays, 82 yards, TOP 5:09  7 - 0 
  08:55  ALBANY   Chillis, Kevin 77 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         4 plays, 77 yards, TOP 0:51  7 - 7 
  07:02  ALBANY   Kirchner, Ryan 81 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         1 play, 81 yards, TOP 0:13  7 - 14 
  01:27  ALBANY   Smith, Drew 61 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         7 plays, 87 yards, TOP 2:39  7 - 21 
2nd  08:47  ALBANY   Kenny, Sean 18 yd field goal 
         15 plays, 56 yards, TOP 4:57  7 - 24 
  06:15  MU   SPILLANE, Eric 38 yd field goal 
         10 plays, 56 yards, TOP 2:23  10 - 24 
3rd  11:08  ALBANY   Smith, Drew 4 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         6 plays, 41 yards, TOP 2:09  10 - 31 
  06:57  ALBANY   Kenny, Sean 49 yd field goal 
         7 plays, 16 yards, TOP 2:28  10 - 34 
  04:10  MU   STERLING, Neal 38 yd pass from FRAZIER, Kyle (SPILLANE, Eric kick) 
         7 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:54  17 - 34 
  01:19  MU   HAYES, Julian 1 yd run (SPILLANE, Eric kick) 
         8 plays, 25 yards, TOP 2:44  24 - 34 
4th  14:55  ALBANY   Chillis, Kevin 44 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         4 plays, 55 yards, TOP 1:20  24 - 41 
  07:20  ALBANY   Smith, Drew 7 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         11 plays, 53 yards, TOP 6:19  24 - 48 
  01:24  ALBANY   Beauvais, P 67 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         3 plays, 60 yards, TOP 1:37  24 - 55 

 

Kickoff time: 1:08pm  • End of Game: 4:18 pm  • Total elapsed time: 3:10
Referee: Jeff Lane  •  Umpire: Terry Moore  •  Linesman: Jim Vance  •  Line judge: Mike Nolan  •  Back judge: Mike DeBerdine  •  Field judge: Ron Reidinger  •  Side judge: Matt Brewer  •  Scorer: Lizzie Barlow  • 
Temperature: 57  • Wind: 3.0mph  • Weather: overcast, cool
Hall of Fame Weekend
 

Team Statistics

 
Team Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Monmouth vs University at Albany (Sep 29, 2012 at Albany, N.Y.)

 

 Team Totals  MU  ALBANY 
FIRST DOWNS  17  23 
   Rushing 
   Passing  12  12 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  53  263 
   Rushing Attempts  25  46 
   Average Per Rush  2.1  5.7 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  66  307 
   Yards Lost Rushing  13  44 
NET YARDS PASSING  274  248 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  33-52-3  16-30-0 
   Average Per Attempt  5.3  8.3 
   Average Per Completion  8.3  15.5 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  327  511 
   Total offense plays  77  76 
   Average Gain Per Play  4.2  6.7 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  0-0  3-2 
Penalties: Number-Yards  7-65  5-30 
PUNTS-YARDS  7-248  3-97 
   Average Yards Per Punt  35.4  32.3 
   Net Yards Per Punt  34.0  32.3 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  4-229  10-630 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  57.2  63.0 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  26.8  39.1 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  2-10-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  5.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  6-159-0  4-122-0 
   Average Per Return  26.5  30.5 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  3-40-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  28:54  31:06 
   1st Quarter  10:31  4:29 
   2nd Quarter  5:29  9:31 
   3rd Quarter  8:05  6:55 
   4th Quarter  4:49  10:11 
Third-Down Conversions  9 of 19  11 of 18 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  1-2  3-4 
   Touchdowns  1-2  2-4 
   Field goals  0-2  1-4 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  1-15  0-0 
PAT Kicks  3-3  7-7 
Field Goals  1-1  2-3 
 

Individual Statistics

 
Individual Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Monmouth vs University at Albany (Sep 29, 2012 at Albany, N.Y.)

 

Monmouth   University at Albany
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
HAYES, Julian   12  28  23  1.9 
ASANTE, K.B.   14  11  2.8 
FRAZIER, Kyle   13  11  1.6 
ROBERTS, T.   6.0 
AGYEMAN, Danny   2.5 
NAGY, Pete   0.0 
Totals...  25  66  13  53  11  2.1 
  
 
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Smith, Drew   18  111  109  61  6.1 
Chillis, Kevin   86  86  77  28.7 
Beauvais, P   67  66  67  22.0 
Osbourne, Omar   12  30  30  2.5 
Miseikis, Ben   -1  -1.0 
Meek, Jake   11  17  -6  11  -1.2 
Fiacchi, Will   23  -21  -5.2 
Totals...  46  307  44  263  77  5.7 
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
FRAZIER, Kyle   33-52-3  274  38 
Totals...  33-52-3  274  38 
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   16-30-0  248  81 
Totals...  16-30-0  248  81 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
GEORGE, Tyler   75  24 
DAVENPORT, L.   25 
ROBERTS, T.   55  23 
HAYES, Julian  
STERLING, Neal   48  38 
McLAFFERTY, M.   21  10 
SUMLIN, Eric   23  20 
ASANTE, K.B.  
SUTTON, Andrew  
PANDORF, Justin 
RICHARDS, T.  
Totals...  33  274  38 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Kirchner, Ryan   121  81 
Chillis, Kevin   63  44 
Osbourne, Omar   28  23 
Smith, Drew   20  10 
King, Cole  
Hutcherson, N  
Totals...  16  248  81 
  
  
  
  
  
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
MOHR, Ryan   248  35.4  40 
Totals...  248  35.4  40 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Layton, Paul   97  32.3  39 
Totals...  97  32.3  39 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
NAGY, Pete   159  62 
Totals...  159  62 
  
  
  
  
  
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Kirchner, Ryan   10  10 
Chillis, Kevin   58  58 
Harris, Clay   64  34 
Mercuris, Dean   17  17 
Dwyer, Jake   13  13 
Wilson, T   10  10 
Totals...  10  10  122  58  40  17 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
NAGY, Pete   159  159 
GEORGE, Tyler   75  75 
ROBERTS, T.   55  61 
STERLING, Neal   48  48 
HAYES, Julian   23  31 
DAVENPORT, L.   25  25 
SUMLIN, Eric   23  23 
McLAFFERTY, M.   21  21 
ASANTE, K.B.   11  14 
FRAZIER, Kyle  
SUTTON, Andrew  
AGYEMAN, Danny  
PANDORF, Justin 
RICHARDS, T.  
Totals...  53  274  159  486 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Chillis, Kevin   86  63  58  207 
Kirchner, Ryan   121  10  131 
Smith, Drew   109  20  129 
Beauvais, P   66  66 
Harris, Clay   64  64 
Osbourne, Omar   30  28  58 
Mercuris, Dean   17  17 
Dwyer, Jake   13  13 
Wilson, T   10  10 
King, Cole  
Hutcherson, N  
Miseikis, Ben   -1  -1 
Meek, Jake   -6  -6 
Fiacchi, Will   -21  -21 
Totals...  263  248  122  10  40  683 
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
SPILLANE, Eric  2nd  06:15  38 yards  Good 
  
  
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Kenny, Sean  2nd  08:47  18 yards  Good 
Kenny, Sean  3rd  06:57  49 yards  Good 
Kenny, Sean  4th  04:34  45 yards  Missed 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
SANTANGELO, L.   229  57.2 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Kenny, Sean   10  630  63.0 
 
FUMBLES: Monmouth-None. University at Albany-Meek, Jake 1-0; Fiacchi, Will 1-1; Harris, Clay 1-1.
 

Defensive Statistics

 
Defensive Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Monmouth vs University at Albany (Sep 29, 2012 at Albany, N.Y.)

 

##  Monmouth   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
57  DAMIRGIAN, Dave  1.0/1   .   .   .  
59  SULLIVAN, Dan   .   .   .   .  
1   POLLARD, M.   .   .   .   .  
21  PHILLIPS, E.   1.0/1   .   .   .  
93  RODRIGUEZ, J.   1.5/3   .   .   .  
28  JOHNSON, Joe   .   .   .   .  
53  COOPER, Colin   2.0/7   .   .   .  
7   COE, Clark   .   .   .   .  
54  UPHAM, MIke   .   .   .   .  
95  SMITH, D.   0.5/0   .   .   .  
27  SUTTON, Andrew   .   .   .   .  
85  HARRIS, Brad   .   .   .   .  
49  LUMA, Chris   .   .   .   .  
90  MACIK, Eric   1.0/15   .   .   1.0/15  
10  FRAZIER, Kyle   .   .   .   .  
75  SIEMANOWICZ, J.  .   .   .   .  
36  HOPPEL, Brett   .   .   .   .  
22  NAGY, Pete   .   .   .   .  
23  CARROLL, Nick   .   1-0   .   .  
96  FOREMAN, Frank   1.0/1   .   .   .  
24  HILDEBRANDT Jr.  .   .   .   .  
50  McDONNAUGH, A.   .   .   .   .  
97  LORFING, Rich   .   1-0   .   .  
87  O'HARA, Pat   .   .   .   .  
##  University at Albany  Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
11  Morgan, Jon   .   .   .   .  
22  Wilk, Chris   .   .   .   .  
36  Helmer, Alex   1.0/3   .   .   .  
6   Exantus, R   .   .   .   .  
28  Mason, J   .   .   .   .  
31  Jordan, Kyle   .   .   .   .  
55  Bakou, Ocieka   .   .   .   .  
25  Harris, Clay   .   .   .   .  
17  Mbongue-Muna, P  .   .   .   .  
35  Mercuris, Dean   1.0/4   .   1-17  .  
52  Fasano, Joe   .   .   .   .  
43  McClary, Jojo   .   .   .   .  
21  Saddler, Leon   .   .   .   .  
54  Dwyer, Jake   .   .   1-13  .  
51  LaDucer, Mat   .   .   .   .  
45  Plungas, Dave   .   .   .   .  
37  Idowu, Olatunji  .   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   1.0/2   .   .   .  
92  Smith, Michael   1.0/5   .   .   .  
33  Dorsey, C   .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, T   .   .   1-10  .  
98  Morton, Zach   .   .   .   .  
99  Connell, Cory   .   .   .   .  
91  Troutman, Zach   .   .   .   .  
26  Sullivan, Mike   .   .   .   .