Football opens home schedule Saturday vs. Morgan State
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team plays its first of six home games this season Saturday evening, when it hosts Morgan State at 7 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
The Great Danes had opened their schedule with two road games: at Pittsburgh, a “Power 5” school from the Atlantic Coast Conference, and at Rhode Island, a Colonial Athletic Association team ranked No. 25 in this week’s STATS poll.
Morgan State also opened with a challenging schedule. The Bears fell to Towson, of the CAA, 36-10 in the opener and then lost to Akron, a Football Bowl Subdivision school, 41-7 in Week 2.
This marks the second meeting between UAlbany and Morgan State, of the MEAC. Last season, the Great Danes shut out the Bears, 26-0, in Baltimore behind two touchdowns from tailback Karl Mofor, a native of nearby Greenbelt, Md.
The Great Danes will be aiming for their fourth straight victory in a home opener and fourth win in five openers at Casey Stadium.
Saturday's game also marks the return of "Great Dane Game Day," the pregame fanfest featuring music, games, inflatables, food, drinks and more. Read about Great Dane Game Day's new features, including a la carte food options, by CLICKING HERE.
For the first time, UAlbany Athletics is offering fans the opportunity to watch the game from the field. For more information on how to purchase tickets or a suite in "The Field Club," CLICK HERE.
FOLLOW THE GAME
Live stream: UAlbanySports.com
Live stats: Stat Broadcast
NEWS AND NOTES
First-year starting quarterback Vincent Testaverde has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his first two games while completing 63.9 percent of his passes, which ranks 32nd nationally and fifth in the CAA.
Against Rhode Island, Testaverde completed 21-of-32 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns. A week earlier, he’d thrown for 263 yards and a TD at Pitt.
In the season-opener at Pitt, Testaverde was seeing game action for the first time since 2014, when as a true freshman at Texas Tech he came off the bench to complete 15-of-26 passes for 116 yards against Texas.
Now, the son of longtime NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde is leading a UAlbany offense that’s rolled up more than 300 yards in each of its first two games under first-year offensive coordinator Joe Davis.
Freshman wide receiver Dev Holmes, the Great Danes’ leading receiver with 13 catches for 221 yards, also leads the CAA with 110.5 receiving yards per game.
Holmes had a spectacular debut at Pittsburgh, catching nine passes for 148 yards and a TD to earn CAA Rookie of the Week honors.
Holmes’ 148 yards marked a new program record for single-game receiving yards by a freshman. It also tied for the seventh-highest single-game receiving total in program history and was the most in a game by any UAlbany player since 2001.
UAlbany already has faced an ACC school (Pitt) and current FCS Top 25 team (Rhode Island). But its schedule won’t get much easier playing in the CAA, arguably the most competitive FCS league in the country.
UAlbany still will face two more teams currently ranked in the STATS Top 25: Maine (No. 17) and Stony Brook (No. 24). Two other opponents, Delaware and New Hampshire, are receiving votes.
In total, six CAA teams are currently ranked in the Top 25.
The Great Danes are home again a week from Saturday to face St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.
UAlbany’s annual “Pink Game” will be Oct. 13 against Richmond.