Football set for road matchup against Delaware
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team is back on the road Saturday, Nov. 9, to face Delaware in a CAA game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at Delware (1 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- UAlbany quarterback Jeff Undercuffler set the program’s single-season record for touchdown passes this past Saturday against Maine. He has 28 for the season, first in the CAA and second in the nation. This week, he’s zeroing in on the single-season yardage record.
- Receivers Juwan Green and Jerah Reeves are coming off their second game of the season in which each surpassed 100 yards. Green is tied for the national lead with 11 touchdown passes.
- The Great Danes (5-4, 3-2 CAA) are back on the road for the first time since Oct. 12, when they beat No. 9 Towson, 38-21.
- Eli Mencer ranks first in the CAA and sixth nationally with an average of 1.06 sacks per game.
- Delaware (4-5, 2-3 CAA) has lost four of its past five games, including back-to-back losses to Richmond and Towson.
- The Blue Hens’ offense is led by running back Will Knight, who averages 87.8 all-purpose yards per game.
- Delaware has been strong at home under third-year coach Danny Rocco, posting a 12-5 record.
Broken records ...
- Mencer recorded a sack on the first play of the game, pushing his season total to 9.5. That breaks the previous mark of 8.5 sacks, set by Eddie Delaney (2011).
- With his four-TD performance against Maine, Undercuffler now has 28 for the season. That breaks the previous record of 25 set by Dan DiLella (2011).
- Green has 11 TD catches, one more than the previous record shared by Dan Gmelin (1997) and Ryan Kirchner (2011).
... And records to be broken
Jeff Undercuffler has thrown for 2,408 yards, second most in the CAA and 16th most in all of FCS. He’s just 228 from the record 2,636 that Will Fiacchi, now the Great Danes’ QB coach, threw for in 2014.
On the offensive
UAlbany averages 33.3 points per game, the third most in the CAA. QB Jeff Undercuffler leads the CAA in TD passes with 28; WR Juwan Green is second in the league in receiving yards with 904; and RB Karl Mofor is second in the CAA with 87.7 rushing yards per game.
UAlbany’s tight ends have been a big part of the offense in the red zone this season. They have a combined 10 touchdown catches, led by LJ Wesneski’s six. Against Maine, Thomas Greaney caught the first two touchdowns of his career, the first of which came on his first career catch.
Spreading the wealth
UAlbany has five players with at least 12 catches this season: Juwan Green (55), Jerah Reeves (55), Karl Mofor (22), Donovan McDonald (15), and LJ Wesneski (12). Also, Jeff Undercuffler has thrown touchdown passes to seven different players: Green (11), Wesneski (six), Reeves (four), Murad Hussain (two), Thomas Greaney (two), Mofor (one) and McDonald (one).
UAlbany’s defense has forced 20 turnovers (13 fumble recoveries, seven interceptions) and scored four times. In the opener at Central Michigan, Eli Mencer had a strip sack, fumble return for touchdown, and against Bryant, Jarren Williams hauled in a deflected pass and ran 63 yards for a Pick 6. Dante Mount also scored on a 26-yard fumble return at Towson, and Nick Griffin took back a fumble against Rhode Island.
When it counts
UAlbany has been at its best late in games this season, outscoring opponents 83-31 in the fourth quarter.
UAlbany returns home to face CAA opponent New Hampshire on Sat., Nov. 16, on Senior Day at Casey Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.