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Undercuffler's 6 TDs Pace Great Danes to First FCS Playoff Win, 42-14

UAlbany Sports Information   11-30-2019

Score: UAlbany: 42, CCSU: 14

 

Records: UAlbany (9-4), CCSU (11-2)

 

Location: Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium – Albany, N.Y.

 

Short Story: Jeff Undercuffler tosses a program-record six touchdowns as the UAlbany football team’s historical season continues with a 42-14 rout of Central Connecticut State in the program’s first-ever FCS Playoff win.

 

Key Stats:

  • Jeff Undercuffler threw for six touchdowns on 19-30 passing and 304 yards. He ranks first in the FCS with 39 touchdowns this season.
  • Juwan Green produced 105 yards and two touchdowns. He has hauled in a program-record 16 touchdowns and 1,263 receiving yards through 13 games this season.
  • Eli Mencer finished the game with one sack for a program record 14.5 on the season. He posted an interception and five tackles on the day, including one for a loss of five yards.
  • LJ Wesneski caught his seventh touchdown pass this year. He finished the game with one reception for 11 yards.
  • Karl Mofor added to the stat sheet with three receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, he added 37 yards on 11 carries.

 

Head Coach Greg Gattuso: “You have to credit Central Connecticut State. They were very prepared and were ready for a lot of what we were doing in the first half. I think the turning point for us was forcing the three and out in the second that set up the punt where Oedekoven got us into great field position with a long return. I truly believe that scoring that touchdown right before halftime broke the ice for us. We came out hot in the second half, it was total domination by our guys. Offensively and defensively we played all-around great football. I’m proud of our guys and this program.

 

Recap:

 

Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw six TD passes and Juwan Green hauled in two TDs as the University at Albany football team rolled past Central Connecticut State, 42-12, in the program’s first-ever FCS Playoff win.

 

In the opening round of the FCS Playoffs, the Great Danes outscored the Blue Devils 35-7 in the second half, behind five TD passes from Undercuffler.

 

The Blue Devils broke open the scoring with a 31-yard TD pass on their second drive of the game.

 

In the second quarter, on a second and 10 from the CCSU 12-yard line, Undercuffler connected with Green in the back corner of the end zone. The Danes’ wide receiver went up and over the CCSU safety to bring down the pass and knot the score at 7-all.

 

The Great Danes came out of the break hot, scoring 28 unanswered points in the third quarter. First, Undercuffler found Green for a 41-yard TD pass, before connecting with Jerah Reeves (33 yards), LJ Wesneski (11 yards) and Tyler Oedekoven (9 yards) for touchdowns.

 

Undercuffler later found Karl Mofor for a quick hit over the middle. The Danes’ running back then broke three tackles before charging into the end zone to make the score 42-7.

 

Defensively, Eli Mencer picked up his first interception of the season and recorded up the team’s only sack of the game. Danny Damico led the Great Danes with 12 tackles.

 

Next up: The Great Danes move onto the second round of the FCS Playoffs where they will play fifth-seeded Montana State on Saturday, Dec. 7. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. (ET) in Bozeman, Montana.

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