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UAlbany football falls to Elon, 6-0

UAlbany Sports Information   09-30-2017

Score: Elon 6, UAlbany 0

Records: UAlbany (3-2, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association); Elon (4-1, 2-0 CAA)

Location: Rhodes Stadium in Elon, N.C.

Short story: Elon kicked two field goals for the only scoring in the University at Albany football team’s 6-0 loss at Rhodes Stadium. The Great Danes had one last chance to score in the closing seconds, but the drive stalled at the Elon 26 as time expired.

Key Stats

  • Elon tailback Malcolm Summers ran for 171 yards on 39 carries, helping the Phoenix rush for 208 total yards. Still, UAlbany kept Elon out of the end zone on all four of its red-zone chances.
  • The Great Danes were 2-for-12 on third down and committed four turnovers.

Key Plays

  • As time expired, UAlbany quarterback Neven Sussman’s pass to Jeord Diggs in the end zone fell incomplete.


Head coach Greg Gattuso: “We didn’t play very well. We turned the ball over four times, had a few other near misses. We just didn’t play well on offense. … We’ve got get back to the drawing board.

"The defense was spectacular. Offensively, we’ve just got to keep working.”


The University at Albany football team’s last-chance drive ended with an incomplete pass as time expired, and the Great Danes fell to Elon, 6-0, in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Rhodes Stadium.

No. 23/RV Elon kicked field goals of 23 and 27 yards for the only scoring in a game that matched up two Top 25 teams.

The lone offensive highlights came from the Phoenix’s Malcom Summers, who ran 39 times for 171 yards, and UAlbany tailback Karl Mofor, who rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries

The No. 19/22 Great Danes trailed 6-0 with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter when a missed field goal gave them the ball at the UAlbany 25 for a final chance to score.

Quarterback Never Sussman drove the offense to the Elon 26 with two seconds to play, but his final attempt for Jerod Diggs in the end zone fell incomplete.

UAlbany’s defense stopped Elon from reaching the end zone on all four of its trips inside the Great Danes’ 20-yard line.

But UAlbany’s offense was undone by four turnovers and poor field position throughout the second half. The Great Danes never reached the red zone and finished 2-for-12 on third down.

Summers ran for 126 yards in the first half, but the only scoring was Elon’s 23-yard field goal, the result of a 15-play, 60-yard drive.

The Phoenix made it 6-0 just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal. That followed a stand from the Great Danes defense after a 48-yard interception return had set up Elon from the UAlbany 15-yard line.

Mason Gray and Nate Hatalsky led the UAlbany defense with 12 tackles each.

Up next: The Great Danes next play on the road Saturday at Richmond.

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