UAlbany football falls to Richmond in 2OT
Score: Richmond 41, UAlbany 38 (2OT)
Records: UAlbany (3-3, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association); Richmond (2-2, 1-1 CAA)
Location: Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.
Short story: Richmond kicker Griffin Trau’s 34-yard field in double-overtime ended a back-and-forth game between two Top 25 teams at Robins Stadium.
- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Brunson threw for 339 yards, the fourth most in UAlbany program history. He also tossed four touchdown passes, one shy of the school record.
- The teams combined for 867 yards of total offense in playing an overtime shootout for the second consecutive season. Last year, Richmond won 36-30 in triple overtime at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
Head coach Greg Gattuso: “Well, we needed to score in the second overtime and didn’t. There were some good things, some room for improvement. Disappointing. I take a lot of the blame. We went away from a couple plays that were working for us with the outside throws. We just couldn’t finish the game off. It’s a shame.”
Richmond’s Griffin Trau kicked a 34-yard field in double-overtime, and for the second straight season, the University at Albany football team fell just short against the Spiders, losing 41-38 on Saturday at Robins Stadium.
Playing a Top 25 opponent for the third consecutive week, the No. 24/RV Great Danes racked up a season-high 454 yards of total offense against a team ranked No. 14 in both national polls.
But the Spiders tied the game with a touchdown pass with 1:27 left in regulation and then emerged with a win after the teams had traded touchdowns in the first overtime.
In a game that matched one of the best offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision against one of the top defenses, both quarterbacks produced gaudy totals.
UAlbany’s Will Brunson completed 18 of 29 passes for 339 yards, the most by a Great Danes quarterback since Will Fiacchi threw for 335 against Delaware on Nov. 8, 2004. It marked the fourth-highest single-game total in program history.
Brunson also tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another on a day the Great Danes held the ball for more than 36 minutes.
He spread the TDs among four different receivers, including senior Jerod Diggs, who posted his second 100-yard day of the season with 137 yards on five catches.
Meanwhile, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, the No. 1 passer in FCS, was 24-for-40 for 353 yards with three touchdown passes.
It was the second consecutive season UAlbany and Richmond played an overtime shootout. Last year, the Spiders won 36-30 in triple overtime at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
This time, Richmond scored first in overtime, on Gordon Collins’ 5-yard touchdown run. UAlbany responded with Brunson’s 20-yard pass to Jordan Crockett on third down.
The Great Danes started with the ball in the second overtime, but Ethan Stark’s 40-yard field-goal try was blocked.
UAlbany trailed 21-17 in the third quarter after Stark’s 25-yard field goal and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Lauletta opened the scoring after halftime.
But Brunson gave the Great Danes the lead back when he scored on a 3-yard keeper – a run that Diggs’ 34-yard catch along the set line helped set up.
Diggs won another jump ball moments later, out-leaping a defensive back at the 10-yard line and then jogging into the end zone to give the Great Danes a 31-21 lead heading in the opening minutes of the fourth.
A Richmond field goal cut the lead to 31-24 with 8:22 to play, and Lauletta threw a 3-yard touchdown pass with just 1:27 left to tie the game.
In the first half, UAlbany and Richmond traded touchdowns twice in the second quarter and went to halftime tied at 14.
McDonald opened the scoring, taking a shovel pass from Brunson, cutting back twice near the line of scrimmage and then darting down the right side for a 30-yard touchdown.
The Spiders tied the score just 1 minute, 17 seconds later on Lauletta’s 19-yard touchdown strike, but the Great Danes regained the lead on Brunson’s TD pass to Jerah Reeves.
Lauletta’s 11-yard touchdown run tied the game before halftime.
Up next: The Great Danes have a bye week, followed by the annual Homecoming game against Maine on Oct. 21 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.