Great Danes set to host Maine on Homecoming Day
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team returns to the field after a bye week to host Maine on Saturday in its annual Homecoming game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
Both the Great Danes and Black Bears enter Saturday having played two of the most difficult schedules in all of the Football Championship Subdivision.
UAlbany (3-3, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association) has faced a ranked opponent in each of its past three games and played four of its first six games on the road.
Maine (2-3), meanwhile, is 1-3 in the CAA, but its losses have come against No. 13 New Hampshire (24-23), No. 1 James Madison (28-10) and No. 12 Villanova (31-0).
The Great Danes are 5-5 all-time against the Black Bears, but Maine has won the past two, including last year’s 20-16 victory in Orono.
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PROMOTIONS: UAlbany is encouraging all fans to WEAR PURPLE for homecoming.
NEWS AND NOTES
Brunson’s career day at QB: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Brunson threw for a career-high 339 yards in the Great Danes’ 41-38 double-overtime loss against Richmond.
- Brunson’s 339 yards were the most by a Great Danes quarterback since Will Fiacchi, now an offensive assistant coach, threw for 335 against Delaware on Nov. 8, 2014.
- Brunson’s passing yards also were the fourth most in program history, just behind Fiacchi’s 341 on Oct. 11, 2014, against Richmond.
- Brunson has completed at least 50 percent of his passes in each of his past four games and at least 62 percent in three of the four. His season completion percentage of 57.1 ranks No. 6 in the CAA.
- Brunson appeared in four games in 2016, starting the final two, before emerging as the starting quarterback entering this season.
Diggs leads the way at receiver: Senior wide receiver Jerod Diggs, a transfer from Lackawanna (Pa.) College, is the statistical leader of the Great Danes receiving corps.
- Diggs has 23 catches for 413 yards and is averaging 18.0 yards per catch, which ranks No. 3 in the CAA.
- Diggs’ 68.8 receiving yards per game ranks No. 7 in the CAA
- Diggs has UAlbany’s only two 100-yard receiving games this season. He finished with 112 yards vs. Monmouth and 137 against Richmond.
CAA strength: Six CAA football teams are ranked in this week’s Top 25 polls.
- James Madison was the near-unanimous No. 1 team for the eighth straight week in both the STATS FCS Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll.
- Richmond moved up to No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the STATS poll.
- Elon vaulted to No. 14 in the STATS poll and No. 15 in the Coaches poll.
- Villanova slipped to No. 15 in the STATS poll and No. 16 in the Coaches poll.
- New Hampshire fell to No. 18 in both the STATS and Coaches polls.
- Stony Brook moved back into the Top 25 for the second time this season, checking in at No. 22 in the STATS poll.
- CAA Football’s six ranked teams in the STATS Top 25 matched the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the most teams in this week’s poll. CAA Football had five teams ranked in the Coaches poll, which was second to the MVFC’s six.