UAlbany Football Uses Huge First Half To Down Duquesne, 38-31

PITTSBURGH - In a game divided, the University at Albany football team overcame the hosting Duquesne University Dukes, 38-31, Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field in a key Northeast Conference contest. The Great Danes came out with vengeance in the opening half, taking a 35-7 lead at the break, but the Dukes came storming back, scoring the first 17 points of the second stanza. In the end, UAlbany held on to improve to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in conference. They now will play for at least a share of the NEC title next weekend against Central Connecticut State.

After totaling just 188 yards of total offense last week against Wagner, the Great Danes made up for that in just one quarter versus the Dukes. In the second quarter alone, UAlbany totaled 217 yards of offense. By halftime, the Great Danes had five touchdowns to their name, credited to five different players. UAlbany finished the game with 439 yards of total offense and 24 first downs.

Senior Drew Smith led the Great Danes' running game with 143 yards on 25 carries, and totaled 164 all-purpose yards, including two catches. In addition, Smith scored his 42nd career touchdown, tying UAlbany's program record. 

Omar Osbourne also crossed the goal line and rushed 80 yards, while finishing with 102 all-purpose yards. Likewise, Kevin Chillis was credited a touchdown, showing spectacular agility, accumulating 64 rushing yards in the win.

Sophomore quarterback Will Fiachhi completed 14-of-22 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Classmate Cole King was his top receiver with three catches, including one for a score, and 54 receiving yards.

Defensively, Chris Wilk led the squad with seven unassisted tackles and a sack, while Jon Morgan dropped five, snagged an interception, and blocked a punt. Senior Dean Mercuris also had a solid game with five tackles, a sack, a pass break up, and two quarterback hurries.

To start the contest, the Great Danes' defense forced a quick three-and-out. Back in the lineup, Smith quickly made a statement, putting UAlbany on the board with a one-yard rush, capping a 14-play, 76-yard drive, at the 7:44 mark in the first quarter.

Osbourne's three-yard run across the goal line with 14:03 to go in the second quarter gave the Great Danes a 14-0 head start, after UAlbany's seven-play, 64-yard drive.

However, playing in his last home game of his career, senior running back Larry McCoy put the Dukes on the board with 11:17 left in the half. McCoy rushed two yards, capping a 77-yard drive. 

With 9:27 left in the half, Paul Layton's 49-yard punt pinned the Dukes at their own five-yard line, later proving to be a huge play in the game. The Great Danes defense followed with a quick three-and-out, forcing Duquesne to punt out of the end zone, and the ball landed out of bounds just 24-yards away.

With fantastic field position, Chillis took advantage on what could have been a broken play. On a wild pitch, Chillis scrambled away from the defense, reversed, and then turned up field 34 yards and into the end zone for a 21-7 advantage with 7:30 left in the half.

"It's hard to tackle Chillis in a phone booth," said Bob Ford in the heat of the game action.

With 1:47 left in the second quarter, Fiacchi faked a handoff to Osbourne and ran 10 yards untouched for a touchdown.  The 10-play, 4:38 minute drive gave the Great Danes a 21-point lead, 28-7.

Defensive pressure, including Joe Fasano's sack for a loss of six yards, forced the Dukes to punt with 59 seconds remaining. Morgan got a hand on it, giving the Danes the ball on their own 41. UAlbany capitalized. With six seconds on the clock, Fiacchi found King in the back of the end zone, 23 yards out, sending the Danes into the break ahead 35-7.

However, while the first half belonged to UAlbany, the second half was primarily Duquesne's.

The Dukes scored 17 unanswered points, kicked off by Rich Piekarski's blocked punt. One play later Gianni Carter caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sean Patterson with 7:05 remaining in the third quarter.

Duquesne struck again with Charley Leventry's 26-yard field goal with 12:54 left in the fourth quarter.

After recovering their onside kick, the Dukes cut the deficit to 11, 35-24. Patterson  capped an eight-play drive with a four-yard rush.

The Great Danes broke their scoring drought with Sean Kenny's 30-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining in the contest.

With the clock ticking down, the Dukes continued to threaten, driving 75-yards with seven plays including a 51-yard Hail Mary pass to McCoy on a third-and-five play that put Duqusene on the 19 yard line. Sean Brady capped the drive with a grab in the end zone with 11 seconds remaining, putting the Dukes within seven, 38-31.

However, the onside kick was not successful in the second attempt, and the Great Danes were able to run out the waning seconds with a knee. 

UAlbany closes out the regular season next Saturday at home against Central Connecticut State. A win will secure at least a share of the NEC title with Wagner. With first-place Wagner playing Duquesne, a loss for the Seahawks and win for the Danes will send UAlbany to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Senior Day kickoff will be at 1:00 p.m. at University Field.

 


 

Scoring Summary (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Albany vs Duquesne (Nov 10, 2012 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Albany (8-2,6-1) vs. Duquesne (5-5,3-4)

Date: Nov 10, 2012 • Site: Pittsburgh, Pa.  • Stadium: Rooney Field  •  Attendance: 2193

Score by Quarters  Score 
Albany   7  28  0  3  38 
Duquesne   0  7  7  17  31 

SCORING SUMMARY   ALB -DUQ  
1st  07:44  ALB   Smith, Drew 1 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         14 plays, 76 yards, TOP 5:53  7 - 0 
2nd  14:03  ALB   Osbourne, Omar 3 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         7 plays, 64 yards, TOP 1:53  14 - 0 
  11:17  DUQ   McCOY, Larry 2 yd run (LEVENTRY, C kick) 
         8 plays, 77 yards, TOP 2:40  14 - 7 
  07:30  ALB   Chillis, Kevin 34 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         1 play, 34 yards, TOP 0:15  21 - 7 
  01:47  ALB   Fiacchi, Will 10 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         10 plays, 76 yards, TOP 4:38  28 - 7 
  00:06  ALB   King, Cole 23 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         6 plays, 41 yards, TOP 0:53  35 - 7 
3rd  07:05  DUQ   CARTER, Gianni 22 yd pass from PATTERSON, Sean (LEVENTRY, C kick) 
         1 play, 22 yards, TOP 0:06  35 - 14 
4th  12:54  DUQ   LEVENTRY, C 26 yd field goal 
         7 plays, 54 yards, TOP 2:12  35 - 17 
  10:29  DUQ   PATTERSON, Sean 4 yd run (LEVENTRY, C kick) 
         8 plays, 54 yards, TOP 2:24  35 - 24 
  02:12  ALB   Kenny, Sean 30 yd field goal 
         12 plays, 46 yards, TOP 5:23  38 - 24 
  00:11  DUQ   BRADY, Sean 10 yd pass from PATTERSON, Sean (LEVENTRY, C kick) 
         7 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:55  38 - 31 

Kickoff time: 12:10 pm • End of Game: 2:56 pm  • Total elapsed time: 2:46
Referee: Andrew Keenan  •  Umpire: Wilson Durisko  •  Linesman: Andrew White  •  Line judge: Phil DiDomenico •  Back judge: Todd Moss  •  Field judge: Dan Carr  •  Side judge: Wil White  • 
Temperature: 56 F  • Wind: SW 8mph  • Weather: mostly sunny, mild

 

Team Statistics

 
Team Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Albany vs Duquesne (Nov 10, 2012 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

 Team Totals  ALB  DUQ 
FIRST DOWNS  24  14 
   Rushing  18 
   Passing  10 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  309  68 
   Rushing Attempts  58  30 
   Average Per Rush  5.3  2.3 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  332  91 
   Yards Lost Rushing  23  23 
NET YARDS PASSING  130  286 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  14-24-0  18-38-2 
   Average Per Attempt  5.4  7.5 
   Average Per Completion  9.3  15.9 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  439  354 
   Total offense plays  82  68 
   Average Gain Per Play  5.4  5.2 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  1-1  0-0 
Penalties: Number-Yards  4-25  1-5 
PUNTS-YARDS  7-267  8-291 
   Average Yards Per Punt  38.1  36.4 
   Net Yards Per Punt  32.3  36.5 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  7-430  4-245 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  61.4  61.2 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  42.6  42.2 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  1--1-0  3-21-0 
   Average Per Return  -1.0  7.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  2-26-0  7-132-0 
   Average Per Return  13.0  18.9 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  2-2-0  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  34:44  25:16 
   1st Quarter  7:37  7:23 
   2nd Quarter  8:33  6:27 
   3rd Quarter  11:34  3:26 
   4th Quarter  7:00  8:00 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 17  5 of 18 
Fourth-Down Conversions  1 of 1  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  4-4  4-4 
   Touchdowns  3-4  3-4 
   Field goals  1-4  1-4 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  4-19  2-10 
PAT Kicks  5-5  4-4 
Field Goals  1-1  1-1 

 

Individual Statistics

 
Individual Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Albany vs Duquesne (Nov 10, 2012 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Albany   Duquesne
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Smith, Drew   25  144  143  22  5.7 
Osbourne, Omar   18  81  80  13  4.4 
Chillis, Kevin   70  64  34  10.7 
Fiacchi, Will   37  10  27  13  3.9 
TEAM   -2  -2.0 
Meek, Jake   -3  -3.0 
Totals...  58  332  23  309  34  5.3 
 
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
McCOY, Larry   20  73  69  11  3.5 
HO, Ryan   2.7 
PATTERSON, Sean  10  19  -9  -1.3 
Totals...  30  91  23  68  11  2.3 
  
  
  
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   14-22-0  130  25 
Smith, Drew   0-1-0 
TEAM   0-1-0 
Totals...  14-24-0  130  25 
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
PATTERSON, Sean  18-38-2  286  51 
Totals...  18-38-2  286  51 
  
  
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
King, Cole   54  25 
Osbourne, Omar   22  18 
Kirchner, Ryan   14  11 
Smith, Drew   21  14 
Hutcherson, N  
Gay, Jameel  
Chillis, Kevin  
Totals...  14  130  25 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
THOMAS, David   44  21 
ODUHO, Noel   75  48 
BRADY, Sean   41  20 
CARTER, Gianni   60  38 
McCOY, Larry   51  51 
HO, Ryan   12  12 
SHUMAN, Kyle  
Totals...  18  286  51 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Layton, Paul   267  44.5  54 
TEAM   0.0 
Totals...  267  38.1  54 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
LEVENTRY, C   273  39.0  45 
Team   18  18.0  18 
Totals...  291  36.4  45 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Kirchner, Ryan   -1 
Harris, Clay   26  14 
Morgan, Jon  
Totals...  -1  26  14 
  
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
THOMAS, David  
HO, Ryan   61  22 
DOUGLAS, Jason   71  27 
LIPP, Charles   15 
Totals...  21  132  27 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Smith, Drew   143  21  164 
Osbourne, Omar   80  22  102 
Chillis, Kevin   64  66 
King, Cole   54  54 
Harris, Clay   26  28 
Fiacchi, Will   27  27 
Kirchner, Ryan   14  -1  13 
Hutcherson, N  
Gay, Jameel  
TEAM   -2  -2 
Meek, Jake   -3  -3 
Totals...  309  130  26  -1  466 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
McCOY, Larry   69  51  120 
HO, Ryan   12  61  81 
ODUHO, Noel   75  75 
DOUGLAS, Jason   71  71 
CARTER, Gianni   60  60 
THOMAS, David   44  50 
BRADY, Sean   41  41 
LIPP, Charles   15  15 
SHUMAN, Kyle  
PATTERSON, Sean  -9  -9 
Totals...  68  286  132  21  507 
  
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Kenny, Sean  4th  02:12  30 yards  Good 
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
LEVENTRY, C  4th  12:54  26 yards  Good 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Kenny, Sean   430  61.4 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
LEVENTRY, C   245  61.2 
 
FUMBLES: Albany-Fiacchi, Will 1-1. Duquesne-None.

 

Drive Chart

 
Drive Chart (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Albany vs Duquesne (Nov 10, 2012 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

   Drive Started  Drive Ended  Consumed    
Team  Qtr  Spot  Time  Obtained  Spot  Time     How Lost  Pl-Yds  TOP  RZ 
ALB   1st  A24  13:37  Punt  D00  07:44  TOUCHDOWN  14-76  5:53 
ALB   1st  A33  02:40  Interception  A36  01:52     Punt  3-3  0:48    
ALB   1st  A36  00:56  Punt  D00  14:03  TOUCHDOWN  7-64  1:53 
ALB   2nd  A25  11:17  Kickoff  A46  09:27     Punt  4-21  1:50    
ALB   2nd  D34  07:45  Punt  D00  07:30  TOUCHDOWN  1-34  0:15    
ALB   2nd  A24  06:25  Punt  D00  01:47  TOUCHDOWN  10-76  4:38 
ALB   2nd  D41  00:59  Punt  D00  00:06  TOUCHDOWN  6-41  0:53    
ALB   3rd  A20  14:53  Kickoff  D47  10:55     Punt  7-33  3:58    
ALB   3rd  A37  09:02  Punt  A37  07:11     Punt  3-0  1:51    
ALB   3rd  A21  07:00  Kickoff  A46  04:54     Fumble  5-25  2:06    
ALB   3rd  A04  04:23  Punt  A07  03:15     Punt  3-3  1:08    
ALB   3rd  A32  02:25  Interception  A30  00:06     Punt  4--2  2:19    
ALB   4th  A25  10:29  Kickoff  A31  09:03     Punt  3-6  1:26    
ALB   4th  A42  07:35  Punt  D12  02:12  FIELD GOAL  12-46  5:23 
ALB   4th  A50  00:11  Kickoff  A48  00:00     End of half  1--2  0:11    
  
DUQ   1st  D24  15:00  Kickoff  D30  13:37     Punt  3-6  1:23    
DUQ   1st  D11  07:39  Kickoff  A37  02:40     Interception  11-52  4:59    
DUQ   1st  D17  01:52  Punt  D20  00:56     Punt  3-3  0:56    
DUQ   2nd  D23  13:57  Kickoff  A00  11:17  TOUCHDOWN  8-77  2:40 
DUQ   2nd  D05  09:27  Punt  D10  07:45     Punt  3-5  1:42    
DUQ   2nd  D29  07:22  Kickoff  D33  06:25     Punt  3-4  0:57    
DUQ   2nd  D24  01:41  Kickoff  D23  00:59     Punt  3--1  0:42    
DUQ   2nd  D21  00:00  Kickoff  D21  00:00     End of half  0-0  0:00    
DUQ   3rd  D20  10:55  Punt  D28  09:02     Punt  3-8  1:53    
DUQ   3rd  A22  07:11  Punt  A00  07:05  TOUCHDOWN  1-22  0:06    
DUQ   3rd  A46  04:54  Fumble  A46  04:23     Punt  3-0  0:31    
DUQ   3rd  A43  03:15  Punt  A41  02:25     Interception  3-2  0:50    
DUQ   3rd  D37  00:06  Punt  A09  12:54  FIELD GOAL  7-54  2:12 
DUQ   4th  D46  12:53  Kickoff  A00  10:29  TOUCHDOWN  8-54  2:24 
DUQ   4th  D20  09:03  Punt  D18  07:35     Punt  3--2  1:28    
DUQ   4th  D25  02:06  Kickoff  A00  00:11  TOUCHDOWN  7-75  1:55 

   1st  2nd  3rd  4th     1st  2nd       
Albany   Qtr  Qtr  Qtr  Qtr     Half  Half     Total 
Time of possession   07:37   08:33   11:34   07:00      16:10   18:34      34:44  
3rd Down Conversions   2/3   2/4   1/6   2/4      4/7   3/10      7/17  
Average field position  A31   A43   A22   A39      A38   A28      A33  
4th Down Conversions   0/0   1/1   0/0   0/0      1/1   0/0      1/1  
  
   1st  2nd  3rd  4th     1st  2nd       
Duquesne   Qtr  Qtr  Qtr  Qtr     Half  Half     Total 
Time of possession   07:23   06:27   03:26   08:00      13:50   11:26      25:16  
3rd Down Conversions   1/5   2/5   0/3   2/5      3/10   2/8      5/18  
Average field position  D17   D20   D49   D30      D19   D42      D30  
4th Down Conversions   0/0   0/0   0/0   1/1      0/0   1/1      1/1  


Drive Chart (By Quarter)

   Drive Started  Drive Ended  Consumed    
Team  Qtr  Spot  Time  Obtained  Spot  Time     How Lost  Pl-Yds  TOP  RZ 
DUQ   1st  D24  15:00  Kickoff  D30  13:37     Punt  3-6  1:23    
ALB   1st  A24  13:37  Punt  D00  07:44  TOUCHDOWN  14-76  5:53 
DUQ   1st  D11  07:39  Kickoff  A37  02:40     Interception  11-52  4:59    
ALB   1st  A33  02:40  Interception  A36  01:52     Punt  3-3  0:48    
DUQ   1st  D17  01:52  Punt  D20  00:56     Punt  3-3  0:56    
ALB   1st  A36  00:56  Punt  D00  14:03  TOUCHDOWN  7-64  1:53 
DUQ   2nd  D23  13:57  Kickoff  A00  11:17  TOUCHDOWN  8-77  2:40 
  
ALB   2nd  A25  11:17  Kickoff  A46  09:27     Punt  4-21  1:50    
DUQ   2nd  D05  09:27  Punt  D10  07:45     Punt  3-5  1:42    
ALB   2nd  D34  07:45  Punt  D00  07:30  TOUCHDOWN  1-34  0:15    
DUQ   2nd  D29  07:22  Kickoff  D33  06:25     Punt  3-4  0:57    
ALB   2nd  A24  06:25  Punt  D00  01:47  TOUCHDOWN  10-76  4:38 
DUQ   2nd  D24  01:41  Kickoff  D23  00:59     Punt  3--1  0:42    
ALB   2nd  D41  00:59  Punt  D00  00:06  TOUCHDOWN  6-41  0:53    
DUQ   2nd  D21  00:00  Kickoff  D21  00:00     End of half  0-0  0:00    
ALB   3rd  A20  14:53  Kickoff  D47  10:55     Punt  7-33  3:58    
  
DUQ   3rd  D20  10:55  Punt  D28  09:02     Punt  3-8  1:53    
ALB   3rd  A37  09:02  Punt  A37  07:11     Punt  3-0  1:51    
DUQ   3rd  A22  07:11  Punt  A00  07:05  TOUCHDOWN  1-22  0:06    
ALB   3rd  A21  07:00  Kickoff  A46  04:54     Fumble  5-25  2:06    
DUQ   3rd  A46  04:54  Fumble  A46  04:23     Punt  3-0  0:31    
ALB   3rd  A04  04:23  Punt  A07  03:15     Punt  3-3  1:08    
DUQ   3rd  A43  03:15  Punt  A41  02:25     Interception  3-2  0:50    
ALB   3rd  A32  02:25  Interception  A30  00:06     Punt  4--2  2:19    
DUQ   3rd  D37  00:06  Punt  A09  12:54  FIELD GOAL  7-54  2:12 
DUQ   4th  D46  12:53  Kickoff  A00  10:29  TOUCHDOWN  8-54  2:24 
  
ALB   4th  A25  10:29  Kickoff  A31  09:03     Punt  3-6  1:26    
DUQ   4th  D20  09:03  Punt  D18  07:35     Punt  3--2  1:28    
ALB   4th  A42  07:35  Punt  D12  02:12  FIELD GOAL  12-46  5:23 
DUQ   4th  D25  02:06  Kickoff  A00  00:11  TOUCHDOWN  7-75  1:55 
ALB   4th  A50  00:11  Kickoff  A48  00:00     End of half  1--2  0:11    

 

Defensive Statistics

 
Defensive Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
Albany vs Duquesne (Nov 10, 2012 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)

##  Albany   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
22  Wilk, Chris   1.0/5   .   .   1.0/5  
11  Morgan, Jon   .   .   1-0   .  
35  Mercuris, Dean   1.0/4   .   .   1.0/4  
6   Exantus, R   .   .   .   .  
31  Jordan, Kyle   .   .   .   .  
45  Plungas, Dave   .   .   .   .  
98  Morton, Zach   .   .   .   .  
21  Saddler, Leon   .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, T   1.0/4   .   .   .  
54  Dwyer, Jake   .   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   1.0/4   .   .   1.0/4  
28  Mason, J   .   .   .   .  
43  McClary, Jojo   .   .   .   .  
26  Sullivan, Mike   .   .   .   .  
94  Kologrivov, Tim  .   .   .   .  
33  Dorsey, C   .   .   .   .  
55  Bakou, Ocieka   .   .   .   .  
36  Helmer, Alex   .   .   .   .  
90  Bradley, Tom   .   .   .   .  
25  Harris, Clay   .   .   1-2   .  
52  Fasano, Joe   1.0/6   .   .   1.0/6  
37  Idowu, Olatunji  .   .   .   .  
##  Duquesne   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
11  LATIMER, Horvin  11  .   .   .   .  
21  MARTIN, Brandon  1.0/4   .   .   .  
9   OPARANOZIE, C   .   .   .   .  
23  WILLIAMS, Devin  2.0/12   .   .   1.0/6  
13  PIEKARSKI, Rich  .   .   .   .  
32  KONA, Serge   .   .   .   .  
69  ZIDIAN, Zach   .   .   .   .  
35  LAKINS, Derrick  .   .   .   .  
17  FRAY, TyJuan   2.0/7   .   .   1.0/4  
49  MARTELLO, Sam   2.0/2   .   .   .  
50  KUNTZ, C   .   1-0   .   .  
31  KOSEC, E.J.   .   .   .   .  
51  THUER, Toby   .   .   .   .  
29  JORDAN, Josh   .   .   .   .  
3   BRADY, Sean   .   .   .   .  
25  POMMERER, Brian  .   .   .   .  
18  LIPP, Charles   .   .   .   .  
45  EILAND, Reggie   .   .   .   .