UAlbany Football 2012 Season In Review


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Click on the digital magazine above to take a look back at the University at Albany football program's 2012 championship season, including game recaps, stats, records, photos, and more!

2012 Season Quick Hits

• UAlbany (9-2, 7-1) won its sixth NEC title, sharing it with Wagner (9-4, 7-1). The Seahawks earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• The Great Danes were ranked as high as No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the Sports Network Top-25 before falling out of both polls after losing to Wagner (11/3).
• In 14 seasons in the NEC, the Great Danes accrued a 78-24 record in league play.
• Moving to a brand new stadium in 2013, UAlbany closed a 43-year chapter at University Field. The Danes recorded a 135-67-1 mark on their home gridiron.
• Including 2012, the Great Danes have reached the eight-win plateau five times in the FCS era.
• UAlbany tied the program’s Division I record for wins in a season in 2012, and also won nine FCS games in a regular season for the first time.
• Nine Great Danes earned All-NEC honors, including six first-teamers.
• UAlbany shared the NEC title in its final two seasons in the league. The Danes received their first NCAA FCS Playoff berth and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since 1977 in 2011.
• Senior Ryan Kirchner finished his career as UAlbany’s all-time leading receiver with 172 career catches.
•Tailback Drew Smith closed his career as the program’s all-time leading point scorer (270), touchdown scorer (45), and tied for most rushing touchdowns scored (40). 
• UAlbany won or shared six Northeast Conference championships (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012).
• UAlbany has played 40 seasons of varsity football, owning a 255-158 record in the span.
• The Great Danes have registered seven consecutive winning seasons for the first time in the program’s history (2006-12).
• Head Coach Bob Ford is third among the FCS all-time leaders in career victories and is first among active NCAA Division I FCS coaches with 264 career victories.
• In 44 seasons as a head coach (40 at UAlbany, 4 at St. Lawrence) Bob Ford owns a 264-180-1 record.
• The Great Danes will play in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 -- one of the strongest conferences in the FCS.