YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - In the battle to stay perfect, the University at Albany football team had the hosting No. 5 Youngstown State University Penguins on the ropes deep into the second half. However, the nationally ranked squad held off the rising Great Danes down stretch, as UAlbany fell, 31-24, Saturday evening at Stambaugh Stadium in front of a crowd  of 15,840.

Sophomore quarterback Will Fiacchi was impressive again; totaling a career-high 228 yards passing, completing 23-of-35 pass attempts, and throwing two touchdowns. In the first half, the Marcellus, N.Y. native was nearly perfect completing 14-of-15 with a throw-away. Cole King was his go-to for the second straight game, as he made seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Jon Morgan led the Great Danes with 10 tackles, followed by Chris Wilk's nine.

For the first time this season, the Great Danes struck first. On the Guins' first drive of the afternoon, safety Brandon Baylor's hard hit spoiled the Penguins' opening drive, popping the ball into the hands of teammate Justinian Mason. UAlbany's offense quickly took a 7-0 lead on a spectacular flea-flicker play called by offensive coordinator Ryan McCarthy. After two flicks of the ball, Fiacchi found a wide open  Kevin Chillis 44-yards down the middle of the gridiron, who stepped easily into the end zone.

However, in the seesaw game, Youngstown State quickly responded with a touchdown of their own, following a 10-play, 87-yard drive down the field. Jamaine Cook capped the possession with a two-yard rush to even the score, 7-7, after the kick.

In their next drive, the Penguins scored in similar fashion, as Cook jaunted seven yards across the goal line with 13:27 remaining in the second half.

Despite allowing 14 straight points to the hosts, UAlbany fought back with an eight-play drive, finished by Omar Osbourne's 32-yard dance through the Guins' defense. Sean Kenny's extra point tied the ball game up, 14-14 with 9:08 left in the half.

Scoring his third straight touchdown for YSU, Cook gave Youngstown State the lead again with another seven-yard rush. Cook finished the day with three scores and 161 rushing yards.

Unwilling to go away after traveling nearly 500 miles for the contest, the Great Danes matched the Penguins heading into the half, after Fiachhi connected with Drew Smith on a nine-yard pass to the left side of the end zone with just nine seconds remaining before the break.

Unfortunately that would the closest UAlbany would get, as YSU held the lead the remainder of the way.

After a very offensively heavy first half, defense ruled in the second, as both squads were forced to punt away in their opening drives. After the third straight punt, Youngstown State broke the stalemate with David Brown's 25-yard field goal with 2:15 to go in the third quarter.

Trailing, 24-21, the UAlbany offense was forced to punt after a three-and-out with 5:28 remaining in the game, but YSU's Ali Chealb got a hand on it and put the Penguins in good scoring position. While the UAlbany defensive line held strong, including a huge third-and-one stop on the goal line, the Guins found the end zone on their fourth-and-goal attempt to take a 10-point lead.

The Great Danes still hung in there, marching down the field from their own 20.  Unable to get  into the end zone, Kenny made it a one-possession game with his 30-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining in the contest.

Youngstown State was able to handle the on-sides kick and ran out the clock to keep their 3-0 record unblemished, while UAlbany fell to 2-1 on the season.

"We knew we were going to have trouble containing them but we held them to a respectable point," said head coach Bob Ford. "We had some big plays, we had a chance to win it in the fourth quarter. I told the kids just to keep it close heading into the fourth quarter and we did that."

"It was a great game against a great team. I wish them well," added Coach Ford.

UAlbany will play its third straight road game next Saturday when the Great Danes travel to take on Maine. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. in Orono.

 


Scoring Summary (Final)
2012 Youngstown State Football
Albany vs #6 Youngstown State (Sep 15, 2012 at Youngstown, Ohio)

Albany (2-1) vs. Youngstown State (3-0)

Date: Sep 15, 2012 • Site: Youngstown, Ohio  • Stadium: Stambaugh Stadium  •  Attendance: 15840

 

Score by Quarters  Score 
Albany   7  14  0  3  24 
Youngstown State   7  14  3  7  31 

 

SCORING SUMMARY   ALBANY -YSU  
1st  09:52  ALBANY   King, Cole 44 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         3 plays, 54 yards, TOP 1:10  7 - 0 
  05:25  YSU   Cook, Jamaine 2 yd run (Brown, David kick) 
         10 plays, 87 yards, TOP 4:21  7 - 7 
2nd  13:27  YSU   Cook, Jamaine 7 yd run (Brown, David kick) 
         9 plays, 49 yards, TOP 4:40  7 - 14 
  09:08  ALBANY   Osbourne, Omar 32 yd run (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:13  14 - 14 
  03:37  YSU   Cook, Jamaine 7 yd run (Brown, David kick) 
         11 plays, 71 yards, TOP 5:23  14 - 21 
  00:09  ALBANY   Smith, Drew 9 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (Kenny, Sean kick) 
         12 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:23  21 - 21 
3rd  02:15  YSU   Brown, David 25 yd field goal 
         12 plays, 70 yards, TOP 6:48  21 - 24 
4th  02:48  YSU   Pace, Torrian 1 yd run (Brown, David kick) 
         6 plays, 29 yards, TOP 2:40  21 - 31 
  00:57  ALBANY   Kenny, Sean 30 yd field goal 
         12 plays, 63 yards, TOP 1:51  24 - 31 

 

Kickoff time: 4:05 pm  • End of Game: 6:45 pm  • Total elapsed time: 2:40
Referee: Greg Blum  •  Umpire: John Hanneke  •  Linesman: Chris Garner  •  Line judge: G. Golembiewski •  Back judge: Todd Boyd  •  Field judge: Bob McElwee  •  Side judge: Grady Smith  •  Scorer: Karl Schmidt  • 
Temperature: 63  • Wind: NW 6-10  • Weather: Partly Cloudy
 

Team Statistics

 
Team Statistics (Final)
2012 Youngstown State Football
Albany vs #6 Youngstown State (Sep 15, 2012 at Youngstown, Ohio)

 

 Team Totals  ALBANY  YSU 
FIRST DOWNS  18  26 
   Rushing  17 
   Passing  11 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  110  212 
   Rushing Attempts  23  52 
   Average Per Rush  4.8  4.1 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  123  245 
   Yards Lost Rushing  13  33 
NET YARDS PASSING  228  183 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  23-35-0  15-22-0 
   Average Per Attempt  6.5  8.3 
   Average Per Completion  9.9  12.2 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  338  395 
   Total offense plays  58  74 
   Average Gain Per Play  5.8  5.3 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  1-0  1-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  4-28  3-35 
PUNTS-YARDS  5-159  2-74 
   Average Yards Per Punt  31.8  37.0 
   Net Yards Per Punt  31.8  37.0 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  4-232  6-386 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  58.0  64.3 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  38.2  43.2 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  0.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  4-77-0  4-79-0 
   Average Per Return  19.2  19.8 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  1-10-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  23:09  36:51 
   1st Quarter  3:28  11:32 
   2nd Quarter  7:47  7:13 
   3rd Quarter  6:36  8:24 
   4th Quarter  5:18  9:42 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 13  6 of 11 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  2-2  5-5 
   Touchdowns  1-2  4-5 
   Field goals  1-2  1-5 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  1-5  3-8 
PAT Kicks  3-3  4-4 
Field Goals  1-1  1-1 
 

Individual Statistics

 
Individual Statistics (Final)
2012 Youngstown State Football
Albany vs #6 Youngstown State (Sep 15, 2012 at Youngstown, Ohio)

 

Albany   Youngstown State
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Smith, Drew   47  47  11  5.2 
Osbourne, Omar   38  38  32  9.5 
Meek, Jake   20  15  10  3.8 
King, Cole   12  12  12  12.0 
Fiacchi, Will   -2  -0.4 
Totals...  23  123  13  110  32  4.8 
  
  
 
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Cook, Jamaine   33  161  161  16  4.9 
Pace, Torrian   33  33  18  5.5 
Stubbs, Andre   25  22  17  7.3 
Hess, Kurt   26  11  15  11  3.0 
Wheary, Michael  -3  -3.0 
TEAM   -3  -1.0 
Hymes, Demond   13  -13  -13.0 
Totals...  52  245  33  212  18  4.1 
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   23-35-0  228  44 
Totals...  23-35-0  228  44 
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Hess, Kurt   15-22-0  183  24 
Totals...  15-22-0  183  24 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
King, Cole   115  44 
Osbourne, Omar   15 
Chillis, Kevin   33  27 
Kirchner, Ryan   20  10 
Hutcherson, Nick  20  13 
Smith, Drew   16 
Booker, Paul   11  11 
Morgan, Jon   -2 
Totals...  23  228  44 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Shaw, Will   47  24 
Stubbs, Andre   39  23 
Cook, Jamaine   37  17 
Bryan, Christian  32  22 
Williams, Andrew  13  13 
Sharbaugh, Carson 
Disher, Kintrell 
Totals...  15  183  24 
  
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Layton, Paul   145  36.2  43 
TEAM   14  14.0  14 
Totals...  159  31.8  43 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Liste, Nick   74  37.0  41 
Totals...  74  37.0  41 
  
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Harris, Clay   60  27 
Wilson, Tramaine  17  17 
Totals...  77  27 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Stubbs, Andre   63  28 
Hymes, Demond   16  16 
Totals...  79  28 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
King, Cole   12  115  127 
Smith, Drew   47  16  63 
Harris, Clay   60  60 
Osbourne, Omar   38  15  53 
Chillis, Kevin   33  33 
Kirchner, Ryan   20  20 
Hutcherson, Nick  20  20 
Wilson, Tramaine  17  17 
Meek, Jake   15  15 
Booker, Paul   11  11 
Morgan, Jon   -2  -2 
Fiacchi, Will   -2  -2 
Totals...  110  228  77  415 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Cook, Jamaine   161  37  198 
Stubbs, Andre   22  39  63  124 
Shaw, Will   47  47 
Pace, Torrian   33  33 
Bryan, Christian  32  32 
Hess, Kurt   15  15 
Williams, Andrew  13  13 
Sharbaugh, Carson 
Disher, Kintrell 
Hymes, Demond   -13  16 
Wheary, Michael  -3  -3 
TEAM   -3  -3 
Totals...  212  183  79  474 
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Kenny, Sean  4th  00:57  30 yards  Good 
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Brown, David  3rd  02:15  25 yards  Good 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Kenny, Sean   232  58.0 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Liste, Nick   386  64.3 
 
FUMBLES: Albany-Meek, Jake 1-0. Youngstown State-Shaw, Will 1-1.
 

Drive Chart

 
Drive Chart (Final)
2012 Youngstown State Football
Albany vs #6 Youngstown State (Sep 15, 2012 at Youngstown, Ohio)

 

   Drive Started  Drive Ended  Consumed    
Team  Qtr  Spot  Time  Obtained  Spot  Time     How Lost  Pl-Yds  TOP  RZ 
ALBANY   1st  A46  11:02  Fumble  Y00  09:52  TOUCHDOWN  3-54  1:10    
ALBANY   1st  A14  05:19  Kickoff  A21  03:07     Punt  3-7  2:12    
ALBANY   2nd  A20  13:21  Kickoff  Y00  09:08  TOUCHDOWN  8-80  4:13    
ALBANY   2nd  A20  03:32  Kickoff  Y00  00:09  TOUCHDOWN  12-80  3:23 
ALBANY   3rd  A27  14:54  Kickoff  A42  12:49     Punt  5-15  2:05    
ALBANY   3rd  A23  11:13  Punt  A25  09:03     Punt  3-2  2:10    
ALBANY   3rd  A25  02:15  Kickoff  Y35  13:06     Punt  10-40  4:09    
ALBANY   4th  A08  07:01  Punt  A15  05:28     Punt  3-7  1:33    
ALBANY   4th  A25  02:48  Kickoff  Y12  00:57  FIELD GOAL  12-63  1:51 
  
YSU   1st  Y25  15:00  Kickoff  A36  11:02     Fumble  8-39  3:58    
YSU   1st  Y13  09:46  Kickoff  A00  05:25  TOUCHDOWN  10-87  4:21 
YSU   1st  A49  03:07  Punt  A00  13:27  TOUCHDOWN  9-49  4:40 
YSU   2nd  Y29  09:00  Kickoff  A00  03:37  TOUCHDOWN  11-71  5:23 
YSU   2nd  Y30  00:05  Kickoff  Y29  00:00     End of half  1--1  0:05    
YSU   3rd  Y18  12:49  Punt  Y36  11:13     Punt  4-18  1:36    
YSU   3rd  Y22  09:03  Punt  A08  02:15  FIELD GOAL  12-70  6:48 
YSU   4th  Y01  13:06  Punt  A41  07:01     Punt  12-58  6:05    
YSU   4th  A29  05:28  Punt  A00  02:48  TOUCHDOWN  6-29  2:40 
YSU   4th  Y48  00:56  Kickoff  Y46  00:00     End of half  2--2  0:56    

 

   1st  2nd  3rd  4th     1st  2nd       
Albany   Qtr  Qtr  Qtr  Qtr     Half  Half     Total 
Time of possession   03:28   07:47   06:36   05:18      11:15   11:54      23:09  
3rd Down Conversions   0/1   4/4   1/3   2/5      4/5   3/8      7/13  
Average field position  A30   A20   A25   A16      A25   A21      A23  
4th Down Conversions   0/0   0/0   0/0   0/0      0/0   0/0      0/0  
  
   1st  2nd  3rd  4th     1st  2nd       
Youngstown State   Qtr  Qtr  Qtr  Qtr     Half  Half     Total 
Time of possession   11:32   07:13   08:24   09:42      18:45   18:06      36:51  
3rd Down Conversions   2/3   2/2   0/2   2/4      4/5   2/6      6/11  
Average field position  Y29   Y29   Y20   Y40      Y29   Y32      Y30  
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 
YSU   1st  Y25  15:00  Kickoff  A36  11:02     Fumble  8-39  3:58    
ALBANY   1st  A46  11:02  Fumble  Y00  09:52  TOUCHDOWN  3-54  1:10    
YSU   1st  Y13  09:46  Kickoff  A00  05:25  TOUCHDOWN  10-87  4:21 
ALBANY   1st  A14  05:19  Kickoff  A21  03:07     Punt  3-7  2:12    
YSU   1st  A49  03:07  Punt  A00  13:27  TOUCHDOWN  9-49  4:40 
ALBANY   2nd  A20  13:21  Kickoff  Y00  09:08  TOUCHDOWN  8-80  4:13    
  
YSU   2nd  Y29  09:00  Kickoff  A00  03:37  TOUCHDOWN  11-71  5:23 
ALBANY   2nd  A20  03:32  Kickoff  Y00  00:09  TOUCHDOWN  12-80  3:23 
YSU   2nd  Y30  00:05  Kickoff  Y29  00:00     End of half  1--1  0:05    
ALBANY   3rd  A27  14:54  Kickoff  A42  12:49     Punt  5-15  2:05    
  
YSU   3rd  Y18  12:49  Punt  Y36  11:13     Punt  4-18  1:36    
ALBANY   3rd  A23  11:13  Punt  A25  09:03     Punt  3-2  2:10    
YSU   3rd  Y22  09:03  Punt  A08  02:15  FIELD GOAL  12-70  6:48 
ALBANY   3rd  A25  02:15  Kickoff  Y35  13:06     Punt  10-40  4:09    
YSU   4th  Y01  13:06  Punt  A41  07:01     Punt  12-58  6:05    
  
ALBANY   4th  A08  07:01  Punt  A15  05:28     Punt  3-7  1:33    
YSU   4th  A29  05:28  Punt  A00  02:48  TOUCHDOWN  6-29  2:40 
ALBANY   4th  A25  02:48  Kickoff  Y12  00:57  FIELD GOAL  12-63  1:51 
YSU   4th  Y48  00:56  Kickoff  Y46  00:00     End of half  2--2  0:56    
 

Defensive Statistics

 
Defensive Statistics (Final)
2012 Youngstown State Football
Albany vs #6 Youngstown State (Sep 15, 2012 at Youngstown, Ohio)

 

##  Albany   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
11  Morgan, Jon   10  .   .   .   .  
22  Wilk, Chris   .   .   .   .  
35  Mercuris, Dean   1.0/3   .   .   .  
6   Exantus, Randall  .   .   .   .  
45  Plungas, Dave   .   .   .   .  
28  Mason, Justinian  .   1-10  .   .  
31  Jordan, Kyle   1.0/3   .   .   .  
36  Helmer, Alex   1.5/12   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   .   .   .   .  
19  Baylor, Brandon  .   .   .   .  
94  Kologrivov, Tim  .   .   .   .  
21  Saddler, Leon   .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, Tramaine  0.5/7   .   .   .  
52  Fasano, Joe   .   .   .   .  
13  Kenny, Sean   .   .   .   .  
99  Connell, Cory   .   .   .   .  
26  Sullivan, Mike   .   .   .   .  
43  McClary, Jojo   .   .   .   .  
90  Bradley, Tom   1.0/5   .   .   1/5  
25  Harris, Clay   .   .   .   .  
98  Morton, Zach   .   .   .   .  
37  Idowu, Olatunji  .   .   .   .  
17  Mbongue-Muna,Prosper  .   .   .   .  
##  Youngstown State   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
5E  Edwards, Jeremey  .   .   .   .  
6   Williams, Travis  1.0/4   .   .   .  
52  Stanton, Aronde  .   .   .   .  
3   Williams, Teven  .   .   .   .  
8D  D'Alesio, Donald  .   .   .   .  
21  Peterman, Dale   .   .   .   .  
22  Nwadiogbu, Dubem  .   .   .   .  
9C  Childs, Julius   .   .   .   .  
98  Moss, D.J.   1.0/2   .   .   1/2  
59  Williams, Terell  1.0/2   .   .   .  
28  Taylor, Parnell  .   .   .   .  
99  Fenderson, Josh  0.5/1   .   .   1/1  
33  Sirl, Kyle   1.5/5   .   .   2/5  
10  Cheaib, Ali   .   .   .   .  
2   Bryan, Christian  .   .   .   .  
18  Williams, Deionte  .   .   .   .  
20  Rich, Dom   1.0/5   .   .   .