Football Falls, 37-20, To No. 23 UNH As Ford Says Farewell To Fans

GAME STATS BOOK

ALBANY, N.Y. –
While it wasn’t the storybook ending the University at Albany football community was hoping for, there were many silver linings to Saturday evening’s 37-20 loss to No. 23 New Hampshire.

Emotions filled Bob Ford Field from the moment the gates opened to the time fireworks capped the night, as UAlbany honored veterans with a moving Military Appreciation Day ceremony, as well as a recognition of the squad’s 16 seniors prior to kickoff.

A dogfight on the gridiron, the Great Danes trailed by just three points, 20-17, at the start of the fourth quarter, but the visiting Wildcats pulled away in the end.

The night concluded with a ceremony honoring Head Coach Bob Ford’s legendary 44-season career at UAlbany, including a presentation of the game ball from the squad’s captains, a video tribute, and the retiring of the number 40 in his honor.

Addressing the crowd, Ford said, “I have one of those great lives. I get up in the morning, I can’t wait to go to work. I get done with work and I can’t wait to go home. And that is just a great, great life.

“I want to thank everybody involved in this great game,” he added. “And I want to say to this football squad tonight, how proud I am of you. That was a great battle. Great, great job. Thank you.”

With 265 career wins, Ford ranks first among active NCAA Division I coaches and is the longest active tenured coach in all of college football.

Leading the Great Danes’ offense, junior quarterback Will Fiacchi completed 21-of-34 passes and with 251 yards on the night, he became the only quarterback in UAlbany history to eclipse the 2,000-yard milestone in multiple seasons. Through 11 games, Fiacchi has totaled 2,222 passing yards and is just six completions away from breaking the all-time single season record (196).

Junior running back Omar Osbourne led the team with 109 rushing yards, carrying the ball 28 times, including a one-yard touchdown push.

Senior wide receiver Kevin Chillis totaled nine receptions, accumulating 86 yards, while junior tight end Brian Parker accrued 71-receiving yards with four catches.

Defensively, junior safety TJ Idowu led the team with a career-high 13 tackles, as well as forced a fumble.

New Hampshire jumped out to a 17-0 lead after Mike MacArthur started the scoring off with a 31-yard field goal, capping the Wildcats’ opening drive with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter.

Forcing UAlbany to punt, UNH then used seven plays to move 54-yards down the field and into the end zone, as Andy Vailas connected a three-yard touchdown pass to Justin Mello. After the extra point, the Wildcats led 10-0 with 3:45 left in the opening stanza.

New Hampshire’s defense prevented the Great Danes from gaining any momentum with back-to-back sacks, leading to another punt at the start of the second quarter. Taking over on their own 35, UNH’s Dalton Crossan broke free and scampered 51-yards into the end zone, giving the visitors a 17-point head start with 13:10 remaining in the second quarter.

However, the Great Danes battled back, looking to capture the program’s first win on Bob Ford Field. UAlbany used nine plays to travel 79 yards down the gridiron. With a first down on the UNH-40, Fiacchi completed a 32-yard pass to Parker, setting up Jake Meek’s 8-yard touchdown rush. Tom O’Riordan’s successful point-after kick, made the score 17-7 with 4:46 remaining in the half.

UNH worked the clock down in the dwindling minutes of the half, prior to making a 33-yard field goal with six seconds left before the break.

Despite trailing 20-7 at halftime, UAlbany cut the deficit to three with 10 straight points. Starting their drive with 8:53 on the clock in the third quarter, Meek scurried 19 yards to the 1-yard line after facing 3rd-and-1. Osbourne capped the 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard rush across the goal line.

On the kickoff, Idowu ripped the ball from Nico Steriti’s grasps, but after a scrum, the Wildcats were ruled to have recovered the fumble.

Never the less, the Great Dane defense quickly gave UAlbany another shot, forcing a three-and-out. UAlbany used nine plays to work its way 57-yards down the field to the 12, setting up O’Riordan’s 29-yard field goal. Sailing through the uprights with 14:51 remaining in the contest, the Great Danes trailed, 20-17.

However, that would be as close as UAlbany would get the rest of the night. On UNH’s next drive, they were forced to punt, but the ball bounced off special teams player Neil Morrison, and the Wildcats recovered, giving the visitors new life. In the fresh drive, Vailas connected another three-yard touchdown pass to Mello with 11:45 remaining to give the Wildcats a 27-17 advantage.

Still continuing to scrap, the Great Danes worked their way into the red zone after Fiacchi completed an 18-yard pass to Parker on 4th-and-5, and Meek ran three yards to the UNH-15. O’Riordan’s successful 32-yard field goal made it a one-possession game, 27-20, with 8:17 remaining.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats quickly changed that just 13 seconds later, as Crossan returned the kickoff 93-yards for a touchdown, making the score 34-20.

MacArthur capped the night’s scoring with a 34-yard field goal with 2:55 left on the clock, giving the Wildcats a 37-20 lead.

Refusing to quit, UAlbany marched down the field in the waning minutes, looking to get back on the board. However, Meek’s pass from the UNH-4 was picked off with 1:24 left, and the Wildcats took a knee, running out the clock.

With the loss, the Great Danes fell to 1-10 on the season and 0-7 in the CAA, while New Hampshire improved to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

UAlbany closes the 2013 season as well as the Bob Ford coaching era at Stony Brook next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.


 


 

#23 UNH vs Albany (Nov 16, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

UNH (6-4,5-2) vs. Albany (1-10,0-7)

Date: Nov 16, 2013 • Site: Albany, N.Y.  • Stadium: Bob Ford Field  •  Attendance: 6044

Score by Quarters  Score 
UNH   10  10  0  17  37 
Albany   0  7  7  6  20 
SCORING SUMMARY   UNH -ALBANY  
1st  07:19  UNH   Mike MacArthur 31 yd field goal 
         12 plays, 66 yards, TOP 3:32  3 - 0 
  03:45  UNH   Justin Mello 3 yd pass from Andy Vailas (Mike MacArthur kick) 
         7 plays, 54 yards, TOP 2:31  10 - 0 
2nd  13:10  UNH   Dalton Crossan 51 yd run (Mike MacArthur kick) 
         4 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:05  17 - 0 
  04:46  ALBANY   Meek, Jake 8 yd run (O'Riordan, Tom kick) 
         9 plays, 79 yards, TOP 4:02  17 - 7 
  00:06  UNH   Mike MacArthur 33 yd field goal 
         11 plays, 55 yards, TOP 4:35  20 - 7 
3rd  04:23  ALBANY   Osbourne, Omar 1 yd run (O'Riordan, Tom kick) 
         10 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:30  20 - 14 
4th  14:51  ALBANY   O'Riordan, Tom 29 yd field goal 
         9 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:14  20 - 17 
  11:45  UNH   Justin Mello 3 yd pass from Andy Vailas (Mike MacArthur kick) 
         8 plays, 35 yards, TOP 2:34  27 - 17 
  08:17  ALBANY   O'Riordan, Tom 32 yd field goal 
         12 plays, 67 yards, TOP 3:23  27 - 20 
  08:04  UNH   Dalton Crossan 93 yd kickoff return (Mike MacArthur kick) 
           34 - 20 
  02:55  UNH   Mike MacArthur 34 yd field goal 
         9 plays, 44 yards, TOP 3:42  37 - 20 
Kickoff time: 3:30pm  • End of Game: 6:22pm  • Total elapsed time: 2:52
Referee: C. Lamertina  •  Umpire: Mark Wilson  •  Linesman: John Wilson  •  Line judge: Bob Snober  •  Back judge: Jerry Evans  •  Field judge: Russell Wyatt  •  Side judge: Tom O'Mara  • 
Temperature: 55  • Wind: 10mph SW • Weather: Sunny, Clear

 

Team Statistics

 

Team Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#23 UNH vs Albany (Nov 16, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

 Team Totals  UNH  ALBANY 
FIRST DOWNS  20  28 
   Rushing 
   Passing  10  14 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  178  152 
   Rushing Attempts  38  45 
   Average Per Rush  4.7  3.4 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  202  184 
   Yards Lost Rushing  24  32 
NET YARDS PASSING  201  251 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  13-32-0  21-35-1 
   Average Per Attempt  6.3  7.2 
   Average Per Completion  15.5  12.0 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  379  403 
   Total offense plays  70  80 
   Average Gain Per Play  5.4  5.0 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  1-0  2-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  11-137  2-24 
PUNTS-YARDS  5-192  4-154 
   Average Yards Per Punt  38.4  38.5 
   Net Yards Per Punt  35.2  33.5 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  8-446  5-292 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  55.8  58.4 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  43.4  19.8 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  2--4-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  -2.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  5-193-1  6-74-0 
   Average Per Return  38.6  12.3 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  1-0-0  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  25:51  34:09 
   1st Quarter  6:03  8:57 
   2nd Quarter  6:45  8:15 
   3rd Quarter  4:38  10:22 
   4th Quarter  8:25  6:35 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 16  4 of 15 
Fourth-Down Conversions  1 of 1  2 of 4 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  5-5  4-5 
   Touchdowns  2-5  2-5 
   Field goals  3-5  2-5 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  3-24  2-17 
PAT Kicks  4-4  2-2 
Field Goals  3-3  2-2 

 

Individual Statistics

 

Individual Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#23 UNH vs Albany (Nov 16, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

UNH    Albany
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Chris Setian   10  69  69  15  6.9 
Dalton Crossan   51  51  51  51.0 
Jimmy Owens   21  21  4.2 
Nico Steriti   25  19  2.4 
Andy Vailas   17  17  3.4 
Sean Goldrich   19  17  14  0.4 
TEAM   0.0 
Jared Allison   -1  -0.5 
Totals...  38  202  24  178  51  4.7 
  
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Osbourne, Omar   28  114  109  19  3.9 
Meek, Jake   34  31  19  4.4 
Fiacchi, Will   31  24  21  1.0 
Chillis, Kevin   12  1.7 
Totals...  45  184  32  152  21  3.4 
  
  
  
  
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Sean Goldrich   6-18-0  114  36 
Andy Vailas   7-14-0  87  25 
Totals...  13-32-0  201  36 
  
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   21-34-0  251  32 
Meek, Jake   0-1-1 
Totals...  21-35-1  251  32 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Justin Mello   71  25 
R.J. Harris   85  36 
Harold Spears   30  16 
Mike DeTroia   15  15 
Totals...  13  201  36 
  
  
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Chillis, Kevin   86  18 
Parker, Brian   71  32 
Meek, Jake   47  20 
King, Cole   28  15 
Osbourne, Omar   19  19 
Totals...  21  251  32 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Brad Prasky   192  38.4  48 
Totals...  192  38.4  48 
  
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Martin, Jonathan  154  38.5  47 
Totals...  154  38.5  47 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Shane McNeely  
Dalton Crossan   134  93 
Nico Steriti   59  22 
Totals...  193  93 
  
  
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Chillis, Kevin   74  22 
Meek, Jake   -4 
Morrison, Neil  
O'Connor, Pat  
Totals...  -4  74  22 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Dalton Crossan   51  134  185 
R.J. Harris   85  85 
Nico Steriti   19  59  78 
Justin Mello   71  71 
Chris Setian   69  69 
Harold Spears   30  30 
Jimmy Owens   21  21 
Andy Vailas   17  17 
Mike DeTroia   15  15 
Sean Goldrich  
Jared Allison   -1  -1 
Totals...  178  201  193  572 
  
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Chillis, Kevin   86  74  165 
Osbourne, Omar   109  19  128 
Meek, Jake   31  47  -4  74 
Parker, Brian   71  71 
King, Cole   28  28 
Fiacchi, Will  
Totals...  152  251  74  -4  473 
  
  
  
  
  
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Mike MacArthur  1st  07:19  31 yards  Good 
Mike MacArthur  2nd  00:06  33 yards  Good 
Mike MacArthur  4th  02:55  34 yards  Good 
  
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
O'Riordan, Tom  4th  14:51  29 yards  Good 
O'Riordan, Tom  4th  08:17  32 yards  Good 
  
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Mike MacArthur   446  55.8 
  
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Martin, Jonathan  292  58.4 
 
FUMBLES: UNH-Nico Steriti 1-0. Albany-Morrison, Neil 1-1; Chillis, Kevin 1-0.

 

Defensive Statistics

 

Defensive Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#23 UNH vs Albany (Nov 16, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

##  UNH   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
42  Akil Anderson   12  .   .   .   .  
51  Shane McNeely   10  12  0.5/2   .   1-0   .  
4   Manny Asam   11  2.5/10   .   .   .  
16  Nick Cefalo   1.0/3   .   .   .  
11  Tre Williams   1.0/6   .   .   1.0/6  
55  Jay Colbert   0.5/4   .   .   0.5/4  
58  Sean McCann   0.5/1   .   .   .  
46  Hayden Knudson   .   .   .   .  
28  Casey DeAndrade  .   .   .   .  
60  Matt Kaplan   1.0/10   .   .   1.0/10  
33  Keith Parkinson  .   .   .   .  
90  Rashid Armand   .   .   .   .  
96  Cody Muller   1.0/10   .   .   0.5/4  
23  Dougie Moss   .   1-0   .   .  
92  Jullian Turner   .   .   .   .  
80  Cam Shorey   .   .   .   .  
85  Brian Ciccone   .   .   .   .  
56  DeVaughn Chollette  .   .   .   .  
9   Lamar Edmonds   .   .   .   .  
30  Chris Setian   .   .   .   .  
##  Albany   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
1   Idowu, Olatunji  13  .   .   .   .  
32  Ngachie, Marcel  .   .   .   .  
6   Exantus, Randall  1.0/1   .   .   .  
33  Dorsey, Christian  .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, Tramaine  0.5/1   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   2.0/17   .   .   2.0/17  
98  Morton, Zach   .   .   .   .  
11  Nicastro, Michael  .   .   .   .  
17  Mbongue-Muna,Prosper  1.0/5   .   .   .  
31  Jordan, Kyle   .   .   .   .  
58  Greenhagen, Cody  .   .   .   .  
94  Kologrivov, Tim  .   .   .   .  
91  Troutman, Zach   0.5/0   .   .   .  
8   McClary, Jojo   .   .   .   .  
42  O'Connor, Pat   .   .   .   .  
48  Clark, Rayshan   .   .   .   .  
52  Fasano, Joe   .   .   .   .  
36  Morrison, Neil   .   .   .   .  

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