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UAlbany football set to take on Morgan State

UAlbany Sports Information   09-07-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team will be playing Morgan State for the first time in program history at 1 Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium.

The Great Danes are coming off this past weekend’s 31-17 setback at Old Dominion, a Football Championship Subdivision team from Conference USA. UAlbany rallied from a 21-3 halftime deficit to pull within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Morgan State lost to Towson, a Colonial Athletic Association school, 10-0 in its opener this past weekend.

FOLLOW THE GAME

Radio: Rewind 105.7 FM

Live stream: MorganStateBears.com

Social media: @UAlbanySports, @UAlbanyFootball 

KEY STAT

Morgan State’s fast-paced offense ran 84 plays in the season-opener against Towson. Of those, 46 were passes. 

WHAT TO KNOW

Fabulous freshman: Running back Karl Mofor, a freshman from Greenbelt, Md., racked up 128 yards of total offense in his debut. Getting carries in place of starting tailback Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, who sat out with an injury, Mofor ran for 99 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards. He scored on a 31-yard touchdown run in the second half that brought UAlbany within seven points of Old Dominion. With Ibitokun-Hanks sidelined again Saturday, Mofor and Kendall Rodgers Jr., once again will share carries. 

And to boot, he's a punter: Junior Neven Sussman is serving as the Great Danes' No. 2 quarterback and punter this season. At quarterback, he’s expected to see playing time in certain situations because of his ability to both throw and run. He scored on a 3-yard TD against Old Dominion in the season opener. Sussman also punted eight times, averaging 41 yards and booming one kick 52 yards.

Winning the turnover battle: It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Great Danes won the turnover battle, 3-1, against Old Dominion. UAlbany was second-best in the Colonial Athletic Association last season with a plus-16 turnover ratio. Turnovers have been a hallmark of coordinator Bernard Clark’s defense.

Scouting Morgan State: The Bears, picked to finish eighth in the MEAC in the preseason poll, are coached by Fred T. Farrier, who took coached with an interim tag in 2016, when the Bears finished 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the MEAC. His interim tag was removed after the season The Bears return 17 starters — seven on offense, nine on defense and one on special teams. Among their losses was quarterback Chris Andrews, who led the MEAC in total offense last season with 1,604 yards. Quarterback Elijah Stanley, a 6-foot-7 redshirt junior who transferred from Tyler Junior College (Texas), completed 23 of 46 passes for 185 yards with three interceptions in the opener. The Bears defense limited Towson to just 102 yards of total offense, including only 17 rushing yards; Towson’s only touchdown came after an interception set up the offense from the 2-yard line. Offensively, Morgan State failed to score on three tips inside the red zone and turned over the ball four times. The Bears also were penalized 15 times.

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