UAlbany football set to face Delaware on the road
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team faces Delaware on Saturday in its final road game of the 2017 season.
The Great Danes finish the year at home Saturday, Nov. 18, against New Hampshire on Military Appreciation Day.
UAlbany, which fell in overtime, 28-21, to Stony Brook last week, will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak against Delaware, which is coming off a 31-17 win on the road against Maine.
The Great Danes (3-6, 1-5 Colonial Athletic Association) have played one of the most challenging schedules in the nation, having faced four teams in the Top 25. Delaware (6-3, 4-2 CAA) is receiving votes in both the STATS and coaches’ polls.
Four of UAlbany’s losses have come by seven points or fewer, and between Sept. 30 and Oct. 21, the Great Danes lost three consecutive games by a combined 11 points.
And despite being three games under .500, UAlbany has allowed the same number of points per game as it has scored (19.2).
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NEWS AND NOTES
Working overtime: The Great Danes have played three overtime games this season. They beat Villanova, 19-10, on Sept. 23; lost to Richmond, 41-28, on Oct. 7; and lost to Stony Brook, 28-21, this past week.
- UAlbany had played only one overtime game in the previous three seasons combined.
- Eastern Illinois is the only other Football Championship Subdivision team to have played three overtime games this season. The FCS record is four.
- The Great Danes never had played more than one overtime game in a season before this year.
Success on third down: The Great Danes had been converting just 33 percent of their third-down tries entering this past Saturday’s game, but they saw great improvement against Stony Brook.
- UAlbany was 13-for-19 on third down against Stony Brook — a 68.4 percent conversion rate.
- On UAlbany’s game-tying 96-yard drive at the end of regulation, the Great Danes converted five third downs, including QB Will Brunson’s 18-yard scramble on 3rd and 16 and his 19-yard completion to Austin Ellis on 3rd and 17.
Brunson leads offense at QB: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Brunson had one of his best games of the season against Stony Brook, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He led a 96-yard drive to tie the game at 21 in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.
- Brunson is averaging 180.2 yards per game and completing 57.1 percent of his passes this season. He has eight touchdowns against six interceptions.
- Brunson threw for a career-high 339 yards in the Great Danes’ 41-38 double-overtime loss against Richmond. Brunson’s 339 yards were the most by a Great Danes quarterback since Will Fiacchi, now an offensive assistant coach, threw for 335 against Delaware on Nov. 8, 2014. Brunson’s passing yards also were the fourth most in program history, just behind Fiacchi’s 341 on Oct. 11, 2014, against Richmond.
Scouting Delaware: First-year coach Danny Rocco, who had spent the previous five years at Richmond, has led Delaware to its first winning season since 2013. The Blue Hens boast one of the top defenses in the nation, allowing just 17.1 points per game, third best in the CAA and 10th in the FCS. Offensively, junior quarterback Joe Walker is an all-purpose threat; he enters the game with 2,155 career passing yards and 965 rushing yards.