Football falls to Rhode Island in CAA opener
Score: Rhode Island 45, UAlbany 26
Location: Meade Stadium in Kingston, R.I.
Records: UAlbany 0-2, 0-1 CAA; Rhode Island 2-0, 2-0 CAA
Short story: The University at Albany football team fell in its CAA opener, 45-26, to Rhode Island on Saturday at Meade Stadium. Karl Mofor’s two fourth-quarter touchdown runs weren’t enough to help the Great Danes overcome a second-half deficit.
- Vincent Testaverde completed 21-of-32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. It was the redshirt senior’s second consecutive 200-yard game.
- Safety Tyler Carswell led the defense with 14 tackles. He also recovered a fumble in the second half.
The University at Albany football team’s three fourth-quarter touchdowns weren’t enough to complete a comeback against Rhode Island on Saturday in a 45-26 loss at Meade Stadium in Kingston, R.I.
But Rhode Island, which was receiving votes in Top 25 polls this past week after opening the season with a win over No. 15 Delaware, got four touchdown passes from JaJuan Lawson on its way to a 37-7 lead at halftime and 45-7 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
UAlbany got its first fourth-quarter score when Mofor motored down the right sideline and eluded three defenders for a 40-yard TD.
Five minutes later, Testaverde finished off an eight-play drive by plunging for a touchdown from the 1-yard line, cutting the lead to 45-20.
Mofor, who finished with 52 yards on 10 carries, added a 24-yard touchdown run with 4:24 left in the game.
The Great Danes had fallen behind early when Rhode Island scored on its first drive of the game. But UAlbany answered quickly.
Testaverde, who completed 21-of-32 passes for 228 yards, led an 11-play, 70-yard march that culminated with his 9-yard touchdown strike to Jerah Reeves, tying the game at 7.
After two straight road games to start the season, UAlbany hosts Morgan State this coming Saturday at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in its home opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.