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Ibitokun-Hanks' big day not enough in loss to W&M

UAlbany Sports Information   10-06-2018

Football score: William & Mary 25, UAlbany 22

Location: Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Va.

Records: UAlbany 2-3, 0-2 CAA; William & Mary 2-3, 1-1 CAA

Short story: Despite 221 rushing yards from Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, the University at Albany football team fell to William & Mary, 25-22, on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Zable Stadium.

Key stats

- Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks went over 200 rushing yards for the third time in his career. His career high is 298, set in 2016 at New Hampshire.

- The Great Danes sacked William & Mary quarterback Shon Mitchell four times for 43 yards. Eli Mencer, Isaiah Watson, Anthony Lang and Nick Dillon all had sacks.

- UAlbany held William & Mary to just 38 yards rushing. The Great Danes had 7.0 tackles for loss. Levi Metheny led the defense with nine tackles (seven solo); he also had his first career interception.

Recap

William & Mary rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeated the University at Albany football team, 25-22, on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Zable Stadium.

The Tribe overcame a 221-yard performance from running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Ibitokun-Hanks and Karl Mofor each ran for touchdowns for the Great Danes (2-3, 0-2 CAA), who also got three field goals from Ethan Stark.

UAlbany went ahead 22-10 on Stark’s 28-yard field goal with 7:03 to play. But William & Mary answered less than two minutes later with DeVonte Dedmond’s 17-yard touchdown catch, and Shon Mitchell scored the winning TD on a 6-yard run with 50 seconds to go.

Dedmond also had scored the game’s first touchdown when he hauled in a 50-yard touchdown less than three minutes after the opening kickoff.

But in the second quarter, following Stark’s 32-yard field goal, Ibitokun-Hanks gave the Great Danes the lead back with a big play of his own. He took a direct snap, ran to his left and then zoomed through the defense for a 36-yard touchdown run, putting UAlbany ahead, 10-7, with 10:31 left in the quarter.

The teams traded field goals in the final two minutes of the first half, and the Great Danes went to the intermission ahead, 13-10.

Mofor opened up the lead in the fourth quarter, finishing a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. His score gave the Great Danes their biggest lead to that point, 19-10, with 12:38 to play.

UAlbany appeared to be well-positioned when Stark followed with his third field goal five minutes later. But the Tribe scored on the next two possessions, the first on a four-play, 73-yard drive that took just 1:46 and cut the lead to 22-17.

William & Mary then took the lead on Mitchell's touchdown run and added a two-point conversion.

Up next

UAlbany is home the next two weeks. The Great Danes face Richmond at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and then Towson at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in two CAA contests.

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