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UAlbany, Stony Brook set to clash for Golden Apple

UAlbany Sports Information   11-15-2018

vs. Stony Brook, 3:30 p.m., Tom & Mary Casey Stadium

Records: UAlbany 2-8, 0-7 CAA | Stony Brook 7-3, 5-2 CAA

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany football team and rival Stony Brook, ranked No. 10 in the country, will meet in the regular-season finale Saturday at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on an afternoon when the Great Danes will honor 16 seniors before the game.

The winner of the annual "Empire Clash" will bring the Golden Apple trophy back to campus for the next year. Stony Brook has held the trophy since winning in overtime, 28-21, last year on Long Island. But the Great Danes lead the all-time series, 11-8. The longtime rivals had faced each other as members of the Northeast Conference until 2007, when Stony Brook left the league. Both programs joined the CAA in 2013.

The Great Danes are facing a STATS Top 25 opponent for the fourth time in five weeks. UAlbany beat a ranked opponent, No. 16 New Hampshire, in last year's regular-season finale at Casey Stadium, winning 15-0.

NEWS AND NOTES

Senior sendoff

UAlbany will be honoring 16 seniors before Saturday’s game:

  • Neven Sussman: Has played in 41 career games and worked at quarterback, linebacker, punter and on special teams during his career. At QB, he threw for 1,618 yards with eight touchdowns.
  • Vincent Testaverde: Spent this past season with the Great Danes as a redshirt senior. Threw for 1,714 yards and 11 TDs in eight starts.
  • Kareem Brown: Played in 32 career games in three seasons at UAlbany. Has been a starter in the secondary every game in 2017 and 2018.
  • Greig Stire: Four-year basketball player who joined the football program this season, working as a reserve tight end.
  • Ethan Stark: Has made 12 of 13 field goals this season, including a career-long 51 yarder against Morgan State. Made 36 of 51 field goals for his career.
  • Sam Davis: Reserve offensive lineman from nearby Johnstown, N.Y., has contributed on special teams.
  • Luke Ritter: Two-year starter on the offensive line.
  • Lukas Repetti: Has appeared in 38 career games at tight end and caught four passes for 35 yards.
  • Brian Dolce: Three-year starter on the defensive line has 118 career tackles and 8.0 career sacks.
  • Jack Dudzinski: Appeared in 21 career games on the offensive line. Son of defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski.
  • Nick Dillon: Mainstay on the defensive line in three seasons with the program after transferring from Eastern Michigan. Has 20 tackles (10 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
  • Antoine White: Has played in 21 games on the defensive line for UAlbany after transferring from Penn State. Has 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season.
  • Paul Casanzio: Has played in 27 career games as a long-snapper.
  • Tadriek Johnson: Has played in six games this season on special teams, registering a tackle.
  • Will Brunson: Has played in 20 games at quarterback, throwing for 2,334 yards and 10 touchdowns.Threw for 1,889 and nine TDs as UAlbany’s starting QB in 2017.
  • Isaih Clarke: Has provided depth at wide receiver in four seasons with the program.
Undercuffler takes over
Freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler made his second career start and third collegiate appearance against New Hampshire. He threw for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Undercuffler had made his first start against Delaware. Facing the No. 13 team in the country on a day with sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, he completed 15-of-28 passes for 171 yards with two interceptions. That came a week after the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Burlington, N.J., native made his collegiate debut against Maine. After starter Vincent Testaverde and backup Will Brunson left the game with injuries, Undercuffler took over in the fourth quarter on a windy, snowy afternoon. On his first official pass attempt, Undercuffler found Jerah Reeves over the middle in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Undercuffler finished the game 2-for-6 for 18 yards.
Sack attack
The Great Danes have 20 sacks on the season. That total was boosted by a season-high four-sack game against William & Mary. Linebacker Eli Mencer leads the team with 4.5 sacks. Redshirt freshman Anthony Lang has 4.0, while redshirt senior Antoine White has 3.5. 
Stark on the mark
Senior placekicker Ethan Stark has made 12 of his 13 field-goal attempts. UAlbany’s all-time record for most field goals made in a season is 15, set in 2007 by Jason Fralicker. Stark’s 51-yard field goal against Morgan State was the third longest in program history and just two yards shy of UAlbany’s all-time record. He also hit a 49-yarder against New Hampshire that ranks as the fifth-longest in program history. Stark also has made 19 of his 20 extra-point tries.

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