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Football Set for Road Clash with Monmouth

UAlbany Sports Information   09-12-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – Coming off a 45-3 victory over Bryant in the home opener, the University at Albany football team will be facing a former Northeast Conference rival for the second straight week when it plays Monmouth on the road Saturday.

Game Info

Saturday, Sept. 14, at Monmouth (1 p.m.)

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Leading the Pack

  • UAlbany is coming off its most productive offensive performance since 2017 (45-28 win over Holy Cross) and its most lopsided victory since 2010 (48-0 over St. Francis).
  • Alex James was named CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 229 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries against Bryant. Karl Mofor also rushed for a career-high 123 yards in the win.
  • Quarterback Jeff Undercuffler has thrown four touchdown passes and no interceptions through the first two games. He’s been sacked only once.
  • Levi Metheny leads the defense with 20 tackles this season. Eli Mencer has 3.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. 

Scouting Monmouth

  • The Hawks are coming off a 24-21 victory over Lafayette, a team the Great Danes will face at Casey Stadium on Sept. 21. Junior running back Pete Guerriero rushed for 152 yards in the victory.
  • Monmouth now has won 11 of its past 12 home games.
  • The Hawks are averaging 175.5 rushing yards per game through their first two games.
  • They dropped their opener to Western Michigan, an FBS opponent, 48-13.

Hello again

UAlbany and Monmouth, which now competes in the Big South, were NEC rivals for 14 seasons before both moved to new conferences. The Great Danes won the most recent meeting, 28-14, in the 2017 home opener at Casey Stadium. The teams last played in West Long Branch, N.J., in 2011, a game UAlbany also won, 41-24. Overall, the Great Danes have won seven straight in the series.

Dynamic defense

UAlbany’s defense already has forced six turnovers (four fumble recoveries, two interceptions) and scored twice over the first two games. In the opener at Central Michigan, Eli Mencer had a strip sack, fumble return for touchdown, and against Bryant, Jarren Williams hauled in a deflected pass and ran 63 yards for a Pick 6. UAlbany already has forced six fumbles.

What a rush!

UAlbany posted 362 yards rushing in this past Saturday’s win over Bryant. Alex James ran 12 times for 229 yards and a TD, while Karl Mofor carried 18 times for 123 yards. James ran for an 80-yard TD in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, he nearly had an 85-yard score, but it was called back when replay showed his foot touched the boundary at the 2-yard line. Through two games, UAlbany backs are averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Schedule strength

Once again, the Great Danes play a formidable schedule. The nonconference slate includes an FBS opponent (Central Michigan) and Monmouth, picked to finish second in the Big South Preseason Poll. CAA opponents Maine (No. 7), Towson (No. 8) and Delaware (No. 18) are ranked in the STATS Top 25 poll.

Notables

  • UAlbany has converted four of its five fourth-down conversion attempts this season.
  • UAlbany was 78-24 and won six titles during its 14 years as a member of the NEC.

Next

UAlbany plays the first of two straight games at home next Saturday, Sept. 21, against Lafayette on Hometown Heroes Day. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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