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Football Tops New Hampshire, 24-17, on Senior Day

UAlbany Sports Information   11-16-2019

Score: UAlbany 24, New Hampshire 17

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany 7-4 (5-2 CAA) | New Hampshire 5-5 (4-3 CAA)

Short story: The University at Albany football team knocked off New Hampshire, 24-17, on Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 16, to maintain at least a share of second place in the CAA. The Great Danes’ earned their seventh win of the season and fifth in conference play with one regular-season game remaining.

Key stats

  • Jeff Undercuffler set the program’s new single-season yardage record. He threw for 199 yards, giving him 2,783 for the season. That surpasses the previous mark of 2,636, set by Will Fiacchi, now the Great Danes’ WRs coach, in 2014.
  • Karl Mofor rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
  • UAlbany’s defense intercepted two passes (Hayden Specht, Josh Wynn) and recorded 7.0 tackles for a loss.

Coach Gattuso: “As they say in baseball, we didn’t have our fastball today. But you have to credit New Hampshire. They had a good plan and did some good things. But ultimately, at the end of the day, we were able to battle through and survive. Our defense played really well in the second half. It wasn’t an easy day to play, even though the sun looked pretty. It wasn’t an easy day for offense. But the defense was tough and physical. We’re just really excited about getting a win, getting to 7-4 and continuing to control our own destiny.”

Recap

Tyler Oedekoven’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass gave the University at Albany football team the lead, and Hayden Specht’s first career interception helped the Great Danes hold onto a pivotal 24-17 win over New Hampshire.

The victory sends UAlbany into next week’s regular-season finale with at least a share of second place in the CAA and bolsters its FCS playoff case. 

On a sunny but cold afternoon at Casey Stadium, the Great Danes honored 17 seniors in a ceremony prior to kickoff. Then, Karl Mofor ran for two touchdowns and the defense came up with a pair of interceptions to help deliver the outgoing class a victory.

The game was tied at 17 in the fourth quarter when Jeff Undercuffler found Oedekoven wide open down the left sideline for a 32-yard touchdown. The play put UAlbany ahead, 24-17, with 8:01 left.

Four minutes later, New Hampshire was deep in UAlbany territory, threatening to tie the game. But on a 4thand 10 from the Great Danes’ 23, Specht stepped in front of a pass and ran it back 30 yards.

New Hamsphire had one more chance, but Anthony Lang sacked the Wildcats’ QB on a 4thand 6 and with 1:33 to go, allowing UAlbany’s offense to end the game in the victory formation.

In the first half, Mofor propelled the offense, opening the scoring with a 6-yard TD run and then adding a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter that tied the game at 14.

Dylan Burns also kicked a 24-yard field goal that put the Great Danes ahead at halftime, 17-14.

Up nextUAlbany closes out the regular season Saturday, Nov. 23, at Stony Brook. Kickoff is 2 p.m. 

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