Danes Fall Short After Multiple Comeback Efforts
The University at Albany football team lost a thriller while visiting their old rival, Monmouth University. The Hawks defeated the Great Danes 38-35 in overtime.
The contest was a shootout, as both teams combined for 992 yards of offense. UAlbany, however, lost the turnover battle, turning the ball over five times, three of those interceptions, to Monmouth’s two.
Wide receiver Juwan Green led the Danes’ offensive attack, recording a program-record 15 catches, adding 245 yards and three touchdowns. Green was six yards shy of setting the program single-game receiving yards record.
UAlbany redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler tied the program record for completions (31) and passing yards (398) and added four touchdowns. Running back Karl Mofor added 99 yards and a touchdown.
“When teams try to take away our run game, we have great receivers and they played really good after the first quarter,” said UAlbany coach Greg Gattuso. “The first quarter we had big plays all over the field — we just didn’t finish the plays. But we got back in it.”
The Hawks were led by running back Pete Guerriero who racked up 140 yards and a touchdown. Their fifth-year senior quarterback, Bahar Kenji, threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Monmouth struck first with a four play, 55-yard drive capped off with a 26-yard run by Guerriero.
Matt Mosquera hit two field goals in the first quarter for Monmouth after back-to-back UAlbany turnovers and took an early 13-0 lead.
UAlbany’s troubles continued as Kenji passed to Greene for a 39-yard touchdown, extending the Hawks’ lead to 21-0 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half.
Undercuffler then threw a 64-yard bomb to Green, who redeemed himself after dropping a would-be touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Pinned inside their own 10-yardline with less than a minute remaining in the half, Mofor barreled through the Hawks’ defense for a 52-yard run. The run set up a 28-yard touchdown catch by Green, narrowing the score to 21-14 at the half.
UAlbany tied the game early in the third quarter on a drive where Green had five catches for 61 yards and Mofor capped it with a two-yard touchdown run.
After back-and-forth action that gave Monmouth a 35-28 lead, Undercuffler marched the Danes down the field for the game-tying touchdown with a 10-play, 70-yard drive capped off by a Jerah Reeves touchdown.
In overtime, the Danes lost their chance to seal the game when Dylan Burns missed a 39-yard field goal. Monmouth seized the opportunity as Mosquera hit 25-yard field goal, sealing the 38-35 win.
The Danes look to rebound in a home game against Lafayette College on Saturday, Sept. 21.