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Football comes up short against #13 Delaware

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The University at Albany football team rallied from down 12 points to take a 16-15 fourth quarter lead vs No. 13 Delaware Saturday afternoon.

 

UAlbany was 18 seconds away from snapping a four-game losing streak.

 

Then senior RB Kani Kane had other plans, scoring a 14-yard touchdown to give the Blue Hens a 21-16 lead.

 

The rally was over. Their chances of ending their losing skid was too.

 

Behind two touchdowns from Kane to go along with 94 total rushing yards for the Blue Hens on the ground, Delaware extended their winning streak to five in a thrilling win versus the Great Danes at Casey Stadium.

 

“I thought we played really, really hard against a good football team,” head coach Greg Gattuso said. “It’s just disappointing to lose a heartbreaker. This is the third one we’ve lost with less than 30 seconds on the clock. It takes a toll, but our kids keep fighting. I know we’re going to come back next week and play a great one.”

 

Jeff Undercuffler, making his first career start in place of injured quarterbacks Vincent Testaverde and Will Brunson, finished 15-for-28 for 171 yards and two interceptions. His worst mistake came in the first quarter when he was intercepted at the 1-yard line by linebacker Charles Bell.

 

The Danes held the Blue Hens to 268 total yards. Danny Damico led UAlbany with 10 total tackles (five solo).

 

On fourth-and-goal from the UAlbany 1-yard line, Kane took the handoff up the middle and was stuffed up at the goal line by defenders Josh Wynn and Mazon Walker.

 

After a Great Danes safety, Delaware quarterback Kehoe completed a 42-yard pass to Walker to set up the Blue Hens inside the 10. Four plays later, Kane scored a 1-yard TD to extend the lead to 9-0.

 

Delaware would follow that up with a 50-yard FG by redshirt senior kicker Frank Raggo.

 

After 32 and 22 yard passes to UAlbany WR Jerah Reeves and RB Karl Mofor, kicker Ethan Stark buried a kick from 21 yards to give UAlbany their first points of the half as time expired, giving the Danes a 12-3 deficit into the locker room.

 

The drive covered 70 yards of offense in just 48 seconds.

 

Both Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks and Karl Mofor had rushing touchdowns in the second half. They combined for 128 total yards on the day.

 

Ibitokun Hanks gave UAlbany their first TD of the game with 11:36 left in the third quarter. Mofor got in on the scoring with a 4-yard run with just under 12 minutes to go in the fourth. They would be shut out for the rest of the game.

 

The Great Danes lose a game they finish with more total yards of offense, rushing yards and time of possession.

 

UAlbany is on the road next week to take on New Hampshire Saturday at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 35-24 win over No. 3 James Madison.  

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Rob "Lep" Lepelstat is the sports editor of the Albany Student Press. Along with the ASP, Lep works as Vice President of ATV and sports director for WCDB. During the summer of 2017, he interned at WABC-TV in New York City.

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