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Great Danes Open New Stadium, Drop Overtime Heartbreaker To Rhode Island

ALBANY, N.Y. — Bob Ford Field opened its gates to a sellout crowd of 8,500 on the campus of the University at Albany on Saturday night.  The stadium was buzzing with anticipation for the first game at the Great Danes’ new home. 

To the chagrin of their fans, the Great Danes could not get their coach a win to open the stadium that bears his name. UAlbany dropped a closely contested 19-13 game in overtime to the visiting Rhode Island Rams.

From the onset, the game was played close to the vest.  It was an offensive struggle for both teams due to stout defensive play from both teams.  The only scoring of the first half came off the right foot of Rhode Island kicker Dylan Smith, who knocked down a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 36-yarder on the Rams’ final drive of the first half.  Quarterback Bob Bentsen was efficient in the half, going 12-for-20 with 121 yards passing. 

For UAlbany, things did not come easy during the first half.  They struggled to run or throw despite senior wide out Kevin Chillis electrifying the crowd with a 53-yard run. However, the drive stalled after a missed 40-yard field goal attempt.

Rhode Island went into the break with a 6-0 advantage and was poised to extend its lead.  The Great Danes fumbled a punt on their own 17-yard line, leading to a short field for the Rams.  Bentsen then took it in himself on a draw to give Rhode Island a 13-0 lead halfway through the third.

There was no quit in the Great Danes, who responded with a score of their own almost instantly with a seven play, 64-yard drive that resulted in a 10-yard touchdown run from last week’s CAA Player of the Week, Omar Osbourne.  The drive saw Fiacchi and the UAlbany offense move the ball downfield in a way not seen in the first half.  The key play of the drive was a crucial 25-yard conversion to Jake Meek, who was lined up in the slot.  It was the best throw of the night for Fiacchi, who sold the play action perfectly before delivering a strike on third down.  The score was now 13-6 after senior defensive tackle Josh Moody would block the extra point for URI.

After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Great Danes got the ball back and went back to work moving down the field.  The highlight of the drive came on a do-or-die 4th and eight, which Fiacchi hit junior Cole King with another well thrown pass under pressure.  The final play of the third quarter was the biggest offensive one. Meek took the snap, optioned to keep the ball, and took it into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game at 13 apiece.  The drive was 10 plays, 77 yards and made it a brand new ballgame. 

The tide seemed to be turning in UAlbany’s favor as it stopped Rhode Island on a 4th and one and got the ball back.  It looked at the time like it would be the most important play of the game.  The combination of Fiacchi and Meek under center drove the Great Danes down the field and gave them a chance to take the lead.  Unfortunately, Tom O’Riordan had his kick blocked.  Once again, it was URI’s Moody, who also forced a fumble in the game. 

While it was a setback for UAlbany, the defense picked the Danes back up and got the ball back in the latter stages of the game.  An interception from the Rams’ Doug Martin gave Rhode Island great field position with under three minutes remaining.  Fortunately for the Great Danes, kicker Dylan Smith missed a field goal, keeping the game tied and giving UAlbany another chance.  Fiacchi threw up a Hail Mary in the closing seconds, but it fell short, sending the game into overtime.

Overtime began with a Rhode Island touchdown, one that would prove to be the game-winner.  Justin Semmes took the ball in on a 1-yard carry before Smith missed an extra point, putting the Rams up by six.  A holding penalty and a sack by the Rhode Island defense stalled another comeback attempt for the Great Danes, and UAlbany’s first overtime game since 2011 ended with the first conference defeat of the year.

Junior linebacker Christian Dorsey led the defense, recording 14 tackles, including eight solo.   

On offense, Meek displayed his versatility from playing slot receiver to taking snaps under center, one of which resulted in a touchdown.  Coach Ford was sure to mention Meek’s consistency after the game.

“I think he gives us a pretty good threat in the run game,” Ford noted.  “He’s quick and can hit the holes.”

On the offensive end, Fiacchi totaled 181 yards on 17 completions in 36 attempts, including 12-for-21 in the final two quarters.  Osbourne finished the night with 96 rushing yards and a score.  

“We had enough opportunities to win the game,” Coach Ford said. “And we just didn’t get it done.”

The Great Danes return to action Saturday, September 21st, hosting Central Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m. at Bob Ford Field.

Scoring Summary (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
URI vs Albany (Sep 14, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

URI (1-2,1-1) vs. Albany (1-2,0-1)

Date: Sep 14, 2013 • Site: Albany, N.Y.  • Stadium: Bob Ford Field  •  Attendance: 8500

Score by Quarters  OT  [5]  Score 
URI   3  3  7  0  6  [6 19 
Albany   0  0  13  0  0  [0 13 
SCORING SUMMARY   URI -ALBANY  
1st  09:36  URI   Dylan Smith 45 yd field goal 
           3 – 0 
2nd  00:16  URI   Dylan Smith 36 yd field goal 
           6 – 0 
3rd  08:14  URI   Bob Bentsen 3 yd run (Dylan Smith kick) 
           13 – 0 
  05:47  ALBANY   Osbourne, Omar 10 yd run (O’Riordan, Tom kick blockd) 
           13 – 6 
  00:00  ALBANY   Meek, Jake 17 yd run (O’Riordan, Tom kick) 
           13 – 13 
OT   15:00  URI   Justin Semmes 1 yd run (Dylan Smith kick failed) 
           19 – 13 
Kickoff time: 7:07pm  • End of Game: 10:24  • Total elapsed time: 3:17
Referee: Paul Zukis  •  Umpire: Robert Kinter  •  Linesman: Ray Renart  •  Line judge: Frank Trevino  •  Back judge: Peter Buchanan  •  Field judge: Duane Burrel  •  Side judge: Bill Greider  •  Alternate: Edward Conlan  • 
Temperature: 62  • Wind: WNW 7mph • Weather: cloudy

Team Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
URI vs Albany (Sep 14, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

 Team Totals  URI  ALBANY 
FIRST DOWNS  17  23 
   Rushing  12 
   Passing 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  140  216 
   Rushing Attempts  53  42 
   Average Per Rush  2.6  5.1 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  166  247 
   Yards Lost Rushing  26  31 
NET YARDS PASSING  136  194 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  16-27-0  18-37-1 
   Average Per Attempt  5.0  5.2 
   Average Per Completion  8.5  10.8 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  276  410 
   Total offense plays  80  79 
   Average Gain Per Play  3.5  5.2 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  0-0  2-2 
Penalties: Number-Yards  5-46  7-58 
PUNTS-YARDS  8-320  5-186 
   Average Yards Per Punt  40.0  37.2 
   Net Yards Per Punt  40.4  37.0 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  4-205  3-154 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  51.2  51.3 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  23.2  30.0 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  2-1-0  1–3-0 
   Average Per Return  0.5  -3.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  3-64-0  4-112-0 
   Average Per Return  21.3  28.0 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  1-0-0  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  32:44  27:16 
   1st Quarter  8:46  6:14 
   2nd Quarter  10:55  4:05 
   3rd Quarter  5:18  9:42 
   4th Quarter  7:45  7:15 
   OT Quarter  0:00  0:00 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 20  3 of 16 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 2  3 of 5 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  3-5  2-5 
   Touchdowns  2-5  2-5 
   Field goals  1-5  0-5 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  3-25  1-8 
PAT Kicks  1-2  1-2 
Field Goals  2-3  0-2 
 

Individual Statistics

 

Individual Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
URI vs Albany (Sep 14, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

URI    Albany
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Justin Semmes  19  73  73  11  3.8 
Robbie Delgado  11  29  29  2.6 
Bob Bentsen  12  36  14  22  1.8 
Jawaun Wynn  20  20  13  6.7 
Kolt Peavey  2.0 
Jordan Sebastian  0.2 
Abdul Ibrahim  11  -7  -2.3 
Totals…  53  166  26  140  13  2.6 
  
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Osbourne, Omar   22  96  96  17  4.4 
Chillis, Kevin   77  77  53  25.7 
Meek, Jake   11  55  49  17  4.5 
Fiacchi, Will   19  25  -6  10  -1.0 
Totals…  42  247  31  216  53  5.1 
  
  
  
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Bob Bentsen  16-27-0  136  24 
Totals…  16-27-0  136  24 
  
  
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   17-36-1  181  43 
Meek, Jake   1-1-0  13  13 
Totals…  18-37-1  194  43 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Robbie Jackson  45  24 
Robbie Delgado  -4 
Andrew Matos  33  18 
Jordan Sebastian 
Ross Kim  21  21 
Justin Favreau  17  17 
Justin Semmes 
Josh Gross 
Jawaun Wynn 
Abdul Ibrahim 
Totals…  16  136  24 
  
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Gay, Jameel   96  43 
Chillis, Kevin   22 
King, Cole   26  15 
Parker, Brian   24  13 
Osbourne, Omar  
Meek, Jake   25  25 
Totals…  18  194  43 
  
  
  
  
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Anthony DiPaula  320  40.0  57 
Totals…  320  40.0  57 
  
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Martin, Jonathan  186  37.2  48 
Totals…  186  37.2  48 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Robbie Jackson  19  19 
Andrew Matos  45  31 
Doug Johnson 
Totals…  64  31 
  
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Chillis, Kevin   40  27 
Harris, Clay   72  49 
Lewis, Cameron   -3 
Totals…  -3  112  49 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Justin Semmes  73  81 
Andrew Matos  33  45  78 
Robbie Jackson  45  19  65 
Jawaun Wynn  20  26 
Robbie Delgado  29  -4  25 
Bob Bentsen  22  22 
Ross Kim  21  21 
Justin Favreau  17  17 
Josh Gross 
Kolt Peavey 
Jordan Sebastian 
Abdul Ibrahim  -7  -4 
Totals…  140  136  64  341 
  
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Chillis, Kevin   77  22  40  139 
Osbourne, Omar   96  97 
Gay, Jameel   96  96 
Meek, Jake   49  25  74 
Harris, Clay   72  72 
King, Cole   26  26 
Parker, Brian   24  24 
Lewis, Cameron   -3  -3 
Fiacchi, Will   -6  -6 
Totals…  216  194  112  -3  519 
  
  
  
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Dylan Smith  1st  09:36  45 yards  Good 
Dylan Smith  2nd  00:16  36 yards  Good 
Dylan Smith  4th  01:35  33 yards  Missed 
  
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
O’Riordan, Tom  1st  03:08  40 yards  Missed 
O’Riordan, Tom  4th  06:34  27 yards  Blocked 
  
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Anthony DiPaula  205  51.2 
  
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Martin, Jonathan  154  51.3 
 
FUMBLES: URI-None. Albany-Fiacchi, Will 1-1; Lewis, Cameron 1-1.
 

Defensive Statistics

 

Defensive Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
URI vs Albany (Sep 14, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

##  URI   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
10  Andrew Bose  17  1.5/5   .   .   0.5/4  
24  Dave Zocco  10  .   .   .   .  
25  Mackenzie Elliott  .   .   .   .  
22  Jamaal Bess  .   .   .   .  
21  Tim Wienclaw  .   .   .   .  
5   Andre Scott  .   .   .   .  
96  James Timmins  1.5/14   .   .   1.5/14  
92  Josh Moody  2.0/12   .   .   1.0/7  
32  Tyrone Jenkins  .   .   .   .  
2   Doug Johnson  .   .   1-0   .  
88  Blake Jones  .   .   .   .  
4   Donovan Walker  .   .   .   .  
35  Tarik Pusey  .   .   .   .  
90  Robert Howard  .   .   .   .  
50  Shomari Watts  .   1-0   .   .  
95  Mike Rinaldi  .   .   .   .  
44  Connor Caponegro  .   .   .   .  
56  Sam Hartman  .   .   .   .  
45  Clay Crume  .   1-0   .   .  
94  Jessie Charette  .   .   .   .  
##  Albany   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
33  Dorsey, Christian  14  .   .   .   .  
1   Idowu, Olatunji  11  .   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   10  2.0/11   .   .   .  
54  Dwyer, Jake   .   .   .   .  
6   Exantus, Randall  1.0/6   .   .   .  
58  Greenhagen, Cody  .   .   .   .  
99  Connell, Cory   .   .   .   .  
31  Jordan, Kyle   0.5/1   .   .   .  
90  Bradley, Tom   0.5/0   .   .   .  
92  Smith, Michael   .   .   .   .  
32  Ngachie, Marcel  0.5/4   .   .   0.5/4  
35  LaDucer, Mat   .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, Tramaine  1.0/6   .   .   .  
11  Nicastro, Michael  .   .   .   .  
4   Wiggins, Rhakeem  .   .   .   .  
21  Helmer, Alex   .   .   .   .  
98  Morton, Zach   0.5/4   .   .   0.5/4  
52  Fasano, Joe   .   .   .   .  
91  Troutman, Zach   .   .   .   .  
25  Harris, Clay   .   .   .   .  


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