UAlbany football drops to 0-4 with tough loss to Delaware; Union, RPI win Liberty League openers

UAlbany head football coach Greg Gattuso's team dropped to 0-4 with Saturday's 20-15 loss to Delaware.
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UAlbany head football coach Greg Gattuso's team dropped to 0-4 with Saturday's 20-15 loss to Delaware.

NEWARK, Del. — The UAlbany football team wasted a terrific defensive effort — and a terrific opportunity for a signature win on the season — by losing 20-15 to Delaware (No. 9 FCS) at Delaware Stadium on Saturday.

The Great Danes (0-2 CAA, 0-4 overall) got within 20-15 with 3:25 left in the game when Tyler Oedekoven scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Undercuffler.

The Blue Hens (2-0, 3-1) recovered an onside kick by Dylan Burns and were able to grind out the clock the rest of the way, finishing with 237 rushing yards for the game, including 116 on 19 carries by Dejoun Lee.

“It’s a script we have to break,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said. “I think it’s the best game we’ve played this year against a really good football team. I thought we ran the ball better, we didn’t stick with it enough, but offensively there were some bright spots. Drops hurt us bad, but that’s football. The defense played their tails off.”

Undercuffler was 11-for-29 for 118 yards before the 75-yard completion to Oedekoven.

Karl Mofor had 69 yards on 16 carries for the Great Danes, who resume CAA play next Saturday at William & Mary.

UAlbany 6 0 0 9 — 15
Delaware 3 7 3 7 — 20

A — Burns 45 FG
D — Coe 44 FG
A — Burns 45 FG
D — Lee 11 run (Coe kick)
D — Coe 21 FG
A — Burns 29 FG
D — Paoletti 3 run (Coe kick)
A — Oedekoven 75 pass from Undercuffler (pass failed)

UNION 30, BUFFALO STATE 17

BUFFALO — Union opened Liberty League play by riding its smothering defense to a victory over Buffalo State, holding the Bengals to fourth-and-long and three-and-out on Buffalo State’s first four possession.

The Dutchmen (1-0, 5-0) had four sacks in the first quarter alone and led 16-3 at halftime.

Ike Irabor was back in the lineup after missing a win over Utica last week due to injury, and he and Jonathan Anderson (30-141) combined for 265 yards on the ground. Anderson ran for two touchdowns, and Irabor iced the game when he ran it in from five yards out with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Union 7 9 7  7 — 30
Buffalo State 0 3 0 14 — 17

U — Ross 17 pass from Bellamy (Lau kick)
U — Anderson 6 run (Lau kick)
B — Sciandra 39 FG
U — Safety, Wilson tackled in end zone
U — Anderson 4 run (Lau kick)
B — Nelson 22 pass from Sionko (Sciandra kick)
B — Moore 83 pass from Jackson (Sciandra kick)
U — Irabor 5 run (Lau kick)

RPI 38, ROCHESTER 22

TROY — George Marinopoulos three four touchdown passes to lead RPI over Rochester in the Liberty League opener for both teams.

The Engineers took control by outscoring Rochester 14-0 in the third quarter for a 31-14 lead.

Rochester 0 14  0 8 — 22
RPI 7 10 14 7 — 38

RPI — Palmer 12 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
ROC — Casey 6 run (Bombace kick)
RPI — MacDougall 22 FG
ROC — Varney 1 run (Bombace kick)
RPI — McDonald 15 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Palmer 13 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Ninche 22 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Lombardi 19 pass from McDonald (MacDougall kick)
ROC — Casey 1 run (Monaco pass)

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