UAlbany football’s season ends with 36-14 loss to rival Stony Brook

UAlbany's football season ended Saturday with a 36-14 loss to Stony Brook.
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UAlbany's football season ended Saturday with a 36-14 loss to Stony Brook.

STONY BROOK — After two weeks of tending in the right direction, UAlbany’s football season ended Saturday on a sour note.

Stony Brook took control of Saturday’s battle for the Golden Apple Trophy from the first play of scrimmage and never looked back, dropping UAlbany 36-14 as the Great Danes ended their season at 2-9 overall and 1-7 in CAA play.

Ty Son Lawton’s 44-yard run on the first play of the game set up an early Stony Brook touchdown, and the Seawolves (4-4 CAA, 5-6 overall) kept piling on. Stony Brook rushed for 333 yards, with Lawton (25 carries, 146 yards) and Roland Dempster (19 carries, 160 yards) leading the charge.

UAlbany trailed 10-0 midway through the second quarter when disaster struck. An intentional grounding penalty in the end zone on quarterback Jeff Undercuffler resulted in a safety, and on Stony Brook’s next offensive play after the free kick, Tyquell Fields hit Shawn Harris Jr. for a 67-yard touchdown that made it 19-0.

A blocked punt returned for a touchdown early in the third quarter removed any doubt from the result.

“We didn’t show up physically in the first half,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said. “Mistakes that haunted us in the early parts of the season, with giving up points, were very hurtful. We knew we were going to need to score points to win the game, but a fumble at the 5-yard line, a punt block, those are misses that are hard to overcome. It’s disappointing, I feel bad for our seniors. Our effort level wasn’t what it had been and Stony Brook wanted it very badly.”

Karl Mofor ran for 64 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to conclude his UAlbany football career.

UAlbany 0 0 7 7 — 14

Stony Brook 10 9 7 10 — 36

SB — Devera 21 pass from Fields (Guglielmello kick)

SB — Guglielmello 33 field goal

SB — Safety

SB — Harris 67 pass from Field (Guglielmello kick)

SB — Cook 28 blocked punt return (Guglielmello kick)

UA — Mofor 3 run (Burns kick)

SB — Guglielmello 32 field goal

SB — Lawton 4 run (Guglielmello kick)

UA — Mofor 4 run (Burns kick)

RPI GETS PLAYOFF WIN

BEVERLY, Mass. — It turns out that RPI’s success in close games this season wasn’t just a regular-season thing.

The Engineers played their eighth game this season decided by eight points or less on Saturday against Endicott in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs and, like they’d done on all but one of those previous occasions, came away with a victory, riding three George Marinopoulos touchdown passes to a 20-14 win.

It was RPI’s seventh one-possession win of the season, including the team’s last four games.

RPI (10-1 overall) will visit SUNY Cortland, a 26-21 first-round winner against Springfield, in the second round next Saturday.

Marinopoulos completed 18 of 27 passes for 175 yards, including seven for 122 yards and two scores to Vinnie McDonald, while Dylan Burnett added 124 rushing yards on 27 carries as the Engineers had a more than 17-minute advantage in time of possession.

RPI took the lead late in the first quarter and were in front for the rest of the way, but needed to recover an onside kick with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter before three carries by Burnett netted a first down that allowed the Engineers to run out the clock.

RPI 7 7 6 0 — 20

Endicott 0 7 0 7 — 14

RPI — McDonald 15 pass from Marinopoulos (Bisson kick)

RPI — Lombardi 4 pass from Marinopoulos (Bisson kick)

E — Ingrando 66 pass from Ingraffia (Smith kick)

RPI — McDonald 5 pass from Marinopoulos (kick failed)

E — Gaudette 20 pass from Ingraffia (Smith kick)

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