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McCarty leads Danes past Monmouth

McCarty leads Danes past Monmouth

LaSalle graduate David McCarty rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Vinny Esposito

LaSalle graduate David McCarty rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Vinny Esposito ran for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the University at Albany rallied in the second half for a 35-17 victory over Monmouth in a battle for first place in the Northeast Conference Saturday at University Field.

UAlbany (6-3 overall, 5-0 in the NEC) reversed a 14-0 deficit at the intermission by reaching the end zone on two of its first three possessions in the third period. Justin Gannon returned the second-half kickoff 37 yards to midfield, and Espos­ito finished off the 10-play march by rolling to his left and connecting with wide receiver Tim Bush on a six-yard touchdown pass. The Great Danes drew even when Bush reached the end zone on a 17-yard reverse, a play that was set up by wideout John Lullen’s downfield block.

Monmouth (4-1 NEC, 5-4 overall went ahead, 17-14, on Fred Weingart’s 27-yard field goal.

The Great Danes then reeled off 21 unanswered points as Gannon jump-started the outburst with a 51-yard kickoff return.

“Our special teams made some great plays, the defense got a number of three-and-outs, and you would have to say McCarty is quite a franchise player,” said UAlbany coach Bob Ford.

Monmouth 7 7  3  0 —17

Albany 0 0 14 21 —35

M — Romeo 21 pass from B.Burke (Weingart kick), 9:46.

M — Nalbone 15 pass from B.Burke

(Weingart kick), 10:23.

Alb — Bush 6 pass from Esposito (Glass kick), 10:52.

Alb — Bush 17 run (Glass kick), 6:26.

M —Weingart 27 FG, 4:20.

Alb —Esposito 1 run (Glass kick), 14:55.

Alb — McCarty 14 run (Glass kick), 6:14.

Alb — Esposito 1 run (Glass kick), 2:00.

A —3,526.

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STATISTICS

Mon Alb

First downs 14 23

Rushes-yards 32-137 47-273

Passing yards 141 107

Passing 17-28-0 13-20-0

Return yards 0 13

Punts-avg 6-36.5 3-44.7

Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-2

Penalties-yards 5-51 6-68

DEAN JC 61, HVCC 14

FRANKLIN, Mass. — Unbeaten Dean Junior College crushed the Vikings in a Northeast Football Conference game.

Dean JC improved to 9-0. HVCC fell to 3-5.

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