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.
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.