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Danes hold on, keep hopes alive

Danes hold on, keep hopes alive

University at Albany barely kept its Northeast Conference championship hopes alive by holding off Du

University at Albany barely kept its Northeast Conference championship hopes alive by holding off Duquesne, 38-31, Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Will Fiacchi passed for one touchdown and ran for a second to help the Danes open up a 35-7 halftime lead. But the Dukes stormed back behind quarterback Sean Patterson to score three touchdowns in the second half.

The Great Danes (8-2 overall, 6-1 in the NEC) scored four touchdowns in the second quarter.

They need to defeat Central Connecticut State Saturday at University Field and then hope that Wagner loses to Duquesne in order to repeat as NEC champions and earn a second consecutive berth into the NCAA Football Champ­ionship Subdivision playoffs.

Patterson passed for two touchdowns, a 22-yarder to Gianni Carter early in the third quarter and a 10-yarder to Sean Brady late in the fourth. In between, Patterson rushed for a four-yard touchdown himself. But Brady’s touchdown catch came with just 11 seconds left. Too little, too late.

Albany 7 28 0  3 — 38

Duquesne 0  7 7 17 — 31

First Quarter

Alb—D.Smith 1 run (Kenny kick), 7:44.

Second Quarter

Alb—Osbourne 3 run (Kenny kick), 14:03.

Duq—McCoy 2 run (Leventry kick), 11:17.

Alb—Chillis 34 run (Kenny kick), 7:30.

Alb—Fiacchi 10 run (Kenny kick), 1:47.

Alb—King 23 pass from Fiacchi (Kenny kick), :06.

Third Quarter

Duq—Carter 22 pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), 7:05.

Fourth Quarter

Duq—FG Leventry 26, 12:54.

Duq—Patterson 4 run (Leventry kick), 10:29.

Alb—FG Kenny 30, 2:12.

Duq—Brady 10 pass from Patterson (Leventry kick), :11.

A—2,193.

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Alb Duq

First downs 24 14

Rushes-yards 58-309 30-68

Passing 130 286

Comp-Att-Int 14-24-0 18-38-2

Return yards 1 21

Punts-Avg 7-38.1 8-36.4

Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 4-25 1-5

Time of possession 34:44 25:16

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