HAMILTON — University at Albany pounded the ball on the ground and came up with a crucial defensive stand late in the game en route to a 37-34 non-conference victory over Colgate Saturday night at Andy Kerr Stadium.
Omar Osbourne rushed for a career-best 252 yards as the Great Danes established the run early and kept grinding it out against the Raiders.
Both teams were able to move the ball easily on offense, combining for 1,100 yards total offense. Colgate (0-2) had four turnovers in the first half and UAlbany jumped ahead, 30-14, early in the third quarter. The Great Danes did not force any turnovers in last week’s loss at Duquesne.
Colgate cut the deficit to 30-27 and had a first down on the UAlb-any three-yard line late in the game. The UAlbany defense stuffed Colgate on four straight running plays and took possession with 4:26 to go.
Looking to run out the clock, Osbourne instead found room to break free for 36-yard gain on third down. Presley Beauvais followed with a 47-yard touchdown run on the next play to put Albany up, 37-27.
Colgate scored again with 18 seconds left but failed to recover the onside kick.
The Great Danes make their Colonial Athletic Association debut and play their first game in the new Bob Ford Field Saturday night against Rhode Island.
UAlbany 10 14 6 7 —37
Colgate 7 7 6 14 —34
Alb—Osbourne 5 run (O'Riordan kick), 13:52.
Alb—FG O'Riordan 32, 5:00.
Col—Wilkins 1 run (Burgess kick), 1:02.
Alb—Chillis 51 pass from Fiacchi (O'Riordan kick), 8:29.
Alb—Beauvais 5 run (O'Riordan kick), 2:44.
Col—Bellamy 3 pass from McCarney (Burgess kick), :14.
Alb—Osbourne 15 run (kick failed), 10:02.
Col—DeCicco 40 run, 3:23.
Co—Russell 1 run (Burgess kick), 14:55.
Alb—Beauvais 45 run (O'Riordan kick), 1:34.
Col—Russell 2 run (Burgess kick), :18.
RPI 20, NORWICH 7
TROY — Senior quarterback Jessie Maynard came off the bench to throw for a touchdown and break loose for a 91-yard run in the fourth quarter to help the Engineers defeat the Cadets and give new head coach Ralph Insernia a successful debut in a non-conference game at East Campus Stadium.
Maynard entered the game in the second quarter after Brendan McGlynn was injured. Maynard ran for 125 yards on 11 carries and also completed five of 14 passes. McGlynn ran for 64 yards on eight carries before his injury.
Andrew Armato added a five-yard run, and Pat Hogan caught a 61-yard TD strike from Maynard for RPI. Al Georgio had a two-yard scoring run for the Cadets.
Norwich 0 7 0 0 — 7
RPI 6 0 7 7 — 20
RPI — Armato 5 run (kick failed).
N — Georgio 2 run (Medeiros kick).
RPI — Hogan 61 pass from Maynard (Franks kick).
RPI — Maynard 91 run (Franks kick).