With a 38-21 loss Thursday against Central Michigan, the University at Albany football program started its 2019 season.
The Great Danes, who are coming off a 3-8 season and were picked to finish last in the CAA, next play Sept. 7 against Bryant at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Bryant, a Northeast Conference program, lost 35-10 Thursday in its season-opening game against CAA member Stony Brook.
Here are 10 numbers to know from UAlbany’s season-opening game.
Total offense for Central Michigan, which averaged 254.7 yards per game during the 2018 season in which it went 1-11. Against UAlbany, the FBS program gained 285 yards in the passing game and 244 rushing the ball.
Minutes Thursday’s scheduled 7 p.m. start was delayed because of lightning. The game took 3:15 to play, finishing up at 12:05 a.m. Friday.
Team-leading receiving yards for senior Juwan Green. Two of the UAlbany wide receiver’s five receptions went for touchdowns.
Percentage of passing attempts UAlbany redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler completed. In a positive sign for the Great Danes, the young quarterback completed 15 of 28 passes for 190 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Undercuffler started the final three games for UAlbany last season.
Scoring distance, in yards, on redshirt senior defensive lineman Eli Mencer’s touchdown that started with a fumble recovery. Mencer has scored two touchdowns off fumble recoveries during his UAlbany career, the first of which ended an overtime win two years ago against then-No. 7 Villanova when Mencer returned a fumble 80 yards. Against Central Michigan, Mencer also recovered another fumble and had a sack.
First downs Central Michigan picked up, while UAlbany only had 13. Central Michigan was 6 of 13 on third down and 3 of 3 on fourth down, while UAlbany was 3 of 13 and 2 of 3, respectively.
Unanswered points Central Michigan scored to start the contest in the opening 21:25. UAlbany never was closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Team-leading total tackles for UAlbany safety AJ Mistler. The redshirt sophomore had nine solo tackles.
Games UAlbany has played against FBS opponents. All-time, UAlbany is now 1-5 against FBS programs. The Great Danes’ lone win against an FBS squad came in 2016 when they defeated Buffalo.
Average yards per rushing attempt for UAlbany. The Great Danes managed only 45 yards on 22 attempts in their opener. No. 1 running back Karl Mofor had 45 yards on 16 carries, while backup Alex James had negative-seven yards on three rushing attempts.