TOWSON, Md. — The University at Albany football team ended one streak, and kept another one going on Saturday.
Behind a dominant effort on both sides of the ball, the Great Danes upset ninth-ranked Towson 38-21 in a Colonial Athletic Association road game.
The Great Danes (2-1 CAA, 4-3 overall) snapped a 12-game road losing skid. Their last road win was Sept. 2017 at Morgan State.
The win gave the Great Danes their third straight year with a victory against a top-10 opponent. They also defeated No. 7 Villanova 19-10 in overtime in 2017, and No. 10 Stony Brook 25-23 last year.
The Great Danes compiled 512 yards of offense while holding the Tigers (1-2, 3-3) — led by CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Joe Flacco — to just 280 in a game UAlbany never trailed.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said. "We played well today. A couple mistakes got them back in the game, but we were resilient. We kept playing. I think the difference between this year and last year is striking. We’re really proud of our progress. The stats are of straight domination. We’re pretty happy with these results.”
Jeff Undercuffler spearheaded the superlative offensive performance, throwing for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He fed Jerah Reeves (10 catches, 143 yards) and Juwan Green (eight catches, 156 yards) all game long and also threw TD passes to LJ Wesneski and Donovan McDonald.
On the ground, Karl Mofor ran for touchdowns of seven and 19 yards while piling up 30 carries for 130 yards in the game.
Against Towson, UAlbany carried a 17-14 lead into halftime after Mofor’s first touchdown, Undercuffler’s throw to McDonald and Dylan Burns’ 19-yard field goal.
Towson’s two scores came after the Tigers had recovered fumbles deep in UAlbany territory.
But the Tigers never found an answer for the Great Danes’ defense. And after Towson went three-and-out to start the second half, Undercuffler added to the UAlbany lead when he fired a strike over the middle to Wesneski for the tight end’s fourth touchdown of the season.
UAlbany went ahead 31-14 late in the third when Mofor bounced outside and raced to the right side of the end zone from 19 yards away.
Dante Mount put away the game with 2:32 to play. He forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and dashed 26 yards to the end zone.
UAlbany 7 10 14 7 — 38
Towson 7 7 7 0 — 21
UA — Mofor 7 run (Burns kick)
T — Thaenrat 2 run (O’Neill kick)
UA — McDonald 36 pass from Undercuffler (Burns kick)
T — Rutkowski 4 pass from Flacco (O’Neill kick)
UA — Burns 19 field goal
UA — Wesneski 16 pass from Jeff Undercuffler (Burns kick)
UA — Karl Mofor yd run (Burns kick)
T — Street 26 pass from Flacco (O’Neill kick)
UA — Mount 26 fumble recovery (Burns kick)