ALBANY — The Great Danes celebrated their selection Sunday, but vowed not to lose focus.
Fresh off making this year’s FCS postseason field, the UAlbany football team made clear it doesn’t want to let its chance to make some noise in the playoffs slip away.
“It’s been a really good year,” head coach Greg Gattuso said Sunday after his team’s selection, “and hopefully we can make it better.”
Following an 8-4 regular season, UAlbany will host Central Connecticut this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. The winner of that game will advance to play at fifth-seeded Montana State in the second round of the 24-team tournament.
From UAlbany’s 2019 regular season, here are 10 numbers to know.
Total rushing yards for junior Karl Mofor, the CAA’s leading rusher. Mofor was recognized Monday as CAA Football Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Villanova junior wide receiver Changa Hodge, an honor that arrived two days after Mofor rushed for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns in UAlbany’s win against Stony Brook.
Program-record total receiving yards in a single season for senior Juwan Green. The wide receiver also set single-season program records with 14 touchdown receptions and 73 total receptions. Green led the CAA in receiving touchdowns.
Program-record total touchdown passes in a single season for redshirt freshman Jeff Undercuffler. The quarterback led the CAA in that category, plus finished the regular season tied for the second-most touchdown passes in the FCS. Undercuffler also passed for a program-record 2,966 yards.
UAlbany’s national rank in the media poll. The Great Danes were unranked throughout the regular season, but garnered a No. 25 ranking in this week’s media poll. UAlbany remains unranked in the coaches’ poll.
Consecutive years in which at least three CAA programs were selected to compete in the FCS playoffs. Joining UAlbany from the CAA were second-seeded James Madison and Villanova. A year ago, the league set a conference-best mark last year with six playoff teams.
CAA-leading sacks total for redshirt senior Eli Mencer. The defensive lineman set a single-season program-record with that mark. Additionally, Mencer led the CAA in fumbles forced with five.
UAlbany’s ranking in the CAA’s preseason poll. The Great Danes were picked to finish in last place in the 12-team league, but ended up alone in second place at 6-2 in conference action.
Years since UAlbany last played in an FCS postseason game. The Great Danes’ lone previous FCS postseason game was a 2011 matchup against Stony Brook that UAlbany lost 31-28.
Road wins for UAlbany, which went 3-3 in its six games away from Casey Stadium. Prior to defeating Towson for its first road win of the season, UAlbany had lost its previous 12 road games.
Defeats the Great Danes suffered at Casey Stadium. UAlbany, which hosts Saturday’s playoff game, finished 5-1 at home this season. In those six games, UAlbany outscored opponents by an average of 12.8 points per game.