FOOTBALL FALLS TO RICHMOND, 27-24
Football score: Richmond 27, UAlbany 24
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany 2-4, 0-3 CAA; Richmond 3-4, 1-3 CAA
Short story: Richmond kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds left to come away with a 27-24 victory
over the University at Albany football team Saturday night in a CAA game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
- Juwan Green had UAlbany’s sixth 100-yard receiving performance of the season. He caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Jerah Reeves was just five yards from his third straight 100-yard game.
- Dante Mount had his first career interception. He also recovered a fumble and was second on the team with 13 tackles (eight solo).
Richmond kicker Griffin Trau booted a 25-yard field goal in the final seconds, and for the third straight year, the University at Albany football team fell just short against the Spiders, losing 27-24.
After playing to multiple overtimes in each of the past two meetings, the teams traded the lead four times
Saturday in another back-and-forth game.
Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, Dev Holmes and Juwan Green all scored touchdowns and Ethan Stark kicked a 27-yard field for the Great Danes during their annual “Pink Game” in support of the American Cancer Society. UAlbany student-athletes wore the names of men and women affected by cancer on the backs of their uniforms in front of 4,085 fans at Casey Stadium.
Green, in a breakout game, caught seven passes for 130 yards, including a spectacular 54-yard touchdown catch on a pass thrown by Holmes that tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. On the play, Vincent Testaverde threw a swing pass to Holmes, who then heaved down the sideline for a wide-open Green.
Holmes then gave the Great Danes the lead, 14-7, in the second quarter when he caught a 13-yard touchdown from Testaverde.
But Richmond went to halftime ahead, 17-14, after quarterback Joe Mancuso scored on a 28-yard scramble and Trau kicked his first of two field goals.
In the second half, the teams traded third-quarter touchdowns, with Ibitokun-Hanks bouncing off several tacklers on his way to a 13-yard TD, and Richmond answering when it recovered a fumble in the end zone, a play that put the Spiders ahead, 24-21.
Stark tied the game at 24 with 4:02 to go, but on the ensuing possession, Richmond drove 57 yards on 11 plays to set up the game-winning kick.
Levi Metheny led the Great Danes’ defense with 14 tackles, including 10 solo. Dante Mountfinished with 13 (eight solo) and came up with two turnovers, intercepting a pass in the end zone and recovering a fumble.
UAlbany is back at home next weekend for its Homecoming game, against Towson at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.