UAlbany football falls to No. 13 Delaware

ALBANY — The University at Albany football team suffered its fifth straight loss Saturday, falling to No. 13 Delaware 21-16 on a blustery afternoon with sustained winds of 25 miles per hour.

Sophomore running back Karl Mofor gave the Danes their first lead of the game, 16-15, with a four-yard run three minutes and 16 seconds into the fourth quarter. But Delaware’s Kani Kane scored with 18 seconds left on a 14-yard touchdown run to ultimately lift the Blue Hens to victory 

“I thought we played really, really hard against a good football team. It’s just disappointing to lose a heartbreaker,” coach Greg Gattuso said post game. “…I know we’re going to come back next week and play a great one.”

Mofor and redshirt junior running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks led UAlbany’s 128-yard ground game. Ibitokun-Hanks started the second-half scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run that pulled UAlbany within two, 12-10, less than four minutes into the third quarter.

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UAlbany’s defense shined in the loss, limiting one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s top offenses to 268 yards. The defensive effort was highlighted by a first-half goal-line stand during which the Great Danes stopped the Blue Hens on four straight plays from the 1-yard line. Danny Damico led UAlbany with ten tackles (five solo).

The Great Danes next travel to Durham, N.H., to face New Hampshire at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Wildcats will be coming off a 35-24 win over No. 3 James Madison.

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