UAlbany Football Shuts Out Morgan St.

September 09, 2017 04:43 PM

Baltimore, Md. - The University at Albany football team’s defense pitched a shutout and freshman running back Karl Mofor piled up 98 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Great Danes to 26-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday.

Playing in front of a few dozen friends and family members at Hughes Stadium, Mofor, a native of Greenbelt, Md., scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 29 yards in the third quarter, the second of which opened up a 23-0 lead.

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Ethan Stark also kicked field goals of 32 and 41 yards and wide receiver Jordan Crockett caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Brunson, as the Great Danes bounced back from last week’s 31-17 loss at Old Dominion.

UAlbany’s defense never allowed Morgan State, of the MEAC, to gain any momentum. The Bears, coming off a 10-0 loss to Towson last week, were limited to just 11 first downs. A week after forcing three turnovers at Old Dominion, UAlbany recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt.

The shutout was UAlbany’s first since a 19-0 victory over Central Connecticut State on Sept. 6, 2014.

The Great Danes struck first with 5:48 left in the second quarter. Brunson heaved a 34-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline for Crockett, who broke free from his defender inside the 10 and darted into the end zone.

UAlbany carried the 7-0 lead into halftime.

The Danes’ defense held the Bears to just 79 yards in the first half, and special teams produced two big plays. Hayden Specht blocked a punt in the first quarter, and on the ensuing kickoff after Crockett’s touchdown, UAlbany forced and recovered a fumble.

On the Great Danes’ first drive after halftime, Mofor dashed 18 yards to set up a first-and-goal from the 4, then scored on the next play.

Ethan Stark added a field goal with 2:55 left in the third, and Mofor scored his second touchdown with just 17.8 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Stark’s 41-yard field goal with 8:48 to play closed the scoring.

The Great Danes play their home opener next Saturday against Monmouth at Casey Stadium.


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