Oct. 14, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior tailback Marcus Allen ran for a career-high 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while backfield mate Omar Johnson had a career-best 135 on the ground to lead the University at Albany Great Danes (4-3, 2-1) to a 24-13 win over Sacred Heart University (2-5, 1-2) in a Northeast Conference football game Saturday afternoon. It was the first time Albany had two backs run for over 100 yards since September of 2003 when they did it against Central Connecticut.
Albany broke the scoring ice off a Sacred Heart turnover in the first quarter. SHU tailback Jason Payne fumbled the ball on the first Pioneer offensive play and it was recovered by Albany linebacker Dan Barnes at the SHU 31. On the first play after the fumble, Great Dane QB Daniel Bocanegra hit David McCarty with a scoring strike with 12:39 left in the period.
The Pioneers drew even with 10:14 left in the first half on a 30-yard screen pass from senior QB Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) to tailback Jason Payne. It capped a ten-play, 70-yard drive done almost entirely on the arm of Arciaga.
The Great Danes answered quickly, taking a 14-7 lead into the intermission on an 11-yard run by Allen with 6:04 to go in the second. Johnson accounted for 41 of the 71 yards in the drive on eight carries.
Allen scored his second touchdown of the game with 6:41 left in the third quarter, a 65-yard scamper that gave the Great Danes a 21-7 lead. The Pioneers still had a little fight left and Arciaga tossed a 35-yard TD to freshman Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) with 3:58 left in the third. It was the first career TD reception for Tedesco. The PAT kick was blocked, but SHU was within a TD at 21-13.
Albany appeared to be moving in for another score early in the fourth quarter, but Johnson fumbled on the SHU 22 and Jeff Hodges recovered for the Pioneers. However, the Pioneers were unable to take advantage as Arciaga was sacked for the fourth time in the game on a third and ten and SHU was forced to punt.
The Great Danes took that punt and turned it into a Jason Fralicker 39-yard field goal with 4:26 left in the game to give Albany the 24-13 lead. SHU's last gasp at a score ended when Arciaga was intercepted by Albany safety Dave Nicomini at the Albany 22 when his pass deflected off the hands of receiver Cory Bundy. Albany ran up 445 yards of total offense, including 300 yards on the ground. It was the highest yardage output by a Sacred Heart opponent all season.