Football Falls Late at Albany, 21-7
Oct. 15, 2005
ALBANY, NY - Quarterback Brett Hall threw a 13-yard touchdown pass and Kenny Williams scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter, as Albany won for the first time this year in a 21-7 Northeast Conference victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The Great Danes got all three of their scores off of Sacred Heart turnovers.
The Great Danes' special teams scored the first touchdown of the game. Sacred Heart's Jon Wilson mishandled a 43-yard punt at his five-yard line, and Albany cornerback Kamar Elliott recovered the ball in the end zone with 7:52 left in the period.
Sacred Heart, 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the NEC, reversed a 7-0 deficit on the first play of the final period when quarterback Tyler Arciaga connected with sophomore Corey Bundy on a 37-yard touchdown strike. Arciaga, a 6-foot-3 senior, finished 24-of-42 through the air for 255 yards.
The Pioneers were looking for the go-ahead score on their next possession, when Albany linebacker Brian Becker forced tailback Ed Pricolo to fumble at the Great Danes' 42-yard line and free safety Eric Neugebauer fell on the loose ball.
Albany, 1-5 and 1-2, then marched 58 yards in nine plays to take a 14-7 lead. Marcus Allen, a junior tailback, ripped off a 16-yard run and Hall threw a 14-yard completion on consecutive plays in reaching the Sacred Heart 17. Hall then found flanker Mike Wall on a slant pattern in a third-and-six situation in the end zone for a touchdown with 6:43 remaining.
Becker, a senior inside linebacker, helped seal the outcome when he picked off an Arciaga pass near midfield and rumbled 40 yards to the Sacred Heart 5-yard line. Later Williams would run around left end and cut back to the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown run.
Pricolo, one of the nation's top rushers, ran 26 times for 89 yards. Senior receiver Bryan Butterworth caught seven passes for 71 yards, and Bundy added five receptions for 75.