UAlbany Football heads west to face Syracuse
The Albany football team are traveling west on I-90 this weekend to take on state rival Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Kick-off is set for 12:00 and will be broadcast on 103.9 FM The Breeze. This weekend’s game will be FCS UAlbany’s first meeting with FBS Syracuse. The Oranges are the second opponent this season that UAlbany has never faced in previous seasons, with the Great Danes playing against NDSU in week one.
Syracuse has split its first two games of the season, beating Ohio University on Route 29-9 and losing to Rutgers a week ago in the team’s home opener, 7-17. Saturday’s game will be the second of three straight Carrier Dome games for the Orange. Syracuse holds an overall record of 73-78-11 (0.485) against members of FBS and FCS located in New York State and has won each of its last 11 contests against opponents from Empire State. The team’s last loss to a New York program came against Army West Point in 1986.
The Great Danes make it easy for students and fans who can’t make the two hour drive. Saturday’s game in Syracuse will be shown on the big screen at Casey Stadium for Albany fans to watch for free. Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on the pitch and enjoy the action. Concessions will be made available to all who come. The doors are expected to open just before the game at 11:45 a.m.
So far, the Great Danes’ defense has been led by Jackson Ambush, who leads the team in tackles with 18 overall, including 11 in solo. Tyler Carswell pulled off the defense’s first interception of the year last week after catching the ball on a URI deflection. He pulled the INT back 34 meters in what was a swing game for UAlbany.
Albany’s offense is led by quarterback Jeff Undercuffler. Tyler Oedekoven and Roy Alexander lead the team with eight receptions each. Broad rookie Roy Alexander made a huge impact in weeks one and two. Against the NDSU, Alexander received four receptions for 113 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. The rookie followed on his Casey Stadium debut with four more receptions for 54 yards. He leads the team with 122.5 versatile yards per game
Head Coach Greg Gattuso is thrilled for his Albany squad. “It’s not too big a step for us. Do they have any advantages over us as an FBS program? Absoutely. I think they have all the pressure on them, but we will definitely have to compete at a high level to win.
The Great Danes have had a rough start to the 2021 season, without any help from the calendar. UAlbany faced the No.4 NDSU (now No.5) on the road to start the season before immediately jumping into conference action against Rhode Island. Syracuse and the FBS School will not be an easy task in the third week. The schedule doesn’t end either, with the Danes heading to Delaware No.6 after a week four off, heading to William & Mary for another road game in week six, and finally returning home. them to take on No.12 Villanova in Week Seven. Many thanks to my buddy Taylor O’Connor from UAlbany Athletics for all the info! Go Danes!
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