Thursday, September 9, 2010

Football Travels to State of Texas for First Time in Matchup with No. 10/12 Stephen F. Austin

Nacogdoches, Texas - UAlbany will meet a nationally-ranked team when the Great Danes travel to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Sept. 11. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central) at Homer Bryce Stadium, a 14,575-seat facility. The Lumberjacks are ranked No. 10 by Sports Network and No. 12 in the FCS Coaches' Poll. Fans can listen to the game on Fox Sports 980, WOFX-AM, with Rodger Wyland handling the play-by-play coverage.

Stephen F. Austin is coming off the second-biggest single-season turnaround at the NCAA Division I FCS level. The Lumberjacks, who opened last week with FBS opponent Texas A&M, finished with a 10-3 record, won the Southland Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals one year ago. J.C. Harper was the Southland Coach of the Year and runner-up for national honors.

Quarterback Jeremy Moses, the school's all-time passer, is on the Walter Payton Award Watch List as the nation's top player. The Southland Conference Co-Player of the Year threw for 4,124 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. Moses, a consensus preseason All-America selection, has 18 career 300-yard passing games.

Linebacker Jabara Williams is one of the country's premier defenders and a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award. Williams, who plays in a 4-3 defensive scheme, had 113 tackles and seven pass break-ups last season. He was named Sports Network second-team All-American.

After knocking off Maine on Sept. 2, UAlbany is traveling to the state of Texas for the first time. The Great Danes' defense allowed 246 total yards and 11 first downs in recording their ninth shutout as an FCS program in the opener. Defensive ends Eddie Delaney and Marc Wargo each had five tackles, while safety Jake Ciccarello had an interception that led to a first-quarter field goal. Andrew Smith rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 27 carries.

Paw Prints: The Great Danes are 4-13 all-time against NCAA programs ranked in the national top-25 ... UAlbany is playing a top-10 team for the sixth time and first since Sept. 20, 2008 ... UAlbany coach Bob Ford will celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday ... Ford ranks sixth among the FCS all-time leaders with 242 career victories.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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