Friday, October 1, 2010

UAlbany FCS Football Makes First-Ever Trip to Historic Yale Bowl Against Undefeated Ivy League Opponent - UAlbany Sports 2010

New Haven, Conn. - UAlbany concludes the non-conference portion of the 2010 schedule by meeting Ivy League opponent Yale for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is 12 noon. Fans can listen to the game on Fox Sports 980, WOFX-AM, with Rodger Wyland and Erik Elken handling the broadcast.

Yale (2-0) is receiving votes in the Sports Network FCS national poll after opening with victories over Georgetown and Cornell. Head coach Tom Williams, a former Jacksonville Jaguars' assistant, guides the nation's second-ranked offense (493.0 yards per game). QB Pat Witt (6-4, 220) has connected on 53 of 87 passes for 639 yards and three touchdowns. The Nebraska transfer is fifth nationally in total offense. RB Alex Thomas is among the top rushers at the FCS level by running for 107.0 yards per game. He scored the go-ahead touchdown in last week's 21-7 league victory at Cornell. WR Gio Christodoulou had nine catches for 124 yards in the season opener.

DB Adam Money earned first-team All-Ivy League recognition last season. His interception on the first play of the third quarter was the turning point in last Saturday's Cornell contest. LB Jordan Haynes leads the defense with 21 tackles and two fumble recoveries. DE Sean Williams (6-3, 225) and DT Joe Young (6-3, 280) were honorable mention all-league performers one year ago.

UAlbany (1-2) is coming off a 28-17 loss at Duquesne in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams. TB Andrew Smith leads the offense as he averages 129.5 all-purpose yards. The sophomore scored on a pair of 3-yard runs last week. FS Justin Hassan is the top tackler with 17 on a unit that ranks 26th nationally in rushing yards allowed (113.0 per game). ILB Chris Wilk and OLB Chris Blais have made 16 tackles apiece.

Paw Prints: The historic Yale Bowl seats capacity crowds of 61,446 and was once used by the NFL's New York Giants as its home field in 1973 and 1974 ... the Bulldogs have won 14 Ivy League championships since 1956 ... Yale was the first football program to record 800 wins on Sept. 16, 2000 ... Yale has two Heisman Trophy winners ... Dick Jauron '73 was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last August and is one of 26 Bulldogs to have played in the NFL.

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Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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