Albany (6-4, NEC 5-1) seeks its first Northeast Conference championship and an ECAC Football Classic berth in the regular-season finale against Monmouth on Saturday, Nov. 16. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at University Field. The NY State Champion Mohonasen High School Marching Band will have you dancing in your seats with their halftime performance.
If supporting the football team is not enough incentive, you can get a "Winning Tradition" 3-D ticket – plus some lucky UAlbany student will walk away with a Playstation 2 Video Game Unit!
A victory would give the Great Danes the outright NEC title, and UAlbany would host Duquesne, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, on Nov. 23 in the ECAC Classic. If the Great Danes lose, Albany, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart would share the NEC crown. Stony Brook would then earn a trip to the ECAC Classic by winning the tiebreaker, due in part to its 24-20 victory over Albany on Sept. 28.
THE SERIES: Albany and Monmouth are meeting for the fifth time. The Great Danes have won the previous four matchups, including last year's 19-10 victory at Kessler Field. TB Brian Manigault rushed for 148 yards and caught a 2-yard scoring pass. UAlbany used a 23-point third quarter en route to a 37-10 win at University Field on Nov.4, 2000. Manigault ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
RECORDS FALL: Junior tailback Gary Jones has become the first player in school history to rush for 100 or more yards seven times in one season. Jones ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns at Florida International. He has already established the school's single-season rushing record with 1,212 yards. Jones ranks second among the I-AA national leaders in rushing (121.2 ypg), first in scoring (12.6 ppg) and sixth in all-purpose yards (165.0 ypg). Jones also ran for 100-plus yards against Central Jonn(154), Sacred Heart (199), Drake (191), Canisius (101), St.Francis (150) and Robert Morris (108).