Scores

Final

Wagner 11

(3-8, 2-4 away)

Albany 30

(8-3, 4-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

University Field (NY), Albany, NY

1 2 3 4 T
WAG 0 5 0 611
ALBY 3 13 7 730

Top Performers

Passing: V. Esposito (ALBY) - 197 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. McCarty (ALBY) - 28 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Bush (ALBY) - 10 REC, 141 YDS, 2 TD

Albany, N.Y. 30, Wagner 11

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. -- David McCarty ran for 106 yards and a pivotal touchdown as Albany beat Wagner 30-11 to win the Northeast Conference championship on Saturday.

The win gave the Great Danes back-to-back NEC championships.

Quarterback Vinny Esposito threw for 197 yards and connected with receiver Tim Bush on a pair of touchdowns one from 35 yards, the other from 27 for Albany (8-3, 7-0 NEC), which will face the Pioneer League champ in the Gridiron Classic on Dec. 6.

Bush had 10 catches and 141 yards total for the Great Danes.

Down 9-3, the Seahawks (3-8, 1-6) caught a break on a wacky play early in the second. After Albany scored the game's first touchdown, Wagner blocked the PAT. Joseph Jerel picked the ball up on the 18 and brought it all the way to the endzone for two points, making it 9-5 Albany.

But Wagner didn't score again until the final three minutes, on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Newberry to Morgan Mizell.

Albany defenders picked off three Wagner passes, including a 56-yard touchdown return by Daniel Avery, which gave the Great Danes a 23-5 lead midway through the third quarter.

McCarty set Albany's career and single-season rushing records on a 91-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown with 1:16 left in the second quarter to put Albany ahead 16-5 at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAG
ALBY
1st Downs1115
Total Yards154311
Passing69197
Rushing85114
Penalties8-6313-141
3rd Down Conversions3-173-15
4th Down Conversions1-41-2
Turnovers31
Possession33:1623:44

Passing Leaders

WagnerC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Newberry7/18462.610
AlbanyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Esposito15/251977.920

Rushing Leaders

WagnerCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young17653.8010
Newberry4266.5011
AlbanyCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty281043.7111
Simmons4297.3012

Receiving Leaders

WagnerRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods4297.3012
O'Reilly2157.5012
AlbanyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bush1014114.1235
Kenneally34314.3030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWAGALBY
FG04:20Herb Glass 49 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERWAGALBY
FG14:57Eric Ortiz 31 Yd 33
TD13:26Tim Bush 35 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Pat Blocked) 39
DC13:26Jorel Joseph 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 59
TD01:16David McCarty 11 Yd Run (Herb Glass Kick) 516
THIRD QUARTERWAGALBY
TD08:43Daniel Avery 56 Yd Interception Return (Herb Glass Kick) 523
FOURTH QUARTERWAGALBY
TD12:49Tim Bush 27 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Herb Glass Kick) 530
TD03:00Morgan Mizell 2 Yd Pass From Tyler Newberry (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1130