Scores

Final

Sacred Heart 21

(5-6, 3-2 away)

Albany 31

(8-3, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

University Field (NY), Albany, NY

1 2 3 4 T
SHU 7 7 7 021
ALBY 7 7 10 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. Di Lella (ALBY) - 165 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Smith (ALBY) - 23 CAR, 135 YDS

Receiving: R. Kirchner (ALBY) - 7 REC, 69 YDS, 3 TD

Albany (NY) 31, Sacred Heart 21

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dan Di Lella threw four touchdown passes, two in each half, leading Albany (N.Y.) to a 31-21 victory over Sacred Heart in both teams' final regular-season game Saturday.

Di Lella finished with 165 passing yards for the Great Danes, who earned a share of the Northeast Conference championship and their first trip to the FCS playoffs with the win.

Albany (8-3, 7-1) broke a 14-14 halftime tie by scoring on consecutive possessions in the third quarter. After defensive tackle Zach Gallo intercepted a Tim Little pass, Di Lella later tossed a 14-yarder to Ryan Kirchner. The Great Danes followed with a 10-play drive that resulted in Herb Glass' 31-yard field goal and a 24-14 advantage.

Sacred Heart (5-6, 3-5) responded on Little's 31-yard strike to Sean Kessler to pull within 24-21 going into the fourth. But Di Lella struck again, finding Kirchner on a 9-yard score with 9:29 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SHU
ALBY
1st Downs2221
Total Yards344348
Passing265165
Rushing79183
Penalties4-306-71
3rd Down Conversions4-137-16
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers41
Possession29:4630:14

Passing Leaders

Sacred HeartC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Little27/442656.022
AlbanyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Di Lella19/291655.740

Rushing Leaders

Sacred HeartCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spence15523.508
Coles12424.0024
AlbanyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith231355.9038
Romain12312.6014

Receiving Leaders

Sacred HeartRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kessler46215.5131
Rossi8617.6114
AlbanyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kirchner7699.9314
Smith5469.2019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSHUALBY
TD08:27Jo Jo Jamiel 3 Yd Run (Chris Rogers Kick) 70
TD00:46Justin Petersen 3 Yd Pass From Dan Di Lella (Herb Glass Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSHUALBY
TD07:01Rich Rossi 10 Yd Pass From Tim Little (Chris Rogers Kick) 147
TD03:55Ryan Kirchner 9 Yd Pass From Dan Di Lella (Herb Glass Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERSHUALBY
TD09:24Ryan Kirchner 14 Yd Pass From Dan Di Lella (Herb Glass Kick) 1421
FG03:10Herb Glass 31 Yd 1424
TD00:26Sean Kessler 31 Yd Pass From Tim Little (Chris Rogers Kick) 2124
FOURTH QUARTERSHUALBY
TD09:29Ryan Kirchner 9 Yd Pass From Dan Di Lella (Herb Glass Kick) 2131