Albany (NY) 41, Monmouth (NJ) 24

Running back Drew Smith ran for two touchdowns and passed for

another, helping Albany (N.Y.) remain in a tie for first place in

the Northeast Conference with a 41-24 win over Monmouth (N.J.)


Smith rushed for 131 yards on 14 carries and threw a 44-yard

touchdown to Justinian Mason on his only pass attempt for the Great

Danes (7-3, 6-1), who are knotted atop the league standings with


Dan Di Lella completed 16 of 26 passes with 306 yards, two

touchdowns and an interception for Albany, which outgained Monmouth

539-385 on offense.

The game was tied at 17-17 midway through the third quarter, but

Smith broke a 62-yard run for a score with 1:36 left until the

fourth to give Albany the lead for good. Albany scored 24 straight

points from that juncture.

Craig Peterson had 296 yards with two touchdowns and an

interception for Monmouth (5-5, 4-3).