MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
Gridiron Classic to be televised on the YES Network
The YES Network will televise live the third annual Gridiron Classic on Saturday, December 6, as JU, the Pioneer Football League champion, travels north to face Albany, the champion of the Northeast Conference.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET, at University Field on the UAlbany campus.

YES is available throughout New York and Connecticut and in parts of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania on cable, on Verizon’s FiOS and AT&T’s U-Verse television services, and via DirecTV (channel 631 for both standard definition and high-definition). YES is available nationally on DirecTV (channel 631) and on AT&T’s U-verse (channel 702).

UAlbany won its second straight NEC title this year by going undefeated in league play for the second consecutive season (8-3, 7-0 NEC). Its seven-game win streak is tied for third longest among FCS teams. The Great Danes’ offense is led by senior tailback David McCarty, UAlbany’s single-season and career record holder in rushing yards.

Jacksonville won its first Pioneer Football League title with a 7-1 conference record despite being picked to finish fifth prior to the season. The Dolphins are riding a seven-game win streak after rallying with 19 points in the final 12 minutes to beat Dayton, giving JU its first title in the 11th year of the program.

Pioneer Football League representatives have won the first two Gridiron Classics, with Dayton defeating UAlbany 42-21 in 2007 and San Diego besting Monmouth 27-7 in 2006.