Monmouth 10, Albany, N.Y. 7

Updated: October 18, 2003, 6:47 PM ET

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Brian Boland completed 10 of 15 passes and Monmouth held Albany to six first downs as the Hawks beat the Great Danes 10-7 Saturday to improve to 7-0, the best start in the school's history.

Bobby Smith gained 74 yards on 19 carries and Monmouth's defense held All-America running back Gary Jones to 67 yards on 16 carries.

Monmouth (7-0, 4-0 Northeast Conference) scored first when Steve Andriola kicked a 44-yard field goal with 6:35 remaining the first quarter.

An interception by Rob Lomoriello set up a seven-play, 45-yard drive for the Hawks that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Kennedy to Pete Raspitzi with 27 seconds left in the first half.

Albany (4-3, 3-1) got on the board when Anthony Sciarra found Jason Miller with a 36-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 to play in the third quarter. The touchdown ended a five-play, 73-yard drive for the Great Danes.

Boland, who improved to 5-0 as Monmouth's starter, threw for 98 yards. The Hawks generated 256 yards of total offense and held Albany to 68 yards rushing.

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