Sunday, October 4, 2009

Stony Brook Blows Past Presbyterian, 52-14

Seawolves Roll to 610 Yards of Offense

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After a close first half, Stony Brook scored 29 unanswered second half points tonight on its way to a 52-14 football victory over Presbyterian College in the Big South Conference opener for both schools. Stony Brook set season highs in points and total yards in the victory, with sophomore Edwin Gowins (Belloport, N.Y.) rushing for a season-high 138 yards and a score and sophomore Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Claif.) throwing for a career best 321 yards and two scores. The Seawolves defense chipped in with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in front of a large homecoming crowd at LaValle Stadium.

"We put some things together today at times that we have worked hard," said Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore. "We hit some big plays in terms of yardage - a lot of them were play-action passes that we were able to take advantage of some the coverages. We had those in the game plan and when you execute your game plan they work sometimes."

Stony Brook (2-3, 1-0 Big South) wasted no time at the start, getting the ball near midfield after Presbyterian (0-5, 0-1 Big South) misfired on an attempted onside kick. Gowins carried the ball five times, including a 31-yard gain to the PC five, and senior Conte Cuttino (Uniondale, N.Y.) finished off the drive with a five-yard run up middle to give the Seawolves the early 7-0 lead. Presbyterian missed a field goal on its first possession, but the Blue Hose answered the SBU score on its next try, driving 91 yards in just seven plays and tying the game on a four-yard run by Trandon Dendy.

That was where the score stayed as the second quarter started, but it did not stay that way long as Gowins broke free on a 44-yard jaunt down the left side on the first play of the quarter that put Stony Brook back on top 14-7. After the Seawolves' defense held the Blue Hose to a three and out, the PC punt pinned Stony Brook back on its own five. The Seawolves worked the ball out to its own 41 on the strength of 4-for-4 passing from Coulter. His fifth straight completion was the big one as he found junior Donald Porter (Charles Town, W.Va.) streaking down the middle of the field. His pass hit him in stride and Porter took it in for the 59-yard score. Presbyterian blocked the extra-point attempt, however, making it 20-7 at the 7:35 mark.

Presbyterian took advantage of a pair of personal foul penalties on its next drive and crept to within a score when Brandon Miley hit Dendy on a 13-yard scoring toss with 5:55 left in the half that made it 20-14. That proved to be as close as the Blue Hose would get however.
Stony Brook was not quite done in the first half and in the final minute Coulter hit junior Michael Lepore (Brick, N.J.) with a 29-yard pass and senior Stephan Towns (San Diego, Calif.) for 26 more to set up a 22-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) as time expired in the half. Skiffington was another Seawolves player that had a big night, as he went on to boot three more field goals in the second half to set a school record with four field goals in a game.

At the start of the second half things began to fall apart for the Presbyterian offense. After not committing a turnover in the first 30 minutes, the Blue Hose saw a Miley pass picked off by senior Benjamin Clements (Glen Burnie, Md.) on its third play of the half. It was the first of what turned out to be seven consecutive possessions by the Blue Hose that ended in turnovers, three via fumbles and four interceptions, and Stony Brook capitalized by turning each miscue into points on the board. Skiffington connected from 22 and 37 yards away after the first two turnovers to increase the SBU advantage to 29-14 midway through the third.

On PC's next possession, Miley was sacked by senior Ryan Sollazzo (Tampa, Fla.) and fumbled on the play. Sophomore Michael Marino (Middle Island, N.Y.) recovered and four plays later Coulter took it in himself, diving over the goal line to finish a six-yard run and put Stony Brook up 35-14.

Stony Brook put the finishing touches on the victory in the fourth quarter, getting another Skiffington field goal before Coulter and Porter hooked up again, this time on a 60-yard play just two minutes into the quarter. Senior Cory Giddings (Ocean, N.J.) finished off the scoring when he came up with his second interception of the season and returned it 63 yards for the score.

Coulter finished with a career night by going 16 for 26 for 321 yards. It was the first 300-yard game for Stony Brook quarterback since T.J. Moriarty '05 threw for 322 against Central Connecticut State in 2004. Porter finished with 156 yards on just four catches while Gowins' 138 yards was his second 100-yard effort of the season. The Seawolves rolled up 623 yards of offense, the third time over the last seven games going back to last season that SBU has hit the 600-yard mark in offense.

On defense Clements would wind up with a pair of interceptions as well as a team-high seven tackles. Junior Arin West (Toms River, N.J.) had the other interception for SBU, his third of the season. Senior Chirs Richards (Quartz Hills, Calif) and junior Chevar Rankins (Middletown, Conn.) had fumble recoveries.

Presbyterian was held to 240 yards of offense, just 55 of which came in the second half. The Blue Hose were led by Dendy on the ground with 59 yards and a score while Miley threw for 146 yards and a score.

Stony Brook will return to the road next week as it steps outside of conference play one last time as it travels to North Dakota for the programs first-ever game in that state. Kickoff against the Fighting Sioux will be at 2 p.m. Eastern time next Saturday, October 10.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stony Brook Hosts Presbyterian Saturday for Homecoming

Stony Brook University's football team returns home this weekend for its Big South Conference opener as it hosts Presbyterian College on Saturday in LaValle Stadium. The game will also be a part of the annual Homecoming celebration and reunion weekend known as "Wolfstock." The Wolfstock Village will open at noon and will be followed by the gridiron clash between the Seawolves and the Blue Hose at 3:00 p.m. The game will be carried live on WUSB 90.1 FM, with the pregame show beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Kickoff After putting a scare in 15th-ranked Massachusets on the road last week, Stony Brook returns home to LaValle Stadium for the start of its second season of Big South Conference action as well as hosting the school's annual Homecoming, known at SBU as Wolfstock. Despite its 1-3 start, Stony Brook has progressed well to this point of the season and will be looking to get a good start on conference play this week. At Umass, Stony Brook held a 10-7 lead in the first quarter but could not hold on in a 44-17 setback. The Seawolves were hampered by not having their top-two backs in the game, as Conte Cuttino was injured on the first series and could not come back in and Ed Gowins did not make the trip due to injury. Michael Coulter threw a pair of TD passes to Jordan Gush and Wes Skiffington booted a 43-yard field goal for SBU, which trailed by just seven at the half. Freshman linebacker Kenny Tuiloma made his first collegiate start and came up with 12 tackles and an interception that set up a touchdown, earning Freshman of the Week honors in the conference. The game against Presbyterian represents an expansion of the Big South schedule from five to six games in 2009, as the Blue Hose are now fully eligible mem¬bers of the conference.

The Opponent Located in Clinton, South Carolina, Presbyterian College is beginning its first full season as a football member of the Big South Conference as it transitions from a Division II program to a Division I FCS one. The Blue Hose have played all of their games so far against teams from the always tough Southern Conference, with the result an 0-4 mark coming into its first Big South game of the year. Last season Presby¬terian finished with a 4-8 record, including a 31-28 upset of Liberty, and played every team in the Big South except Stony Brook, going 1-4 in those games. A team that lives by the pass, the Blue Hose have almost double the yardage through the air as they do rushing. Quarter¬back Brandon Miley has thrown for 650 yards and two scores, but has been intercepted five times. Patrick McKoy is the top target among the receivers with 18 catches for 249 yards and a score. Running back Trandon Dendy averages 72.5 yards per game on the ground, the top mark in the conference, running for a career-high 147 yards last week in a 46-21 loss at The Citadel. Defensively the Blue Hose have had a hard time stopping opponents and have surrendered over 40 points in three of their four games, giving up an average of 485 yards of offense per game.
The Series This will be the first meeting between Presbyterian and Stony Brook on the football field as well as the first meeting between the two in any sport. Presbyterian will also be the smallest school that Stony Brook plays this season, with an enrollment of just 1,200 it is one of the smallest Division I schools in the nation.