Football Falls at Stony Brook, 38-21
Oct. 21, 2006
STONY BROOK, NY - Senior running back Von Bryant scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:18 left in the game, and an interception by Cory Giddings in the final minutes of the game clinched it as Stony Brook University went on to take a 38-21 victory over visiting Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first quarter, Stony Brook took a 7-0 lead on a ten-yard TD pass from junior QB Josh Dudash to sophomore Lynell Suggs with 13:56 remaining in the second quarter. The pass capped an impressive 12-play, 99-yard drive that took over five minutes off the clock.
The Seawolves made it 14-0 with 9:18 left in the first half on a nine-yard run by freshman running back Conte Cuttino. Cuttino finished with a game-high 129 yards. Stony Brook's second score came courtesy of a punt snap that sailed over the head of SHU kicker Derek Marks (East Lyme, CT) and was recovered at the Pioneer twenty.
Sacred Heart got back within a touchdown with 4:41 left in the half on a 32-yard pass from QB Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) to Corey Bundy (Selden, NY) that made it 14-7. Freshman Rashad Underwood blocked a Stony Brook punt with just under two minutes to play in the first half. The Pioneers managed to get to the Stony Brook five with :05 left in the half but a Joe Schroeder 22-yard field goal attempt was blocked to keep the Seawolves up seven at the intermission.
The Seawolves took the opening kick of the second half and drove 64 yards for a 21-7 lead on a four-yard TD pass from Dudash to tight end Kevin Halonski.
The Pioneers were the recipient of the first turnover of the game when Cuttino fumbled the ball at the Sacred Heart 35. Arciaga hit Joey Henley with a four-yard pass on a fourth and goal to cut the gap to 21-14. It was the first TD reception of the season for Henley.
Dudash through his first interception of the season on the next Stony Brook possession. Being pressured by freshman Chansler Davis on third and eight, Dudash tried to throw the ball away but it wound up in the arms of JJ Wilson at midfield who returned it to the Stony Brook 30. It was the first pick for Dudash in 171 pass attempts. Three plays later Arciaga found freshman Steve Tedesco for a 16-yard TD reception to tie the game at 21-21 with 10:17 left in the game.
Less than two minutes later Stony Brook answered with a 58-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard TD run by Von Bryant to give the Seawolves a 28-21 lead with 8:18 to play. On the first play after the kick off, Arciaga threw his first interception of the game to linebacker Milo Otis who returned it to the SHU nine. The Pioneer defense held but Matt Weeks booted a 22-yard field goal with 5:27 left to give the Seawolves a 31-21 lead.
Arciaga tried to drive his team on last time for a score but was intercepted by Giddings, who returned it to the Pioneer 38 and put the game on ice. Senior Michael Cosentino scored the final TD of the game on a 23-yard run with 2:02 left.
Arciaga broke the school record for pass attempts in a game with 47, completing 30 for 311 yards.