Oct. 22, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT - Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) threw for a career-high 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while sophomore receiver Corey Bundy (Selden, NY) had a career-best 145 yards receiving to lead the Sacred Heart University football team to a 21-14 win over visiting Stony Brook University in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pioneers.
Bundy and Arciaga connected on a 29-yard scoring strike for Sacred Heart with 12:17 left in the second quarter that ended up being the only score of the first half.
Stony Brook, 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEC, drew even on its first drive of the second half. Sophomore quarterback Josh Dudash capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 51-yard TD pass to Josh Anderson. The PAT by Matt Weeks tied the score at 7-7 with 12:02 left in the third.
The Pioneers, 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference, regained the lead with 2:40 left in the period on a nine-yard TD pass from Arciaga to freshman running back Evin Jones (Pennsauken, NJ). The score was made possible when senior linebacker Andy Grant (New Hartford, NY) intercepted a Dudash pass at the Stony Brook 36. Senior tailback Ed Pricolo (Johnston, RI) carried the ball four times for 26 yards, and Arciaga connected with receiver Bryan Butterworth for 18 yards to set up the touchdown.
Senior punter David Wahlen (Clinton, CT) put Stony Brook in a big hole with13:09 to play in the game when he planted a punt that was downed inside the Seawolves' one-yard line. Dudash and Anderson had other ideas, however, and combined on completions of 36 and 44 yards, the latter resulting in a Stony Brook TD and a 14-14 tie. The five-play, 99-yard drive took just 2:16 for the Seawolves.
Sacred Heart took the ensuing kickoff 81 yards in seven plays for the go-ahead score on a two-yard plunge by Pricolo. During the drive Arciaga connected with junior receiver Alvin Franklin (New Haven, CT) on passes of 14 and 24 yards, and Pricolo ripped off a 25-yard run. He would finish the game with 147 yards on 31 carries, his 16th career 100-yard game.
The Pioneers had a chance for an insurance field goal with 1:06 left in the game, but Nick Passalacqua missed a 35-yard field goal into a stiff wind. Stony Brook took over on their own 20 with no timeouts left. Dudash completed a pass to Anderson for 13 yards on the first play, but on the second another pass to Anderson was intercepted by linebacker Jon Wilson (Bloomfield, CT) when he popped the receiver as he caught the ball and grabbed it out of the air to salt the game away.
The 313 yards passing by Arciaga was the third highest in school history, and the first since October of 2001 when Justin Holtfreter threw for 309 against Iona.