#Seawolves fall to Bryant in 2014 season opener

Sophomore Jaheem Woods had a 40-yard kick return and totaled five tackles
 
Sophomore Jaheem Woods had a 40-yard kick return and totaled five tackles
 
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Aug. 28, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. -

Despite an outstanding defensive effort, the Stony Brook football team fell to Bryant, 13-7, before a season-opening crowd of 10,252 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Thursday.  Junior Jeremy Leggiero (Bohemia, N.Y.) and senior Christian Ricard (Spencer, Mass.) led the way defensively with 12 tackles apiece.  Redshirt freshman Ousmane Camara (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded his first collegiate interception.

The Bulldogs posted 233 yards of total offense, and punted nine times as Stony Brook forced seven three-and-outs.  The Seawolves' offense accounted for only 186 yards of total offense.

Sophomore Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) led the way for the Seawolves on the ground with 116 yards on 27 carries.  

Senior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) had two catches for 77 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown in the second quarter.  Senior John Kinder (Inwood, N.Y.) faked a hand off to Bedell and found Coxson, who outjumped Aaron Gilmer for the ball, down the left seam.  It was the third straight game in which Stony Brook scored on a pass play of 60 yards dating back to last season.

Late in the second quarter as Bryant was driving, Camara dropped into coverage and intercepted Bryant quarterback Dalton Easton, whose throw across the field was picked off. 

Down 7-6, Easton hit Chad Ward for a 37-yard touchdown on fourth and nine midway through the third quarter.

With 5:25 left in the fourth, Stony Brook started the drive on Bryant's 46.  On fourth and four from the 40, Kinder was intercepted by Sebastian Amedee, who returned it 29 yards to the Stony Brook 35.

Scoring Drives
• 1st 9:48 BU Aliberti 32 yd field goal, 8-35, 3:32, 3-0
• 1st 3:25 BU Aliberti 27 yd field goal, 10-43, 4:46, 6-0
• 2nd 8:22 SBU Coxson 61 yd pass from Kinder (Ball kick), 1-61, 0:09, 6-7
• 3rd 8:17 BU Ward 37 yd pass from Easton (Aliberti kick), 8-64, 3:31, 13-7

Quotes ...

Chuck Priore - "I give a lot of credit to Bryant.  We put a great game plan together and they did a great job of taking away a lot from our passing game.  They deserved to win.  But I'm also proud of our guys for fighting through.  Our offense responded well to some things we changed at halftime.  I thought our defense played fast and physical.  We're going to get better by watching film and correcting some mistakes."

Sr. QB John Kinder"Obviously there's a couple of throws I'd like to have back.  My teammates have been so supportive and helped me all preseason.  I'm looking forward to getting better and being ready for Connecticut."

So. RB Stacey Bedell"I'll do whatever it takes to get a win so if carrying the ball that many times is necessary, then that's OK.  I give Bryant a lot of credit.  They defended us really well."

Sr. DB Christian Ricard"First and foremost, we've got to finish better.  We played well defensively."

News & Notes
• Tonight's crowd of 10,252 was the third largest in stadium history
• Stony Brook has held an opponent to fewer than 300 yards of total offense in seven of the last 12 games dating back to last year
• Kinder finished the night 7 of 18 for 101 yards and two interceptions
• Sophomore Jaheem Woods (Neptune, N.J.) had a 40-yard kick return
• Bedell totaled 178 all-purpose yards
• Stony Brook was 2 of 16 on third-down conversions.  Bryant was 6 of 19
• Stony Brook and Bryant combined to punt 19 times
• Junior Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, Calif.) also saw time at quarterback, playing a series late in the third quarter

Up Next
Stony Brook will head across Long Island Sound to face FBS Connecticut on Saturday, September 6 at 12 p.m.  The game will be televised live on SNY.