Monmouth Rallies Past Stony Brook 20-14
Sept. 27, 2003
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Monmouth rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit to post a 20-14 win over Stony Brook at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in the Ray Downey Heroes Classic on Saturday evening. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Seawolves as they suffered their first loss of the season to slip to 2-1, 1-1 in Northeast Conference action. Monmouth improved to 4-0, 2-0 in conference play.
Stony Brook took the early lead midway through the first quarter. A short Monmouth punt set up the hosts at midfield and quarterback T.J. Moriarty then engineered an eight-play, 50-yard drive that Moriarty finished off with a three-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and Stony Brook led 7-0.
The Stony Brook defense held the Hawks to 68 yards for the entire first half, but Monmouth turned the tables in the third quarter. A 27-yard punt return by Billy Worfolk set up the Hawks at the Stony Brook 31. Three plays later, Brian Boland hit Miles Austin on a 13-yard fade in the corner of the endzone and the game was tied at 7.
Monmouth took its first lead of the game early in the fourth when Steve Andriola kicked a 27 yard field goal to make it 10-7.
The Hawks' Joe Sentipal later recovered a T.J. Moriarty fumble at the Stony Brook 31 which set up a Bobby Smith one-yard touchdown run and the Hawks were in control 20-7.
Moriarty led a desperate Seawolves comeback, hitting Londre Blocker for a 24-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining. SBU's ensuing onsides kick caromed off a Monmouth player and led to a wild scramble as the ball rolled to the Monmouth 33. It initially appeared that Stony Brook recovered the kick, but MU's David Jiles came out from under the pile with the ball, securing the Monmouth win.
Clinton Graham had a good night for the Brook, rushing for a game-high 119 yards on 23 carries. Blocker caught eight passes for 74 yards.
The Hawks, who came into the game with the league's top-rated defense, held SBU to 120 yards of total offense in the second half.
Sentipal was named the Ray Downey Heroes Classic MVP.
Stony Brook is back in action next Saturday when it travels to Robert Morris. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m.