No. 23 Seawolves fall to No. 2 Towson, 35-21

Junior Jameel Poteat

Sept. 28, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

The No. 23 Stony Brook football team led No. 2 Towson 21-10 at halftime, but the Tigers outscored the Seawolves, 25-0, after halftime for a 35-21 victory.  After rushing for a season-low 87 yards at Villanova last week, Stony Brook was strong with its running attack, rushing 43 times for 142 yards.

Juniors James Kenner (Willingboro, N.J.) and Jameel Poteat (Harrisburg, Pa.) were featured early in the Seawolves' attack as the duo combined for 53 of a 78-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown from Kenner.  

On the second play of Towson's first series, senior Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) sat in coverage and picked off quarterback Peter Athens.  After Dudley's interception return to the Towson 5, Poteat ran it in from there to give Stony Brook (1-3, 1-2 CAA) a 14-0 lead.

After the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) cut the lead to 14-10, the Stony Brook offense methodically moved the ball down the field.  Senior quarterback Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.) went 4 of 4 on the Seawolves' final drive of the half, including a 4-yard strike to senior Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) for the touchdown.

Stony Brook took a 21-17 lead into the fourth quarter.  Just seconds into the quarter, D.J. Soven hit a 51-yard field goal to get the Tigers within one.  On Towson's next drive, Darius Victor scored on a 31-yard touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 28-21.

A 43-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Donnell Lewis made it 35-21.



Towson running back Terrance West had 150 yards on 26 carries.  

Kenner finished the game with 87 yards and Poteat totaled 72.  Negron was 12 of 16 for 118 yards.

Scoring Drives

• 1st 7:03 SBU Kenner 2 yd run (Ferrara kick), 13-78, 7:57, 0-7
• 1st 6:06 SBU Poteat 5 yd run (Ferrara kick), 1-5, 0:06, 0-14
• 2nd 14:54 TU Evangelista 33 yd field goal, 14-62, 5:59, 3-14
• 2nd 7:12 TU West 2 yd run (Evangelista kick), 7-58, 3:15, 10-14
• 2nd 0:39 SBU Eugene 4 yd pass from Negron (Ferrara kick), 13-78, 6:26, 10-21
• 3rd 11:01 TU Wilkins 18 yd pass from Athens (Evangelista kick), 2-25, 0:45, 17-21
• 4th 14:45 TU Soven 51 yd field goal, 8-41, 2:33, 20-21
• 4th 2:38 TU Victor 31 yd run (Wilkins pass from Athens), 10-96, 4:58, 28-21
• 4th 0:42 TU Lewis 43 yd fumble recovery (Evangelista kick), 35-21

Quotes ...

Chuck Priore - "I thought our preparation was great this week.  It was a hard fought game and we probably had too many miscues.  Since they're the second or third-best team in the country, I don't think we're that far off.  I thought we set the tone early with our running game.  This definitely is one of those games where it looks a lot different than the score indicates."

Junior Jameel Poteat - "Coach told us in last Sunday's meeting that we're going to get back to what we do well, which is running the football.  Running the ball is what we do.  The offensive line did a heck of a job tonight.  With Marcus (Coker) and Jamie (Williams) out, it was up to James and I to step up."

Junior James Kenner - "Coach told me my chance would come.  I tried to make the most out of the opportunity and stay focused."

News & Notes

• Towson entered tonight's contest ranking first in the CAA in rushing defense (53.0 ypg).  Stony Brook rushed for 142 yards.
• Senior Malcolm Eugene has led Stony Brook in receiving in each of its first four games.
• The No. 2 Tigers were the highest ranked team to play at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium since No. 9 Massachusetts in 2010.
• Today's game against Towson was the first CAA home game.
• Towson entered today's game averaging more than 442 yards per offense.  It was held to 294 yards.
• Stony Brook won the coin toss for a fourth straight game. After electing to defer in the first three, the Seawolves chose to receive to open the game.
The Seawolves are 7-0 in homecoming games under Chuck Priore.
• Senior Reggie Francklin recorded his second career interception.
• Senior Winston Longdon had a team-high nine tackles.

Up Next

• Stony Brook will face Bryant in Wolfstock 2013, the Seawolves annual homecoming game on Saturday, October 5 at 6 p.m. The game will broadcasted on Champions Radio 96.9 & 107.1 FM.