Bard's 474 Passing Yards Propels Football To 52-30 Win Over Wagner
Oct. 6, 2001
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Scott Bard threw for a school record 474 yards on 25-35 passing and five touchdowns as the Seawolves rolled up a school record 613 yards in total offense in a 52-30 win over Wagner Saturday afternoon at Seawolves Field. With the win, Stony Brook improves to 1-2 overall, 1-2 in Northeast Conference play while Wagner drops to 1-3 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
The Seawolves offense went to work in the first quarter, taking their first possession of the game and marching 84 yards on nine plays that culminated in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bard to wideout Londre Blocker. A missed extra-point gave SB a 6-0 lead. On their next possession, Bard hit Chris McGovern on a screen pass and McGovern eluded several tackles en route to a 67-yard touchdown. The ensuing PAT was blocked and returned by Wagner's Adam Pantaleo 95 yards for two-point defensive PAT and the Seawolves led by the unusual score of 12-2.
The Bard-to-Blocker combination struck twice more in the second quarter, first on a 57-yard catch-and-run early in the second quarter and then on a slant pattern that Blocker took 79 yards for a score to extend the Seawolves lead to 24-16 with 6:29 to go before the half. Stony Brook added a three-yard touchdown run by Ken Lockhart with 49 seconds remaining in the half and SB led 31-16 at the break.
Wagner made the game interesting early in the third, picking off Bard on the second play of the second half. On the ensuing play, quarterback Aaron Smith scampered nine yards for a touchdown to slice the home team's advantage to 31-23. Stony Brook responded later in the quarter as freshman Kyle Leacock plunged in from one-yard out and the Seawolves were back in control, 38-23.
A 26-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Lou Simone once again trimmed the SB lead to eight points with 42 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Bard put the game away in the fourth, connecting on a 30-yard touchdown pass with McGovern and then finishing off his day with a three-yard touchdown run midway through the final quarter.
The junior Stony Brook quarterback set or tied five school records on Saturday. Bard set a new university record by connecting on 15 consecutive passes to begin the game and his 474 passing yards set a new single-game passing mark, eclipsing the old mark of 424 held by Timm Schroeder that was set against Gettysburg on October 8, 1994. His 502 yards of total offense also set a school record which surpassed Schroeder's old mark of 423.
The performance also set a Northeast Conference single-game record, surpassing the 377-yard effort by Central Connecticut's Keith Toolan against Wagner in 1997. In addition, his five touchdown passes equalled the Stony Brook and the Northeast Conference single-game record.
Blocker finished with seven catches for a school-record 216 yards, bettering the 17-year old mark of 208 yards set by Eric Knechtel against Fitchburg State in the program's inaugural season in 1984.
The 613 yards of total offense surpassed the program's previous high of 599 that was set against UMass-Lowell in 1994.
The win snaps a nine-game losing streak for the Seawolves who hadn't won since a 60-7 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on September 23, 2000.