Albany Runs Past Football 40-7
Oct. 25, 2003
Albany, N.Y. - Gary Jones rushed for 242 yards and scored three touchdowns to power Albany to a 40-7 win over Stony Brook in a Northeast Conference football matchup Saturday afternoon. Jones keyed an Albany rushing attack that piled up 453 yards, the most by any Albany team in 11 years. The loss dropped Stony Brook to 3-4, 2-3 in conference play while the Great Danes improved to 5-3, 4-1.
On Albany's first possession, Jones got things going on the second play from scrimmage, going off tackle and running 48 yards untouched to the Stony Brook end zone. The extra point was missed and Albany led 6-0.
The Great Danes extended the lead to 13-0 when quarterback Anthony Sciarra hit Matt Crudo on a 17-yard scoring strike at 13:03 of the second quarter and the hosts took that lead into the break.
On the first possession of the second half, Jones went to work again capping a 65-yard drive by taking an option pitch and scampering 38 yards down the sideline to put UA up 20-0. Jon George added a four-yard touchdown run at 6:35 of the third and Albany led 27-0.
Stony Brook averted its first shutout since 1997 on a touchdown that was set up by a fake punt. Faced with a fourth down situation at the Albany 47, punter Sean McGinty pulled down the snap and hit Clinton Graham with a short toss that Graham took 42 yards to the Albany 5. Four plays later backup quarterback Paul Kelly hit Josh Anderson on a fade route for SBU's only score of the game. It was Kelly's first career touchdown pass and Anderson's first career touchdown reception.
Jones finished off his day in the final quarter, catching a screen pass and taking it 37 yards to paydirt to extend the lead to 33-7. Uli Delgado's one-yard touchdown run with 5:35 left closed out the scoring.
The Seawolves surrendered 453 rushing yards, the second most in school history next to the 459 yards given up to AIC on November 7, 1998.
Stony Brook is back in action next Saturday when it travels to Sacred Heart.