Blocker's TD Catch With 1:00 Remaining Gives Football Dramatic 36-31 Comeback Win Over Central Connecticut
Nov. 8, 2003
Stony Brook, N.Y. - T.J. Moriarty hit Londre Blocker on a 43-yard scoring strike with 1:00 remaining in the game to lift Stony Brook to a 36-31 comeback win over Central Connecticut on Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. Moriarty threw a career-high four touchdowns, three of them to Blocker, as Stony Brook improved to 5-4, 4-3 in conference action. Central Connecticut slipped to 3-7, 2-4.
The winning touchdown capped a 15-point second half comeback that saw the Seawolves score twice in the final three minutes. Trailing 31-23, Clinton Graham caught a shovel pass deep in CCSU territory and drove four yards for a touchdown to get SBU within 31-29. The two-point conversion failed and Stony Brook needed a big stop from its defense on the next possesion.
With CCSU facing a third-and-one, Stony Brook's Billy Buntin stopped Cory Harge in the backfield to force a Blue Devil punt. Three plays later, Moriarty hit Blocker for his fourth passing touchdown of the night to give Stony Brook the win.
The first half was controlled by Harge and the CCSU rushing attack. Harge had touchdown runs of 79 and 45 yards to help stake the Blue Devils to a 28-16 halftime edge.
Moriarty kept SBU in the game in the first half with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Blocker and an eight-yard scoring run of his own. The junior signal caller finished with a career-high 329 yards on 30-for-39 passing.
Graham rushed for 104 yards, his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the year.
Harge recorded 242 yards on 24 carries.
Stony Brook concludes the 2003 season next Saturday when it travels to Iona. Kick-off is 1 p.m.