Football Runs Over Robert Morris, 23-13
Nov. 9, 2002
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Rod Williams rushed for one touchdown and Scott Bard threw for another as Stony Brook defeated Robert Morris 23-13 in a Northeast Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Stony Brook (7-2, 5-2) opened the scoring at 7:41 of the first quarter on 34-yard touchdown run by Williams. A blocked extra point put the Seawolves up 6-0.
After at 37-yard field goal by Mike Soto early in the second quarter made the score 9-0, Scott Bard then hit Shon Brownlee on a 14-yard touchdown strike to stake the Seawolves to a 16-0 lead with just over five minutes remaining before the half. RMU's Doug Lewis missed a 23-yard field goal attempt near the end of the first half and the Seawolves took the 16-0 advantage into the break.
The Colonials climbed back into the contest midway throught the third quarter. Quarterback Andrew Geyer hit Rupert Rickards over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown catch that helped trim the lead to 16-7.
However, Stony Brook extended its lead on the ensuing kickoff when junior sensation Chad King returned it 81 yards for a score, his second kickoff return for a TD this season, to put the Seawolves ahead 23-7.
The Colonials closed out the scoring with 4:19 remaining in the fourth quarter when Josh Weight fell on a blocked punt in the SB end zone.
The win was seventh for Stony Brook in 2002, equalling the most number of wins in a single season in the history of the program with one game remaining on the regular season schedule.
Senior linebacker Aden Smith equalled his career-high with 17 tackles as he became the school's all-time leader in that category. He now has 313 career tackles, surpassing the previous SB career record of 299 held by James Leach. Smith has recorded 130 takedowns this season (a new SB record) and is 10 tackles away from breaking the all-time NEC single-season mark of 139 held by Daunte Neal of St. Francis (Pa.)
Williams finished with a career-high 126 yards on 22 carries and one TD. It was the third straight game that the sophomore running back has scored a rushing touchdown.
Stony Brook closed out the 2002 regular season next week at home against Canisius. Should Albany lose to Monmouth next weekend, the Seawolves would own a share of the NEC title and advance to the ECAC Bowl Game by virtue of its head-to-head win over the Great Danes.