Clinton Graham Surpasses 1000-yard Mark In 31-20 Triumph Over Iona

Clinton Graham rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns against Iona
 
Clinton Graham rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns against Iona
 
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Nov. 15, 2003

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New Rochelle, N.Y. - Clinton Graham rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stony Brook to a 31-20 road win over Iona Saturday afternoon. His 240-yard performance pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming the first Stony Brook running back in 10 years to reach the milestone. The win was the third straight for the Seawolves as they conclude the 2003 season with a 6-4 record.

Graham entered the game needing 185 yards to reach 1,000 and he wasted little time in getting to work. On Stony Brook's fourth play from scrimmage, he took a handoff and dashed 45 yards for the first of his three touchdowns on the afternoon. Following an interception by Mike Mounter on Iona's next possession, Graham gave SBU a 14-0 lead by capping off a drive with a 6-yard touchdown run at 6:43 of the first quarter.

Iona roared back with two straight scores as a Billy Brieden 1-yard touchdown run and a touchdown reception by Dave Calacione brought the Gaels within 14-13. T.J. Moriarty extended the lead to 21-13 before the break with a 5-yard scoring run.

Graham struck again on the final play of the third quarter, going in from three yards out to put the Brook up 28-13. Mike Soto added a 39-yard field goal to make it 31-13 at 6:43 of the fourth quarter.

The Gaels mounted a late surge. Calacione caught his second TD of the game at 3:18 and the Gaels recovered the onside kick. Stony Brook snuffed out the comeback when Bryan Karp fell on a Nat Modica fumble at the Stony Brook 16-yard line.

Graham became the first Stony Brook running back to rush for 1,000 yards in season since Chris Delmadge totaled 1,147 in 1983. His 240-yard effort broke Ralph Menendez' Division I single-game school record of 207 yards. He finished with 1,053 yards on the season, the third-best single-season performance in the 20-year history of Stony Brook football.

 

 

Stony Brook finishes the season with a 6-4 record to put together its first back-to-back winning campaigns since 1996.