Football Wins Fifth Straight In 42-7 Triumph Over Canisius
Nov. 16, 2002
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Scott Bard threw three touchdown passes and Rod Williams ran for two more as Stony Brook won its fifth straight game with a 42-7 triumph over Canisius Saturday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. With the victory, Stony Brook finishes the 2002 season with an 8-2 mark, the best-ever finish in the history of the program which began in 1984.
Wideout Chris McGovern ignited the SB offense in the first quarter when caught the first of his two touchdown passes, taking a screen pass 48 yards to paydirt to put the Seawolves up 7-0. McGovern made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when he hauled in a 17-yard strike from Bard at the 10:20 mark.
The Seawolves held a 14-0 lead entering the second half and exploded for 21 third quarter points. Jophiel Philips began the onslaught when he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass before Rod Williams rushed for touchdowns of three and 14 yards to give the Seawolves a 35-0 advantage entering the final quarter.
Canisius' lone score where a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tony Bonura to Nick Fermani with 8:06 remaining in the game. Stony Brook closed out the scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run by Glentis Michel only 1:37 later.
For Stony Brook, senior linebacker Aden Smith finished out his career in record setting style. His 10 tackles gave him 140 for the season which set a new Northeast Conference single-season tackle mark. The previous record was held by Daunte Neal of St. Francis (Pa.) who totaled 139 takedowns in 2000. Junior cornerback Chad King picked off his team-leading seventh pass of the season which equalled the Northeast Conference record for interceptions in a single season.
Bard was 12 of 21 for 187 yards and a season-high three touchdown passes as the offense rolled up 428 yards on the day. Bonura connected on 15 of 29 passes for 119 yards for Canisius (2-9).
The Seawolves eight-win season was the first ever in the program's 19-year history and its five-game winning streak was the first since 1993.