Football Blanks St. Francis (Pa.), 34-0
Nov. 17, 2001
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Scott Bard threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stony Brook to a 34-0 shutout of St. Francis (Pa.) in Northeast Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Seawolves Field. It was a historic day at Seawolves Field as the Seawolves played their final home game on the 18-year old field that they have called home since the inception of the program in 1984. Stony Brook will begin play in a brand new 8,000-seat stadium next fall.
Stony Brook wasted no time in taking control of the game, scoring on its first two possessions. Bard hit Chris McGovern on a 10-yard touchdown pass at 10:24 of the opening period and on the next drive connected on a 26-yard strike to Bryan Tornee' and the Seawolves were in control, 14-0.
Bard helped extend the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter, connecting with Courtenay Mitchell on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Mike Soto added a 33-yard field goal and the Seawolves led 24-0 at the break.
Soto added another field goal in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 27-0 before cornerback Ernie Williams closed out the scoring with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:22 remaining.
Stony Brook linebacker Aden Smith also made history this afternoon. He finished with 11 tackles to raise his season total to 112 for the year which set a new school single-season tackle record. Smith eclipsed the previous single-season high of 109 that was set by John Harris in 1997.
Wideout Chris McGovern also had a career-best day for Stony Brook, hauling in eight passes for 137 yards.
The win marked the first time that Stony Brook has won back-to-back games since the early part of 1998 as SB wrapped up the 2001 season with a 3-6 mark, 3-5 in NEC play. St. Francis fell to 0-10, 0-7 in conference play.