Football back to Big South action at VMI on Saturday

Rich Vitale recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD last season vs. VMI

Oct. 17, 2011


Stony Brook, N.Y. -

After four straight games at LaValle Stadium and more than five weeks at home, the Stony Brook football team returns to Big South action at VMI on Saturday afternoon. Mike Solano will call the game on WUSB 90.1 and The Seawolves, 1-0 in conference play after a 42-24 win over Presbyterian on October 8, will head to Virginia with a three-game winning streak. Stony Brook exploded for 404 rushing yards en route to a 55-6 win over St. Anselm last Saturday. Redshirt freshman JeVahn Cruz (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) led the attack with 169 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) also ran for two touchdowns and had a 90-yard kick return for a score. Junior Kyle Essington (Chino Hills, Calif.) passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

Stony Brook leads the all-time series against VMI, 3-0. The Seawolves are averaging more than 31 points and 254 rushing yards per game. Saturday's game will be the second visit for Stony Brook to VMI, having defeated the Keydets, 27-20, helped by a 13-yard touchdown from Conte Cuttino with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

VMI earned its first win of the season last Saturday, topping Charleston Southern, 21-17. Redshirt senior Chaz Jones, who rushed for two touchdowns against the Buccaneers, leads the Keydets with 438 yards and six touchdowns. Redshirt senior A.J. Gross, a three-year starter, leads the defense with 41 tackles.