Touchdown with 47 Seconds Left Lifts Seawolves to Victory
Playing at home for the first time this season, the football team sent the crowd of more than 5,700 home feeling good after the Seawolves rallied with a touchdown in the final minute to pull out a thrilling 21-20 victory over Brown at LaValle Stadium. Sophomore Michael Coulter hit junior Donald Porter with a 10-yard pass with 47 seconds left, with redshirt freshman Wesley Skiffington knocking through the game-winning extra point. Brown missed a chance at the win as time expired as a field goal attempt went wide right.
After forcing the Bears to punt midway through the fourth quarter, Stony Brook started its game-winning drive on its own 27-yard line with 6:37 left in the game. Facing a 3rd and 16, Coulter’s pass attempt was tipped by sophomore Matt Brevi into the hands of redshirt freshman Jordan Gush for a play that resulted in just enough yards for the 1st down. A pair of completions to Brevi sandwiched around an 11-yard run by senior Conte Cuttino gave SB a first and goal at the Brown seven. A three-yard loss on a run and an incomplete pass put the Seawolves in a third and goal from the 10 situation, but Porter got open in the end zone after a nice move and Coulter found him for the score that tied the game before Skiffington gave the Seawolves their only lead of the contest with his extra point.
After pinning SB deep in its own end midway thought the first, Brown took advantage of a short field for the first points of the game. Starting from the SB 48, the Bears needed only four plays to reach the end zone, scoring on a 20-yard pass from Kyle Newhall-Caballero to Matthew Sudfeld. Stony Brook answered quickly, however, after Brevi returned the ensuing Brown kickoff 51 yards to the BU 38. Three plays later sophomore Edwin Gowins ran it in from 27 yards out to tie the game, 7-7.
Brown again had a short field on its next possession after returning the kickoff out to their own 47. Newhall-Caballero completed all four of his passes on the drive, with the final a 23-yard scoring toss to Buddy Farnham that put the Bears back on top, 14-7, with 1:27 left in the first.
Stony Brook’s defense came up with a couple of big plays in the second quarter, one of which led to a score. With Brown driving deep into Stony Brook territory, junior Arin West intercepted Newhall-Caballero in the end zone to halt the Bear threat. On the next play Brown got the ball right back after recovering a Cuttino fumble on the SB 19. The Seawolves defense again came up with an interception to thwart the Bears. This time junior Stephen Schwicke picked off the pass and returned it 32 yards to the Stony Brook 44.
Sophomore Dayne Hoffman, who had missed the first two games with a sore throwing elbow, came in at quarterback for and sparked the drive by completing a 26-yard pass to Porter on the first play of the drive. Facing a 4th and eight on the Brown 28, SB elected to go for it, and it paid off when Hoffman hit Gush for a 28-yard scoring play that tied it up again with 6:29 left in the half.
SB’s defense came up with another big play early in the fourth quarter when Brown went for it on a 4th and nine at the Stony Brook 34. Junior Chevar Rankins dropped Farnham for a seven yard loss on a pass play to halt the Brown threat.
Coulter finished with a 10-for-12 night passing, good for 137 yards and a score. Brevi caught a career-high five balls for 76 yards and was outstanding on kick returns, totaling 140 yards on three attempts. Cuttino led the rushing attack with 71 yards on 18 carries. Senior Tyler Santucci led the SB defense with 12 tackles, with West adding 11 more.
Stony Brook will be back on the road next week when it will take on nationally ranked Massachusetts in Amherst on September 26 at 6:00 pm. For tickets, visit www.goseawolves.org
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