STONY BROOK, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart football team dropped to 2-1 on the year with a 45-7 loss to Stony Brook University at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday night. The loss snapped the Pioneers streak of eight straight non-conference victories dating back to October 17, 2015.
SHU was held to a season-low 206 yards of total offense in the game while the Seawolves (2-1) offense was paced by 294 yards on the ground that led to two rushing scores and set up three passing touchdowns for quarterback Joe Carbone.
Senior Ose Imeokparia had the Pioneers lone touchdown on a one yard run in the first quarter. Imeokparia recorded 44 rushing yards on the day. Senior quarterback Kevin Duke threw for 115 yards on 14 completions, but was picked off twice by the Seawolves defense. Senior Kevin Barry led the SHU defense with 10 tackles, and tied a career-high with three tackles for loss.
The Turning Point
Special team miscues caused SHU to take an early 14-0 deficit in the first quarter. SHU put together a five play fifty-five-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Imeokparia. Sacred Heart appeared to catch its footing, as Barry forced a fumble that was picked up by Max Tudeau at the Stony Brook 40-yard line. First play of the second quarter Duke had his pass picked off by Darin Peart. That jumpstarted the Seawolves offense to pick up three touchdowns in the quarter and jump to a 35-7 lead, controlling the rest of the game.
How They Scored…
12:24 1Q Stony Brook 7, SHU 0. – Seawolves gained possession at the Sacred Heart 38-yard line after punter Ryan O'Dowd's knee touched the ground on the fourth & five punt. The Stony Brook drive five play drive ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Carbone to Cal Daniels.
7:49 1Q Stony Brook 14, SHU 0. - On the next possession, the Pioneers were faced with a fourth & 12 punt from its own 19 yard line. EJ Fineran beat the Pioneer line off the edge to block O'Dowd's punt attempt. The ball trickled into the Pioneers endzone with Seba Nekhet getting the recovery for the score.
3:55 1Q – Stony Brook 14, SHU 7. A pass interference penalty on the first play of the drive gave SHU favorable field position to start. Imeokparia got SHU into the red zone with a nice 25-yard run. He punched the ball in two plays later for the Pioneers lone score of the game.
10:09 Q2 – Stony Brook 21, SHU 7. After the interception, the Seawolves worked a 10 play 80-yard drive that resulted in a seven yard touchdown catch for Donavin Washington from Carbone
6:31 Q2 Stony Brook 28, SHU 7. The Stony Brook defense forced a three & out on the next drive. Carbone recorded another passing touchdown, this time hitting Ray Bolden with a 25-yrd fade to cap a seven-play drive.
4:37 Q2 - Stony Brook 35, SHU 7. A personal foul penalty by SHU after the whistle on the punt gave Stony Brook position a little north of midfield. On the first handoff from Cabone, Stacey Bedell juked around the Pioneers defensive line and cut up the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown run.
2:52 Q3 – Stony Brook 42, SHU 7. After a standstill for much of the quarter, the Seawolves offense picked up courtesy of running back Jordan Gowins who ran the ball four straight plays, ending with a 10-yard touchdown run.
8:24 Q4 – Stony Brook 45, SHU 7. Alex Lucansky capped a 14 play drive for the Seawolves with a 43-yard field goal for the final scoring play of the game.
The Pioneers three-game road swing wraps up next Saturday at Bucknell. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.