Courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics
STONY BROOK, N.Y.
- Freshman Davonte Anderson tied a school-record with four interceptions, and junior Brock Jackolski recorded three touchdowns as the Stony Brook football team (6-4, 5-0 Big South) routed Gardner-Webb (3-7, 1-4), 55-3, before more than 3,500 fans on Senior Day.
Anderson became the second player in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) this season to have four interceptions (Torez Jones - Western Carolina against Gardner-Webb), and the second Stony Brook player this season to have three INTs in one game (Cedrick Moore against Brown).
Jackolski scored on a 94-yard kickoff return, six-yard pass and 19-yard run. He now is tied with sophomore Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.), who ran for 88 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, for the team-lead with 12 touchdowns. Jackolski ran for 131 yards, as he and Maysonet became the first duo from one team this season to surpass 1,000-yards rushing in FCS or Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Junior Matt Brevi (Tampa, Fla.), redshirt freshman Vincent Polo (Wantagh, N.Y.) and senior Stephen Schwicke (East Patchogue, N.Y.) also recorded touchdowns on Saturday. Brevi caught a 61-yard bomb, Polo rushed for an eight-yard score and Schwicke had a 42-yard fumble recovery.
Junior Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was 7-of-14 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown a touchdown in all but three games during his Stony Brook career.
Sophomore Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) had two field goals and made all seven PATs to round out the scoring.
The Seawolves, who won their fourth straight and are 13-3 all-time in Big South games, recovered two fumbles, giving them 24 takeaways for the season.
It was the fourth straight game during which Stony Brook has scored at least five touchdowns, as the Seawolves reeled off 55 unanswered points against Gardner-Webb.
“First off, I want to say I am very proud of our seniors,” head coach Chuck Priore said. “This team has learned how to come ready to play, and we showed that over the course of the game. Field position was key for us today, but it comes down to this: Good things happen to good people.”
The momentum for Stony Brook started to build as the second quarter began. On second-and-11 from the Gardner-Webb 34, Jackolski had a 31-yard rush before losing his footing at the three. But Maysonet took it from there to make it 7-3.
Anderson recorded the first interception of the day when he picked off Bulldogs quarterback John Rock at the Stony Brook 39. On a play fake, Coulter found Brevi wide open for the 61-yard touchdown. It was the sixth time the Seawolves have scored on the opening play of a drive.
Other than the field goal, Gardner-Webb’s best chance to score came when they had first-and-goal from the four. But junior Andrew Nelson (Uniondale, N.Y.) hit on running back Patrick Hall, jarring the ball loose, and redshirt freshman Alex Probasco (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) recovered the fumble. Skiffington then capped the 13 play 85 yard-drive with a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-3 game.
The score became 20-3 when Skiffington’s 31-yard field goal was preceded by Anderson’s 34-yard INT return.
The Seawolves got their first special teams touchdown of the season when Jackolski took the opening kick-off of the second half 94 yards for the score.
Stony Brook took over on its 27 after a missed field goal. On second-and-nine from the Gardner-Webb 46, Coulter found senior Michael Lepore (Brick, N.J.) for a 36-yard completion. Two plays later, Coulter found Jackolski in the flat for a six-yard score.
Anderson intercepted Rock on the first play of the next drive, this time returning it to the Gardner-Webb 21. Two plays later from the 19, Jackolski scored his third TD of the game as the Seawolves led 41-3.
As the fourth quarter began, sophomore Craig Richardson (Malden, Mass.), who also had an interception and 13 tackles, forced a Hall fumble. Schwicke recovered the loose ball and went 42 yards for the score.
After Richardson intercepted Rock at the Stony Brook 44 and returned it 29 yards, Polo ran three times for 19 yards before scoring on an eight-yard run to cap the day’s scoring and give SBU a 55-3 lead.
Sophomore Dominick Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.) led all players with 15 tackles.
Stony Brook travels to Liberty next Saturday in the regular-season finale at 3:30 p.m.