SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2001
Dolphins Upend Stony Brook, 29-20
Oct. 27, 2001
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Brent Alexander rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead Jacksonville to a 29-20 win over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon at Seawolves Field. The win assures Jacksonville (6-2) of its first winning season since the inception of the program four years ago while Stony Brook falls to 1-5 on the year.
"We didn't execute quite as well as we wanted to at times, but the effort, enthusiam and emotion was there the entire game," explained coach Steve Gilbert. "Our leadership was outstanding today. When Stony Brook took the lead, our leadership took over down the stretch."
The Dolphins built a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter, scoring on their first two possesions. JU marched 49 yards on five plays that culminated with a three-yard Alexander touchdown run at 11:57 of the first quarter. On their next possesion, Chris Brown drilled the first of his three field goals on the day, a 22-yarder, and JU had a 10-point advantage.
Stony Brook cut into the lead with 3:04 remaining before the half on a six-yard touchdown run by Kwaku Osei-Tutu but the Dolphins responded with a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal by Brown with two seconds on the clock to send JU into the break with a 13-7 lead.
JU extended its lead on the first possession of the second half. Quarterback Scott Brickley hit Jon Turner on a 20-yard strike in the corner of the end zone and a failed two-point conversion attempt had JU in front 19-7.
Stony Brook got back in the game on the strength of two Jacksonville turnovers. Midway through the third quarter, Stony Brook defensive back Billy Buntin intercepted a Scott Brickley pass and returned it to the Jacksonville six-yard line. Two plays later, Ken Lockhart took a pitch from T.J. Moriarty and ran in from five yards out and SB trailed 19-14. Two possessions later the Dolphins' Emmett Akins fumbled on his own 43-yard line which was recovered by the Seawolves' Shevar Whittaker. On the next play, Moriarty hit Londre Blocker on a screen pass and Blocker broke two tackles and weaved his way for 43 yards to the Jacksonville end zone that put SB up 20-19.
Stony Brook's lead would last until the 12:15 mark of the third quarter when Brown connected on a 20-yard field goal to give JU the lead for good at 22-19. The Dolphins added a Brent Alexander seven-yard touchdown run with 4:10 remaining to close out the scoring.
Alexander spearheaded a Jacksonville offense that totaled 419 yards this afternoon. The senior running back broke his own school record with 34 carries, eclisping the old mark of 20. He also extended his own record with his fifth 100-plus yard rushing effort of the season. Brickley threw for 202 yards on 15-29 passing and one touchdown.
Gilbert was pleased with Brickley who stepped in for injured starting quarterback Gary Cooper. "Brickley has been in these situations before and won big games. His leadership was key for us," said Gilbert.
Wideout D.J. Walton made six catches for 79 yards for JU - all six of his catches came on third down and resulted in first downs for the Dolphins. "Scott made some great throws today," said Walton. "With each completion, his confidence grew so I had an easy job."
For Stony Brook, the offense totaled 254 yards, managing only 61 on the ground. Moriarty, who made his first collegiate start at quarterback, threw for 193 yards and a touchdown on 12-29 passing. Aden Smith led the way defensively for Stony Brook, piling up 15 tackles while Dan Bertzos made 14 stops to go along with an interception and a fumble recovery.