SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2000
Football Beats Stony Brook in Double Overtime, 17-14
Oct. 28, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore place kicker Brett Keener booted a 27-yard game-winning field goal and junior free safety Tyrone Wright had an interception on the final play of the game to lead the Jacksonville University football team to a 17-14 double-overtime win over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.
Keener's kick came just one possession after he missed a potential game-winning 36-yard field goal in the first overtime period following a blocked field goal by the Dolphins on Stony Brook's opening possession.
The JU (2-5) defense came up huge in the second overtime as junior defensive end Scott Wilson sacked Stony Brook (2-6) quarterback David Rodriquez for a nine-yard loss, and on the final play of the game, cornerback Boshawn Mack tipped Rodriguez's pass to Wright at the goal line to ensure the victory.
Stony Brook (2-6), which dropped its fifth straight game, got 103 yards on 16 carries from freshman running back Clinton Graham, while senior tailback Ralph Menendez set the school's all-time rushing record with a 15-carry, 70-yard performance against the Dolphins. Menendez now has 2,391 career yards besting Oliver Bridges' mark of 2,342.
JU's defense recorded four sacks (-32 yards) and 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (-48 yards) on the day, led by Wilson's two-and-a-half sacks and three tackles for loss. Keener also averaged 40 yards on seven punts on the day, including five inside the Stony Brook 20-yard line.
Junior wide receiver Brett Palmi led the JU offense, which has now tallied 742 yards of total offense in the last two games, with seven catches for 91 yards, while Dolphin quarterback Scott Brickley completed 22-of-38 passes for 235 yards.
JU took a 7-0 lead when Brent Alexander capped a 13-play, 79-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. The Dolphins made it 14-0 on a Jon Underhill three-yard touchdown run with 6:35 to play in the first half, but Stony Brook answered with a five-play, 74-yard drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Stanley to Phil Lombardi to cut the JU lead to 14-7 with 1:23 to play in the half.
The Seawolves tied the game early in the fourth quarter when Graham scored on a 13-yard run to cap a 13-play, 87-yard drive.