Tribe shuts down No. 25 Stony Brook, 14-9

STONY BROOK, N.Y.—The William & Mary football team earned a hard-fought 14-9 victory at No. 25 Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon. Although SBU (5-4, 4-2) took an early 7-0 lead on a 6-yard blocked punt return by Kye Morgan with 12:32 showing in the first quarter, W&M’s (4-5, 2-4) defense held the Seawolves without any offensive points during the entire contest.

Additionally, the Tribe allowed just 210 total yards and held SBU to 2 of 12 on third downs. W&M was especially dominant against the pass and limited SBU quarterbacks Joe Carbone and Pat Irwin to combine for just 4 of 19 for 53 yards with two interceptions.

In addition to the impressive stats, the Tribe posted a huge defensive stand in the waning minutes of the contest to preserve the victory, as Stony Brook turned the ball over on downs at W&M’s 13-yard line with 1:59 remaining with the teams separated by just a touchdown, 14-7. Senior running back Kendell Anderson provided the Tribe’s lone rushing touchdown, while senior quarterback Steve Cluley connected with junior wideout Daniel Kuzjak for the other score – both of which came during the second quarter. Kuzjak finished with a game-high eight catches for 79 yards to go with his 4-yard touchdown reception.

Although Morgan’s special teams touchdown was the lone score in the opening quarter, Anderson knotted the contest with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The 11-play, 54-yard drive began after junior strong safety Richie DiPietro intercepted Carbone. The Tribe added its only other touchdown on its next possession when Cluley connected on a 4-yard strike to Kuzjak.

In addition to limiting the Seawolves to just 102 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, W&M did not allow any passing yards in the first half and added a second interception with senior linebacker Stephen Lubnow picked off Carbone late in the second quarter. 

W&M’s lone scoring opportunity in the second half came on a 42-yard field goal attempt by redshirt freshman Kris Hooper midway through the fourth quarter, but the attempt was blocked. The Seawolves nearly capitalized off the big play and drove to W&M’s 7-yard line on its ensuing drive, but the Tribe’s defense stopped SBU on downs with less than two minutes remaining. After the Tribe then elected to take a safety on fourth down, Stony Brook had one last chance from its own 39 with 0:20 remaining. However, W&M’s defense did not allow a completion en route to securing the victory.


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