Sep 7, 2013
Kingston, R.I. -
No. 13 Stony Brook scored 14 points off Rhode Island turnovers and held the Rams to 291 yards of total offense in a 24-0 victory Saturday at Meade Stadium. It was the season and CAA opener for the Seawolves (1-0), who forced three fumbles. Stony Brook posted 339 yards of total offense, including 153 yards from the running game.
Senior Reuben Johnson (Lawnside, N.J.), a transfer from Cincinnati, recovered two fumbles and forced another. Sophomore Naim Cheeseboro (King of Prussia, Pa.) led all players with nine tackles.
Senior Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.), who was 12 of 19 for 186 yards and a touchdown, made an immediate impact with a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Seawolves. Negron bootlegged to the weak side and found a ton of running room to set the tone. He finished with 65 yards rushing.
Senior Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) caught three passes for 56 yards. Negron's only touchdown pass was a 30-yard post route to junior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.).
Senior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) led all players with 78 rushing yards.
1st Ferrara 26 yd field goal, 5-60, 1:57, 3-0
2nd Coker 8 yd run (Ferrara kick), 7-61, 4:00, 10-0
4th Williams 8 yd run (Ferrara kick), 7-75, 3:33, 17-0
4th Coxson 30 yd pass from Negron (Ferrara kick), 6-49, 1:48, 24-0
"I thought all three phases of today's game were outstanding. We controlled field position and the defense made some plays. You can't understate the importance of forcing three turnovers. Rhode Island was going to commit nine guys in the box to defend our running game and it was up to us to attack it."
"We set our goals to force two turnovers and we forced three. The game was more physical [changing from the Big South to CAA] but competition is competition.
"Rhode Island was tough up front like we knew they'd be. They got us a couple of times in the backfield but we also got them for some long runs."
News & Notes
This was the first Stony Brook shutout since the Seawolves blanked Coastal Carolina, 42-0, on Oct. 29, 2011. This was also the third shutout during head coach Chuck Priore's eight-year tenure. Lyle Negron's 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for Stony Brook was the longest run by a Seawolves' quarterback since Dave Rodriguez's 64-yard rush against Central Connecticut in 2000.
Nick Ferrara's 68-yard punt was the longest in the program's Division I history. Andrew Powell connected on a 66-yard punt in 2007 and Josh Davies hit a 65-yarder in 1999.
Rhode Island was held to only 13 rushing yards in the first half. It finished with 67 yards, helped by a 27-yard gain from quarterback Bob Bentsen.
Rhode Island was 0 for 2 on fourth-down conversions.
Stony Brook won the time of possession battle (33:36-26:24).
Nick Ferrara, a transfer from Maryland, averaged 46.2 yards per punt.
Stony Brook will head upstate to take on FBS Buffalo on Saturday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports and ESPN3 and broadcasted over the airwaves on Champions Radio 96.9 & 107.1 FM.