Football Rallies For Exciting 28-21 Comeback Win Over Wagner
Sept. 20, 2003
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Clinton Graham's second rushing touchdown of the night with 6:23 remaining in the game lifted Stony Brook to a 28-21 comeback win over Wagner Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. Stony Brook's victory was the seventh straight dating back to last season, setting a new school record for consecutive wins.
The Seawolves took control in the first quarter, taking a 14-0 lead behind a pair of two-yard touchdown runs by Graham and Londre Blocker. Graham's touchdown was his first since October 18, 2000 after missing the last two seasons. Mike Soto tacked on a 33-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining in the half and SBU took a 17-0 lead at the break.
Wagner then scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. David Bateman hit Chris Turner on a 15-yard touchdown pass at 9:19 to slice the lead to 17-7 and on Wagner's next series, Bateman hit Sean Simmons on a 43-yard catch and run to the SBU one-yard line which set up Simmons' touchdown reception on the next play.
The Seahawks' defense stymied Stony Brook on the next possession and got the ball back at their own 17. Three plays later, Wagner caught Stony Brook in a run blitz and Chris Davis broke free up the middle and dashed 45 yards to paydirt. The Seahawks faked a PAT and Simmons hit Turner for the two-point conversion and Wagner was up 21-17. It marked only the second time in seven games that Stony Brook has trailed an opponent at LaValle Stadium.
The Seawolves mounted their rally in the fourth quarter. Soto connected on a 23-yard field goal with 12:33 to go in the game to draw Stony Brook within 21-20. Later in the quarter, the Seawolves put together a six-play 54-yard drive that culminated in Graham's two-yard touchdown run to put SBU ahead for good. T.J. Moriarty hit Blocker in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion to provide the margin of victory.
Moriarty was 22 of 36 for 212 yards and collected a team-high 62 yards on the ground. Josh Anderson had his best game in a Seawolf uniform, hauling in eight passes for 66 yards.
The Seawolves are back in action next Saturday when they host Monmouth. Kick-off is 6 p.m.