Football Knocks Off I-AA Mid-Major No. 1 Monmouth 27-0

T.J. Moriarty had three touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing. (file photo)
 
T.J. Moriarty had three touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing. (file photo)
 
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Sept. 25, 2004

Box Score

WEST LONG BRANCH - T.J. Moriarty threw three touchdown passes to power Stony Brook to an impressive 27-0 blanking of the Hawks at Kessler Field on Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hawks and marked the first time that the Seawolves have defeated a team ranked No. 1 in The Sports Network's I-AA Mid-Major Poll. It was Monmouth's first home loss since the 2002 season.

Stony Brook's T.J. Moriarty diced up Monmouth's defense for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing. The senior preseason All-Northeast Conference selection struck early as he hit Josh Anderson for a 68-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game.

The two teams went scoreless for the remainder of the half and the Seawolves owned a 7-0 lead at the intermission.

After Monmouth went three-and-out to start the second half, Stony Brook put together a 6-play, 66-yard drive to take a 14-0 lead. The drive culminated in a 33-yard TD pass from Moriarty to Londre Blocker with 10:45 left in the third quarter.

Placekicker Sean Forman added a pair of field goals, one from 38 yards and one from 26 yards, in the fourth quarter to inflate the cushion to 20-0. The Seawolves completed the scoring with 3:40 remaining in the game as Moriarty hit Anderson for a 13-yard TD pass.

Monmouth was haunted by seven turnovers on the afternoon, including three interceptions thrown by sophomore quarterback Brian Boland, who entered the contest as the No. 2 rated NCAA I-AA quarterback in the nation. Backup Brendan Kennedy also tossed two interceptions and Tim Hiltwine was headed for a paydirt on a 57-yard pass from Miles Austin before being stripped of the ball by Hasan Stewart at the Seawolves' 3-yard line. SB's Ray Goodsir fell on the fumble in the end zone for a touchback.

 

 

Anderson caught seven passes for 124 yards and two TDs to lead Stony Brook's offensive assault. Blocker added four catches for 83 yards and one score.

The Seawolves defense held Monmouth to just 37 rushing yards on the afternoon with 25 of the yards coming on a rush by Rob Lutz as the Hawks were running out the first-half clock. Stony Brook also shut down Austin, who entered the contest with three consecutive 100-yard receiving days. Austin had just two catches on the afternoon for 27 yards.

Stony Brook forced seven Monmouth turnovers, five of them interceptions. Clint Riggs, Paul Perez, Chad King, Ernie Williams and Goodsir all recorded picks on the afternoon.

The Seawolves return home next weekend for the first time this season for Wolfstock 2004 as they take on Robert Morris. Homecoming kick-off is 2:00 p.m.