Seawolves Fall Short Against Robert Morris, 23-20
Oct 4, 2003
Moon Township, Pa. - The Robert Morris University football team won its third straight game Saturday afternoon with a 23-20 victory over Stony Brook at Moon Stadium during Homecoming festivities. The win improves RMU's overall record to 4-1 on the 2003 campaign, including 2-1 in Northeast Conference action, while the Seawolves fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the league. The victory pushes the Colonials into a tie for third place in the NEC with Sacred Heart, a 56-28 winner over Marist Saturday.
Robert Morris got on the board on the first play of the game, as junior Tyjuan Massey returned the opening kickoff a school record 94 yards for a touchdown to give the Colonials a quick lead. The extra point was blocked, however, and RMU owned a 6-0 advantage. The return by Massey eclipsed the return record of 93 yards, which was set by former Colonial Antoine Lee (1996-99) Oct. 18, 1997, at Towson State.
Stony Brook wasted no time answering to Massey's kickoff return, marching 75 yards on nine plays on its first offensive possession of the game to tie the score. Clinton Graham scored for the Seawolves on an 8-yard run with 11:08 for the equalizer, but the extra point attempt by Michael Soto was blocked, keeping the score at 6-6. Neither team seemed to find momentum offensively the rest of the first half, but the Colonials were able to enter the break with a 9-6 lead when freshman placekicker Nathan DiLorenzo hit a 45-yard field goal at the 7:20 mark of the second quarter.
Stony Brook scored on its first offensive possession after the break to
take a 13-9 lead, using a 7-play, 76-yard drive that ate up 2:43 off the
clock and was capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback T.J.
Moriarty. Graham rushed for 40 yards during the drive to help keep the
chains moving for the Seawolves. The Colonials responded on their next
possession, as sophomore quarterback Drew Geyer capped a 10-play, 63-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to
put RMU back on top, 16-13. Geyer twice completed passes on third down
during the drive to keep the ball moving for Robert Morris, including a
16-yard completion on 3rd-and-6 to sophomore Devin Wilson and a 12-yard completion to freshman Moises
Hernandez on 3rd-and-10. Senior Sam Dorsett also rushed for 39 yards during the drive.
The score remained 16-13 until late in the fourth quarter, when Stony Brook drove 56 yards on 10 plays to the Robert Morris 28-yard line. On 3rd-and-6, Moriarty tried to hit Khalfani Alleyne on a cross slant, but senior Vladimir St. Surin came up with a big defensive play with a pass deflection to set up 4th-and-6 for the Seawolves. Soto came on to try a 45-yard field goal, but it was blocked and the Colonials were able to recover on their own 31-yard line. Facing a 3rd-and-3 with 1:31 to play, Geyer dropped back for Robert Morris and hit Hernandez out of the backfield, who shook off a couple of tackles and raced 62 yards down the sideline to give the Colonials a 23-13 advantage with 1:19 to play.
Stony Brook wouldn't go away, however, as Moriarty engineered a 71-yard drive that was capped by a 42-yard touchdown pass to Londre Blocker with 29 seconds to go to pull the Seawolves within 23-20. SBU's ensuing onside kick, however, was recovered by senior Antonio Humphrey, allowing the Colonials to seal the victory.
Geyer finished his afternoon 14-of-22 passing for 221 yards and a touchdown, while Dorsett registered his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game with 102 yards on 20 carries. Massey, as well as his 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, caught three passes for 43 yards, while Wilson and Hernandez also finished with three catches on the afternoon. Moriarty finished 16-of-30 passing for 225 yards, a touchdown, and a pair of interceptions for Stony Brook, while Graham rushed for 107 yards on 21 carries.
Both defenses put together solid performances, as the Seawolves were led by linebacker Eddie Cobbinah, who finished with a game-high 16 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. Junior James Noel and senior Robb Butler each had 10 tackles for the Colonials, while junior Babafemi Odumeru finished with five tackles, including four solo, and two sacks.