Clinton Graham Leads Stony Brook Over St. Francis (Pa.) 49-14
Oct. 18, 2003
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Clinton Graham ran for three touchdowns and a career-high 198 yards to lead Stony Brook to a 49-14 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The win snapped the Seawolves' three-game losing streak as they improved to 3-3 on the season and 2-2 in Northeast Conference play. St. Francis fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Stony Brook broke the game open in the third quarter following a defensive stand. The Red Flash went for it on 4th and 5 at the SB 42 and were stopped inches short of the first down. On the next play, Graham took a handoff and ran 64 yards to paydirt to put SBU up 21-7. It was Graham's longest run of his career.
Ernie Williams made the score 28-7 2:10 later when he scooped up a St. Francis fumble at the Stony Brook 15 and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the first fumble return for a touchdown in LaValle Stadium history.
The Red Flash took an early 7-0 lead behind an impressive 20-play, 70-yard drive that ended when quarterback Anthony Doria went in from one-yard out on a fourth-goal situation.
Stony Brook responded with a nine-play, 62-yard scoring drive that knotted the score when T.J. Moriarty scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the year on a six-yard scamper with 14:24 remaining in the half.
On its next possession, the Seawolves put together their longest scoring drive of the season, going 97 yards in nine plays to take its first lead of the game. Graham helped Stony Brook get out of the shadow of its own end zone with a 22-yard run out to the St. Francis 30. Graham ended the drive seven plays later when he dashed up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run, his sixth rushing touchdown of 2003.
Graham added his third touchdown of the game, a 30-yard run, with three minutes to go in the third quarter. Moriarty connected with Londre Blocker on a 40-yard touchdown pass and backup quarterback Paul Kelly added a 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday, October 25 when they take on Albany at 1:00 p.m.