Stony Brook Hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday
Oct. 22, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Stony Brook's football team returns home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday when it hosts Coastal Carolina in a Big South Conference matchup. Saturday's game will also mark the start of a new tradition at Stony Brook, Communiversity Day, which will become an annual fall community relations event. It will also be the Ray Downey Heroes Classic and will be featuring the 100th anniversary of the Stony Brook and Setauket Fire Departments, with an antique vehicle and apparatus competition. In addition, the University is hosting SBU Commuter Student Day and SBU Parent and Family weekend, featuring a moon bounce, giveaways and much more. At halftime of the game Stony Brook's new President, Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD will be honored in recognition of his inauguration as Stony Brook's fifth president. The game will be televised live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), which is available in the New York area on Dish Network (Ch. 432) and Direct TV (Ch. 640). The game will also be carried live on WUSB (90.1 FM), with the pregame show starting at 3:15 p.m.
Winners of two straight going into last week's game at Liberty, Coastal Carolina took one on the chin against the Flames in Lynchburg by a 58-13 score. The loss dropped the Chanticleers to 3-3 and 1-1 in the Big South. Prior to the Liberty game the Coastal defense had allowed just 13 points over the previous two games. Liberty racked up 575 yards of offense in the game, 300 of which came on the ground. The loss also dropped the Chanticleers to 0-3 on the road in 2009. The Stony Brook game is the second of a season-high three straight away from home. On offense Coastal is led by quarterback Zach McDowell who is aver¬aging 153 yards per game passing, but has been picked off six times to only four TD passes. On the ground Eric O'Neal leads the team with 341 yards on the ground, while Brandon Whitley has 17 catches for 290 yards and a pair of scores to lead the receivers. Defensively Coastal Carolina has allowed just 151 yards per game passing, tops in the Big South.