STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Brock Jackolski and JeVahn Cruz combined for 268 yards and four touchdowns as FCS member Stony Brook University defeated the Saint Anselm College football team, 55-6, Saturday evening at LaValle Stadium.
The Hawks drop to 0-6 on the season, while the Seawolves even their record at 3-3.
Stony Brook put up 679 yards of total offense, including 404 on the ground behind the two-headed rushing attack of Jackolski and Cruz. Jackolski rushed for 99 yards and a pair of scores on 10 carries, while Cruz had 10 rushes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Miguel Maysonet compiled 80 yards on 15 carries and Davon Lawrence had 61 yards on 10 attempts. QB Kyle Essington was 16 of 20 for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior QB Mike Pierce (Andover, Mass.) was 13-for-27 for 167 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore WR Eric Feehan (Bedford, N.H.) was the team's leading receiver with two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) caught three passes for 22 yards and racked up 124 kick return yards.
On the second play of the game, junior LB Chris Bent (Dracut, Mass.) forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow junior LB Brendan Timmons (Franklin, Mass.). The Hawks could not get a drive going, however, and were forced to punt.
Stony Brook then went 63 yards in six plays with Jackolski capping the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. The Seawolves missed the extra point, but led 6-0 with 8:32 remaining in the opening quarter.
After the ensuing Saint Anselm drive stalled out, a 47-yard pooch punt Pierce pinned Stony Brook back at its 2-yard line. The Seawolves responded, however, by moving the ball 98 yards in nine plays, with a Jackolski 1-yard touchdown run making it 13-0 with 35 seconds left in the first.
Stony Brook stretched its lead to 20-0 on its first drive of the second quarter. The Seawolves capped a five-play, 64-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Essington to Jordan Gush with 11:36 on the clock.
The Seawolves once again forced the Hawks to punt, but their next drive ended at the Saint Anselm 5-yard line when redshirt-sophomore DB Ethan Sylvain (E. Montpelier, Vt.) picked off Essington.
Stony Brook pushed its lead to 27-0 after another Saint Anselm punt. The Seawolves took advantage of a short field as they went 39 yards in five plays, with Matt Brevi catching a 16-yard TD pass from Essington with 1:44 to play in the opening half.
Following a quick three-and-out, Stony Brook took just 26 seconds to go 58 yards in only four plays. Essington capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown strike over the middle to Gush to make it 34-0 with nine seconds on the clock.
The Hawks received the kick to open up the second half and promptly engineered a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive. After Pierce hit freshman WR Ahkeen Williams (DeWitt, N.Y.) for eight yards and sophomore WR Tom Donovan (Holliston, Mass.) for 31 yards, Saint Anselm was looking at a fourth-and-10 just three plays later. Pierce connected with Williams on an 11-yard pass play for the first down before Feehan reeled in a 22-yard TD catch that made it 34-6 with 13:09 remaining in the third. The extra point attempt was no good. Williams caught three passes for 45 yards, while Donovan also had three receptions and compiled 42 yards.
Stony Brook answered right back with Jackolski bringing the ensuing kick back 90 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-6 with 12:55 on the clock.
After the Hawks were forced to punt, Stony Brook was driving into Saint Anselm territory when senior LB Shane O'Donnell (Dracut, Mass.) knocked the ball loose and sophomore DB Alex Bozenhard (Old Lyme, Conn.) came up with the recovery.
The Saint Anselm drive ended when Davonte Anderson made a diving catch at the sideline to intercept Pierce's pass and give the ball back to the Seawolves. Stony Brook took advantage as it went 69 yards in three plays with Cruz capping the drive with a 63-yard touchdown run that made it 48-6 with 7:21 to play in the third quarter.
Cruz added to the Stony Brook lead with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter as his 3-yard touchdown stroll capped an eight-play, 84-yard drive that made it 55-6.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. when they play their last of three straight on the road against Pace University. The next Saint Anselm home game is Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. when it plays host to Assumption College on Homecoming.