Previously winless Lafayette didn't play like an 0-5 team today at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards dominated time of possession on offense, punting only once and kept Stony Brook bottled up on defense with the aid of some timely penalties to hand the Seawolves a 28-14 defeat in their final non-conference game.
Leopards quarterback Ryan O'Neil passed for two touchdowns to Michael Bennett bewfore leaving the game in the fourth quarter after a blow to the head. Then backup Marc Quilling led a time-consuming drive for a field goal and tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run in a drive of the same length for good measure.
Stony Brook quarterback Michael Coulter led a desperation drive for a 1-yard scoring pas to Matt Brevi with nine seconds left to play to cut Lafayette's lead to 28-21, but the ensuing onsides kick went out of bounds and gave the Leopards the ball at SBU's 43 for a kneel-down play.The Seawolves dropped to 2-4 before heading to Coastal Carolina next Saturday.
Lafayette expanded its 10-7 halftime lead to 17-7 by driving 79 yards to score on an 8-yard pass from O'Neil to Michael Bennett. The Seawolves hurt themselves badly with critical penalties. After having a 64-yard touchdown run by Miguel Maysonet wiped out earlier in the third quarter by holding on wideout Jordan Gush, a Maysonet run for a first down at Lafayette's 24-yard line was called back by a holding call on guard Mario Dattilo and the drive stalled on fourth down.
But Stony Brook finally forced the winless Leopards to punt for the first time all game. Then, the Seawolves' Coulter led a 74-yard scoring drive that took 16 plays and 6:05 to complete with a 1-yard run by Coulter on a third-down scramble. That cut the Leopards' lead to 17-14. Coulter completed 5 of 8 passes for 58 yards on the drive.
Lafayette quarterback O'Neil did not return for the next series after taking a knee to the head and was replaced by Marc Quilling. He primarily handed off to running back Pat Mputu, but the tiring SBU defense had trouble slowing him down. The Leopards held the ball for 7:52 while driving 60 yards for a 29-yard field goal by Davis Rodriguez and a 20-14 lead. Following the kickoff, Stony Brook got the ball at its own 15 with 2:37 left.
On first down, Jordan Gush dropped a perfectly thrown pass at his 30, and things deteriorated from there. Coulter was sacked at his 1 on third down and threw an incompletion on fourth-and-24. That set up Quilling's sneak for the final score.