Winless Lafayette took a 10-7 halftime lead over Stony Brook after an ill-advised penalty on Seawolves defensive lineman Joseph Kirkpatrick put the Leopards in position for a 30-yard field goal by Davis Rodriguez with 2:02 remaining in the second quarter. On third down, Jonas Rousseau sacked Lafayette quarterback Ryan O'Neil at the SBU 29. Kirkpatrick was called for taunting after the play to put the ball at the 14, three yards short of a first down but well within field goal range.
The first quarter was scoreless thanks to a Stony Brook field goal attempt of 30 yards by Wes Skiffington that was blocked. The Seawolves stopped a long Leopards drive by recovering a fumble at the SBU 9. But they couldn't move, and a 20-yard punt by Drew Evangelista in windy conditions gave the Leopards the ball at Stony Brook's 34. On second-and-19, O'Neil found Michael Bennett running open down the middle for a 21-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.
The Seawolves were impressive when they responded with a 69-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Michael Coulter to fullback Chris Fenelon after a play-action fake in the backfield. A 20-yard run by Brock Jackolski to the Lafayette 18 was the big play in the drive.
Although Lafayette came back to drive 52 yards for the go-ahead field goal, it could have been worse for the Seawolves. O'Neil hit running back Pat Mputu with a swing pass that went 32 yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back by a penalty for an illegal formation. SBU might have escaped unscathed but the penalty on Kirkpatrick gave the 0-5 Leopards the chance to take a halftime lead for the fourth time in six games this season.
Stony Brook's Jackolski has 85 yards rushing on nine carries, but that was padded by a 39-yard run on the last play of the half against a prevent defense. Coulter is 8 of 14 for 87 yards passing compared to O'Neil's 11 of 18 for 100 yards. Lafayette maintained possession for 17:13, a number that must change dramatically if Stony Brook expects to mount a comeback.