Stony Brook killed itself with errors in the second quarter. Quarterback Michael Coulter tried to force a third-down pass from the Bulls' 43-yeard line into coverage instead of throwing it away when his receiver was covered, and it was intercepted by South Florida linebacker Mike Lanaris at his own 38. The Bulls then drove 42 yards for a 37-yard field goal by Eric Schwartz and a 17-14 lead.
That wasn't so bad, but it got much worse for the Seawolves. A muffed kickoff caused Stony Brook to start at its own 12-yard line. The Wolves couldn't moved, and Drew Evangelista had to scramble to pick up a high snap in his own end zone. His late punt attempt was blocked by JaQuez Jenkins and recovered by Chris Lane for a touchdown and a 24-14 Bulls lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter.
Forced to punt again, the Seawolves gave up a 31-yhard return to Jonny Sitton to the SBU 26-yard line. The Bulls moved to a first down at the Stony Brook 3, but the Wolves stopped four running plays and took over at their own 1-yard line. Once again, they couldn't move with such bad field position and were forced to punt.
South Florida's Daniels then dissected the Seawolves' secondary on a nine-play drive covering 58 yards. It ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to running back Joel Miller, who lined up right and slanted over the middle for the catch in front of sophomore defensive back Dominick Reyes with only six seconds left in the first half for a commanding 31-14 lead.