Stony Brook's opener at Toledo was canceled because of lightning, and Central Connecticut hit the Seawolves with another lightning-strike 51-yard tipped-ball scoring pass from Jacob Dolegala to Dan Hebert for a six-point lead 56 seconds into the home opener Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. And then, the skies opened and let loose a deluge of rain.
But everything that could go wrong didn't go wrong for Stony Brook, which restored order with a strong defense and three touchdown runs by Stacey Bedell on the way to a 38-9 victory over the Blue Devils.
Bedell, who totaled 133 rushing yards on 22 carries broke a 30-yard run on the Seawolves' first play from scrimmage and capped their opening 76-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring run for a 7-6 lead after Przemyslaw Popek's extra point. Popek failed to convert a 27-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first quarter, but after Stony Brook recovered a fumble at the CCSU 19, Popek made good on a 32-yard field goal attempt for a 10-6 lead.
The Seawolves held the Devils to just four first downs in the opening half. Stony Brook's offense moved in fits and starts as coach Chuck Priore alternated starter Conor Bednarski with redshirt freshman Joe Carbone at quarterback. But Bedell was the constant, adding a two-yard TD run for a 17-6 halftime lead at the end of a 56-yard scoring drive that was aided by two pass interference calls.
At halftime, Priore made the decision to stick with Carbone, and he got Stony Brook out of a second-and-19 situation with a 26-yard completion to Ray Bolden. That ignited a 57-yard scoring drive that end with Carbone scoring on a two-yard run on fourth down for a 24-6 lead.
Following an interception by Seawolves linebacker Julian Quintin, a penalty put the ball at the SBU 16. But Carbone led a 12-play drive covering the distance before Bedell scored his career-high third TD on a 25-yard run for a 31-6 advantage.
Carbone's first interception set up a CCSU field goal of 35 yards in the fourth quarter after the Devils were held to no gain on three plays. Carbone hit 10 of 16 passes for 109 yards and rushed for another 20 yards, including a 3-yard run for the final touchdown. The Seawolves totaled 479 yards of offense while holding the Devils to 120 yards.