WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Stony Brook's offense couldn't find any daylight Saturday night at William & Mary's rain-soaked Zable Stadium as the Seawolves suffered their first loss of the season, 21-0.
Stony Brook (2-1, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association), which entered the game ranked tops in the FCS in total defense (186.5 yards per game), was outgained 466-167 by the Tribe (2-1, 1-0) and shut out for the first time since 2008.
"The bottom line is we didn't play well enough to win the football game," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "We competed. Our effort was good. We didn't play Stony Brook football."
Seawolves junior tailback Stacey Bedell, the FCS leader in yards per game (163) entering play, was limited to 28 yards on eight carries. Stony Brook finished with 64 yards rushing to William & Mary's 301, and the Seawolves had only nine first downs.
William & Mary, ranked 25th in the FCS coaches poll, got a career-best rushing performance from Kendell Anderson, who had 191 yards and two TDs.
Tribe senior tailback Mikal Abdul-Saboor had rushed for at least 100 yards in seven consecutive games, but he was slowed by an injury suffered in the third quarter and finished with 68 rushing yards.
Stony Brook was coming off last week's 31-6 win over then-No. 13 New Hampshire to start CAA play, but Anderson's second score, a 59-yard run, just after the start of the fourth quarter put the Seawolves in a 21-0 hole. The score capped a 75-yard drive made possible by an interception by W&M safety Jared Velasquez, who snagged the throw from Stony Brook freshman quarterback Joe Carbone near the goal line.
Carbone finished with 35 rushing yards and was 5-for-9 passing for 41 yards and the one pick. Starting quarterback Conor Bednarski was 8-for-15 for 62 yards.
The Tribe opened the scoring on its first drive of the game as Steve Cluley connected with tight end Andrew Caskin for an 8-yard touchdown.
Anderson scampered down the right sideline for a 28-yard score in the second quarter.
The Seawolves dodged a bullet to close the first half when Dante Allen sacked Cluley (14-for-23, 165 yards) on second-and-goal at the 1 as time ran out.
"Part of football on Saturday is one team wins, one team loses," Priore said. "Certainly not happy about it. We got outplayed. They were a better football team on this Saturday. We have to get ready for the next opponent."