Stony Brook's defense held an opponent to one score for the third straight game as the Seawolves defeated Elon, 20-3, Saturday in Elon, North Carolina.
Stony Brook (4-4, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) had never allowed fewer than 10 points in three consecutive games since moving up to I-AA in 1999.
Stony Brook, which has allowed 13 points in the last three games and hasn't allowed a second-half point in that span, allowed only one drive of more than five plays in the first half. The Seawolves, who rank first in Division I in total defense (216.3) -- FBS or FCS -- held Elon (1-6, 0-3) to 250 yards of total offense, with 72 yards coming on the Phoenix's final drive.
Redshirt freshman Marvin Hart had two of the Seawolves' three interceptions. His pick of Elon quarterback Mike Quinn late in the third quarter squashed a 13-play, 67-yard drive that had reached Stony Brook's 13-yard line, preventing the hosts from cutting into a 14-3 deficit.
This was Hart's first start. "He played a lot last week because of an injury and did a good job in coverage," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "He came up with two big interceptions."
Stacey Bedell led the offense with 118 yards and a 39-yard touchdown on 25 carries. He has topped 100 yards on the ground in four of the last five games.
Bedell's 39-yard TD run with 5:58 left in the first quarter put Stony Brook ahead 7-3. "Stacey played hard and well," Priore said. "He's a good competitor."
Stony Brook ran 47 times for 181 yards and quarterback Conor Bednarski was 6-for-13 for 81 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His 18-yard TD pass to Adrian Coxson two minutes into the second quarter gave the Seawolves a 14-3 lead.
With his team facing second-and-10 from the Elon 43 with less than five minutes remaining in the game, Bednarski mishandled a snap. He picked it up, however, and connected with Will Tye for a 27-yard gain. The drive continued for five more plays and ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by James Kenner that gave the Seawolves a 20-3 lead with 2:16 left.
Luke Allen set a Stony Brook record with a 72-yard punt.