Two huge plays gave North Dakota a 13-3 victory over Stony Brook Saturday night at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Joe Mollberg threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Dev Ferguson to give North Dakota a 6-3 lead in the second quarter. Then, with the Seawolves facing a second-and-goal situation from the 7 and poised to take the lead, Alex Tillman intercepted a pass from John Kinder and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
Kinder enjoyed his best game as a Seawolf, completing 12 of 18 passes for 172 yards, with senior Will Tye making five catches for a career-high 103 yards.
Max Martinez's fumble recovery after a muffed fair catch set up Graham Ball's 36-yard field goal with 6:22 left in the second quarter for Stony Brook (1-3). But on the ensuing drive, Mollberg hit Ferguson on a post route to put North Dakota ahead for good.
Mollberg completed only one other pass, finishing 2-for-7 for 79 yards. He was intercepted by Naim Cheeseboro with 1:26 left in the third quarter. Stony Brook forced eight three-and-outs and allowed North Dakota five first downs.
"We just have to do a better job at finishing,'' Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "Our defense and special teams were tremendous tonight. They had 145 yards of total offense and 68 were on the long pass. Great effort from those guys. We were able to move the ball effectively; just couldn't put it away.''
Marcus Coker gained 59 yards on 19 carries and Christian Ricard recorded his fifth sack of the season for Stony Brook, which will host William & Mary on Saturday in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.