What lies ahead for Stony Brook is a Colonial Athletic Association gantlet that includes four foes currently ranked in both FCS national polls. What was in front of them Saturday night was a final tuneup for that against Fordham. And with a 45-10 non-conference win before 6,204 at LaValle Stadium, the Seawolves look ready to hit that road as well as make a run at a third straight FCS playoff berth.
The offense set the tone for Stony Brook’s 12th straight home win by scoring on five of its first six possessions for a 31-3 halftime lead. That start eased any concern over the performance a week earlier, when 551 yards equaled just 26 points in a win over Wagner.
“I felt like we wanted to set the tone for the conference to let them know we’re coming,” quarterback Tyquell Fields said.
Fields was 9-for-12 passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He threw two passes to Isaiah Givens — one for 2 yards and the other for 30 — and both went for touchdowns. He also found Jean Constant for a 55-yard touchdown.
Running back Seba Nekhet ran for 182 yards on 20 carries and had touchdown runs of 9 and 35 yards. Isaiah White had 132 yards on 12 carries.
Stony Brook (3-1) held Fordham (1-3) to 5-for-18 on third-down attempts, 1-for-3 on fourth-down attempts and less than 3.3 yards per offensive snap.
As defensive back TJ Morrison said, “We wanted to be the team that set the rules.”
“We’re trending correctly,” Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. “That was my goal as we started August. We had a ton of young players, we needed to get [them] better and we’re accomplishing most of that.”
More to the point, the Seawolves looked athletic and fast, and they believe they will continue to look that way as they step up to the next set of games. “We’re athletic enough, gifted enough to do the same thing in the conference,” Fields said.
Ty Son Lawton returned from an ankle injury suffered in the season opener, capped SBU’s first possession with a 5-yard touchdown run and looks ready to play a significant role in CAA play.
Nekhet ended the Seawolves’ sixth possession with a 9-yard scoring run for the 31-3 lead 1:02 before halftime. He added the 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for a 45-3 lead.
Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat was 21-for-38 passing for 185 yards and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Fotis Kokosioulis in the fourth quarter.
Nick Courtney kicked a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 10-0 lead, the longest field goal for the Seawolves since Wesley Skiffington converted attempts of 45 and 48 yards in a victory over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 20, 2012.
Constant, a graduate transfer from Bryant who twice was an All-American as a kick returner, broke off a 71-yard punt return to the Fordham 5 that set the table for the 2-yard TD pass from Fields to Givens. Fordham punter Andrew Mevis kept him out of the end zone.
Thus far, opponents have not kicked off to Constant, but Priore thinks CAA foes will.
“Obviously, I’d like to get into the end zone, and hopefully next week, I can do it,” Constant said. “Tomorrow’s my birthday, so I tried to go out and get at least one for myself.”
Looking at the big picture for SBU, Fields summed it up in this way: “We are ready to go.”