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Stony Brook steps up in class, can’t get anything going against Temple

Stony Brook's Donavin Washington (5) hauls in a

Stony Brook's Donavin Washington (5) hauls in a pass along the sidelines against Temple during second half action of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Credit: Chris Knight

PHILADELPHIA — A quarterback who spent his college career with an FCS team will make his NFL debut Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The home crowd will certainly hope Carson Wentz fares better than the FCS team that played here the day before.

Stony Brook came to the home of the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday and was blanked, 38-0, by Temple. The host Owls outgained the Seawolves 301-133 and grabbed three interceptions. Stony Brook had just 34 yards at halftime. Temple went into the break with a 28-0 lead.

“I’m disappointed in the first half specifically on the offensive side and special teams,” Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. “We didn’t help our defense in any scenario.”

Temple (1-1), an FBS team that won 10 games last season and entered the top 25 for the first time since 1979, was coming off a surprising Week 1 loss to Army.

“When it comes to fresh legs, you notice [that Temple is an FBS team] for sure,” said defensive end Noah McGinty, who had seven tackles and a sack. “Besides that, there’s no excuse. We do the same thing they do. They practice. We practice.”

The Seawolves (1-1) started two drives inside their own 3-yard line following Temple punts. None of Stony Brook’s six kick returns went farther than the 25-yard line.

“When you play these up [in class] games, you have realistic goals,” Priore said. “You understand that 85 scholarships trumps 63 scholarships. And that normally shows on special teams and those other type of subsidiary things.”

Stony Brook finished 0-for-13 on third downs. Even when things went right, they went wrong.

Sherman Alston fumbled the kickoff after Temple took a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Owls were working with a short field, but thanks in part to a third-down tackle for loss by Shayne Lawless, SBU forced a turnover on downs. Joe Carbone threw an interception on the first play of the ensuing drive, and Temple scored two plays later.

Later in the first half, Jaheem Woods grabbed an interception to give SBU possession at midfield. Three plays later, Carbone was sacked and fumbled. He recovered the fumble, but the Seawolves punted.

Carbone finished 8-for-17 for 84 yards with two interceptions. He was sacked three times. Pat Irwin relieved him for a few plays in the second half and went 0-for-3 with an interception.

Temple scored on five of its six red-zone chances. Six Temple players rushed for more than 10 yards. Jordan Gowins led Stony Brook with 36 yards on 11 carries.

Stony Brook, which defeated North Dakota in Week 1, hosts Richmond on Saturday at noon. The Spiders are ranked No. 2 in FCS.

“Every week is the same week for us,” McGinty said. “We’ll train the same way we trained for Temple. The same way we trained for North Dakota. We came into this week with the mind-set that we were going to win.”

Richmond will be the second ranked opponent in three weeks for the Seawolves. It’s a tough opening stretch, considering the only unranked foe was an FBS team in an NFL stadium.

“You watch your idols play here,” McGinty said. “It’s kind of like a wake-up call that it’s real. But you have to treat it like any other game. You can’t get shell-shocked.”

Priore said: “I had some walk-ons coming up and thanking me for letting them be a part of the program and have a chance to run out [at an NFL stadium]. That was pretty neat for the kids.”


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