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    Seawolves Bash Bucknell Bison

    The Stony Brook Seawolves football team is now 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2003 after a dominant 48-20 victory on the road over the Bucknell Bison. 48 points is the most the team has scored in a game since a 49-14 win against St. Francis at Homecoming 2003.

    The game got off to a slow start, with neither team’s initial drives getting very far. Bucknell finally broke through with two minutes left in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown. Stony Brook had the game tied 16 seconds later, when Conte Cuttino returned the kickoff for the touchdown. SBU’s next three drives would end in touchdowns, with Bucknell putting up 13 points of their own, with the Seawolves going into halftime up 27-17

    Bucknell started the second half with the ball, and picked up a field goal. This would be their last score of the night. SBU would score three more touchdowns, one of which came on a blocked punt return by junior linebacker Andre Jean-Pierre. Once the score got to 48-20 in the fourth quarter, SBU chose to pull QB Josh Dudash in favor of junior Dan Sweeney, as well as pulling many other starters, in the interest of protecting them from injury. No more points were produced on either side, and SBU was on its way to another win.

    The SB offense totaled 429 yards to Bucknell’s 279. They scored’ three touchdowns with the passing game, including a play featuring a backward pass from Josh Dudash to Steve Austin, who threw to Lynell Suggs. SBU also produced an average 27.3 yards per kickoff/punt return, including the touchdown, compared to 19.2 for Bucknell, with no scores. SBU’s biggest weakness was their’ seven penalties for 50 yards to Bucknell’s 2 for 10. SBU also lost’ two fumbles in the fourth quarter, after the backups had come in. Bucknell couldn’t produce any point from those opportunities.

    SBU’s next game will be in Ohio, against Youngstown State, one of the top teams in the Football Championship Subconference. Kickoff is Saturday at 4PM.

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