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    Football Falls to Albany at Last Second

    The Stony Brook Seawolves went to Albany and came away with a bitter 24-23 loss. Not even a career-high 204 rushing yards from Conte Cuttino was enough to hold off the Great Danes. The game started at 4:05, and dragged on until 8:44 that night, due to over an hour and a half of lightning delays.

    Albany took the lead early, going up 7-0 on the first drive of the game. SB fought back with only a field goal after taking the ball deep on a 67-yard run from Cuttino.

    Albany put up another touchdown right before the end of the 1st quarter. SB took the only points of the 2nd, on another Luke Gaddis field goal. With 1:46 left, play was stopped for 61 minutes when lightning moved in. The score at halftime would be 14-6 Albany.

    Once the second half started (delayed 37 minutes by lightning), Albany scored yet another touchdown. With a 21-6 lead, it seemed like the Seawolves’ chances were slipping away.

    SB scored two touchdowns that quarter. One was on a 67-yard pass from Senior Josh Dudash to Lynell Suggs. The second one was a chaotic play, with pass from Dudash to Dwayne Eley which Eley fumbled at the two yard line. Suggs recovered the ball and took it in to end zone.

    The score was tied at 21 with just over one quarter to play, following a Dudash-to-Suggs pass for the 2-point conversion. SB got its first lead of the game in the 4th, after scoring a safety on an Albany punt-gone-wrong, just as Hofstra had done to SB last week. In the closing minutes of the game, Albany mounted a charge down the field, despite a near-interception and scored a field goal to edge SB by one point.

    Statistically, it seemed as though SB should have won, having picked up four more first downs and 117 more yards. The game was pretty clean on offense, with the only lost fumble coming from SB, and no interceptions thrown.

    SB, which has dropped to 3-3, will try to snap their two-game losing streak when they travel to Virginia to face Richmond. The game starts at 3:30 PM Saturday.

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