By Greg Logan
Courtesy of New York Newsday
College Sports Journal
STONY BROOK, New York — Toward the end of the first half, Stony Brook’s struggles against defending Colonial Athletic Association champion New Hampshire looked eerily similar to the Seawolves’ first two seasons in the conference.
They had dominated on defense, but a Wildcats touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in the half cut SBU’s lead to four points.
Coach Chuck Priore’s motto for this season was “Finish,” and the Seawolves did that in grand style, scoring with one second left in the opening half and adding two more third-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 31-6 blowout in the CAA opener for both teams on Saturday night.
The 13th-ranked Wildcats, who have made the FCS playoffs 11 straight years and reached the semifinals last season, are the highest-ranked team the Seawolves ever have beaten.
“It’s a step Stony Brook football needs to take,” Priore said. “This is our third year in [the CAA]. We’ve been in a lot of games, but the reality is we had to figure out not a way to lose but how to win. That was the exclamation point tonight…The biggest thing is the kids expected to win. There wasn’t that ‘hope’ factor. Honestly, they expected to win.”