Lafayette vs. Stony Brook
October 16, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette secured its first victory of the season, 28-21, over Stony Brook. Pat Mputu rushed for 102 yards while the Lafayette defense held the nation's No. 20 rushing offense to 159 yards. WR Mitch Bennett accounted for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
In the opening minutes, Stony Brook converted a pair of third downs and marched deep into Lafayette territory. Lafayette forced a field goal attempt which Mike Phillips and Rick Lyster blocked and sparked the emotions of the Leopard squad.
In the second quarter, the Leopards took over at the Stony Brook 34 before O'Neil found Bennett across the middle for a 7-0 lead. Stony Brook responded with an 11-play, 69-yard drive, culminating with a 15-yard TD pass from Michael Coulter to Chris Fenelon with 6:52 left.
Lafayette added a late first-half score. A Stony Brook sack would have taken Lafayette out of field-goal range, but thanks to a 15-yard penalty, Rodriguez was left with a 30-yarder which he converted for a 10-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Lafayette took a 10-point lead, scoring on an eight-yard pass to Bennett. The Leopards were 1st-and-goal at the eight, but a penalty moved them back to the 18. O'Neil and the Leopards scored on the jump ball pass to the 6-4 Bennett to lead 17-7 with 6:39 left in the third.
Four and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, a one-yard run by Coulter cut the lead to 17-14. O'Neil did not come out for the next drive due to injury. The Leopards used the run game to move the ball. Layton reeled in a crucial 3rd-and-9 pass from Marc Quilling with five minutes to go. Lafayette settled for a 29-yard FG on the drive, but the drive ate up 7:52 and Lafayette led 20-14.
That score gave the Lafayette defense some room to work with and it paid off. Stony Brook started its drive at the 15, but a pair of sacks gave Stony Brook a 4th-and-24 at the team's own 1-yard line which the Lafayette defense stopped.
Lafayette scored on Quilling's QB sneak to lead 28-14 in the 28-21 final.
Final Score: Lafayette 28, Stony Brook 21