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Redshirt sophomore Joe Carbone (No. 10) takes a snap against North Dakota on Sept. 1, 2016 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Carbone threw for 159 passing yards as the Seawolves won the game, 13-9. EVAN YUSAN/THE STATESMAN

Defense shined as the Stony Brook Football team defeated No. 19 North Dakota 13-9 on Thursday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

  • Moment that mattered: Redshirt freshman Gavin Heslop broke through the line and stuffed a North Dakota punt with 8:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior Kye Morgan returned the block for a touchdown, giving the Seawolves a 13-9 lead on which they would not look back. On the ensuing possession, the Fighting Hawks drove the ball all the way to the Seawolves’ 24-yard line. Stony Brook’s defense stopped a fourth-and-one attempt in the red zone with 2:14 left in the game, sealing the win for the Seawolves.
  • What the win means: Stony Brook started off its season beating a ranked opponent. It also shows just how deadly their defense can be, allowing only 177 yards in leading the charge for the win. The team has now won five season-openers in the last six seasons.
  • Standout Seawolf: Despite mainly playing in the secondary, senior defensive back Jaheem Woods seemed at home behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded five tackles for loss, three sacks and forced a fumble.
  • Three takeaways:
    • Like last year, the Seawolves pass-rush was stifling. In addition to Woods’ four tackles for loss and two sacks, junior defensive back Tyrice Beverette had one sack and one tackle for a loss.
    • The Seawolves relied more on passing than in past years. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Carbone had 159 yards on 16-for-32 passing, but was constantly pressured, getting sacked four times. Junior wide receiver Ray Bolden caught five passes for 60 yards.
    • Stony Brook was penalty ridded. The team was flagged seven times on the night for a total of 38 yards.
  • What’s next: Stony Brook will take on Temple on the road at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. The Owls are the Seawolves’ only Football Bowl Subdivision opponent this season.

Kunal Kohli

Kunal is a senior journalism major on the broadcast track. He joined The Statesman in his freshman year and hopes to one day direct documentaries. He calls Syracuse, NY his hometown and enjoys long walks on the beach, rap music and college basketball. You can contact him at @TheKunalKohli.

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