Oct. 24, 2009
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Coastal Carolina University football team battled the wind and rain, as well as Stony Brook, and came up on the short end of a 16-10 decision on Long Island, Oct. 24. With the loss, the Chanticleers dropped to 3-4 and 1-2 in the Big South while the Seawolves are now 4-4 and 3-0 in the conference.
After a scoreless first quarter, Chanticleer miscue on a punt gave the Seawolves the ball on the Coastal 4-yard line. After being backed up for a 3rd-and-9, quarterback Michael Coulter found tight end Chris Tyler wide open for a 9-yard touchdown and Wesley Skiffington hit the extra point to make it 7-0 Stony Brook with just over 12 minutes to go in the first half. Coastal had its chances to get on the board in the first half, but both of Justin Durham's field goal attempts hit the right upright, the first from 46 into the 20 mph wind and the second from 48 with the wind in the closing seconds of the half.
Stony Brook got the ball to start the second half and moved down the field in 10 plays. However at the Coastal 20, the drive stalled and forced a field goal attempt from 37 yards by Skiffington, which he hit to give the Seawolves a 10-0 lead early in the third.
The Chants answered later in the period with an 8-play, 74-yard march over 3:44. Quarterback Jamie Childers came in for an injured Zach MacDowall and got Coatal moving, as he hit severl key passes in the drive. On 1st-and-goal from the SBU 9, Childers took it around the right end and dove into the end zone for the touchdown. Durham's extra point made it 10-7 with 4:07 remaining in the third.\
Coastal took advantage of a turnover and got back in the game. Durham eventually connected from 38 yards out to make it 10-10 in with 11 seconds to go in the third.The game winner came on the next possession, as SBU took the ball 80 yards on seven plays. Coulter hit running back Conte Cuttino for a 28-yard touchdown catch-and-run to make it 16-10 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game. The Chants had one last chance, getting the ball on their own three with almost three minutes to go but a turnover ended the hopes.
Stony Brook outgained Coastal 259-177, including 144-96 through the air. Each team had two turnovers, with the Chants giving up two fumbles and SBU throwing a pair of interceptions. The Seawolves also had five sacks to two for the Chants.
Coastal's quarterbacks combined to go 13-for-22 through the air but just 95 yards on the wet day, while Tommy Fraser led the Chants with 13 carries for 39 yards. Stony Brook was paced by Cuttino with 20 rushes for 96 yards, while Coulter was 10-for-19 for 144 yards and a pair of scores through the air.
The Chants are next in action on Halloween, traveling to the Upstate to take on the Clemson Tigers. Kickoff at Death Valley is set for 1:30 p.m.