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Hofstra uses Stony Brook TOs for 43-3 win

By David Coulson, FCS Executive Director

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Just six days ago, Hofstra needed almost the entire 60 minutes to come away with a 23-20 win over Rhode Island.

Things came easier for the Pride on Friday night in the light rain of La Valle Stadium as they built a 31-0 lead in the second quarter on the way to a 43-3 victory over Stony Brook in the annual FCS battle for Long Island.

Four Stony Brook turnovers, including a strip and recovery by Hofstra cornerback Leslie Jackman for a 60-yard touchdown return early in the second quarter, killed any hopes the Sea Wolves had of staying close.

"Turnovers, we've all been on both sides of games like this," explained Hofstra coach Dave Cohen, whose team evened its record at 2-2. "We've kind of taken one step forward, two steps back in the last two games. We're just happy we won."

Stony Brook (1-4) moved the ball effectively at times in the first half, but key penalties and some dropped passes combined with the turnovers to thwart the Sea Wolves on offense and the defense couldn't overcome the holes that were dug by the offense and special teams.

Senior receiver Dwayne Eley dropped a 29-yard touchdown pass that would have given Stony Brook a 7-0 on the opening drive of the game and Hofstra responded with a 12-play, 66-yard march that ended with a one-yard touchdown blast by Hofstra junior quarterback Cory Christopher.

Christopher, who took over unexpectedly in the first game of the season when returning senior starter Bryan Savage went down with a career-ending back injury, took almost full advantage of his opportunities, leading the Pride to five scores in five trips to the red zone. Christopher also got through the game without a turnover.

"I'm just trying to play mistake-free football," said Christopher (15-of-24 passing for 161 yards and one TD, 12 carries for 48 yards and two TDs rushing). "It's how I feel, it's on me for the success of the offense."

A bad snap out of punt formation gave the Pride the ball back at the Stony Brook four and Roger Williams, who had won last week's game against Rhode Island with a 38-yard field goal in the final seconds, converted from 21 yards to make it a 10-0 after one period.

Just three plays later, Jackman ripped the ball away from Edwin Gowins and raced in for a touchdown that started Hofstra towards its eventual rout.

"I'm certainly not pleased with the outcome of the game." said Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore. "If you are a good football team, you can overcome those things."

Two more touchdown drive in the second quarter increased the lead to 31-0 before Luke Gaddis drilled a 28-yard field goal for Stony Brook's only points of the night with 1:05 left in the second period.

Ahead 31-3 at halftime, the Pride put together two more touchdown in the fourth quarter to ice things.

It was a great momentum boost for a Hofstra program that had struggled through the previous three weeks.

"Whatever little hair I have, it's still there," said Cohen. "It's been a crazy few weeks."

09/26 23:50:20 ET