Lyle Negron threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and the defense was dominating as Stony Brook throttled Albany, 24-3, in the final game for Great Danes head coach Bob Ford on Saturday.
Despite the loss at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, the smiles and greetings of UAlbany friends, family, former players, and supporters that surrounded Ford after the final horn sounded heavily outweighed the outcome.
The legacy of Ford’s 44 seasons at UAlbany was the concentration of the night, and former players, ranging from his very first season at the helm to recent graduates, showered Ford with hugs and well wishes.
Ford, who started his coaching career at 26 as the youngest head coach in the country, ended his tenure at the age of 76 — the oldest in the country — with 265 career wins, ranking first among active NCAA Division I coaches and fourth on the all-time FCS chart.
“I had an opportunity to deal with a lot of young people at a formidable time in their lives and I had an opportunity to handle a lot of great coaches, and I’m proud of what they achieved,” said Ford.
“I want to congratulate Chuck Priore and Stony Brook. I thought they played well. Chuck was a captain and coach with us for a period of time. He is a classy coach, and I appreciate everything he contributed to our program through the years.”
Completing 16 of 35 passes, junior quarterback Will Fiacchi broke UAlbany’s single-season completions record with 207, surpassing Dan DiLella’s 196. Fiacchi finished with 136 passing yards in the game, hitting senior Kevin Chillis seven times for 45 yards.
On the ground, junior Omar Osbourne carried the ball 15 times, netting 57 yards.
Defensively, TJ Idowu led the team with 14 tackles, including 10 solo, while Christian Dorsey and Alex Helmer had 10 and nine tackles, respectively.
The Seawolves (5-6, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association) limited the Great Danes (1-11, 0-8) to just 239 yards, while piling up 456.
For Stony Brook, Negron completed 15 of 26 passes, totaling 262 passing yards. Running back James Kenner carried the ball 35 times, accruing 151 rushing yards, as the Seawolves totaled 456 yards of
offense in the game.
Albany 0 0 3 0 — 3
Stony Brook 14 7 0 3 — 24
SB—Negron 1 run (Ball kick), 9:17.
SB—Fredericks 2 run (Ball kick), 3:14.
SB—Eugene 91 pass from Negron (Ball kick), 14:32.
Alb—FG O’Riordan 31, 10:27.
SB—FG Ball 38, 11:09.
First downs 17 20
Rushes-yards 28-103 47-194
Passing 136 262
Comp-Att-Int 16-35-0 15-26-0
Return Yards (-1) 5
Punts-Avg. 6-42.5 4-32.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 8-52 7-68
Time of Possession 23:30 36:30
RUSHING—Albany, Osbourne 15-57, Meek 5-35, Chillis 2-10, A.Martin 1-1, Fiacchi 5-0. Stony Brook, Kenner 35-151, Fredericks 7-23, Negron 4-22, Team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING—Albany, Fiacchi 16-35-0-136. Stony Brook, Negron 15-26-0-262.
RECEIVING—Albany, Chillis 7-45, King 3-27, Ketter 2-21, Osbourne 2-16, Gay 1-16, Parker 1-11. Stony Brook, Eugene 7-150, Tye 7-86, Coxson 1-26.