The Long Island Express Rolls Over Richmond in the CAA Football Opener
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook football rolled to its third straight win thanks in part to senior running backs Jordan Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.) and Donald Liotine (Medford, N.Y.), dubbed as the Long Island Express, after the duo each rushed for over 100 yards for the third straight Saturday. This time the duo combined for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the 36-10 victory over Richmond in the CAA Football opener on Saturday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves (3-1, 1-0 CAA Football) also received a pair of passing scores from senior QB Joe Carbone (Wethersfield, Conn.) along with the squads' fourth defensive touchdown of the season when junior DB Gavin Heslop (Bronx, N.Y.) picked up a fumble and returned it 87 yards to the endzone. SCORING
Richmond cracked the scoring column first with a 24-yard field goal off the leg of PK Griffin Trau with 8:06 left in the first quarter. The drive was 16 plays for 76 yards and took 6:54 off the clock.
Stony Brook tied it up on the next possession with a 26-yard field goal from PK Jack Pruban. The drive was seven plays for 77 yards and took 2:20, highlighted by a 53-yard run by RB Jordan Gowins.
The Seawolves took a first quarter lead when DB Gavin Heslop scooped up a Richmond fumble and sprinted 87 yards for the touchdown. The PAT was no good.
Stony Brook added to their first-half lead with WR Julius Wingate hauled in a 22-yard strike from QBJoe Carbone in the right side of the endzone with 2:14 left in the second quarter. The PAT by PK Jack Pruban was good. The drive was 10 plays for 82 yards and took 3:31 off the clock.
The Spiders climbed closer with a 37-yard pass from WR Caleb Drake to WR 14 Cortrelle Simpson with 3:52 left in the third quarter. The PAT was good by PK Griffin Trau. The drive was five plays for 87 yards and took 2:16 off the clock.
The Seawolves bounced right back on the next possession when QB Joe Carbone hit WR Donavin Washington on a 48-yard catch and run with 1:56 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed. The drive was five plays for 71 yards and took 1:51 off the clock.
RB Jordan Gowins added some insurance for the Seawolves with a one-yard touchdown run with 6:03 left in the fourth quarter. The PAT was good by PK Jack Pruban. The drive was seven plays for 51 yards and lasted 3:03.
Stony Brook tacked one another score when RB Jordan Gowins snapped off a 41-yard touchdown run with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. The PAT was good by PK Jack Pruban. The drive was three plays for 43 yards and took 0:56.
Stony Brook gained 482 yards of total offense on 68 plays. Richmond had 407 yards of total offense on 74 plays.
The Seawolves had the ball for 29:51 minutes of the game.
PASSING: Stony Brook 11-18-0 for 147 yards, 2 touchdowns. Richmond: 25-44-0 for 334 yards, 1 touchdown.
RUSHING: Stony Brook: 50 carries for 335 yards, two touchdowns. Richmond: 30 carries for 73 yards.
RB Jordan Gowins had 192 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. RB Donald Liotine gained 133 yards on 18 carries.
QB Joe Carbone had 147 passing yards with two touchdowns.
LB Shayne Lawless had 10 tackles.
DB Gavin Heslop returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown.
QUOTING THE SEAWOLVES Head Coach Chuck Priore "From start to finish the kids executed the plan of what we wanted to do. We wanted them high energy. We wanted to play very physical. We thought field position was going to very, very important and we kept the field position battle on our side for almost the whole game." "We have good senior leadership. They are very quiet Sunday through Thursday on the practice field and do their business. They really get excited to play on Saturday's and that is the mark of a good football team, the ability to excited to play." DB Gavin Heslop "I haven't had a touchdown in my college career and when I saw that ball on the floor I had to scoop it. It was the cleanest scoop I've ever made and I got it into second gear and that was that." RB Donald Liotine "We have a good thing going with our run and pass game. Joe (Carbone) came out firing the ball where it needed to be. We are taking care of the little things ad executing when we need too." RB Jordan Gowins "We believe in each other and that is the reason we are performing the way we are performing." NOTES
PK Jack Pruban made his first career field goal with 2:37 left in the first quarter. The kick was 26 yards for the redshirt freshman.
DB Gavin Heslop decided he wanted a defensive touchdown of his own and scooped up a Richmond fumble and took it 87 yards to the endzone. It was Stony Brook's fourth defensive touchdown of the season and fourth in the last three games.
Heslop's fumble return was Stony Brook's first since Jaheem Woods returned a Delaware fumble 55 yards at Delaware in 2016.
QB Joe Carbone tossed a second-quarter touchdown pass to WR Julius Wingate and another in the third quarter to WR Donavin Washington. The TD passes were Carbone's 31st and 32nd of his career touchdown pass, moving him into a tie for fourth-place on Stony Brook's career list.
Carbone's two touchdown passes against Richmond marked his 12th career multi-passing touchdown game of his career.
WR Julius Wingate pulled down a 22-yard touchdown pass from Carbone in the second quarter. It was Wingate's, a fifth-year senior, first career touchdown.
WR Donavin Washington hauled in a 48-yard catch and run touchdown in the third quarter for his first TD of the season and fifth of his career.
DB EJ Fineran recorded a career-high nine tackles against the Spiders.
RB Jordan Gowins recorded his third straight 100-yard rushing game and the fifth of his career. He gained 192 yards against Richmond, another career-high.
Gowins scored a pair of rushing touchdowns against Richmond to mark the third time in his career with multiple touchdowns.
RB Donald Liotine reached 100-yards rushing against Richmond with 133 yards to mark the third 100-yard game in a row and seventh 100-yard game of his career.
With both Liotine and Gowins gaining over 100 yards against Richmond, it marks the third time in as many games that the duo accomplished the feat.
Liotine surpassed the 2000 career rushing yards in Saturday's game and now has 2055 for his career. That total places him in eighth-place on Stony Brook's career list as he became the ninth player in school history to reach the milestone.
Liotine collected 201 all-purpose yards against Richmond to give him 301 for his career to move him into sixth-place on the career list and become just the sixth player in school history to reach 3000 all-purpose yards.
Tonight's first-time starters for Stony Brook were: DL Odean Gilezene and TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
Tonight's first-time players for Stony Brook were: WR Anthony Millan, DL Lorenzo Worrell, LB Anthony Del Negro and DL Petey Wilks Jr.
Captains for tonight's game were QB Joe Carbone, TE Cal Daniels, DE John Haggart, LB Noah McGintyand LB Shayne Lawless.
UP NEXT Stony Brook is back in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium next Saturday to host CAA Football foe Villanova. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Buy Season Tickets | Buy Single Game Tickets