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Liotine Leads SBU to Empire Clash Title

November 23, 2015
Liotine SBU Football

Liotine kept the Great Danes chasing all afternoon

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For me to come in and consistently close games like I have the past three weeks and just keep this team moving down the field, that’s great. That’s what’s expected of a good running back and that’s what I’ve been able to do, and I’m grateful for that.

~ Don Liotine

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Don Liotine ’13 rushed for 203 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown as Stony Brook University beat the University of Albany for the first time in three years, 20-2, on Saturday. The win capped a three-game winning streak that allowed SBU to finish 5-5 on the season, despite a series of crushing injuries to key players.

Liotine’s second 200-yard rushing performance in three weeks earned him his second Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week Award this season, announced by the conference on Monday morning.

The Seawolves jumped out to an early lead and led 13-0 at the half. Liotine scored Stony Brook’s only points of the second half when he found the end zone on a six-yard plunge for his 5th touchdown of the year. From there the defense continued to pound the Great Dane quarterbacks and Stony Brook walked off the field hoisting the Golden Apple Trophy.

It was Liotine’s third straight game over 100 yards after registering 204 against Howard and 114 yards against Rhode Island. His total could have been a record-breaker for the Seawolves if his 88-yard run in the fourth quarter had not been slashed by 57 yards due to a block in the back penalty.

After beginning the season as the team’s third option at running back, Liotine finished the year as the team’s leading rusher, registering 708 yards on 157 carries for an average of 4.5 yards per carry.

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To be able to say we finished something, even though everything we went through with injuries and adjustment to our new personnel and losing homecoming, to be able to finish on top and win the Golden Apple brings everybody’s spirits up for next year. It’s a better vibe.

~ Don Liotine

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SBU

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