- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Rayshan Clark scored on a 2-yard fumble return and Ethan Starks kicked two field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Albany defeated Stony Brook on Saturday to capture the Golden Apple Trophy in the Empire Classic.

Clark, who also intercepted two passes, had the difference-making touchdown with 4:46 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Jack Cassidy fumbled the snap one play after Jon Martin’s 63-yard punt pinned the Seawolves on their 5 and Clark scooped up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone.

Starks, a redshirt freshman, kicked his career-best field goal for the Great Danes (7-4, 4-4 Colonial) late in the first half to produce a 3-3 tie.

Przemyslaw Popek had his second short field goal for the Seawolves (5-6, 4-4) with 3:08 left but the Great Danes recovered the onside kick. After a punt, Rocco Marucci intercepted Stony Brook’s Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game.

Both quarterbacks threw three picks, Stony Brook also lost two fumbles and the teams combined for 453 yards of offense.

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