Albany-Stony Brook Football Rivalry
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Albany%E2%80%93Stony Brook Football Rivalry
Albany-Stony Brook Football Rivalry
First meetingNovember 18, 1995
Stony Brook, 40-21
Latest meetingNovember 23, 2019
Albany, 31-26
Next meetingMarch 27, 2021
TrophyThe Golden Apple Trophy
Meetings total21
All-time seriesAlbany leads, 13-8
Trophy seriesAlbany, 3-2
Largest victoryAlbany, 40-7 (2003)
Longest win streakAlbany, 6 (1996-2001)
Current win streakAlbany, 2 (2018-present)
Locations of Albany and Stony Brook

The Albany-Stony Brook football rivalry, also known as the Battle for the Golden Apple[1][2][3] and the Empire Clash[4][5] is an American college football rivalry between the Albany Great Danes and the Stony Brook Seawolves. Both teams represent university centers of the State University of New York, and since 2013 have competed together as football-only members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).[6][7][8][9][10] The two teams have met 21 times on the football field, with Albany currently holding a 13-8 edge in the all-time series. Albany leads 8-7 since 1999, when both programs moved up to Division I.

Since 2013, when both programs joined the CAA together, they have been meeting yearly as part of their conference schedule. The rivalry game was coined the "Empire Clash" in 2013 during their first CAA conference game against each other.[4] Starting in 2015, the winner of the game is awarded The Golden Apple Trophy.[11]

Albany plays home games at Bob Ford Field (capacity 8,500, grass surface, located in Albany, NY) and Stony Brook plays home games at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (capacity 12,300, artificial turf surface, located in Stony Brook, NY).


The winner of each year's game is awarded the "Golden Apple" trophy. The trophy was first awarded in 2015, when Stony Brook defeated Albany 20-2 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in the final week of the regular season.[12]

Stony Brook celebrating after winning the first Golden Apple trophy

Stony Brook and Albany began playing each other regularly beginning in 2013, when both schools joined the Colonial Athletic Association as football-only members. This led to the origin of the "Empire Clash" nickname, as Stony Brook turned to its fanbase to help provide a moniker for the rivalry.[13][14]

The rivalry game is known to have implications on the FCS playoffs; in 2018, Albany defeated No. 10 Stony Brook 25-23 on a last-second field goal for its first conference win of the season, leading Stony Brook to settle for an at-large berth.[15] In 2019, Albany defeated Stony Brook 31-26 to secure one of the last at-large berths in the playoffs.[16]

Notable games

The Golden Apple trophy

In 2011, the two teams met in the first round of the FCS playoffs; it was both Stony Brook's and Albany's first playoff appearance.[17] Albany led 28-10 in the third quarter before Stony Brook scored 21 unanswered points to take a 31-28 lead. Albany drove down to Stony Brook's three-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter before Stony Brook defensive back Dominick Reyes intercepted Albany quarterback Dan Di Lella in the end zone to secure the win for the Seawolves. The win was Stony Brook's first playoff victory.[18]

Game results

Albany victoriesStony Brook victories
1 November 18, 1995A Albany, NY Stony Brook 40-21
2 October 19, 1996A Stony Brook, NY Albany 19-12
3 October 18, 1997A Albany, NY Albany 30-23
4 October 17, 1998A Stony Brook, NY Albany 42-16
5 October 2, 1999 Albany, NY Albany 44-21
6 September 30, 2000 Stony Brook, NY Albany 47-14
7 September 29, 2001 Albany, NY Albany 28-18
8 September 28, 2002 Stony Brook, NY Stony Brook 24-20
9 October 25, 2003 Albany, NY Albany 40-7
10 October 23, 2004 Stony Brook, NY Albany 27-22
11 October 8, 2005 Albany, NY Stony Brook 7-3
12 October 7, 2006 Stony Brook, NY Stony Brook 33-21
13 October 6, 2007 Albany, NY Albany 24-23
14 November 26, 2011B Stony Brook, NY Stony Brook 31-28
15 November 23, 2013 Stony Brook, NY Stony Brook 24-3
16 November 22, 2014 Albany, NY Albany 27-17
17 November 21, 2015 Stony Brook, NY Stony Brook 20-2
18 November 19, 2016 Albany, NY Albany 13-6
19 November 4, 2017 Stony Brook, NYStony Brook 28-21OT
20 November 17, 2018 Albany, NY Albany 25-23
21 November 23, 2019 Stony Brook, NY Albany 31-26
Series: Albany leads 13-8
Note:A pre-Division I
Note:B 2011 FCS 1st Round Playoff Game; Source:[19]

See also


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  2. ^ Twitter, Sports Staff sports@troyrecord com @TroyRecordSports on. "UALBANY FOOTBALL: Great Danes close out regular season with Stony Brook". The Record. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Stony Brook, UAlbany introduce the battle for The Golden Apple". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Stony Brook travels to UAlbany for the Empire Clash - Stony Brook University". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "UAlbany set to face Stony Brook in 'Empire Clash'". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "CAA eyes all-sports expansion". ESPN. August 8, 2012. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Football Announces Inaugural CAA Season Schedule". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "UAlbany draws former rival Stony Brook". Times Union. November 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "ITS OFFICIAL! UAlbany Football Announces Its Move To The CAA For 2013". August 8, 2012. Retrieved .
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  11. ^ "Stony Brook, UAlbany introduce the battle for The Golden Apple - Stony Brook University". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Liotine's 203 yards helps SBU finish at .500". Newsday. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Berkes, Peter (2013-05-11). "Albany-Stony Brook rivalry needs a name". Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Fans can name Albany-Stony Brook rivalry game". Sports Network. 2015-03-25. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Stark's field goal sends Albany past Stony Brook 25-23". National Post. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Fields, Stony Brook can't complete comeback vs. Albany". Newsday. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Zeller, Jonathan (2011-11-26). "Stony Brook Arrives, Marching Band and All". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Smith, Jared (2011-11-26). "FCS Playoffs 2011, First Round Recap: Stony Brook Edges Albany, 31-28". SB Nation New York. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "SUNY-Albany vs SUNY-Stony Brook (NY)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved .

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