|First meeting||November 18, 1995|
Stony Brook, 40-21
|Latest meeting||November 23, 2019|
|Next meeting||March 27, 2021|
|Trophy||The Golden Apple Trophy|
|All-time series||Albany leads, 13-8|
|Trophy series||Albany, 3-2|
|Largest victory||Albany, 40-7 (2003)|
|Longest win streak||Albany, 6 (1996-2001)|
|Current win streak||Albany, 2 (2018-present)|
|Locations of Albany and Stony Brook|
The Albany-Stony Brook football rivalry, also known as the Battle for the Golden Apple and the Empire Clash 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). 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. Starting in 2015, the winner of the game is awarded The Golden Apple Trophy.
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.
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.
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. In 2019, Albany defeated Stony Brook 31-26 to secure one of the last at-large berths in the playoffs.
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. 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.
|Albany victories||Stony 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, NY||Stony 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: