Buffalo outlasts No. 13 Stony Brook in 5 OTs, 26-23
Sept. 14, 2013
Buffalo, N.Y. -
In the longest game in school history, No. 13 Stony Brook posted 440 yards of total offense, but Anthone Taylor's six-yard touchdown in the fifth overtime lifted Buffalo to a 26-23 victory before more than 24,000 at UB Stadium Saturday.
Trailing 10-3 in the final minute of regulation, Stony Brook (1-1) forced overtime when senior Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.) connected on a five-yard touchdown to senior wideout Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) with 29 seconds left.
After both teams connected on field goals in the first overtime, Joe Licata's touchdown pass to Alex Neutz gave Buffalo a 20-13 lead in the second OT. Negron and Eugene then rallied Stony Brook once again, combining on a 10-yard scoring strike to knot the game at 20.
In the third overtime, Negron attempted a third down pass that was intercepted by Buffalo's Dwellie Striggles. But senior Junior Solice (Hackensack, N.J.) recovered a bad handoff on the ensuing drive to extend the game to a fourth overtime.
Buffalo (1-2) started with the ball, but quickly turned it over when Licata was intercepted by senior Winston Longdon (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Needing only a field goal to win, Stony Brook was unable to capitalize when senior Nick Ferrara's (Hicksville, N.Y.) 37-yard kick sailed wide left.
The Seawolves pulled back ahead, 23-20, in the fifth overtime when Ferrara nailed a 25-yard field goal. But Buffalo battled back and finally ended the game when Taylor found a hole off left tackle and scampered into the endzone from six yards out to give the Bulls the 26-23 win.
Negron threw for a career-high 300 yards, including 202 in the second half, and two touchdowns. It was the first 300-yard passing game by a Seawolf since T.J. Moriarty passed for 301 yards against Albany in 2004.
Eugene led all players with a career-high 122 yards receiving on 10 catches, including two touchdowns. Junior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) also recorded career-highs of seven catches and 107 yards.
Senior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) rushed 34 times for 115 yards as the Seawolves battered the Bulls' defense with 140 yards on the ground.
• 3rd Taylor 1 yard run (Clarke kick), 3-27, 0:45, 0-10
News & Notes
• Stony Brook will continue its three-game road streak to start the 2013 season on Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on SNY and broadcasted over the airwaves on Champions Radio 96.9 & 107.1 FM.