Negron, Coxson lift #Seawolves past No. 25 James Madison, 41-38
Nov. 16, 2013
Harrisonburg, Va. -
Senior quarterback Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.) recorded a day for the ages, passing for career-highs of 395 yards and three touchdowns, as the Stony Brook football team (4-6, 2-5 CAA) topped No. 25 James Madison (6-5, 3-4), 41-38, Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium.
Negron, who also accounted for two touchdown runs (2, 1), passed for scores of 75, 35 and 22 yards. Negron fell just five yards shy of recording the fourth 400-yard passing game for Stony Brook in its 15 years at the Division I level.
Senior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) joined Negron with a career game, catching nine passes for 183 yards, both career-highs, and a touchdown.
Junior Will Tye (Middletown, Conn.) had two touchdown receptions and finished the day with six catches for 95 yards.
Stony Brook jumped on James Madison on its first possession. On second and three from the 25, Negron rolled out to his right and found Coxson, who eluded three tackles down the right sideline for a 75-yard touchdown.
JMU answered with a 24-yard field goal from Cameron Starke, but the Seawolves went right back to work. On second and 10 from the SBU 49, Negron found senior Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) down the left side for a 36-yard gain. Five plays later, Negron sneaked it in for the score to make it 14-3.
The Dukes battled back once again on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Birdsong to Deane Cheatham to make it 14-10 with 1:52 to play in the opening quarter.
After a 31-yard field goal from junior Graham Ball (Lynn Haven, Fla.) pushed the Seawolves lead to 17-10, the Stony Brook defense came up with a big play to sieze the momentum early in the second quarter. With the ball on the JMU 21 yard line, Birdsong bootlegged to his left and lofted a pass to the left sideline, but senior Derrick Morgan (Germantown, Md.) stepped in front of the receiver and recorded his first career interception. Two plays later, Negron found Tye down the right seam for a 35-yard score to make it 24-10 with 9:51 left in the first half.
The teams traded touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter. Negron capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game to put Stony Brook up 31-10, before the Dukes answered with a 33-yard strike from Birdsong to Brandon Ravenel with 11 ticks left on the first-half clock.
Stony Brook scored 10 points in the second half on Tye's 22-yard touchdown and Ball's 20-yard field goal.
Birdsong passed for 355 yards and five touchdowns. Daniel Brown had 92 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter.
Chuck Priore - "I'm very proud of this team. We've dealt with some adversity this year. We've battled through injuries and some tough fourth-quarter losses. I'm excited to go home with a victory."
Lyle Negron - "If we click on all cylinders, we're a very good team. I saw their coverages and was able to execute."
Adrian Coxson - "I was able to read the defense correctly and make plays."
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