Negron, Coxson lift #Seawolves past No. 25 James Madison, 41-38

Junior Adrian Coxson had a career afternoon with 183 receiving yards

Nov. 16, 2013

Final Stats

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.

Junior Christian Ricard (Spencer, Mass.) and sophomore Naim Cheeseboro (King of Prussia, Pa.) each made a career-high in tackles.  Ricard had 17 and Cheeseboro 11.

Birdsong passed for 355 yards and five touchdowns.  Daniel Brown had 92 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter.

Scoring Drives
• 1st 13:39 SBU Coxson 75 yard pass from Negron (Ball kick), 2-83, 0:39, 7-0
• 1st 9:24 JMU Starke 24 yard field goal, 11-68, 4:15, 7-3
• 1st 3:49 SBU Negron 2 yard run (Ball kick), 11-74, 5:35, 14-3
• 1st 1:52 JMU Cheatham 12 yd pass from Birdsong (Starke kick), 6-82, 1:57, 14-10
• 2nd 10:20 SBU Ball 31 yard field goal, 11-61, 6:32, 17-10
• 2nd 9:51 SBU Tye 35 yd pass from Negron (Ball kick), 2-35, 0:13, 24-10
• 2nd 0:56 SBU Negron 1 yd run (Ball kick), 9-73, 3:06, 31-10
• 2nd 0:11 JMU Ravenel 33 yd pass from Birdsong (Starke kick), 4-82, 0:45, 31-17
• 3rd 11:34 SBU Tye 22 yd pass from Negron (Ball kick), 7-75, 3:26, 38-17
• 3rd 3:19 JMU Harvey 11 yd pass from Birdsong (Starke kick), 9-54, 3:40, 38-24
• 4th 13:17 SBU Ball 20 yd field goal, 11-64, 5:02, 41-24
• 4th 11:54 JMU Brown 32 yd pass from Birdsong, 4-80, 1:23, 41-31
• 4th 4:57 JMU Brown 10 yd pass from Birdsong, 7-54, 1:56, 41-38

Quotes ...

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."

News & Notes
• The 75-yard touchdown pass from Negron to Coxson was the longest this season. Coxson had a 63-yard score against Bryant.
• The 14 points scored in the first quarter tied a season-high (Towson)
• Negron accounted for 152 passing yards in the first quarter, which is more yards than he threw for total in the last three games. Moreover, Negron threw for more yards today than in the last three games combined.
Derrick Morgan and Ivan May each recorded their first career interceptions
• Stony Brook scored on its first four drives of the game
Malcolm Eugene added 106 receiving yards, making it the second game this season with two receivers over 100 yards (Buffalo)
• Stony Brook's quarterbacks have passed for 2,000 yards in two straight seasons

Up Next

• Stony Brook will conclude the 2013 season against in-state rival Albany in the #EmpireClash at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday, November 23. Kick-off is 1 p.m.